College Algebra Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Office Location

Engineering 201C

Office Hours

Office Hours:

I will be holding my office hours everyday after class!  If you need me during the day, you can see my class schedule to see which room I wil be in and I will be happy to meet with you after ANY of my classes (not just the one you are in!)

** I am also always available through email if you need immediate assistance – please email (You will reach me by email much faster than by my office phone).

You will be provided with my cell phone number (and rules!) during the first class..

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MATH-1314-001 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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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
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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

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


All course material will be available through Blackboard.

You will need to purchase a MyMathLab code through the bookstore. 


Calculator:  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 or phone apps will be permitted at the instructors discretion.  Note that no TI-89s or TI-Nspires will be permitted during the exams.

Electronic Devices:  You will need a working laptop, computer, tablet, or phone to participate in remote class meetings, watch video lectures, and complete online homework and tests.  You will also need access to a reliable printer to produce class notes.  (Computers and printers are available for student use in the Underground in the WARE Building on the Washington Street Campus.)

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

Student Responsibilities:   Students are expected to be ON TIME, PREPARED with homework completed and ready to turn in, and PARTICIPATE DURING CLASS in a positive manner.  Students are expected to read the syllabus and to sign and turn in a course contract before the first exam can be taken by the student.  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  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.  

Videos/Photos: Students must receive instructor consent before taking pictures or videos of the instructor's work or lessons.  

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.  
Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying from another student’s paper or using any unauthorized sources of information while taking an exam or quiz.  On the first day of class, you will be required to sign and date a Course Contract. Included in the contract is the following statement: "I fully understand that if I cheat, or attempt to cheat, on any test I will receive an automatic “F” in the course.  This grade will go on my permanent transcript and cannot be removed.  Cheating includes the use of cell phone calculators, the illegal use of books, notes, cell phones, and copying. Cheating also includes helping, or attempting to help, other students to cheat on a test."   You will not be allowed to take your tests until this contract is signed and on file in your instructor's office.   Please Note: 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!

Communication:  Students participating 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:  These will be provided on Blackboard under the "content" tab.

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.

Test Reviews:  Reviews will assigned before each major exam.  Each review functions as a practice exam.  Reviews will be on paper and posted in Blackboard.  You must turn in a completed review before you will be allowed to take the exam.  Expect your grade on the exam to be similar to your grade on the review.  

Exams:  Four major exams will be given and will be completed outside of class in the Math Testing Lab.  Students must show an Amarillo College ID and turn in an exam review before testing.  No late exams will be given, no matter the reason.  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 Lab.  At the end of the semester, your final exam grade will replace your lowest exam grade if it is higher.  All graded exams will be kept on file in the math department.  If you score below a 70 on an exam, you will be required to spend at least 1 hour receiving help in the Math Outreach Center before you will be allowed to take the next exam.

Conditional Final Exam:  Students may opt out of taking the coprehensive final exam if they have not missed any unit exams AND have an overall average greater than a 70.  If a unit exam is missed, you will be required to take the final and it will replace the missed exam grade.  Students with an overall average less than 70 will also be required to take the final, and the final will replace the lowest exam grade.  If you have an overall average above a 70, but want to improve your average, you will also be allowed to take the exam with the expectation that it will replace your lowest exam score.  Note that the finlal exam will still count even if it is not higher than your lowest exam grade.  To be taken in the Math Testing Center by October 14th at NOON.

Extra Credit: Extra credit will not be given.

Attendance:  I do not give an attendance grade.  I do, however, encourage you to attend on a regular basis.  The best way to be successful in your courses is to be there everyday, taking notes, and participating.     

Extra Credit: Extra credit will not be given.

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)


Online Reviews (No drop grades)


Online Exams (5 Exams, no drops)




I have provided a link to the Math Testing Center below.  Here you will find their hours of operation and rules!



Attendance:  Attendance will be taken every day for the on campus students only. This is so that the college can keep track of who physically in class each day, it will NOT affect your grade (either in the positive or negative)

The deadline to drop this course is June 23rd, 2022.  To complete the drop process, you must submit your drop form to me by noon on June 22, 2022 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.


Tentative Schedule (subject to change at any time by your instructor)

Week 1:  Orientation, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

Week 2:  Unit 1 Test, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4  

Week 3:   Unit 2 Test,3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Week 4:  Unit 3 Test, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5

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

Week 6:  Unit 5 Test, Conditional Final

Additional Information

If you miss class,  it is your responsibility to get any notes or assignments, and be aware of any due dates.

Food/Drink:  Food and drink are allowed during the lecture and lab.

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

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:

Contact your instructor to make an appointment for help.

Get free tutoring from the Outreach Center (Durr 104, 371-5119).  You will need your AC ID to sign in.  
In Person Hours:   Monday - Friday  8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.,

                                Saturday  9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sunday closed

Remote Tutoring hours:  Monday:                 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

                                           Tuesday - Friday:  8:00 am - 11:00 pm

                                            Saturday:              9:00 am - 11:00 pm

                                            Sunday:                2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Syllabus Created on:

05/22/22 6:19 PM

Last Edited on:

05/22/22 6:30 PM