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Math 1314 - College Algebra Online Class (Fall 2013)

Instructor John Michael Melendez Casellas

E-Mail jmelendez2@leomail.tamuc.edu

Instructor Phone 562-270-4223

Office Location Online (MyMathLab Chat, eCollege chat, and Skype or other video

application as needed.

Office Hours Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm, or by


Math Main Office Binnion Room 305 & Main Office phone: (903)886-5157

Office Hours: I may be reached by email, phone, MyMathLab chat, eCollege, and Skype or other video application as needed. I check them daily. The fastest email for me is jmelendez2@leomail.tamuc.edu.





Continual Enrollment Policy: It is important that you understand that this is a self-taught, online math course. Although you have videos that made by instructor or accompany with your textbook, access to the Math Skills Center, MyMathLab, and of course me to help you, you will be responsible for your own learning. You will have a specific schedule with absolute due dates, and failure to meet these due dates can result in an F for the course.

In addition, this course is a University Studies math requirement, and as such the university requires students to remain continually enrolled in a math course until they have successfully completed their college-level math requirement. All students should be aware that they are NOT allowed to drop a College Algebra course.

Exams: There will be two (2) regular exams this semester and a comprehensive final exam (so, 3 total exams). The exams will consist of a variety of problems. However, students should expect the bulk of the questions on each test to be problem solving. All exams will be taken on campus at the Academic Testing Center (SS 308) in Commerce, TX or at the nearest approved testing center, if you live far away.

The two exams and the final exam will be HAND-WRITTEN AND MUST BE TAKEN ON CAMPUS or approved testing center. I will give you ample notice prior to the testing date of when the exams will be given.

***You will be responsible for scheduling a time with the Academic Testing Center (SS 308) with email address: atc@tamuc.edu during their hours which are Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 9a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

When it is time for the first exam, for example, I will tell you the “week” in which you must take the exam. You pick the day and time, email the testing center

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Final Exam: Our final exam is a departmental and comprehensive exam that takes place in Commerce, TX. You must drive to Commerce to take the exam. This is the only exam that will NOT be in the Academic Testing Center and it will be in the Binnion Building (Math building) on campus. The room number will be announced closer to final time. Approved testing center maybe used for final exam upon approval of the Mathematics Department.


Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Please make plans NOW to be able to get here on campus by 3:30 P.M. on Dec. 9.

* NO MAKE-UP FINAL EXAM WILL BE ALLOWED!!! * Course Information: This course covers an in-depth study and applications of quadratics, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations. Additional topics such as arithmetic and geometric progressions; sequences and series; and matrices and determinants are included.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1) Demonstrate knowledge of properties of functions, which include domain and range, operations, compositions, and inverses.

2) Identify, interpret, and solve problems of various types of functions and their graphs, including but not limited to linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

3) Apply graphing techniques for various functions.

4) Identify and develop basic sequences and series.

5) Solve systems of equations with various methods including elimination, substitution, Cramer’s rule and matrices

Core Objectives:

1) Students will be able to analyze, evaluate, or solve problems when given a set of circumstances or data.

This common core objective will be assessed in the departmental final exam for all sections of Math 1314.

2) In written, oral, and/or visual communication, A&M-Commerce students will communicate in a manner appropriate to audience and occasion, with an evident message and organizational structure.

This common core objective will be assessed using common class activities/projects with class discussion over functions, sequences, logarithmic or exponential functions for all sections of Math 1314.

3) Students will be able understand and utilize mathematical functions and empirical principles and processes. This common core objective will be assessed using common class activities/projects with discussion over functions, homework, exam and departmental final exam for all sections of Math 1314.

Material Required: You must purchase a copy of MyMathLab/MyLab student access code from either of the campus bookstores or directly from Pearson at http://www.coursecompass.com.

Textbook: College Algebra (6th Edition) by Robert F. Blitzer, ISBN # 978-0321-78228-1, is the textbook for the course. *** The MyMathLab access code includes access to an e-book, so the book is optional but the MyMathLab access code is required. (Students will have to purchase a new MyMathLab access code if he/she has an account with MyMathLab for intermediate algebra class the previous semester.

Students will also need to re-purchase MyMathLab Code if they taken this course in recent years since this is a new edition of the textbook). *** Portions of Chapters 1-8 in the textbook will be discussed. A Texas Mission for College of Science, Engineering, and Agriculture: Innovation and Discovery Mission for the Department of Mathematics: Discovering the Keys to Success Instruments (TI-83 or TI-83 Plus) graphing calculator for this course is highly recommended. All exams must be completed in pencil.

Please use the MyMathLab 14 day free trial to start working on homework if students cannot purchase it right away. The MyMathLab student access code must be purchased by the end of 2nd week of class to prevent a loss in points.

Technology Requirements: The graphing calculator of TI 83/TI 84 or equivalent will be highly recommended. Calculators other than Texas Instruments calculators may be used but classroom instruction on calculators will be given for TI equipment only. **Note: Calculators that solve problems for students, including but not limited to TI-Nspire, TI 89 or higher, Casio Prizm, Casio Touch or higher are NOT allowed to be used for this class. **Students are also required to clear the memory of graphing calculators before and after each exam.

