Class time: Mon., Wed. 7:00 pm

Winter 2014
Class time: Mon., Wed. 7:00 pm - 8:40 pm
Place: WSB 3803
Instructor: Zosia Eppensteiner
Email: [email protected]
Office: NSF 1111
Phone: 227-2020
Office hours: by appointment Mon., Wed. 5 pm – 7 pm
This course satisfies the Foundations of Natural Science/Mathematics requirement.
Prerequisite: MA 100 (C- or better) or satisfactory score on math placement exam.
Course Overview and Objective: Students who complete this course should be able to
demonstrate a basic understanding of mathematical logic; use mathematics to solve
scientific or mathematical problems in college classes; express relationships in the symbolic
language of mathematics; and appreciate the role of mathematics in analyzing natural
The following is a list of minimum outcomes for this class. Students should be able to:
1. Graph, compute with and solve problems with real numbers, solve and model using
equations and inequalities.
2. Analyze and graph functions, their transformations and inverses.
3. Use multiple methods to find zeros of polynomial functions.
4. Analyze and graph rational, exponential and logarithmic functions.
5. Solve systems of equations and inequalities.
6. Define, evaluate and interpret trigonometric functions.
Course Description: The course aims to further develop students' abilities to manipulate
algebraic statements and solve problems. It includes the study of functions, graphing,
equation solving techniques, exponents and logarithms, systems of equations and basic
trigonometry. Emphasis is placed on the application of algebra to the applied sciences.
Text: Algebra for College Students, 9th Edition, Jerome E. Kaufmann; Karen L. Schwitters
Supplies: A graphing calculator or laptop equipped with TI-Interactive which is a program
that simulates the TI-83. Notebook, graph paper, pencil and straight edge will be required.
Grading: Homework will be assigned for each class and 5 quizzes will be given. There will
be five tests tentatively scheduled for 2/3, 2/24, 3/24, 4/9 and 4/28. Generally, no make-ups
will be given. The cumulative total for the course is 700 pts. Tests are 100 pts each,
homework 10 pts each and quizzes 10 pts each. 90%—100% is an A. 80%—89% is a B,
Course policies and tips: Students are expected to attend all the classes. Attendance will
be taken at the beginning of the class. Excessive absence will influence your grade. Most
importantly in order to succeed in this course you have to be present, focused and ready to
devote time and effort into doing the math, not just observing and listening to the lecture.
Take notes, ask questions and keep up with your homework. Please do not use your cell
phones in class and be respectful of your fellow students. Please contact me via email with
any questions or concerns.
Disabilities: If you have a need for disability-related accommodations or services, please
inform the Coordinator of Disability Services in the Disability Services Office by: coming into
the office at 2001 C. B. Hedgcock; calling 227-1700; or e-mailing [email protected]
Reasonable and effective accommodations and services will be provided to students if
requests are made in a timely manner, with appropriate documentation, in accordance with
federal, state, and University guidelines.