College Algebra for STEM Majors Syllabus for 2020-2021
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Engineering E 210A

Office Hours

SUMMER I 2022  (May 23 to July 01, 2022)

Monday -- Thursday: 12:30 pm to 01:00 pm [Or/ By appointment]

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MATH-1414-001 College Algebra for STEM Majors


Prerequisite:Scores on a state-approved test indicating college-level math skills Corequisite: MATH 0315

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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Department Expectations

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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
Make appointment at

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.


(4 sem hrs; 4 lec)

Class Type

Tech Supported

Syllabus Information


Textbook: College Algebra, 11th Edition

Author: Michael Sullivan; Publications: Pearson

ISBN:  9780135163047

A hard copy of the textbook is required. (e-textbook or pdf. is optional) No assignment online.

No assignment will be in My Math Lab for the entire course. All homework and exams are required to be in details and with step by step methods of neat and legible handwritten copies


Required supplies for Math 1414-005 for this Spring I 2021 semester of COVID-19 affect:

1) Hard copy of Text book for only doing the homeork (e-book or soft copy is optional)

2) Access to computer and internet for virtual classrooms

3) 2 inch 3-ring binder that will hold the work to have them organized.

4) Pencils, erasers, highlighter and notebook paper.

6) TI-84/CE Graphing calculator. You may load TI-84 calculator app to your phone (webbitemu for androids). You may use the following emulator of TI-84 calculator: 

You may watch the video how to download:

The recommended calculator is a Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus CE.  Other forms of Texas Instruments or Casio graphing calculators will be permitted at the instructors discretion. 

Calculators are available to check out on the 4th floor of Ware Student Commons.  Students must show their schedule and that they are registered for a class that requires a graphing calculator.  The calculator must be returned at the end of the semester or the student will be required to replace the calculator with a new TI-84.

Students need access to a computer with a reliable internet connection to complete online homework assignments and access to a printer to occasionally print course materials.

Students need an official Amarillo College student ID to scan into the Academic Success Center - Math (Outreach Center), while open.  It is recommended that you use the virtual tutoring with the access code that will be given to you the first week.

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/STEM course: 

  1. Factoring
  2. Rules for Exponents
  3. Factor expansion:  distribution, foil, conjugates
  4. Completing the Square
  5. Complex Numbers
  6. Rational Numbers:  operations
  7. 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

For Sumer I 2021, this course will be delivered in a tech-supported learning format.  Not all outlined conditions below are possible with the spread of Covid-19 and AC responding to the CDC safety procedures.  The WARE Underground is open on the Washington Street campus with computer access and tech support for your personal devices.  

Student Responsibilities:  Minimum 10 hours of deeply-focused study per week is required for this 4-credit course! Syllabus is vast and more than usual in comparison to any other course!

Amarillo College Tutoring for Success Policy:

The Tutoring for Success policy applies to any student whose grade or performance in the course fails below a departmentally determined minimum threshold.  In either of those cases, the instructor will direct the student to the appropriate tutoring services, which may be faculty-led, discipline=specific departmental guidelines governing the use, duration, and grade component of the tutoring need.

Classes will be conducted by "Zoom Meeting". Following is the link to join from May 24, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 09:30 am to 11:55 a.m.

Join Zoom Meeting Math 1414-001 SU I, 2021 ---

Meeting ID: 893 0566 1318

It is required to attend each class meeting, since attendance will be part of your grade and will assist you in your learning process. Class joining link will also be provided on blackboard. 

Student Responsibilities:  Students are expected to be ON TIME, PREPARED with homework completed on previous lessons, and PARTICIPATE DURING CLASS in a positive manner. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to the following:  the use of cellular phones, texting, making offensive remarks, talking, use of personal music systems, doing homework or other personal projects during class time, or engaging in any other form of distraction.  For a full discussion of appropriate behavior and student responsibilities, please refer to the student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook Http://  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:  You are allowed to have food or drinks while in virtual classroom, but you must take the class notes properly.

Videos/Photos:  Each class session will be recorded and will be provided to students by email after the class.

Grading Criteria

The final score will be computed based on the followings:

Grading Policy


Grading Scale


Exam Reviews




HW Assignments

Lab Assignments





Chapter Exams




Final Exam




Att. & Participation


59 and Below


I. Homework Assignments: Homework assignments will be posted on the Drop-Box of the Blackboard and chapter wise. You have to do the assigned homework problems in details, showing all necessary steps (not interested on correct answers only), then the scanned copies into a single pdf needs to be submitted. You are recommended to use 'CamScanner', a 100% free app on your smartphone to scan, unless you have access to a scanner machine. 'CamScanner' will convert and combine multiple pages of the jpeg doc into a single pdf, more than one pdf is not obtainable for checking on Blackboard's Drop-Box. Homework assignments are weighted by 10% on overall.

