Bloomsburg University Fall 2018

**College
Algebra - Math 109**

Section 1, MWF 9:00am - 9:50am, NH 207

Section 2, MWF 11:00am - 11:50am, NH 207

Section 3, MWF 1:00pm – 1:50pm CEH 243

**Instructor:** Dr. Kevin Ferland

Email: kferland@bloomu.edu

Web Page: http://facstaff.bloomu.edu/kferland/ ß Class web page can be accessed from here.

Office: Ben Franklin 225

Phone: 389-4502,
Messages can be left at the Department Office 389-4500. However, **email
is better**.

Office Hours: MWF 9:55am - 10:55am

TuTh 12:55pm - 1:55pm

or by appointment

**Text Book: **

College Algebra (2nd edition), by Miller and Gerken, McGraw Hill © 2017, with ALEKS 360.

**Calculator:**

There is no calculator
required or recommended for this course.
All graded material will be designed such that at most an ordinary
calculator (with logarithms) may be needed to complete the problems in the
allotted time. You may certainly use a
calculator to do your homework, and some of the homework problems may even be
best done with a calculator. In fact, a
graphing calculator is a valuable tool with which you should familiarize
yourself. However, always be aware of
the times that you do use your calculator, since you may sometimes be required
to show your work on tests or quizzes given in class.

**Homework and ALEKS:**

The
practice of doing homework is perhaps the most important aspect of your
learning the material for this course.
Keeping up with the regular homework assignments will enable you to best
understand the ideas presented in class.
Homework problems from the book will be assigned for your benefit, and
it is important that you do them. Problems
from the book will also be discussed in class.
The ALEKS software will be used to earn your homework grade. This adaptive software will cater to your
needs in practicing the material for this course. Go to https://www.aleks.com/ to setup an
account and get started. Our **Course
Code** is: **U943C-3TN3Q**. You should also obtain a student access code
when you buy your book with ALEKS, which you will need. If you are delayed in obtaining your student
access code, then, for up to two weeks, you can temporarily use the Financial Aid Access Code: D232A-70F68-04B30-6C729.** **Also, see https://www.aleks.com/highered/students
for general instructions. Within the
first week of class, you must setup your account, complete the introduction to
data entry, and complete your **Initial
Knowledge Check**. Then ALEKS will be
established as your environment to practice problems and earn your homework
grade. You are required to spend at
least 2 hours in ALEKS per week.

**Tests:**

There will be three
in-class tests, each worth 50 points.

Wednesday, September 26.

Wednesday, October 31.

Wednesday,
December 5.

You will need to be well
prepared for each test. If you have kept
up with doing and understanding your daily homework, then studying for the test
should not be difficult. Each test will be written under the assumption that
you have practiced many problems of a similar type and can therefore work
efficiently during the test. Your
ability to do problems in a timely manner could affect your test score. The tests will not be curved.

**Final Exam:**

Section 1: Thursday, December
13, 3:30pm – 5:30pm, NH 207.

Section 2: Wednesday,
December 12, 10:30am – 12:30pm, NH 207.

Section 3: Monday, December
10, 8:00am – 10:00am, CEH 243.

The
Final Exam will be **cumulative**. Do not make plans to leave campus before this
exam is over. If you have a pre-existing
conflict, then you must see your instructor during the first week of
class. Unless the final exam is missed
due to a sudden emergency and the instructor is informed immediately, a missed
final exam counts as zero.

**Attendance / Participation**:

You are required to attend
every class and to be on time. **Being late will count the same as being
absent.** You are responsible for
everything that goes on in class, and success in this class cannot be expected
without regular attendance. Regular
participation in class by asking and/or responding to questions is required. I will keep track of all of this stuff. Note that this component of the grade does
have an impact on your grade at an amount approximately equal to **two steps on the grade scale**.

**Makeups:**

**There will be no makeup tests given.** If you must
miss a test for a legitimate reason, be sure to contact the instructor before
the test with verification of the cause of your absence. If that is not possible, you must contact the
instructor at the earliest opportunity. In the case of an excused absence, the
missing grade will be made up from the corresponding part of the final
exam. In all other cases the missed exam
counts as a zero.

**Grading Policy:**

ALEKS
Homework 50 points (total)

3 in-class tests 150
points (total) 50 points each

Attendance/Participation 20 points

__Final Exam__ __100
points__

Total Possible 320
points

The minimum number of points required for each letter
grade is as follows:

A 288
points

A- 278

B+ 266

B 256

B- 246

C+ 234

C 224

C- 214

D+ 202

D 192

E below
192

**Academic Honesty:**

All cases of academic
dishonesty will be reported to the Chair of the Mathematics Department. There will be no tolerance for cheating.

**Students with Disabilities:**

Any student who may need
special consideration because of any sort of disability should make an
appointment to see the instructor as soon as possible.