College Algebra Summer 2012

Section 002, Meeting in D219 MWF 6:00-7:40

Sarah Holliday Office: D230

Phone: 678-915-3421 E-mail:

Office Hours:
MTRF 4:30-5:50, and by appointment.

Precalculus, sixth edition by Paul Sisson.

The TI-83/4 calculator is used in this course. You may NOT share calculators during quizzes or exams. The use of cell phones, pagers, text or other messaging devices is not allowed during class.

Placement by the Mathematics Assessment Test.

Course objectives:
A functional approach to algebra which incorporates the use of appropriate technology. Review of symbolic manipulation and solutions of equations and inequalities. Linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions, graphs and applications. A grade of C or better is required for course credit.

Upon completing this course students should be able to:
1. Produce solutions to various algebraic equations.
2. Demonstrate the use of elementary graphing techniques.
3. Use theorems of algebra to analyze the zeros of polynomials.
4. Describe exponential and logarithmic functions.

Homework, Quizzes and Examinations:
Homework will be assigned daily, but will not be collected without advance warning. Questions on homework problems can be answered in Office Hours and/or in class. Quizzes will occur occasionally without warning. Quiz questions will typically come from homework problems. There will be three in-class examinations, and a final.  Homework is available on

Grading Policy:
In-class examinations will be valued at 20% each, homework and quizzes will total to 20%, and the final will be valued at 20%.

Be sure you read the relevant section and know and understand the potential penalties in the University Academic Regulations in the current undergraduate catalog or on the campus web site.

If I am contacted with an acceptable excuse before the date of the quiz or exam, then a makeup can be arranged. An acceptable excuse is in writing, contains the student's name, the date of the absence, a signature from a faculty member sponsoring the trip, contact information for the faculty member, and a brief mention of the nature of the trip.

Special needs:
I will attempt to accommodate all students with special needs to the best of my ability, but it is the responsibility of the student to make their needs known to me. Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the counselor working with disabilities at 678-915-7244 as soon as possible to better assure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

First day of class = Monday, May 21, 2012.
Holiday = Monday, May 28, 2012.
In-class exam 1 = Friday June 8, 2012.
In-class exam 2 = Wednesday June 27, 2012.
Holiday = Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
Last day to withdraw = Tuesday March 2, 2010.
In-class exam 3 = Wednesday July 18, 2012.
Last day of classes = Thursday July 26, 2012.
Final Exam = TBA

For help with your homework, or questions about the lectures, you have a lot of options. I will take a limited number of questions during class, as time permits. I am available in my office for help during my posted office hours, and any unscheduled time my door is open. For additional help, there are campus-wide resources I will announce as soon as I have the details.

"SPSU has an Honor Code and a new procedure relating to when academic misconduct is alleged.  All students should be aware of them.  Information about the Honor Code and the misconduct procedure may be found at"


Practice homework problems are listed here