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Syllabus (Greensheet) for College Algebra (Math 8) Summer 2013

Important: Please check Canvas for the official version of this document. This is provided for your convenience only.

Note: The schedule shows two days for each examination. This is to allow you some flexibility in your schedule. You will need to allow at least a 3 hour continual period during this time to set up and complete your examination.

Instructor: Dr. Julie Sliva Spitzer
Email: Julie.sliva@sjsu.edu

SJSU Catalog Description
Review of basic college algebra. Complex numbers, functions, graphs, polynomials, inverse functions, exponential and logarithmic functions.  This course fulfils a GE math requirement.  3 units.
Course Description
In this class, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of algebraic principles, many of which you may have seen before, and learn how to use them to solve problems that we encounter in everyday life.
The online version of College Algebra will cover all of the topics that you would see in more traditional class formats, but it will present the material in a way that we hope you’ll find fresh and interesting. You will learn about functions, polynomials, graphing, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic equations, and much more, all through exploring real-world scenarios.
Satisfaction of ELM requirement. Basic arithmetic - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of positive and negative numbers, and manipulation of fractions. 

*Not required for the course but may be purchased for additional reference material.
College Algebra and Calculus: An Applied Approach, by Ron Larson and Anne Hodgkins, published by Brooks/Cole, CENGAGE Learning. Book’s companion website has a lot of good information: www.cengage.com/gateway/sjsucalc The SJSU Bookstore will be selling a paperback custom edition bundled with Enhanced WebAssign. This custom edition will be the same as the book above, but will have the title College Algebra and Applied Calculus at SJSU. 

Student Outcomes
A student should be able to:

  1. Solve linear and quadratic equations.
  2. Draw linear and quadratic functions. 
  3. Combine functions, graph them and find their domains and ranges.. 
  4. Compute inverse functions. 
  5. Factor polynomials, find their roots and graph them. 
  6. Add, multiply and find the conjugate of complex numbers. 
  7. Solve exponential and logarithmic equations. 
  8. Apply the above concepts to solve word problems. 

Course Assessment

Problem Sets20%
Exam #125%June 28-29, 2013
Exam #225%July 26-27, 2013
Final Exam30%August 8-9, 2013

Please note that since this is an online course all assessments are completed online. There are NO exceptions to when these exams are given. There are no make-up exams. If the grade on your final exam is higher than your grade on exam 1 or exam 2, then it will be used to replace the lower of the two grades. 

Late work
No late work will be accepted. You may turn assignments in early but no late work will be accepted. 


PercentageLetter Grade
94% and aboveA
below 60%F

University Policies
*Academic integrity*
Students are expected to be familiar with the University’s Academic Integrity Policy. Please review this at http://sa.sjsu.edu/student_conduct. “Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University and the University’s integrity policy, require you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical development.”

Instances of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Cheating on exams or plagiarism (presenting the work of another as your own, or the use of another person’s ideas without giving proper credit) will result in a failing grade and sanctions by the University. For this class, all assignments are to be completed by the individual student unless otherwise specified. “If you would like to include in your assignment any material you have submitted, or plan to submit for another class, please note that SJSU’s Academic Policy F06-1 requires approval of instructors.”

*Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act*
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the DRC (Disability Resource Center) to establish a record of their disability.  Special accommodations for exams require ample notice to the testing office and must be submitted to the instructor well in advance of the exam date. 

Tentative Course Schedule
Note : All problem sets are due on the date listed below in red at midnight PST. Ex: the first Problem set is due June 9th at 11:59 pm. 

WeekDue DateTopicAssessmentLearning Outcomes
16/9/13Numbers, Expressions and EquationsProblem Set 11, 8
26/16/13Points and LinesProblem Set 21, 2, 8
Factoring Quadratic Expressions
Problem Set 31, 2, 8
Solving Quadratic Expressions
Problem Set 41, 2, 8
June 28-29, 2013Midterm Exam # 11, 2, 5,8
57/7/13Complex Numbers
Problem Set 53, 4, 8
67/14/13Factoring PolynomialsProblem Set 63, 5, 6, 8
77/21/13AsymptotesProblem Set 73, 5, 6, 8
87/28/13TransformationsProblem Set 83, 5, 8
July 26-27, 2013Midterm Exam # 2
98/4/13Logs and ExponentsProblem Set 93, 4, 7, 8
108/9/13Logs and ExponentsProblem Set 103, 4, 5, 6, 7 8
August 8-9, 2013Final Exam1-8

Students who intend to use this course to satisfy the mathematical concepts requirements for general education must earn a grade of C or higher.