Spring 2017 

Course:  Math 1113, College Algebra      (ACTS  MATH1103-College Algebra)                         Instructor:  Dale Felkins                      Office:  Corley 228

Office Hours 10 - 11 MWF, 1 - 2 MWF.  

Phone:  (479) 498-6021                       email:

 Catalog Description:  Content of the course will include a study of rate of change and functions including linear, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial and rational functions, function notation, composition, inverse and combination of functions.

 Prerequisites:  A score of 19 or above on the mathematics portion of the Enhanced ACT, or a score of 390 or above on the quantitative portion of SAT, or a score of 43 or above on the ASSET Intermediate Algebra test, or a grade of “C” or better in Math 0903.  This course can not be taken for credit after taking a math course with a number 2701 or higher. 

Purpose:  Math 1113 is a course which will satisfy the general education mathematics requirement assuming a grade of “C” or better is earned.  The purpose of the course is to develop critical thinking ability and to prepare the student for further study in mathematics.

 Text/MaterialsCollege Algebra  , by Stilz and Zeager, 3rd. ed. (Corrected) 2013.  Opensource. You can download a PDF version of the text here:

A graphing calculator is not required for this course and will not be allowed on test.  (The instructor recommends a TI-30XS Multiview)

 Assessment Methods

Grading will be based on the following:

Unit Tests 65%
Final Exam 25%

 The following grading scale will be used:

90-100% A
80-89% B
70-79% C
60-69% D
Below 60% F

Late  homework will not be accepted and will receive a grade of zero.  To receive full credit on tests, all work must be shown. Tests must be written in pencil or the test will receive a grade of zero.


Absences:  Success in this course is dependent upon regular attendance.  Any student who misses 5 class meetings without notifying the instructor may be dropped from the course with a grade of FE. 

Make-up Tests:  If you miss a test, you must contact the instructor and take the make-up test within one week of the original test.  Make-up tests will be given  the instructor’s convenience.  Also, you may only make up one test during the session. 

Cheating:  Cheating will not be tolerated and can result in action ranging from a zero on the work involved to an F in the course.

Calculators:   A graphing calculator, such as the TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84, TI-84 Plus, or Ti-89 cannot be used on test, as well as the TI -36 or any other calculator the has a built in solver..

All cell phones and mp3 players must be turned off during tests, and text messaging during class is not allowed.  

ou need to bring a calculator to class for tests, you may not use your cell phone.

All course material must be submitted by May 2.  No work will be accepted after this date unless previous arrangements have been made with the instructor.

Objectives:  Students successfully completing this course will be able to: 

  1. Understand the concept of the unknown and its use in translating written language into the symbolic form required for mathematical models.

  2. Understand equality and inequality relations, and the use of their symbolic forms.

  3. Understand the concept of a function and its graph, as well as recognize the important properties that functions in general possess.

  4. Recognize and work with the principle functions likely to be encountered in the undergraduate curriculum including polynomials, rational functions, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions, among others.

  5. Recognize and solve equations and systems of equations, both linear and non-linear

  6. Recognize and use the equations characterizing the conic sections

  7. Understand and use elementary matrix methods

  8. Use appropriate technology for implementing solution techniques.

Material Covered: 

1.  Linear Functions; their equations and graphs.
2.  Functions, Piecewise Functions, Compositions of Functions, Inverse Functions
3.  Coordinate Geometry, Graphing Techniques, and Conics
4.  Polynomial and Rational Functions
5.  Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
6.  Systems of Equations and Inequalities

Important dates
Classes BeginJan. 17
Spring BreakMarch 18 - 26
Last day to withdraw with a WApril 21
Last day of classes  May 2
End of course exam May 5, 8, or 9.

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