College Algebra

Mission: To provide affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success

Term:  Fall 2018
Course:    MATH 1513   COLLEGE ALGEBRA
Delivery Format:  Traditional

Instructor Information:

Name:  Jerry Holton
Office Location:  RC 102
Preferred Contact Method:   by phone
Office Phone:  918-647-1403
Office Hours:  As posted
Alternate Phone:  918-647-1200
Textbook 1 Information: Required                                        
College Algebra;  Michael Sullivan; Pearson Education, Inc.13:978-0-321-97947-6
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Course Description:

            This brief review and continuation of Intermediate Algebra includes the study of nonlinear relations and functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of

equations, matrices and determinants, sequences and series, and partial fractions.

Credit Hours:  3.00
Prerequisites:  Math 0123 or equivalent.
Co-requisites:  NONE




Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s):

SLO 1. Upon completion of the course students will be able to solve equations and inequalities.
-Students will be able to solve linear equation in one variable.
-Students will be able to solve literal equations.
-Students will be able to solve polynomial equations using the zero product property.
-Students will be able to perform the basic operations on complex numbers.
-Students will be able to solve radical equations.
-Students will be able to solve linear inequalities in one variable.
-Students will be able to solve absolute value equations and inequalities.
-Students will be able to solve application problems involving linear equations.
-Students will be able to solve application problems involving quadratic equations.

SLO 2. Upon completion of the course students will be able to graph relations.
-Students will be able to determine the distance using the distance formula.
-Students will be able to determine the midpoint using the midpoint formula.
-Students will be able to graph a linear equation.
-Students will be able to graph a linear equation using the slope-intercept form.
-Students will be able to determine the equation of a line.
-Students will be able to determine the equation of a circle.
-Students will be able to graph circles.
-Students will be able to solve variation problems.

SLO 3: Upon completion of the course students will be able to graph functions.
-Students will be able to determine information from the graph of a function.
-Students will be able to graph eight basic functions.
-Students will be able to graph piece-wise defined functions.
-Students will be able to apply transformation to eight basic graphs to graph a function.
-Students will be able to graph a quadratic function.

SLO 4. Upon completion of the course students will be able to apply operations of functions.
-Students will be able to construct new functions from basic functions by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing functions.

SLO 5. Upon completion of the course students will be able to identify the properties of functions.
-Students will be able to determine if a relation is a function.
-Students will be able to determine the domain and range of a function.
-Students will know the properties of functions.
-Students will be able to determine the composite function.
-Students will be able to determine if a function is one-to-one.
-Students will be able to determine the inverse function.

SLO 6. Upon completion of the course students will be able to apply the properties of exponential and logarithmic functions.
-Students will be able to convert equations between exponential and logarithmic form.
-Students will be able to evaluate common and natural logarithms.
-Students will be able to identify and graph exponential and logarithmic functions.
-Students will be able to graph common and natural logarithms to evaluate expressions.
-Students will be able to apply the properties of logarithms to evaluate expressions.

SLO 7. Upon completion of the course students will be able to solve exponential and logarithmic functions.
-Students will be able to solve exponential functions.
-Students will be able to solve logarithmic functions.


Evaluation/Assessment Practices


Assignments and Course Format:

This course will be presented from a lecture-demonstration point of view. The textbook will be the basis for material to be covered and the student will be responsible for reading all assigned material and working those problems selected by the instructor. 

Read each exercise before working the problems.

Review Chapter:
Section R5: 11,17,19,25,27,31,35,37,41,43,45,47,49,51,53,55,58,63,69,75,78,95,101,
Section R7: 9,12,15,18,19,22,25,29,35,38,41,44,47,50,53,56,59,62,65,68,71,75,79,81
Section R8: 11,13,27,31,33,35,37,39,47,51,53,59,65,67,71,74,79,81,83,85,87,89

Section 1.1: 13,17,21,29,33,37,43,47,51,53,57,61,71,73,77,83,85,87,89,95
1.2: 12-66 multiples of 3,   75,78,81,84,87,90,95,98,101
1.3: 12-72 multiples of 3,  74
1.4: 11,13,23,25,31,37,43,49,55,59,69,75,79
1.5: 57-87 multiples of 3, 93,97,109
1.6: 9-30 multiples of 3, 39-60 multiples of 3, 73,76
1.7: 11,15,21,25,27,29,35,41

2.1: 15-49 odd
2.2: 19,23,31,41,43,45,47,59,61,63,69,77
2.3: 15,17,19,23,25,27,29,35,41,47,51,55,57,63,66,69,72,75,79,81,85,91,107
2.4: 9-36 multiples of 3,  37,42
2.5: 7,9,11,13,17,19,21,41

