College Algebra Syllabus for 2021-2022
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MATH-1314-007 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

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information



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 access to a printer to produce class notes and reviews.

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

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

Class Days:  We will meet in person Monday through Thursday on the Washington Street campus of Amarillo College.  This is not a tech-supported course.  

Student Responsibilities:   Students are expected to be ON TIME and PREPARED for class daily.  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

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 announced in class and also posted on the calendar in Blackboard and on the MyMathLab website.  Though 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.

Exam Reviews:  Reviews will be assigned before each major exam and will be turned in to the Math Testing Center prior to taking each exam.  Reviews will be graded on a completion basis.  Students will get credit for each problem done in pencil and completed with work shown and will receive no credit for those left undone, those with no work shown, or not completed according to the stated directions.  Students will not be allowed to take an exam without first turning in a COMPLETED exam review including all necessary work.  Late reviews will not be accepted after the exam due date.  

Exams: Five exams will be given and completed in the Math Testing Center outside of class time. No late exams will be given, no matter the reason.  The Math Testing Center rules are included at the end of the syllabus.  Students must show an Amarillo College ID and turn in an exam review before testing.  If you know in advance that you will be gone during the assigned exam dates, you MUST make arrangements with your instructor to take the exam early in the Math Testing Center.  At the end of the semester, if you miss an exam or score low on an exam you may replaced the score with the grade you make on the final exam.  All graded exams will be kept on file in your instructor's office. 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 ( before being allowed to take the next exam.

Final Exam:  The final exam is optional under certain conditions.  Students may opt out of taking the comprehensive final exam if they have not missed any unit exams AND have an overall average greater than a 70.  If a student misses a unit exam, they will be required to take the comprehensive final exam to replace the missed exam grade.  Students with overall averages less than a 70 will be required to take the comprehensive final exam and the final will replace the lowest unit exam grade, even if the final is lower.  Students who have taken all exams and have an average greater than a 70, but wish to try and improve their average may also choose to take the final exam.  In this case, students will determine which unit exam grade will be replaced by the final exam.  The final exam will count even if the score is lower on the final than the original 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



Online Homework (Drop 2 lowest grades)


Exam Reviews


Exams (5 Exams, no drops)


Conditional Final Exam ---------


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 May 4, 2022.  To complete the drop process, you must submit your drop form to me for my signature by 5pm on May 3rd.  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:  Section 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

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 following are a few ways to get FREE help outside of class:

  1. Contact your instructor to make an appointment for help.
  2. Get free tutoring from the Academic Success Center - Math (Outreach Center) (Durrett Hall, Room 104, 371-5119).  You will need your AC ID to sign in.  
    Hours:    Monday - Friday  8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sunday closed
  3. If you need help with AC Connect, you can contact the AC Help Center at 371-5000, or via email at
  4. Smarthinking (link on the left of Bb shell)

A Note from the Instructor:  As you already know, success in a math class takes work, commitment, and perseverance. As your instructor, I am here to facilitate your efforts to reach your educational goals. I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you this semester. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need help.

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

Math Academic Success Center (Durrett104 – 806.371.5119)
In-Person Tutoring
Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 8pm


Virtual Tutoring
Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 8pm

Zoom Link:

MATH TESTING CENTER RULES: An Amarillo College picture ID is required in order to take a test in the Math Lab. 

  • Books can be placed in the bookshelf before you request a test but Amarillo College is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Once you have begun work on a test that is considered one attempt. You cannot leave the Math Lab and return to finish that test at a later time.
  • In the testing room, please do not sit by someone with the same colored test. All purses must be on the floor.
  • The Math Lab will not hand out a test less than one hour before closing time.
  • The Math Lab personnel will pick up your test five minutes prior to closing time.
  • The Math Lab hours are posted on the outside door and in this syllabus.
  • Please come prepared. If you do not have a pencil, you may purchase one from the Math Lab for 25 cents.  Please bring exact change. Pens are not allowed on any test.
  • Childcare arrangements must be made prior to testing. Children may not accompany students into testing room or be left unattended anywhere on campus.
  • Cell phones must be turned off as not to disturb other students who are testing. NO CELL PHONES in the Testing Room. If we see your cell phone out AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY REASON, while in the testing room, YOU WILL RECEIVE an "F" for the course!

Math Testing Center (Durrett 103 – 806.371.5088)
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 9pm
Friday:  8am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 8pm
No test handed out less than an hour before closing

Syllabus Created on:

03/07/22 12:45 PM

Last Edited on:

03/21/22 2:11 PM