Bloomsburg University Spring 2018

**College
Algebra - Math 109**

Section 3, MWF 9:00am - 9:50pm, 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

Th 11:55am - 1:55pm

or by appointment

**Text Book: **

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

**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:**

The practice of doing
homework is perhaps the most important aspect of your learning the material for
this course. Keeping up with the daily
homework assignments will enable you to best understand
the ideas presented in class. It will
also enable you to filter out those questions that give you the greatest
difficulty and that need to be discussed in
class. Homework is
assigned for your benefit, and it is important that you do it. The ALEKS software will be
used to complete your graded homework, as outlined on the attached
syllabus for that.

**Tests:**

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

Wednesday, February 21.

Wednesday, April 4.

Wednesday,
May 2.

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 3: Thursday, May 10, 3:30pm
- 5:30pm, 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.