House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

MATH-1314-50 (College Algebra)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorGreen, Jo Ellen
Phone(409) 727-2741
Business, Math, and Science
Chair:Glenda Dupuis
Telephone:(409) 984-6316
Room #:N/A
Course Information
Course ID #10145
Course Subject-Number-SectionMATH-1314-50
Course TitleCollege Algebra
Course Description Linear, quadratic equations and inequalities, determinants, matrices, systems of equations, partial fractions, binomial theorem, logarithms, theory of equations. (3 hours credit)
Course Prerequisites MATH 0332 or DMATH 1302, SAT > 500 (math), TASP > 270 (math), or Learning Center recommendation. Each student MUST provide evidence of prerequisite fulfillment by the third day.
Required Textbooks COLLEGE ALGEBRA, Beecher, Penna, & Bittinger, 3rd Edition, Pearson Education, Inc., 2008. ISBN: 0558772455
Learning Objectives A student should be able:

1.        To add, subtract, multiply, divide, raise to a power, and find roots of real and complex numbers, polynomials and rational expressions.

2.        To write equations of lines given certain conditions and to apply slope, distance, and midpoint formulas.

3.        To find roots of linear, quadratic, high-degree polynomials, fractional, radical, and exponential equations.

4.        To solve systems of equations in two or three variables by linear combinations, augmented matrix and matrix inverse methods.

5.        To use equations in solving word problems involving integer, digit, perimeter, area, mixture, motion, investment, and work concepts.

6.        To identify, represent, and graph linear, quadratic, cubic, quartic, exponential, and logarithmic functions and conic sections.

7.        To find matrix sums, differences, scalar products, products, and inverses.

8.        To use the Binomial Theorem to expand a binomial product, and to find a specific term in a binomial expression.

Major Assignments None
Discussion Topics None
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between participation and college success. There will not be any makeup quizzes or makeup tests. A studentís lowest test grade will replace a first missed test. A student will receive a zero for any missed quiz, a second missed test or missing the final exam. The final exam is required.
Determination of Final Grade Tests: 60%         Quizzes: 25% Homework: 15%
Final Exam Date May 11, 2011 - 4:00 PM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.† Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.† These policies will be strictly enforced.


Facility† Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


Special Considerations

†††††††† The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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