Students need to check their e-mail regularly with the address that they have provided to the instructor for class announcements. Access to MyMathLab, a computer, and the internet will be needed for online homework assignments.

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Grade: A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 70-79, D = 60-69, F = 59 or below Attendance: To be counted as attended classes for each week, you will need to be actively using MyMathLab for instructional videos and do assignments online every week. You will communicate with your instructor through chat, phone throughout the semester. Please response to instructor’s emails in a timely manner.

Homework: The homework is a must for success in this class. ***You are required to complete your homework using MyMathLab/MyLab software.*** It is extremely important for you to work all homework in order to be prepared for the exams. If you are not keeping up with the work in the course, it will most likely be obvious in your homework and test grades. All homework will be assigned and submitted on MyMathLab.

If you experience any technical difficulties with MyMathLab, be sure to use the online help and technical support from the software company. If you continue to have trouble accessing or navigating the software, please contact me for some individual help. If you have questions concerning the homework, email me for help.

Quizzes: Online quizzes will be given periodically on MyMathLab.

Exams: There are two exams and one final exam. Practice exams will be available on MyMathLab prior the exam. Partial credit may be given on exams IF all work is neatly shown for determination of the student’s


OUT OF THE STUDENT’S REACH. The only electronic device allowed during tests is a stand-alone calculator (such as a TI-34, TI-83, TI-85, etc.), and only with the instructor’s permission. All exams Mission for College of Science, Engineering, and Agriculture: Innovation and Discovery Mission for the Department of Mathematics: Discovering the Keys to Success must be completed in pencil; failure to complete your exam in pencil will result in a reduction of the earned grade by 5 points.

No make-up exams will be given without prior notice of a university excused absence*. I realize that at times throughout the semester, emergency situations may arise that affect a student’s performance on an exam or even prevent a student from attending on an exam day. I am willing to replace the lowest exam grade with the student’s grade on the final exam, provided the final exam score is higher. This provision will only be applied to ONE exam, so students should make every effort to be present and wellprepared for all exams.

These test dates are tentative and are subject to change:

The week of September 23th Test 1 The week of November 11th Test 2 Academic Integrity: I believe a majority of students are honest in doing their school work. However, due to recent cheating events, I must take measures to protect the academic integrity of my classroom. I have a NO TOLERANCE policy for cheating and if you are caught cheating you will either get a zero for the

test or fail this course. Cheating in this course is defined as the following:

 Giving or receiving answers during an exam or quiz.

 Viewing the exam or quiz answers of nearby classmates.

 Having notes/practice work available during quizzes or tests.

 Possession or access to test items before the test is given.

 Deception in getting an excused absence to obtain the undeserved opportunity to make-up work.

 Use of cell phones or text messaging technology during exams or quizzes. You may NOT use the calculator on your cell phones or any other similar electronic devices (such as I-Pods, I-Touch,



 Improper citations in written works, or using another person’s ideas and words as your own without giving proper credit.

 Any method, no matter how well rationalized or accepted, which improves a person’s grade by any means other than study and skillful performances on exams and/or other assignments.

Students found guilty of an act of academic dishonesty in this course will be subject to receiving an “F” in this course.

Getting Help Outside of Office Hours: Utilizing the multimedia library and online help from the MyMathLab computer software program is suggested as a valuable resource for many students to improve their grades in Math classes. Also, the free tutoring on campus is also highly recommended.

The Math Skills Center, located in Binnion 328, is open Monday and Wednesday from 8am – 8pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 8am – 6pm, and Friday from 8am – 12pm. Free tutoring is available for students who need help with their math courses. In addition, the Academic Success Center also offers supplemental instruction for students and their hours can be found at the university web site.

The Mach III/TRIO Program is available for students who qualify for additional resources, such as private tutoring. In order to qualify, students must meet certain conditions, such as being a first-generation college student. For more information, contact TRIO at 903-886-5833 or in the Halladay Student Services building, Room 300.

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Calculator Loan Program: The Mathematics Department has set up a calculator loan program to support students. Students can borrow a calculator for a semester with a fee ($10-$15 for TI-83/84). It is first come, first served basis.

Early Intervention for First Year Students: Early intervention for freshmen is designed to communicate the University’s interest in their success and a willingness to participate fully to help students accomplish their academic objectives. Grades for students in freshmen level classes will be reported to the Registrar's Office at the end of the fifth week of class during the fall and spring semesters. The Registrar's Office will report grades to students, Advising Services, Academic Departments (faculty advisors) and mentors. This procedure will allow students to be knowledgeable about their academic progress early in the semester. The university, through Advising Services, faculty advisors and mentors, will take steps to assist students who may be experiencing difficulty to focus on improvement and course completion. Grade reports will be mailed by the end of the sixth week of the semester.

Student Health Services are located at Henderson Hall (Corner of Lee St. and Monroe St.). It offers health care to the student body of Texas A&M University – Commerce. It provides primary health care services including treatment of illness, injury, and women’s health. Tel: (903) 886-5853.

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