II. Lab assignment problems will be posted on the Drop-Box of the Blackboard almost every week. You have to submit the completed work as single pdf (same as like homwork). Lab assignments are weighted by 10% on overall.  

III. Chapter Exams: All exams must be taken at ‘Math Testing Center’. Four Chapter Exams and a comprehensive Final Exam will be taken.  If you miss a Chapter Exam, the grade on your Final Exam will be used to replace the missing grade. If you don't miss any of them, then the lowest score will be replaced by the Final Exam score if that is higher. So, NO make up for any missing exam. Each Chapter Exam is weighted individually by 12.5% and the Final Exam is by 15%.

IV. Exam Reviews: Exam Reviews will be assigned at the end of each chapter and before the chapter exams and so as for the final. Completed Exam Reviews are required to turn in at testing center before the Exam starts, these are considered as Exam-ticket. If you left these Exam-tickets at home, no entrance for appointed exam, testing center front desk will ask you to re-schedule that exam.  EXAM REVIEWS are weighted by 5%.

V. Attendance & Participation: There are only 15 classes for this 6-weeks course. At every class, multiple exercises of various theorems will be covered in class lecture. Missing one class is equal to missing a whole month in comparison to 4-days classes!! So, attendance to all these 15 classes and regular practice of daily lessons are REQUIRED for this course. Attendance will be recorded carefully and will be graded at the end of the semester.  Attendance is weighted by 10%!!

(a) Exam 1 on: Exercises R.2, R.4, R.5, R.7, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3

(b) Exam 2 on: Exercises 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 2.3, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

(c) Exam 3 on: Exercises 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.6

(d) Exam 4 on: Exercises 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.8

(e) Final Exam (Must be within Tuesday, June 30, 2021): Additional Exercises for the Final Exam R.8, 2.1, 2.4, 7.3, 7.4, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.6.

Final Exam: Final Exam is Required and mandatory!! Under NO circumstances will the final be given late (No Make Up)! 


*See attendance policy in "Grading Criteria" section above.

If you are absent for any reason, please be responsible for obtaining the assignments and notes from me or from other class participants. Deadline for withdrawing from this class is Thursday, June 24, 2021.

To drop the class, student has to contact the instructor by official email to give the written withdrawal concern that needs to be documented. After receiving the drop request in proper format, instructor will provide  the "Withdrawal Request Form with approval signature on that". Then the student has to sign and fill out some blanks and then to submit to register's office within June 24, 05:00 pm.  Deadline for letting me know you want to drop is 5:00 pm on June 23, Tuesday.  

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.


Tentative Schedule:  This schedule is subject to change by the instructor at any time.

Week 1:    Orientation, Ex. R.2, R.4, R.5, R.7, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, Exam 1

Week 2:   Ex. 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 2.3, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5Exam 2

Week 3:  Ex. 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.6, 5.4, 5.3, Exam 3

Week 4:  Ex. 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.6, Exam 4

Week 5:  Ex. R.8, 2.1, 2.4, 7.3, 7.4, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3

Week 6:  Final Review, Final Exam. 

Additional Information

For any technical difficulties, please contact:

Free Help:  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 followings are the ways to get help outside of class:

1.  Please, contact your instructor to make an appointment if needed to see in-person.

2. To get immediate tutoring help, join virtual tutoring center by the following link:

Meeting ID: 541 139 851

3. In-person tutoring help is strongly recommended for fast-paced 6-wks math courses, and specially for STEM 1414 algebra. 

Tutoring Center Operational Hours:  Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sunday Closed. Also, virtual tutoring is available and encouraged by the same time-frame. Above is the link for virtual tutoring.

4.  If you need help with AC Connect, you can contact the AC Help Center at 371-5000, or via email at (

Math Testing Center (Durrett 103 ) Academic Success Center-Math (Outreach Center) (Durrett 104)
Monday - Thursday Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday Saturday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
371-5088 371-5119

Hours for the Academic Success Center-Math (ORC) are subject to change with Covid-19.

Syllabus Created on:

05/17/21 1:56 PM

Last Edited on:

08/16/21 8:54 AM