Kunkle's Syllabus, MATH 101, Maymester 2014
last change: May 29, 2014

MATH 101 (College Algebra) Maymester 2014

Section: 101-01 (30111) 8:30 am - 12:00 pm MTWRF 113 RS Small. (Exams will be in 252 RS Small.)
Instructor: Dr. Kunkle, 327 RS Small, k u n k l e t _at_ c o f c _dot_ e d u, 953-5921 (office), 766-0943 (home).

Instructor's Office Hours: By appointment. I'm happy to see you outside of class as needed. Just let me know and we'll find a time to meet.
Course Objectives, Expected Outcomes: Algebra is the essential language of nearly all mathematics. MATH 101 is intended to give students the algebra and critical thinking tools necessary to succeed in MATH 111 Precalculus Mathematics and MATH 105 Calculus for Business and Social Sciences. MATH 101 is not needed by students planning to take only MATH 103 or 104. MATH 101 counts as elective credit at CofC and does not count towards the math/logic component of your General Education requirements. Students with credit for MATH 105, 111, or 120 may not subsequently receive credit for MATH 101.

This semester we'll cover equations, inequalities, graphs, systems of equations, and functions, including polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. For more details, compare the list of sections below with our text's table of contents. Students are expected to display a thorough understanding of the techniques of these topics.

General Education Student Learning Outcomes: Students are expected to display a thorough understanding of the topics covered. In particular, upon completion of the course, students will be able to
  1. model phenomena in mathematical terms,
  2. solve problems using these models, and
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the supporting theory behind the models apart from any particular application.
These outcomes will be assessed on the final exam.
MyMathLab (MML): MyMathLab is an online homework system that gives immediate feedback and extra help on many of the problems in our text. In addition, it provides you online access to an electronic, interactive form of our book. In theory, as long as you have access to the internet and MML, it should not be necessary for you to purchase a hard copy of our textbook.

Although MML is cheaper than a new textbook, it is not free. You'll have to purchase an access code to use it, although you can get started on MML without one. (The publisher allows this because some students may be awaiting financial aid at the beginning of the semester.) You can purchase an access code on the MML website or from the CofC bookstore. Buying an access code from anywhere else will likely be a waste of money: discounted access codes available on the internet are notoriously worthless.

Here are instructions to get started on MyMathLab.

Text: Optional: College Algebra Michael Sullivan, 8th or 9th ed.
You'll have access to the 9th edition of this book online through MyMathLab. If, in addition, you want a book to study from, I think either of these would work equally well. The 9th will be exactly the same was what you see online, but the 8th should be much cheaper (under $10) and differs only slightly from the 9th.

If you're going on to MATH 105 or 111, you might like to have a hard copy of the 8th edition for future reference. You won't be able to access the text on MML once this course is over.

Computers: You'll need access to the internet to work on homework problems in class. If you don't want to bring your own laptop, make sure you know your Cougars login and password to use the computers in our classroom.
Classtime: Please arrive on time, don't leave early, and keep your non-class use of technology down to a reasonable amount.

I'm creating some video lectures that you can watch outside of class; I want to to spend our classtime answering your questions as you do the homework.

Videos: My video lectures can be found here on YouTube, under "MATH 101 CofC". I've created one video for each section of our text that we cover in this class. (Exception: I cover sections R.1, R.2, and R.3 all in one video.) Watch these outside of class, or in class (with earbuds, please) before you attempt the corresponding MML assignment.
Homework: You'll have daily homework sets to complete on MyMathLab. You'll start these in class but may need much of the afternoon and evening each day to complete the homework and study for exams. All in all, this course will probably take you 40 hours a week or more. Logon to www.mymathlab.com for details. Each MML assignment has a due date of 9am on the next classday. Work completed after that time will be assessed a 20% late penalty.

The "Ask My Instructor" feature on MML will send me an email that will enable me to see exactly the problem you are working on. That's useful, but I might not see that email for several hours. To get in touch with me faster, please call me. I'll be in my office most afternoons, and if I'm not in my office, please feel free to use my home number above. I can't promise to always be available, but I'll help whenever I can.

Exams and Grades: We'll have two (2) 3.5-hour exams and daily required homework sets on MML. See Schedule below for exam dates and a list of the sctions you'll be working on each day. All exams will be closed book: no notes, books, etc. Calculators and other electronic devices will be not be permitted on any exam.

Your exams will be almost entirely free-response, not multiple-choice. Although ideas we learn before Exam 1 can appear on Exam 2, Exam 2 will be based primarily on material covered since the Exam 1.

Each of the two exams is worth 200 points, daily required homework assignments are worth 40 points altogether. I'll assign letter grades as follows:
Letter grade: A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D-
Minimum required score: 90% 87% 83% 80% 77% 73% 70% 67% 63% 60% 57%

Attendance Policy: Good attendance is a necessary first step towards a good grade. I strongly recommend that you attend class every day.

If you're absent on a non-exam day, I'll assume that you have a good reason for missing and will not require an excuse. However, there's a limit to how much I can help you catch up if you have to miss class. Ultimately, you'll be responsible for learning the material whether or not you attend class.

Make-up Policy: If you have a documented excuse for missing one of our two exams, I'll consider giving you a makeup exam, but time is in such short supply during Maymester that, out of fairness to your classmates, I may have to refuse some makeup requests that I'd allow during a regular semester.

