College Algebra Syllabus for 2020-2021
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MATH-1314-DC002 College Algebra


Prerequisite:Scores on a state-approved test indicating college-level math skills Corequisite: MATH 0314

Course Description

In-depth study and applications of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations using matrices. Additional topics such as sequences, series, probability and conics may be included.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Dual Credit Course

Syllabus Information


College Algebra, 7th Edition...Author: Blitzer; Pearson

MyMathLab Access Code required, textbook optional


Graphing Calculator:  A TI-84 Plus calculator is preferred.  Students unable to afford the purchase of a graphing calculator can apply to check one out for the semester.  Bring a copy of your schedule to the Adult Students Program, Student Services Center, Room 130, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. No sharing of calculators is allowed.

Access to a working computer with internet access and a printer.  You may use the computers on the 2nd floor of the AC Library or the computers in the Student Outreach Center in ENGR 104.  This enables your access to our class AC Online Course homepage and your access to the online homework found at

Student Performance

Learning Objectives: After completing this course, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following topics as evaluated by the faculty in the department/program:

  1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of properties of functions, including domain and range, operations, compositions, and inverses.
  2. Recognize and apply polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions and solve related equations.
  3. Apply graphing techniques.
  4. Evaluate all roots of higher degree polynomial and rational functions.
  5. Recognize, solve and apply systems of linear equations using matrices.

The following Developmental Math topics will be imbedded in this College Algebra course:  Fractions; Factoring; Rules for Exponents; Factor expansion:  distribution, foil, conjugates; Order of Operations; Radical and Complex Numbers; Completing the Square; and other topics as needed.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to behave in a manner that is supportive of the learning environment. For a full discussion of appropriate behavior and studentresponsibilities, please refer to the Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook.  Students who fail to comply with the standards outlined in the syllabus and/or AC’s Student Rights & Responsibilities will be subject to disciplinary action which may include, but is not limited to: removal from the classroom, consultation with the Math & Engineering Department Chair and/or other AC authority, withdrawal from the course and/or Amarillo College.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying from another student’s paper, using unauthorized sources of information on any assignment, turning in work that is not your own (copied from the solution manual, having someone else do your work, etc.), and allowing someone to cheat. Any student who cheats will receive a grade of zero for that assignment (grade may NOT be dropped or replaced) and/or other disciplinary action as described in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

Grading Criteria

Homework: Homework will be assigned using MyMathLab.  No late work will be accepted, so complete all assignments on time.  I will drop TWO grades and the remaining will count as 10% of your average.  Written FOCUS problems will be assigned and graded by your high school teacher.  I will drop TWO and the remaninig will count as 10% of your average.

To access MyMathLab where your online homework is located, get online on your computer and go to  You will need our class’s Course ID which is XXXXXXXX and your Student Access Code which is found in the red and white MyMathLab kit/folder which is bundled with your new textbook or you can purchase an access code online with a credit card during the registration process.

To Register and Enroll in MyMathLab:

  1. Go to www.pearsonmylabandmastering.comand click the Register button in the Students Area.
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions to register and enroll.  Remember, if you received the My Math Lab kit with your textbook, you do not need to purchase access online.  Your student access code is included in the kit.  If you did not purchase the textbook with the kit included, you will need to purchase access online using a credit card.  If you are retaking this course with the SAME TEXTBOOK, you can reuse the access code you used last time.
  3. During the registration process, if you have not used MymathLab before you will choose a username and password.  Consider using the same username and password you use for your AC Online access and be sure to write it down so you don’t forget it.  You are now ready to enter our course and you will see the course “homepage.”
  4. The first time you get into our course, you will need to run the “Browser Check” found on that homepage to make sure you have what you need to view the content in your course on your computer.  Blue “checks” are good.  If you get any red “x’s”, just follow the onscreen instructions.  If you need help from the software publisher, their “help” number is 1-800-677-6337.
  5. On the homepage, please also notice the links to “Pearson tutor services” and “How to Enter Answers”, which is a video that helps you learn how to put fractions, square roots, etc. into this software.  Both links are very helpful.
  6. Now you are ready to access your online homework.  Inside the course, click “Do Homework” on the left side of the page, and begin!  Also note, you can view your homework grades under the button called “Gradebook.”

