Mathematics 1148, College Algebra
Spring 2013

MWF 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM, Ovalwood 107

Instructor: Mirel Caibar Webpage:
Office hours: MWF 10:45 - 11:45 AM
Office: Ovalwood 367 Email:
or by appointment

Textbook:  Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus (6th  Edition), by Stewart, Redlin and Watson, Cengage, ISBN 9781133904489 (loose-leaf), 0840068077 (hardbound).

Course description: Topics include functions and their representations, transformations of functions, function composition, algebraic and graphical structure of a function, inverse functions, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, introduction to right-angle trigonometry, equations and systems of equations, solving linear equations and systems, solving polynomial and rational inequalities, applications. We will cover Sections 1.7, 2.1-2.7, 3.1-3.3, 3.5-3.7, 4.1-4.6, 6.1-6.3, 10.1 and 10.2. 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 practice problems from the course textbook. This course uses the WebAssign online homework system. You will receive an access code for WebAssign when you purchase your textbook. Alternatively, you can buy WebAssign accesss only, which includes an electronic version of the textbook. To access WebAssign, go to the WebAssign login page ( At login, enter your Ohio State username.#  and password.  WebAssign provides a Student Guide online. Read this to familiarize yourself with the package. WebAssign also provides a tutorial so you can learn how the system works. Consult both the tutorial and the Student Guide for definitive information on how to use the program. 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 seven quizzes in total, based on the homework assignments. Their tentative dates are 1/16, 1/23, 2/13, 2/20, 3/20, 3/27, and 4/17. 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 January 30th, Wednesday February 27th, and Wednesday April 3rd. 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 Wednesday, April 24th.

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. It is recommended that you use a TI-83 or a TI-84. Calculators that have symbolic algebra or calculus capabilities, or that have a QWERTY keyboard, are not permitted during quizzes and exams. In particular, the following calculators (and their upgrades) are not permitted:  TI-86, TI-89, TI-92, TI Voyage 200, HP-40, HP-48, HP-49, Casio FX2.0, Casio CFX 9970G. Also, it is not permitted to use higher memory functions on a calculator to store and read formulas during a quiz or an exam; this is the electronic equivalent of using notes during exams, which is prohibited. Cellphones and web-enabled devices cannot be used as calculators during quizzes or exams.

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. Learning algebraic problem solving skills useful in more advanced mathematics and science courses.

Academic integrity (Academic misconduct): Academic integrity is essential to maintaining an environment that fosters excellence in teaching, research, and other educational and scholarly activities. It is the responsibility of the Committee on Academic Misconduct to investigate or establish procedures for the investigation of all reported cases of student academic misconduct. The term academic misconduct includes all forms of student academic misconduct wherever committed; illustrated by, but not limited to, cases of plagiarism and dishonest practices in connection with examinations. Instructors shall report all instances of alleged academic misconduct to the committee. For additional information, see the Code of Student Conduct: csc.asp.

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.

Drop/Withdrawal Statement:  It is the student's responsibility to know the deadlines for dropping a course or withdrawing from the University.  Term drop & withdrawal deadlines can be found at: (click on the current term under "Important Dates" and scroll down to ADD/DROP/WITHDRAW DEADLINES).  If you receive financial aid, you should always talk with a financial aid specialist prior to adjusting your schedule.  If you stop attending a course but do not drop it, you risk receiving a failing grade which could negatively affect your GPA and your financial aid status. You can call 419-755-4317 to set up an appointment with an academic advisor or a financial aid specialist in 104 Riedl Hall. 
Retention: The Ohio State University-Mansfield is committed to the success of students.  If you are having academic or personal difficulties, you can contact the Student Life and Retention area for information or an appointment at 419-755-4317.