If you're late for an exam, I'll try to arrange for you to have the full 3.5 hours that everyone else will have, but if you miss the exam altogether and I'm unable to give you a makeup, you'll receive a score of 0, at which point it will be impossible to pass this class.

How to get your best grade: Attend every class, practice lots of homework, and read the book!

In a college math class, especially during Maymester, it will necessary to learn some things on your own, and our textbook is one of your best resources. Don't just do the homework until you get the right answer, but practice homework problems until you can do them reliably on an exam. If you are able to get homework questions right only after two or three attempts, or after using MML's "View an Example" feature, then you're not prepared fo the exam.

Practice reading the instructions on homework problems. If you are able to do the homework only after looking at some answers in the back to figure out what the question is asking, then you're not prepared for the exams.

In a Maymester course, you should always be reviewing for the next test. Write (and rewrite) a special set of notes that summarize in your own words the important facts for the test. Include in these notes the different types of problems appearing in the homework and the steps you follow to solve each type. (Here is an example of some notes that an A student in MATH 111 created to help her prepare for an exam.)

Calculators: This will be a no-calculator course. If you rely on a calculator when doing homework, you're not preparing yourself for the exams.
Syllabus On Line: If it becomes necessary for me to change any part of this syllabus, you'll always find its most current version at http://kunklet.people.cofc.edu/ . Look for the last change date at the top of this document, and the description of changes at the bottom.
Old Exams: Here are my exams from the last time I taught this course (May 2013) and some review problems you might find useful. That semester I gave two one-hour exams and a 3.5-hour cummulative final, so your exams will be significantly different from these old ones.
Exam 1 Exam 2 Final Exam Review problems
Learning Disabled Students: If you have a learning disability which will effect your performance in this class, you should contact Disability Services (953-1431) and talk to me in private. I can make no special testing allowances without documentation from Disability Services. Appointments with Disability Services for alternate testing must be made by the student at least three days in advance of the test date.
Textbook Problems: Since MML only allows me to assign odd-numbered problems from our textbook, you'll find lots more exercises in the e-book. Here's a list of the relevant problems in the 9th edition of our text.
R.1: 41-98. R.2: 39-68, 73-110. R.3: 11-32, 37-44, 47.
R.4: 27-102. R.5: 5-122. R.6: 5-26.
R.7: 5-84. R.8: 7-74. 1.1: 17-64, 77-88, 95, 96.
1.2: 9-34, 41-64, 71-90, 93-95. 1.3: 9-32, 47-72. 1.4: 7-70, 73-84.
1.5: 11-16, 23-82. 1.6: 7-32, 35-60. 1.7: 7-16, 21-27, 31, 35, 39-45.
2.1: 13-50, 55-59. 2.2: 11-28, 39-46, 51-78. 2.3: 15-110.
2.4: 7-42. 3.1: 15-74. 3.2: 9-28
3.4: 9-24, 29-34, 41-44. 3.6: 5-10, 13-15. 4.1: 13-36, 45-47, 49, 50.
4.3: 11-52. 4.5: 3-36. 5.1: 15-26, 41-86.
5.2: 13-24. 5.4: 5-14, 19-46, 49-60, 63-66. 6.1: 7-44, 53-58.
6.2: 11-14, 19-27, 33-70, 75-80. 6.3: 25-32, 61-86. 6.4: 9-46, 87-110.
6.5: 1-22, 25, 26, 29-36. 8.1: 17-38, 55-59, 63.
More Textbook Problems: In addition, at the end of chapters 1-6 there are Review Problems and Chapter Tests that I can't assign in MML. Here are some useful problems you'll find in those sections of the e-text.
1.Rev: 1-32, 37-66, 71-80, 85-87, 89, 95, 100, 101. 1.Test: 1-13.
2.Rev: 1-6, 9-51. 2.Test: 1-4, 6-10.
3.Rev: 1-22, 25&26(a-e only), 47-54, 67-72(a-d only), 73abc, 75a. 3.Test: 1-4, 5a-d, 7, 9ab.
4.Rev: 1-6(a&c only), 7, 8, 15-38. 4.Test: 1ad, 2-4, 6-9.
5.Rev: 11-18, 19-22 (find domain only), 35-44, 5.Test: none
6.Rev: 1-38, 63-75. 6.Test: 1, 4-7, 14-16.
Schedule: Wednesday May 28 is the last day to withdraw with a grade of "W".
Exam 1 will cover sections scheduled for 5/15, 5/16, 5/19, 5/20.
Exam 2 will cover sections scheduled for 5/23, 5/27, 5/28, 5/29.
R 5/15 : R.1, R.2, R.3, R.4, R.5 F 5/16 : R.6, R.7, R.8, 1.1, 8.1
M 5/19 : 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 T 5/20 : 1.7, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 W 5/21 : Q&A R 5/22 : Exam 1, 252 RS Small F 5/23 : 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.6
M 5/26 : holiday T 5/27 : 4.1, 4.3, 4.5, 5.1 W 5/28 : 5.2, 5.4, 6.1, 6.2 R 5/29 : 6.3, 6.4, 6.5 F 5/30 : Q&A
M 6/2 : Exam 2, 252 RS Small
Changes:
05/13: exams in 252 RSS 05/15: fixed links to old exams 05/22: modified problems in 4.1, 6.5 05/22: added links to exam solutions 05/29: added add'l review problems in text.