Section 3.1: 21,23,31,33,35,43,45,49,51,55,57,59,67,71,77,79,83,93,95
3.2: 11,13,17,19,25
3.3: 15-33 multiples of 3,  39,47,65,71
3.4: 11-18,  27,33,37,47
3.5: 7-25 odd,  29,41,45,47,51

Section 4.3: 15-36 multiples of 3, 55

Section 8.1: 9-39 multiples of 3, 45,49
8.6: 27-45 multiples of 3 

5.1: 43,47,51,57-67 odd; 77-97 odd
5.2: 15-54 multiples of 3
5.3: 9-30 multiples of 3
5.4: 19-37

Section 6.1: 13,19,23,27,29,33,37,43
6.2: 13, 15-72 multiples of 3
6.3: 15,35,37,41,43,45,55,57,65,69,79
6.4: 12-78 multiples of 3
6.5: 15,19,21,29,31,37,41,45,47,49,51,57,59,65,73,77,87
6.6: 9,11,14,17,25,31,43,45


Grade Scale:

A:  90-100: 
B:  80-89: 
C:  70-79: 
D:  60-69: 
F: Below 60:


Grading Policies:


At least four-fifty minute objective examinations will be given during the semester. The lowest test score prior to the final will be dropped. Students may not drop the final. These will determine 66 2/3% of a student’s grade. Daily grades will be taken on a class period basis, and will determine the remaining 33 1/3% of the grade.
Homework is expected to be turned in the class period after it is assigned but can be turned in no later two class periods after assigned. Any assignment turned more than two class periods after assigned will receive a zero. Students must show all work on homework to receive a grade! The last homework assignment for the final must be turned in no later than the last day of class before finals begin. 




The student is expected to take all examinations at the specified time and date. No make-up test will be given without prior approval of the instructor. Call for approval. Leave a message and phone

number on answering machine if no answer. If a student misses an exam without prior approval it will be dropped as the lowest test. If another test is missed, it will be recorded as a zero and will count in the grade.

Treat everyone with respect. A student being disrespectful in class will not be tolerated and may result in dismissal from class.


            Punctual and regular class attendance is expected of all students enrolled at Carl Albert State College. A student is expected to attend every class and laboratory for which he or she has registered. Each instructor will make known to the student his or her policy with respect to absences in the course. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of this policy. Being prepared for class in advance and participating on a regular basis is a vitally important ingredient for academic success. Attendance in class is expected and will be recorded.

It is also the responsibility of the student to consult with his/her instructors when an absence must be excused. Instructors are given the prerogative of determining the excusableness of student absences except absences for school-sponsored activities and legally required jury duty, which shall be deemed excusable. A student is also responsible for all class work covered during his/her absence from class, even in classes in which he/she is able to satisfy the instructor that the absence was unavoidable. 

Failure to attend class regularly may result in a recommendation for the student to withdraw from class or from College. Students who cease attending a class but do not withdraw from that class will receive a grade of F for the course. Attendance will be taken in each class at Carl Albert State College each time that class meets.

In this class, attendance is measured by the student being in class when his/her name is called and staying for the duration of class. If a student needs to leave class early, then he/she must consult with the instructor before class begins to receive permission. If a student gets up and leaves class early without permission, then that student will be be marked absent.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: (Maximum number of allowable unexcused absences.)

M-W-F course                   M-W or T-Th course            Night Class

0-3 absences                      0-2 absences                               1 absence                   No grade change              
4-6 absences                      3-4 absences                              2 absences                    Drop 1 letter grade          
7-9 absences                      5-6 absences                              3 absences                    Drop 2 letter grades
10-12 absences                 7-8 absences                              4 absences                    Drop 3 letter grades
13 or more                          9 or more                                5 or more                      Automatic Failure “F” or Withdrawal “W” 

Additional Course Information:


The use of cell phones for the duration of the class is not acceptable. Use of cellular phones or any other electronic communication devices such as headphones, iPods, Bluetooth, etc.  for any purpose during a class or exam session is strictly prohibited. A student may face dismissal or failure in the class if an electronic device is used for any reason during classAll such devices must be turned off or put in a silent (vibrate) mode, put away, and ordinarily should not be taken out during class. This includes using a mobile phone for sending out text messages, connecting to the internet, or any other application. At the instructor’s discretion, electronic devices utilized in a learning context, such as laptops and language interpreters, in class should be used by students for course specific work only, not for social networking or any other activities. The instructor reserves the right to ban the use of cell phones or any other electronic communication device at any time.



Student Email:

IMPORTANT- All course information, billing, financial aid notices, housing information, scholarship awards, degree check results, and other mail will be sent to you via student email. Please remember to check your student email often for important information.

