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1 UNIV 1110 Syllabus – Summer 2014 Dr. Xuechao Li (Suechow Lee), Office location: 203 Milledge Hall Email: xcli@uga.edu (prefer) Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday 2:15--3:00PM or by Appointments Required Material: Text: College Algebra - 8e Subscription Code (or 7e) College Algebra (8th Edition, or 7th), Larson. ISBN: 0618643109 College Algebra (8e) Online information: 1. http://www.webassign.net 2. Find the “Have a class key?” Is Webassign used in your instructors class click here. 3. Enter the class key : uga 9786 0593 4. Follow the guild to build your login ID and your password. (Note: please choose College Algebra – 8e and cost for it is about $47.) Make sure you choose the correct section as there are multiple sections being taught this semester. Rules and Requirements: Attendance: You will do all homework outside of class online using the homework on the webassign site. We will meet daily, about 10 minus of this class time will be used to go over some questions you have about the material presented in previous class as well as the homework assignment. Homework: The homework assignments located on the webassign site are divided by chapter. Each chapter’s assignments are due by the date of the exam for that chapter. Homework will account for 10% of your grade for the course. Homework is an important component to being successful in this course. In order to cover all of the information that we need to each day, it is required that you email me homework questions that you have by 9:00 pm the night before we meet for each class. I will then answer your questions at the beginning of each class period. Because there are a lot material needed to be covered in a short period of time, there may be times when I ask that you meet with me during my office hours so that we may discuss your questions. 2 Chapter Tests: No-Make-Ups. There will be 5 tests that you will take during this semester. You will have an option to drop your lowest test score for one of 5 in class tests. Your mid-term tests are worth a total of 60% of your course grade. The final exam may be used to substitute ONE missing mid-term tests\ in the event of an excused emergency absence. An excused emergency absence will only be granted when you have notified me of the illness/emergency prior to the class meeting on the test day. The dates of the tests will be announced in class. Final Exam is worth a total of 30% of your total grade. Note: You are RESPONSIBLE to keep track of your own grades. For drop back from Math 1113 students: Your first two tests at Math 1113 will be auto dropped. So all of your three chapter tests in my class (UNIV 1110) will be kept and counted toward to your grade. Content of this course This course reviews material to which students should have been exposed in high school mathematics courses. It covers material (Chapters P,1,2,5 & trigonometry ) that may be beyond the high school curriculum, but which is important to understand for future UGA mathematics courses. This course offers institutional credit. COURSE DESCRIPTION: A complete review of algebra to prepare students for Math 1113. Topics include operations with polynomial arithmetic, factoring, solving equations and inequalities, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions; graphing, problem solving, etc. Exiting the course It is strongly recommended that, if you will be taking precalculus, you make a grade of C or better in this class. COURSE OBJECTIVE: My objective for this course is to help you learn “How to Learn Mathematics” and to understand your learning style specific to mathematics. In so doing, we will work together to prepare you for the future university level mathematical courses required to fulfill your specific program of study. GRADING & CLASS POLICIES (Attendance Policy): Good attendance is a must. You cannot succeed to the best of your ability if you are not in class for each lecture. Do not lure yourself into the false security of thinking you only need someone’s notes and you can figure out the homework yourself. Typically 4 absences of any sort result in an automatic WF in the course. 3 Class Lectures: We will start each class lecture with questions concerning the previous assignment. Please ask questions: this is the only way we learn. Final Exam Final examination will be a comprehensive, about 50-question, consists of multiple choice. The final examination may not take place in this classroom or at the time indicated in the University’s Schedule of Classes. The date and time will be announced later in the semester. The final test exam may be used to substitute ONE missed in class test in the event of an excused emergency absence. An excused emergency absence will only be granted when you have notified me of the illness/emergency prior to the class meeting on test day. Grading Grading is on a standard 10-point grading scale A: >=9%, B: >=80%, C: >=70%, D:>= 60%, F: < 59% Example of how to calculate your grade: Suppose you have scores on your four chapters tests which are 93,65, and 80 respectively. Then your chapters tests earning for you is: 93 65 80 92 0.6 0.495 49.5% . 400 Suppose that your final is 68 over 100 which gives that 68 0.3 0.204 20.4% 100 Your course grade will be 49.5% 20.4% 10% 79.9% 80% which is B. Tentative dates for tests. 06/23/2014: Test 1 (Chapter P & Chapter 2) 07/03/2014: Test 2 (Chapter one) 07/07/2014: Test 3 (Chapter five) 07/28/2014: Test 4 (Chapter six trigonometry) Final Exam: July 30 3:30—6:30PM