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MAC1105  -  College Algebra
Course Syllabus Spring 2018
Sections:  #3031 MW ,  #3054 TuTh


Instructor:

  Pete Falzone

Office:

  Pensacola State College, Milton Campus, Building 4200, Room 4220

Phone:

  (850) 484-4434

E-mail:

  PFalzone@PensacolaState.edu

Webpage:

  www.PeteFalzone.com

Office Hours:

  My office hours are posted on my office door and on my web site.  Office Hours
 

Other:

 

Department Head:  R. Morris Buchanan, mbuchanan@pensacolastate.edu ,
Office:  Pensacola Campus, Bldg. 1,  Room 40C,  Phone: 484-1128
See the District Syllabus for description, prerequisites, objectives, and outcomes.
 

Textbook

 

College Algebra, 2nd edition, 2017; Miller/Gerken; Pearson Publishing.
You may use the hardbound textbook, the loose-leaf textbook, an e-book, or ConnectMath as your book.
Chapters:  1; 2.2-2.4, 2.6-2.8; 3; 4; [5.1, 5.2, 5.5]

Grading:   Tests (4) - 100 pts ea;   Homework - 120 pts total;   Final Exam - 100 pts + 100 pts.
Refer to the Student Progress Worksheet for grading specifics.

Grading Scale
A: 90 - 100%    B+: 85 - 89%   B: 80 - 84%   C+: 75 - 79%    C: 70 - 74%
D+: 65 - 69%    D: 60 - 64%     F: 0 - 59%
 

Tests:

 

I will drop the lowest score of Test 1, 2, 3 or half of your Final Exam.
Note - you may not drop Test 4 (exponential and logarithmic functions).
If you miss a Test (except Test 4), then that is the score that is automatically dropped.

Special circumstances for missing a Test.
Under certain conditions, you may request a make-up test (the make-up test will be more difficult).  Bring written verification documenting your absence (jury duty summons, letter from your coach stating when/where you were out of town, letter from military supervisor if TDY, a doctor's note stating you were unable to attend class, etc.) and then I will make arrangements for a make-up Test.  Make-up Tests need to be completed within 1 week from the date of the Test, or else I will record a zero (0).  Makeup Tests are proctored in the Milton Testing Center in Bldg. 4200, by appointment only!  No makeup Tests allowed on the second (or more) Test missed.  If you fail to show up for the Final Exam, I will record a zero (0) for your score.
 

 Homework:

 

Do the textbook problems and worksheets assigned on the Homework Problems Handout. Show your work to earn credit! The answers to the odd problems are listed in the back of the book so that you can check your work.  Copying the answers from the back of the book to your homework is cheating (see Standards of Conduct below).  Homework is due in class on Test day.  If you miss a Homework deadline (the day of the Test), the deadline for turning in your late Homework is the day of the next Test - failure to turn in your late Homework by that deadline will result in a zero.  I will only accept one Homework set as being late.

Homework Format

1.  Start each section on a new page.  However, if you wish to save paper, you may start a new section on the back side of your homework paper (make a note on the front side of the paper stating that a new section is on the back of the paper).

2.  Place the section number in the upper right hand corner of each page.

 

Extra Credit:

  You may turn in one extra credit project each homework period.  Extra credit projects include a Report, a Picture using GRAPH, a hand-drawn Picture using the graphing template, or other listed assignment - 5 pts. per extra credit assignment. Extra Credit work may not be turned in late. Refer to Projects for directions and examples.
 

Attendance:

 

Attend ALL classes.  If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what work you missed - see the daily schedule.  I take roll and use the guidelines outlined in the current catalog.  If you arrive late, check with me at the end of class so as not to be listed as absent (3 tardies = 1 absence).  I may withdraw you for missing more than 3 classes (2 classes for the night class).
 

Misc:  
  • AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: Any student whose disabilities fall within the ADA must inform the instructor at the beginning of the term of any special need or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course.  I encourage students to speak with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services about accommodations they might need to help assure success in this class.
    Contact Information:  484-1637, Pensacola Campus - Building 6.

  • STANDARDS OF CONDUCT: The commission of or the attempt to commit any cheating and/or plagiarism are in violation of the Standard of Conduct and may be disciplined by an "F" on the quiz/test/exam (you may not drop a cheating score), an "F" in the course, and up to and including suspension and expulsion from the College.  Letting someone copy the answers off of your test/exam is cheating. Copying the answers from the back of the book to your homework is cheating.
     
  • PirateMail :  Per the Instructional Affairs Council, "Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. PirateMail is the official method of communication, and students must use PirateMail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software."

  • The Texas Instruments TI-84 (the TI-83 Plus will work) is the required graphing calculator in this class. You'll use it everyday in class, on homework, and on tests.

  • Be Courteous. Please arrive on time in class. If you have an emergency and must leave in the middle of class, please do so quietly.

  • Be Respectful. As instruction is presented, feel free to ask any pertinent questions that arise. However, please refrain from any unnecessary talking in class, as it disturbs me and the other students sitting around you.  Unnecessary talking and chit-chat in class will result in you being asked to leave the class as it is disruptive to the classroom environment.

  • You are here to learn, and I expect you to actively participate in class.

  • Please turn off all cell phones (silent mode is OK) when you are in class.  Texting during class is not allowed.  Use of cell phones is prohibited while taking Tests.  If you need to text and/or talk on your phone, please leave the classroom to do so.

  • Pensacola State College policy disallows visitors in the labs or classrooms.  Only registered students may use the facilities.  Students may not bring children, spouses, friends, etc. to class.

  • NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT
    Pensacola State College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation and genetic information in its educational programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Dr. Gael Frazer, Assoc. Vice President, Institutional  Diversity at (850) 484-1759, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd., Pensacola, Florida 32504.

THE ABOVE POLICIES, SCHEDULE, AND GRADING are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.