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Course : College Algebra

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2021
Dillard College of Business Administration, 328
Dr. Jeff Hood
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:00 am
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In-depth study of polynomials, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions, including applications for these functions and methods for solving related equations and inequalities.  Additional topics, such as systems of linear equations, may be included.  (This course is designed for students planning to take additional mathematics.)

Text: College Algebra with Modeling and Visualization, Sixth Edition, by Rockswold

Scientific or Graphing Calculator

Interaction Tools: pdf maker program with compression capability

YouTube Access: In the event that classes are required to go online, lectures will be posted to YouTube and links to those lectures will be emailed to students regularly.

Homework will be assigned every day, and once per week, a list of problems from the assignments will be given to be turned in.  There will be 2 exams and a comprehensive final.  The dates of these exams will be announced in as timely a manner as possible.

Homework:     30%   
Exams:           30%   
Final Exam:    40%

Scale: 90-100%  A, 80-89%  B, 70-79%  C, 60-69%  D, 0-59%  F

It is in your best interest to attend every class.  If, however, you are feeling Symptoms of Covid-19, it is in everyone’s best interest that you avoid class, take the initiative to seek medical care, and minimize the risk of exposure to your classmates. Do not return to classes until guided to do so by a physician and permitted by the proper campus offices.  Documentation from your physician should be electronically submitted to your instructor as soon as possible and communication via email should be maintained to receive instructions on how to attend class via alternative means.

Do not ignore emails, and if you are expected to respond, do so as quickly as possible, preferably immediately. Furthermore, no make-ups will be given at any time, for any reason.  The two lowest quiz grades will be dropped.

Late Work 

No work will be accepted after it is due, for any reason.  All submitted work must have an email with a date and time stamp for before it was due.

Make Up Work/Tests

No make-ups will be allowed for homework, tests, or finals, for any reason.  If an exam is missed, you will have the opportunity to replace it with the Final Exam – however, you may only have one grade replacement.  If you miss more than one exam, it is likely you have had to miss too much of the material, and should consider dropping the course and retaking at a later date.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

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