ADA statement:
 Carl Albert State College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students with disabilities who need special accommodations should make their request in the following way: 

*      Talk with your instructor after class about your disability or special needs related to work in class.


Poteau Campus

*      Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the Student Disability Services Coordinator located in the Student Disability Services/Student Counseling Services office in the Ollie Center in office OC 1203 (second floor).

Sallisaw Campus

*      Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the Assistant Student Disability Services Coordinator located in the Learning Resource Center in office SC 8025. .

                FOR WEB COURSES

*      Call or e-mail your instructor about your disability or special needs related to work in web courses.

*      Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the Student Disability Services Coordinator. You may find information on our website under Student Affairs/Student Disability Services.



·         LRC: The Learning Resource Center is located in the George Ollie Center for Academic Excellence on the third floor, in room 1301; Crissy Keeton, the LRC director, may be reached at 918-647-1319. The LRC offers tutoring in a variety of subjects including math and English: specific tutoring schedules are available.  The LRC also offers notes and textbooks for many classes, as well as a computer lab and study area. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursdays from 8 am to 6 p.m., and on Fridays from 8 am to 4 pm.

·         Counseling: CASC Student Counseling Services provides free counseling to students who are struggling with school, home life, or a disability. Overseeing the CASC Student Counseling Center is Kerrie Blair, MS, LPC.  She serves as counselor at Carl Albert State College and may be reached by phone (918) 647-1389, text (918) 658-5568, or email


·         Library: Research for your class should be conducted at the CASC Libraries.  College-level research requires college-level sources. CASC Libraries offer a number of appropriate sources in both print and electronic formats.  Visit the library in person for research assistance or at 
Phone: 918-647-1311 (Poteau)  918-775-6977 (Sallisaw)
Facebook:  Library Friends @ Carl Albert State College
Twitter:  @CASCLibrary
Instagram: casclibrary 


HEA-Required information:

The National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) issued Information Required to Be Disclosed Under the Higher Education Act of 1965: Suggestions for Dissemination (NPEC 2010-831). This publication is available at


Additional Information including Student Handbook, FERPA, Financial Aid, Clery Report, and student consumer information are located at

Notification of class cancellation:

In the event class must be cancelled by the instructor the student will be notified through various methods including, but not limited, to the following:  text message, email, or written notification.  Students should check their Carl Albert email accounts regularly for such notifications.  When possible, instructors will provide notification in advance.

In instances of school closure the notification process occurs in the following ways: the alert system is used to send messages including phone calls, text messages, and emails to all names in the alert system as soon as a decision has been made regarding the status of CASC; an email is sent to all Carl Albert email addresses; closure information is posted to the CASC website as quickly as possible; the phone message for incoming calls at the CASC switchboard will indicate closed status; local radio stations and television stations are notified; however television may or may not post our information so please be sure to check other sources of information as listed above.

Assessment Statement

Assessment is the process that evaluates the learning experience with the purpose of continual improvement and has the objective of assuring the accomplishment of the mission of Carl Albert State College.

Academic Integrity/ Misconduct Policy

The following will apply in connection with academic dishonesty:


A. The instructor and his/her Division Chairperson have final authority over the grades given to students   or the lowering of grades because of cheating or plagiarism.


B. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to:


1.       The use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations.


2.       Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments.


3.   Acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the college faculty or staff.  The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished   work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.


If it is established that cheating or plagiarism has more than likely occurred:


A. The instructor may take appropriate disciplinary action, which may include the awarding of an “F” on the particular assignment or in the course.


B. The instructor will make a report of the incident and of action taken to the Vice President for Academic  Affairs.


C. The student will receive a copy of the report if s/he desires and may appeal the decision of the instructor to the Academic Affairs Committee.


D. The student and instructor may meet individually with the Academic Affairs Committee to present documentation pertinent to the appeal. Once the Academic Affairs Committee renders its decision, the appeal process is concluded.


Carl Albert State College considers all forms of academic misconduct and dishonesty serious matters which warrant serious attention. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cases of cheating and plagiarism, and is, at the very least, subject to disciplinary action by the instructor of record. More serious infractions will warrant disciplinary actions by the college. 


Plagiarism is considered unacceptable and incompatible with the educational mission of Carl Albert State College. Since plagiarism always carries consequences, all students are expected to be familiar with the rules for avoiding plagiarism. 


Intentional plagiarism is a deliberate act of academic dishonesty in which an individual knowingly represents the work or knowledge of another person as one’s own, knowingly incorporates into one’s work the words or ideas of another person without clear attribution, fails to acknowledge clearly the partial or full authorship of someone else when submitting a work, and/or consistently fails to cite or quote textual resources properly.


