Mathematics 1130
College Algebra for Business
Autumn 2012

MWF 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Ovalwood 208

Instructor: Mirel Caibar
Office: Ovalwood 367

Office hours: MF 12:30 - 1:30 PM
W 2:45 - 3:45 PM
or by appointment

Textbook:  Introductory Mathematical Analysis for Business, Economics, and the Life and Social Sciences (13th  Edition), by Haeussler, Paul and Wood, Pearson, ISBN 1256660795.

Course:   Math 1130 is a pre-calculus course with a finance section slated toward a business program. Topics include equations, inequalities, polynomial functions, matrix algebra, systems of linear and nonlinear equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, and applications to business. We will cover Sections 0.7, 0.8, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1-2.5, 3.1-3.4, 3.6, 4.1-4.4, 5.1-5.5, 6.1-6.4 and 6.6. You are expected to attend the lectures, and read the appropriate sections of the text, each week.

Homework Assignments:   Homework consists of online homework (graded) and additional offline assignments from the course textbook. There will be online homework assignments on My Math Lab (MML). At the end of the semester your lowest MML score will be dropped. In addition, homework problems from the textbook will be assigned at the end of each lecture. It is strongly recommended that you do your homework regularly - otherwise you will be at a serious disadvantage in quizzes and exams. You are encouraged to ask any questions about homework problems during my office hours.
The Math Lab: I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the Math Lab in the Conard Learning Center.

Quizzes:  A short quiz will be given at the beginning of some of the lectures (quizzes will generally consist of two problems and be ten minutes in length). There will be eight quizzes in total. Their tentative dates are 9/05, 9/12, 9/26, 10/03, 10/10, 10/24, 10/31, and 11/07. Each quiz will consist of  problems selected from the most recent homework assignments. At the end of the semester your lowest quiz score will be dropped. 

Midterm exams:   There will be three midterm exams. Their tentative dates are Wednesday September 19th, Wednesday October 17th, and Wednesday November 14th. Each midterm exam will take the place of one lecture.  Absence from an exam (midterm or final) will be excused if you can provide verifiable and convincing evidence that you have a significant illness or serious family crisis that will prevent you from attending. In such a case, you are expected to make arrangements promptly with me to make up the exam.

Final Exam:
  The final exam will be comprehensive, and will take place from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM on Thursday, December 6th.

Grading Policy:  Your grade will be based on

Online Homework
Each Midterm
Final exam

The expected grading scale is


Calculators:   A graphing calculator is a required component of this course. The Texas Instruments TI-83 is suggested. Calculators with computer algebra capabilities, such as the TI-89 or the TI-92 are not permitted in quizzes, in the midterms or in the final exam. Laptops and PDAs are also not allowed.  

GEC statement: This Mathematics course can be used, depending on your degree program, to satisfy the Quantitative and Logical Skills category of the General Education Requirement (GEC). The goals and learning objectives for this category are:
To study the conceptual foundations of pre-calculus mathematics and to develop the computational and problem solving skills needed for that purpose.
   Learning objectives: Understanding the basic properties of elementary functions: polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic; modeling real-life situations in terms of these functions.

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Statement for students with disabilities: Any student who needs an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact Michelle McLane at the Office for Disability Services, to privately discuss his or her specific needs. Please contact Michelle by phone at (419) 755-4304, by e-mail at, or stop by her office, C100G, located on the first floor of the Conard Learning Center.

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