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

**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: 8A0D6-48296-B0AD1-6D1BA.** **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.

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.