Fall 2014. MATH1320. Section 030.
Instructor: Luan Thach Hoang
Office: MA 208. Phone: (806) 834-3060 Fax: (806) 742-1112
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: TWR 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Time and Classroom: TR 9:30am - 10:50am Mathmematics Building 114
Updates about the course and other related announcements will be posted on this webpage.
Prerequisite: B in MATH/TSI 0302, C in a college level math, 3 on MPE, 610 on SATM, or 26 on ACTM.
Text: College Algebra, 3rd edition by C. Young, published by Wiley and Sons, 2012.
The link below allows students to buy either the access code for WileyPlus alone which comes with the eBook or the textbook with access code at much lower price than in the bookstore: www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-819694.html
Course Description: Topics include: Real numbers, inequalities, matrices and determinants, theory of equations, binomial theorem, progressions, mathematical induction, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions.
Expected Learning Outcomes:
Methods of Assessment of Learning Outcomes: Assessment of the learning outcomes will be achieved through homework assignments, three midterm exams, and a final exam.
Homework Assignments: Online homework will be assigned weekly. The student must register and have access to the course website (with address provided above) on www.WileyPlus.com
Grading Policy: Homework will count for 25% of the grade. The lowest score of homework will be dropped. There will be three midterm exams in class, each will count for 15% of the grade. The mandatory final exam will count for 30% of the grade. Missing the final exam will result in "F" grade. All in-class exams are closed-book. No make-up exams are given unless legitimate documents for excuses are presented to the instructor at least a week in advance. Grading Scale: A: 90%-100%, B: 80%-89%, C: 70%-79%, D: 60%-69%, F: below 60%
Calculators: Only scientific calculators are allowed in exams. These calculators can calculate the values of the standard algebraic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. Graphing calculators and calculators that can do symbolic manipulations are not allowed.
Attendance Policy: Students must go to lectures and attendance will be taken. If you miss no more than four lectures, a bonus of three points will be added to your final grade.
Midterm 1: Thursday, September 18
Midterm 2: Thursday, October 16
Midterm 3: Thursday, November 13
FINAL EXAM: Friday, December 5, 10:30a.m. - 1:00p.m. Room MA 111.
Academic Misconduct: Academic dishonesty is intolerable and will be punished to the full extent allowed by the University policy.
Civility in the Classroom: Texas Tech University endeavor to foster a classroom climate of mutual respect among students and between students and teacher. Students are expected to maintain a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. In order to assure that all students have the opportunity to gain from time spent in class, unless otherwise approved by the instructor, students are prohibited from engaging in any other form of distraction. Students must attend class on time and are not allowed to leave the class before the end of the hour without authorization. During class time students are not allowed to eat, smoke, drink alcohol, text, chat, sleep, play games, read newspapers, wear earphones, play with smart phones or tablets, etc. Please put silent mode to all your electronic devices. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom shall result, minimally, in a request to leave class.
Students with Disabilities: Any student who because of a disability may require special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has a disability that may require special accommodations. I am sure we can work out whatever arrangements are necessary. Please see me during my office hours. Student Disability Services office is in 335 West Hall (phone: 806-742-2405).
Advice: Come to class regularly, work on homework problems. Ask questions in class and get help from the Tutoring Center (Math Building 106, starting Tuesday, September 2, open M-F from 9:00am - 5:00pm) or from the instructor during the office hours. Since a lot of material will be covered, students have to master them quickly and do not wait too late until the midterms or the final exam. Students are encouraged to give feedbacks to the instructor during the semester.
NOTE: When needed, the instructor will communicate with the students using their TTU email addresses. At the beginning of the semester, the instructor will send an email to confirm the students' email addresses. If a student does not receive this message by the time of the second class, he/she must contact the instructor immediately.
WileyPlus Help: Wednesday 1-4PM and Thursday 9-12PM (Aug. 27, 28), in Math room 106 (Tutoring Center).