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


Web Page: 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.



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 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 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.



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.



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.