Cheating is considered to be a serious infraction of academic integrity and as such is not tolerated at CASC. Specifically, cheating includes, but is not limited to, instances where work is turned in that is not one’s own, copying others’ answers in exams and/or papers, infiltration of grading systems, use of deception in acquisition of answers, and/or instances of forgery. 


Grade Protest

Students may challenge a final grade, provided a solution cannot be reached through proper academic channels. Students should first contact their instructor and then the Division Chair if resolution is not satisfactory. Appeals for the purpose of challenging a final grade must be made to the Academic Affairs Committee within 90 days after the grade in question appears on the permanent record.  Information concerning procedures to be followed is available from the Office of Admissions and Records. (CASC Catalog, p. 74)


Faculty Complaints

A student who feels he or she has serious grounds and evidence to demonstrate unfair treatment by a faculty member may file a formal written complaint with the division chair. First, however, the student is encouraged to visit with the faculty member on an informal basis to discuss the situation. If, after that visit, the student still wishes to file a formal complaint, the division chair will call a meeting between the student and the faculty member to discuss the complaint and any further action. If the issue still remains unresolved, the division chair, faculty member, and student will meet with the Associate Vice President of Instruction in the Academic Affairs Office.


Semester Regulations Concerning the Beginning and End of the Term

Students should keep in mind that the semester begins with the first day of class, and ends with the last day of the designated final exam period.  For that reason, and because final exams may be scheduled up to and through the last day of the final exam schedule, students should not plan to travel until the first day after the end of finals week, unless approval is granted by the division chair AND the Academic Affairs Office. Students may request changes in individual final exam times in writing and through completion of the Change in Final Exam form. Forms are located in the office of the registrar. Requests for change for personal convenience are generally not approved. Approvals are normally limited for the following reasons:

    1. Conflict with working hours on a job that has been held during the term, and for which working schedules cannot be readily adjusted.
    2. Religious reasons.
    3. Four finals in one day. Where amicable agreement cannot be reached by the student and the instructors, the division chair and/or Academic Affairs Office can grant accommodations.
    4. Military obligations verified in writing.
    5. Other exceptional hardship cases including health reasons concerning immediate members of the household and/or death of an immediate family member or attendance of a funeral of an immediate family member.

Additionally, with take-home final exams, instructors have the option and may choose to make those due on the last day of finals.

Students are required to:

1.        complete the Change in Final Exam form;

2.        request the signature and approval of the designated instructor;

3.        submit the form to the appropriate division chair for approval;

4.        The form will be forwarded to the Academic Affairs Office or designee (Vice President for Sallisaw campus).

5.        The Academic Affairs office will then inform the student of the results of the request.

*Requests will be finalized within 72 hours of the formal request.


Withdrawal Policy:
Students withdrawing from courses should first consult instructors and refer to the current student handbook or website for withdrawal procedures.  Additionally, the student should contact the offices of Financial Aid, Admissions, Business, and Retention.  Students failing to attend initial class meetings will be dropped from the class without notification.  Beyond that, failure to attend class is not equivalent to dropping the class; students who fail to formally drop the class will receive a grade in the course.


Online Etiquette Statement:

Carl Albert State College expects online users to follow the same basic rules that apply in face-to-face communication.  The following guidelines provide direction for students using Internet-based communication.  Failure to follow appropriate communication rules may result in negative consequences.


1.       Think before you write.  What you say online is permanent.  Review and edit before you post and take the feeling of others into consideration.

2.       Be friendly and positive.  Even if you disagree with an idea there are ways you can approach your criticism without being hurtful.

3.       Use standard English.  Avoid slang and jargon with which others in the class may be unfamiliar.  Communication is only effective if the audience can relate to it.

4.       Be professional.  Avoid writing in all caps, using multiple exclamation or question marks, and emoticons. 

5.       Ask for help.  If you feel lost, or need clarification, ask.  If you don’t ask the questions your instructor and other students won’t be able to respond.  Besides, you’re probably not alone, but don’t wait for someone else to ask for you.


Statement of Instructor Modification Right

This syllabus is subject to alteration at the discretion of the instructor.  Notification of alteration will be provided to students via class announcement, e-mail, blackboard posting, or similar reasonable method.


Student Financial Responsibility Statement:

In addition to enrolling in classes, part of your enrollment responsibility is payment of your Business Office Account (tuition, fees, etc.)

If you have already paid your entire balance for the semester, and any past balances, thank you.

If you have not Carl Albert State College requires all students to either pay for their Business Office Account by the first day of class or enroll in the Nelnet Payment Plan located on the website by the first day of class.

Students who anticipate receiving financial aid must enroll in the Payment Plan as well.  If the financial aid pays for all costs then the payment plan will not go into effect.

If you have questions, please feel free to call the Business Office at 918-647-1325


Course Calendar.

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