STRAYER UNIVERSITY
Introduction to College mathematics—MAT105
Spring 2006
Prerequisite: MAT 100
Course Syllabus
Quarter: Spring
2006
Day
& time course meets: Tuesdays, 6:15–10:00 pm
Instructor:
Tristan
Hubsch
Instructor
phone number: (703) 7983622 (cell)
Instructor
email address: thubsch@mac.com
(pref.), thubsch@strayer.edu
Instructor
office hours, office location: by email (pref.)
by
appointment: Tues. & Thurs., Faculty office
Academic
office phone number: 7033308474 (voice), 7033308417
(fax)
This course is intended to serve as an extension of fundamental
mathematics. Emphasis will be on representations and operations on polynomials
and rational expressions. Algebraic and graphical methods of solving linear and
quadratic equations will be discussed. The course will end by a brief
introduction to complex numbers, radical expressions, and conical sections.
Upon
the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
a. Solve (graphically
and algebraically) linear equations
b. Understand the
concept of a function and a graph
c. Solve systems of
equations
d. Perform arithmetic
operations on polynomial expressions
e. Perform arithmetic
operations on radicals and rational expressions
f. Understand complex
numbers
g. Solve polynomial
(in particular quadratic) equations
h.
Solve basic
geometry problems, including conic sections
i. Perform the
operations on exponential and logarithmic functions
j. Build a firm
foundation for more advanced algebra courses and calculus
k. Identify and
describe informational resources within the mathematical field
The
course instructor will provide additional learning outcomes.
+ Introduction to College Mathematics (Customized),
Pearson Addison Wesley, 2005.
+ Optional learning tool, but highly recommended:
MyMathLab, Intermediate
Algebra 9/e, through http://student.pearsoned.com.
+ A scientific calculator will be required.
MyMathLab is customizable textspecific
online math tutorial software to help you succeed in their math courses.
MyMathLab provides multimedia instruction, unlimited practice exercises,
selfpaced learning modules, online homework and testing, and an individual
study plan – all correlated to the examples and exercises in your
textbook. MyMathLab is delivered inside a webbased course delivery system
called CourseCompass.
Before accessing MyMathLab, you need to register in CourseCampass using student
access code and the MyMathLab Course ID provided by your instructor.
+ To find the detailed system requirement,
go to www.mymathlab.com/system.html
+ To register or log into MyMathLab , go to
http://student.pearsoned.com
+ For more information about MyMathLab, go
to http://www.mymathlab.com
+ To sign up for free math tutoring at AW
Tutor Center, you may call 18887770463
(5 pm – 12 am EST) or register at www.aw.com/tutorcenter
using your
CourseCompass Course ID or student access code.
Note: AOL users cannot access MyMathLab using
AOL browser. However, you can log in to AOL, minimize the AOL browser, and then
launch Internet Explorer (or any supported browser) separately to access
MyMathLab
Each lecture period will start by the instructor providing the solutions to the homework problems assigned at the previous session. The instructor shall then give a detailed discussion of a new mathematical theory, along with solved examples and reallife applications. Based on the pace of instruction, cooperative and individual learning sessions will be incorporated in the learning process in this class.
04/04/06: Chapter R: Review of Basic
Algebra
Chapter 1: Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities
04/11/06: Chapter 2: Graphs, Functions,
and Applications
04/18/06: Chapter 3: Systems of
Equations
04/25/06: Chapter 4: Polynomials and
Polynomial Functions
05/02/06: Midterm Exam (Chapters
1–4)
05/09/06: Chapter 5: Rational
Expressions, Equations, and Functions
05/16/06: Chapter 6: Radical Expressions,
Equations, and Functions
05/23/06: Chapter 7: Quadratic
Equations and Functions
05/30/06: Chapter 8: Introduction to
Geometry, including Conic Sections
06/06/06: Chapter 9: Exponential and
Logarithmic Functions
06/13/06: Final Exam (Comprehensive:
Chapters 1–9)
At the end of the first week the students
should complete the review of
+
Operations with real numbers
+
Order of operations
+
Exponential and scientific notations
+
Simplification of algebraic expressions
At the end of the first week the students
should be able to
+
Solve equations
+
Solve application problems
+
Solve inequalities and absolutevalue equations
At the end of the second week the
students should be able to
+
Understand the functions and graph of equations
+
Find domain, range, slope of a linear function
+
Find equations of lines with applications
At the end of the third week the students
should be able to
+
Solve systems of equation in two variables by substitution
+
Solve systems of equation in two variables by elimination
+
Solve appliaction problems
+
Solve systems of equations in three variables
+
Solve business and economics applications using systems of equations
At the end of the fourth week the
students should be able to
+
Evaluate polynomial functions
+
Add, subtract, multiply polynomials
+
Factor trinomials
+
Solve equations by factoring
+
Solve applications of polynomial equations and functions
At the end of the sixth week the students
should be able to
+
Simplify, multiply, and divide rational expressions
+
Add and subtract rational expressions
+
Simplify complex rational expressions
+
Solve Rational Equations
+
Use proportion to solve application problems
At the end of the seventh week the
students should be able to
+
Understand radical expressions and functions
+
Simplify radical expressions
+
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide radical expressions
+
Solving radical equations
+
Solving applications involving powers and roots
+
Understand complex numbers
At the end of the eighth week the
students should be able to
+
Understand the quadratic formula
+
Solve quadratic equations with the quadratic formula
+
Solve applications involving quadratic formula
+
Graph quadratic equations
At the end of the ninth week the students
should be able to
+
Use and convert linear measurements
+
Find the perimeter and area of a square, rectangle, parallelogram,
trapezoid, and triangle
+
Find the circumference and the area of a circle
+
Find volume and capacity of a box, cylinder, and sphere.
+
Use Pythagorean Theorem to solve application problems
+
Understand the characteristics of parabolas, circles, ellipses, and
hyperbola.
At the end of the tenth week the students
should be able to
+
Understand exponential, logarithmic functions
+
Understand inverse and composite functions
+
Understand logarithmic properties
+
Solve exponential and logarithmic equations
Final
Grade: 
Grading
Scale: 

Class participation 
10 % 
90 – 100 : 
A 
Homework Assignments 
20 % 
80 – 90 : 
B 
Midterm Exam 
30 % 
70 – 80 : 
C 
Final Exam 
40 % 
60 – 70 : 
D 


Below 60 : 
F 
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though, the absences were unavoidable.
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"I' automatically becomes an administrative "F"
("F*"). An administrative "F" counts as a "0" in
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introductory (and limited higher) level courses in accounting, computer
information systems, English and mathematics for which they are registered. Tutoring
is highly recommended at the first sign of academic difficulty. Appointment
or tutoring referrals are NOT
required in order to
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