Mathematics 1148, College Algebra
Spring 2013
MWF 9:30 AM  10:45 AM,
Ovalwood 107
Instructor: Mirel
Caibar 
Webpage: http://www.math.osu.edu/~caibar.1/teaching.html

 Office hours: MWF 10:45  11:45 AM 
Office: Ovalwood 367 
Email: caibar@math.ohiostate.edu

 or by appointment 
Textbook: Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus (6th Edition), by Stewart, Redlin and Watson, Cengage, ISBN 9781133904489 (looseleaf), 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 rightangle trigonometry, equations and
systems of equations, solving linear equations and systems, solving
polynomial and rational inequalities, applications. We will cover
Sections 1.7,
2.12.7, 3.13.3, 3.53.7, 4.14.6, 6.16.3, 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 (https://www.webassign.net/osu/login.html). 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

10% 
Quizzes

15%

Each Midterm

15%

Final exam

30%

The expected grading scale is
Grade

A

A

B+

B

B

C+

C

C

D+

D

%

90

87

83

80

77

73

70

67

63

60

Calculators: A graphing calculator
is a required component of this course. It is recommended that you use
a TI83 or a TI84. 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: TI86, TI89, TI92, TI Voyage 200, HP40, HP48,
HP49,
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 webenabled 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:
Goals: To study the conceptual
foundations of precalculus 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 reallife situations in terms of these
functions. Learning algebraic problem solving skills useful in more advanced mathematics and science courses.
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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:
http://studentaffairs.osu.edu/resource 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) 7554304, by email at mclane.15@osu.edu, or stop by
her office, C100G, located on the first floor of the Conard Learning
Center.
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