College Algebra Syllabus for 2020-2021
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MATH-1314-005 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

Tech Supported

Syllabus Information


You will also need access to a working camera and/or scanner.


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

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 will also need the ability to scan documents and upload to google classroom.  

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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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

Class Days:  This class is "tech-supported" and will meet remotely using Zoom daily at 7:30AM.  To access the meeting, you may use the link provided in Blackboard and emailed to you.  The link is also posted in google classroom.  Please follow the meeting etiquette tips posted in Blackboard. 

Student Responsibilities:   Students are expected to be ON TIME, PREPARED with notes completed and turned into google classroom prior to class.  Students should participate in class in a positive manner.  Using foul language in emails or discussions will not be tolerated and may 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:  Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated in any math course at Amarillo College. Students that cheat, or attempt to cheat, on any test will receive an automatic “F” in the course.  This grade will go on your permanent transcript and cannot be removed.  Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the illegal use of books, notes, cell phones, copying or leaving the Math Testing Center with a test or questions from a test. Cheating also includes helping, or attempting to help, other students to cheat on a test regardless of the testing venue.

Grading Criteria

Lecture Notes:  Prior to attending class each day, students will be required to watch lecture videos and complete guided notes printed from Google Classroom.  Upon completion of each section of notes, students will be required to upload their notes to Google Classroom for a grade.  Due dates are set in Google Classroom and late work is not accepted.  Instructions on how to turn in assignments will be given in class.  Students who have made photo copies of another students notes will not receive credit.  Grading will be as follows:  fully completed notes on note pages (100); incomplete notes or notes on notebook paper (50);  late submission, no notes or blank notes (0).  Notes should be uploaded as a single pdf file.  Ten points will be deducted if multiple files are uploaded.     

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 accompany 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 on the class schedule in Blackboard and also on MyMathLab.  While taking the exams, students will be required to complete a testing form located in Google Classroom showing all work.  Once complete, these forms will be uploaded to Google classroom.  Late submissions of exam forms will receive a 0; however, students will still be required to complete the form and will be unable to access any future exams until the previous exam form is turned in and checked.  If you score below a 70 on any unit exam, you will be required to complete 1 hour of tutoring in the Math Academic Success Center (  Students will unable to access upcoming exams until tutoring is complete.  Due dates for tutoring are included on the course schedule available in blackboard.  Exams are to be taken individually, no "team testing."  See the section on "cheating and plagiarism" for consequences of cheating (team testing).

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 (1 drop grade)


Online Homework (Drop 2 lowest grades)


Online Reviews/Test Exam Forms
(No drop grades)


Online Exams (5 Exams, no drops)



Attendance:  Attendance will be taken every day at varying times during class.  To get counted as present, you must attend class the entire time we are meeting and participate in the chat.  Your chat responses will be how I take attendance.  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 August 5, 2021.  To complete the drop process, you must submit your drop form to me for my signature by 5pm on August 4.  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, 1.3

Week 2:  Sections 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, Unit 1 Test

Week 3:  Sections 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, Unit 2 Test

Week 4:  Sections 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, Unit 3 Test

Week 5:  Sections 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, Unit 4 Test

Week 6:  Unit 5 Test, 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:

06/17/21 8:22 AM

Last Edited on:

06/17/21 8:34 AM