Exams:   Four major exams will be given via MyMathLab.   If you miss a major exam, the grade on your final exam will be used to replace the missing grade.  I do not offer make-up exams.  If you know ahead of time that you will be missing an exam, you may schedule to take the exam early.  If you miss more than one exam (remember the first missed one is replaced by your grade on the final exam) a second missed exam will be recorded as a zero.  If you do not miss any exam and your final exam grade is higher than your lowest test score, I will replace the lowest test score with your final test grade.

Midterm and Final Exams: The midterm will be in written form and will be taken at your high school: Monday, March 8 through Wednesday, March 10.  The final exam will be in written form and will be taken at your high school:  Monday, May 10 through Wednesday, May 12.  

Both midterm and final exams will have a 2 hour time limit.  The final exam is comprehensive.

If needed, the midterm and/or final exam can be taken on the AC campus, at the Math Testing Center.  The Math Testing Center is in Durrett Hall room 103 and is open from 8am - 10pm Monday - Thursday; 8am-8pm Friday; 9am-8pm Saturday.  This must be scheduled and coordinated with your AC instructor and high school teacher at least 2 weeks in advance and an official AC ID is required.  You must arrive at least 2 hours before closing time in the Math Testing Center, due to the 2 hour time limit.

Other Information:  Before you ask, I do not give extra credit.  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board sets the topics that must be covered in order to receive credit for a course. The instructor sets the pace to meet these requirements. Any student having trouble maintaining the pace should seek extra help from the instructor and/or a tutor.

Grading Criteria/Scale:

FOCUS (drop 2) ........7.5%, MML Homework(drop 2)........7.5%, Reviews........5%, Exams........40%, Midterm Exam.......20%, Final Exam........20%


Attendance:  Remember that the deadline for withdrawing from this class is April 22.  If you stop attending class and your average drops below a 60 due to missed assignments and you do not officially drop the course by this deadline, you will receive an F for the course.  Discuss your situation with your high school teacher, parents and/or counselor, then have your high school teacher email in the request to withdraw.


Week 1 Introduction, syllabus, 1.1, 1.2
Week 2 1.3, 1.4
Week 3 Unit 1 Review, Unit 1 Test
Week 4 2.1, 2.2
Week 5 2.3, 2.4
Week 6 Unit 2 Review, Unit 2 Test
Week 7 3.1, 3.2
Week 8 3.3, 3.4 Midterm Exam - sections 1.1 - 3.2
Week 9 Unit 3 Review, Unit 3 Test
Week 10 4.1, 4.2
Week 11 4.3, 4.4
Week 12 Unit 4 Review, Unit 4 Test
Week 13 5.1, 5.2
Week 14 5.3, 5.4
Week 15 Unit 5 Review, Unit 5 Test
Week 16 Final Exam


Additional Information

Resources:  If you feel yourself getting behind in class or having problems with certain concepts covered, get help immediately.  It is YOUR responsibility to get help outside of class.  The following are a few ways to get FREE help:

  1. Contact your instructor during office hours or make an appointment.
  2. Get free tutoring from the Outreach Center (Engineering Rm 104)
  3. Get free tutoring from Student Support Services (Rm 305 of library; 371-5420)
  4. Get free tutoring 24/7 from Smarthinking Online Tutoring.  Available on the AC Online homepage under "Institutional Resources".

Additional Contacts:  

Penelope Davies, Department Chair, 371-5901

Vicky Barker, Staff Assistant, 371-5158


Syllabus Created on:

01/15/21 4:56 PM

Last Edited on:

01/15/21 4:56 PM