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MATH-1314-010 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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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
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You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Tech Supported

Syllabus Information


Mml W/Etext Access Card, Math 1314 Blitzer 
ISBN 0135902118
Copyright 18    Edition 7



Students will need a graphing calculator for this course.  The recommended calculator is a Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus.  Other forms of Texas Instruments or Casio graphing calculators will be permitted at the instructors discretion.  Note that no TI-89s or TI-Nspires will be permitted.  You may download a free calculator emulator for 90 days to use at

You may also use the TI emulator. Further details will be provided in Blackboard.

Students need access to a computer with a reliable internet connection to complete online homework assignments and chapter exams and access to a printer to produce class notes.

Students need access to a device with a camera and microphone.

Student Performance

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

  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

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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

First Day of Class:  Due to the COVID-19 situation, this class will meet remotely using Zoom at 12:30PM.  To access the meeting, please go to the link provided in Blackboard & emailed to you.

Student Responsibilities:   Students are expected to be ON TIME, PREPARED with notes completed and ready for a note check upon arriving in class and participate in class in a positive manner.  Disrespectful language will not be tolerated.  Using foul language in emails or discussions will result in possible removal from the course.  You are expected to express yourself with courtesy and consideration at all times.  For a full discussion of appropriate behavior and student responsibilities, please refer to the Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook  Students who fail to comply with the standards outlined in the syllabus and/or Student Rights & Responsibilities will be subject to disciplinary action. 

Food/Drink: It is the policy of the Mathematics & Engineering Department that food and drink be allowed in the classroom setting, at the instructor’s discretion. Food and drink are not allowed in the computer labs or in classrooms when laptop computers are in use by the student. 

Phones/Pagers: It is the policy of the Mathematics & Engineering Department that cell phones and pagers must be turned off or in silent mode in the classrooms and the computer labs.  

Guests/Children:  It is the policy of the Mathematics & Engineering Department that only students enrolled in this course attend this course.  

Policy on Cheating and Plagiarism:  Scholastic dishonesty shall constitute a violation of the rules and regulations described in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook under Student Conduct and Responsibilities.  Consequences for cheating may include  receiving a zero for an assignment, permanent removal from the class, or failing the course.

Communication:  Students participating on campus and in remote meetings should maintain an attitude of courtesy and respect at all times.  Students are also encouraged to communicate with the instructor to address any concerns about the course on a regular basis.

Grading Criteria

Lecture Notes:  Prior to attending class each day, students will be required to watch lecture videos and complete guided notes printed from Blackboard.  When students arrive on campus for their assigned class day the notes will be checked for completion.  Students who have made photo copies of another students notes will not receive credit.  Grading will be as follows:  fully completed notes - 100, incomplete notes - 50, no notes or blank notes - 0.   

Online Homework:  All homework will be completed online using the MyMathLab website.  Help buttons will be available for each problem in MyMathLab, and you may rework problems multiple times until you get the correct answer.  Due dates will be posted on the class schedule in Blackboard and also on the MyMathLab website.  Though this homework will be submitted online, I strongly recommend that you keep an organized log of written work to accomplany each homework assignment to better learn the process of solving problems.

Online Test Reviews:  Reviews will be assigned on MyMathLab before each major exam.  Each review functions as a practice exam.  Expect your grade on the exam to be similar to your grade on the review.  Keep in mind that you may work the review problems multiple times to keep improving your grade and to better prepare for the exam.

Exams:  Five unit exams will be given on MyMathLab.  Due dates are posted in the class schedule in Blackboard and also on MyMathLab. You are required to submit your written work for each exam to Google Classroom in order to receive credit on the exam. Exams without written work will receive a grade of a 0. If you score below a 70 on any unit exam, you will be required to complete one hour of tutoring before taking the next exam.  This will be completed online at  

Low Exam Retake:  At the end of the semester, if your average is less than 70 or you did not complete a unit exam, you will be required to retake your lowest unit exam on MyMathLab.  If your average is higher than 70 but you wish to improve your grade, you will also be given the opportunity to retake your lowest exam on MyMathLab.  However, if your average is 70 or above AND you are content with your grade, you will not be required to retake any unit exam.      

Extra Credit/Late Work: Extra credit will not be given and late work will not be accepted.

Grading Policy:  Your grade (90-100% A, 80-89% B, 70-79% C, 60-69% D, less than 60 F) will be determined using the following weights:


Percentage of Total Grade



Note Check (No drop grades)


Online Homework (Drop 2 lowest grades)


Online Reviews (No drop grades)


Online Exams (5 Exams, no drops)



Attendance:  Attendance will be taken every day.  You are allowed to miss one day without penalty.  For every absence after the first, 5 points will be deducted for your attendance grade.

The deadline to drop this course is Tuesday, May 4, 2021.  To complete the drop process, you must submit your drop form to me by noon on May 4 and submit it to the Registrar that day.  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.  

Note:  Late drops will NOT be given under any circumstance.


Calendar and Homework Assignments (subject to change at any time by your instructor)

Week 1:  Orientation, Sections 1.1, 1.2,

Week 2:  Sections 1.3,1.4, Unit 1 Test, Section 2.1

Week 3:  Sections 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, Unit 2 Test

Week 4:  Sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Week 5:  Unit 3 Test, Sections 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

Week 6:  Sections 4.4, Unit 4 Test, Section 5.1

Week 7:  Sections 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, Unit 5 Test

Week 8:  Conditional Final Exam

Additional Information

COVID-19 UPDATE:  Tutoring may be completed in the Academic Success Center for Math in person on campus (Durrett Hall Room 104) or virtually by Zoom.  Find more information at

To join an ongoing Zoom Meeting for tutoring, go to  Use the Meeting ID:  541 139 851

Outreach Tutoring Center Hours
Monday - Thursday
8:00am - 8:00pm
8:00am - 8:00pm
9:00am - 8:00pm

Syllabus Created on:

03/19/21 10:09 AM

Last Edited on:

03/19/21 10:10 AM