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MATH 110 Policies & Topics

Textbook and Course Content

College Algebra, An Early Functions Approach, 2nd Ed.,
by Robert Blitzer, published by Prentice Hall

The course should cover the following material:

  • Chapter P (Prerequisites) –sections 4,5,6,7
  • Chapters 1-4 -- all sections
  • Chapter 5 -- sections 1 and 4
  • Chapter 8 -- sections 1 and 5 (if time allows—which it usually doesn't)

Students may purchase the textbook in various formats and may be required to purchase an access code for MyMathLab, an on-line resource that includes the textbook on-line, practice exercises and tutorials, and homework management. The decision to use the on-line component for homework management will apply to all the sections of M110 together, so that the requirements are consistent for all sections.


Please allow for at least 3 tests and the comprehensive, mandatory, common final exam. In addition, please include at least 10 grades on some combination of homework, quizzes, and/or projects. Here is one example of a possible breakdown of grading components:

  • Assignments/Quizzes: 150 points
  • Exams: 300 points
  • Final: 150 points
  • Total: 600 points

You may feel free to decide on the breakdown of homework and quizzes, or require special projects or work at the board, or include another test--but the proportions of the components should remain about the same as outlined above (in other words, the final exam component, for example, should remain at around 20%-25% of the overall grade.) The exams should be paper and pencil exams, created by you, and administered in the classroom. You should require that work be shown, and give partial credit where appropriate. You may adopt any reasonable policy you choose on the subject of dropping scores other than the final exam score.

You are free to keep your grade records using any method or program of your choosing.

The COMMON FINAL EXAM is administered to all sections of M110 in Royall Hall Room 111 on Saturday December 11, 2010 from 8:00-10:00 am.


• Always announce the date when Exams will be held.

• The Final Exam cannot be dropped.

• No Make-up Quizzes or Exams. You may want to build into your grading system a policy of dropping one quiz or homework score. A policy that many in the department have used is to substitute the percentage score earned on the final exam for a missing (or lower) test score. It is acceptable to make arrangements in advance, for a student to take quizzes or exams at alternate times. In extreme special cases of course you may decide to provide a make-up quiz or exam.

• No Extra Credit options allowed.

• At the beginning of the semester, hand out a Syllabus, outlining the sections you will cover, your grading policy, your test schedule, your office hours, how to get a hold of you.

• The use of graphing calculators is incorporated into the discussion of some topics in the text, and students may want to use them to reinforce certain concepts, but they are not required, and should not be allowed on exams. Students taking College Algebra in preparation for Calculus or Business Calculus will not be allowed to use graphing Calculators when they reach those courses. The use of scientific calculators is permitted.

Guidelines, Helpful Hints:

• For each exam, so that the students know what will be expected of them, devote some portion of class time for Review, and provide a fairly detailed explanation of what the exam will be like--how many questions, what type of questions (pointing out homework problems or examples you have used, etc, as guidelines.) Then, after the exam, hand out Answer Sheets. These can be available immediately to students as they leave the room after the exam, or can be handed out when you return the graded exams.

• Sketch out a tentative timeline for the sections to be covered, taking into account those days when there are no classes because of Convocation, Thanksgiving holiday, Martin Luther King day, Spring Break, etc. Those observances are published in the class schedule, and are posted on-line.

• If you would like help in developing a timeline for the semester, if you would like suggestions regarding the material to be covered, if you need supplementary materials, the contact for this course is Becky Roberts, Manheim Hall 304F, 235-2843 or robertsre@umkc.edu Please don't hesitate to ask.


College Algebra: An Early Functions Approach

by Robert Blitzer
Publisher: Prentice Hall

Sections/Topics Covered

Chapter P. Prerequisites: Fundamental Concepts of Algebra
P.4. Radicals and Rational Exponents
P.5. Polynomials
P.6. Factoring Polynomials
P.7. Rational Expressions

Chapter 1. Functions and Graphs
1.1. Graphs and Graphing Utilities (Skip Graphing Utilities)
1.2. Basics of Functions and Their Graphs
1.3. More on Functions and Their Graphs
1.4. Linear Functions and Slope
1.5. More on Slope
1.6. Transformations of Functions
1.7. Combinations of Functions; Composite Functions
1.8. Inverse Functions
1.9. Distance and Midpoint Formulas; Circles

Chapter 2. Equations and Inequalities
2.1. Linear Equations and Rational Equations
2.2. Models and Applications
2.3. Complex Numbers
2.4. Quadratic Equations
2.5. Other Types of Equations
2.6. Linear Inequalities and Absolute Value Inequalities

Chapter 3. Polynomial and Rational Functions
3.1. Quadratic Functions
3.2. Polynomial Functions and Their Graphs
3.3. Dividing Polynomials; Remainder and Factor Theorems
3.4. Zeros of Polynomial Functions
3.5. Rational Functions and Their Graphs
3.6. Polynomial and Rational Inequalities
3.7. Modeling Using Variation

Chapter 4. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
4.1. Exponential Functions
4.2. Logarithmic Functions
4.3. Properties of Logarithms
4.4. Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
4.5. Exponential Growth and Decay; Modeling Data

Chapter 5. Systems of Equations and Inequalities
5.1. Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables
5.2. Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables
5.4. Systems of Nonlinear Equations in Two Variables

If time allows:
Chapter 8. Sequences, Induction, and Probability
8.1. Sequences and Summation Notation
8.5. The Binomial Theorem

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