College Algebra (MATH 131 B)

Fall 2013

Instructor:   Dr. Seongchun (Michelle) Kwon
e-mail:   kwonseon at hotmail dot com
Office:   Nursing and Health Sciences 133, Miller Science Hall 103 C( only for the first week )
Office hours:   2:00-3:00 PM on MW and 1:30 3:00 PM on TTR or by appointment
Class hours:   12:00 PM-12:50 PM on TTR; Nursing and Health Sciences 168

Text:    College Algebra by Ron Larson, 8th edition.

Materials covered:    applications of linear and quadratic equations; solving inequalities; solving inequalities, including quadratic inequalities; graphing equations; graphs of functions; combining functions and finding inverse functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; polynomial functions; and systems of equations.

Final Exam:   10:15-12:15 p.m   Tuesday December 10

Supplemental Instructor: Cassie Tye
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 2:00-2:50 and Wednesday nights from 7:00-9:00 in the ARC located in the Sharp Academic Center room 3106.
SI sessions: Monday 3:00-4:00 pm in Miller Science Center room 212; Tuesday 7:00-8:00 pm in Miller Science Center room 212
Wednesday 7:00-8:00 pm Sharp Academic Center room 3106

  • Syllabus;     Tentative Schedule;     Learning Objectives

  • Lecture Notes and Resources

  • WebAssign;   Student Quick Start Guide ;   Student Support if you have any technical problem.

  • SMARTthinking : On-Line Tutoring login site. Login and Password are the same as your Union e-mail account. Tutors are available 24/7 otherwise announced.

  • You need free softwares Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player to read pdf files, watch videoclips and do your HW.
    Download:   Adobe Reader ;   Adobe Flash Player ;


                                          Progress, Problems and Solutions

    Date Progress Problems,Solutions
    Aug 27(T) Introduction Introduction
    Aug 29 (TR) 1.1. Graphs of Equations
    Sep 3 (T) 1.1. Graphs of Equations, 1.2. Linear Equations in One Variable
    Sep 5(TR) Handed out WebAssign Access code
    Deadline of Webassign sec 1.3. :Sep 10 before the class
    Sep 10(T) 1.4. Quadratic Equations and Applications
    Sep 12(TR) 1.4. Quadratic Equations and Applications and working on Group Activity problem
    Sep 17(T) 1.5. Complex Numbers
    Sep 19 (TR) 1.5. Complex Numbers,  1.6. Other Types of Equations
    Sep 24(T) 1.6. Other Types of Equations, 2.1.Linear Equations in Two Variables
    Sep 26(TR) 2.1.Linear Equations in Two Variables
    Oct 1 (T) 1.7. Linear Inequalities in One Variable, 1.8. Other Types of Inequalities
    Oct 3 (TR) 1.8. Other Types of Inequalities
    Oct 8 (T) Exam 1( Range: Chapter 1 and section 2.1.)
    Preparation Tips: Problems will be similar to WebAssign Review problems. However, you are to write your reasoning.
    Extra points gaining opportunity: WebAssign Review Problems (5 pts),
    Turn in written solution (5 pts)
    Exam 1 ( Kellianne's solution )
    Oct 10 (TR) 2.1. Linear Equations in Two Variables, 2.2. Functions
    Oct 15 (T) 2.2. Functions, 2.3. Analyzing Graphs of Functions Mini-Makeup- Exam 1
    Oct 17 (TR) Fall Break
    Oct 22 (T) 2.3. Analyzing Graphs of Functions
    Oct 24 (TR) 2.3. Analyzing Graphs of Functions, 2.5. Transformations of Functions
    Oct 29 (T) 2.6. Combinations of Functions: Composite Functions Problem Solving Activity ( Solution )
    Oct 31 (TR) 2.7. Inverse Functions
    We will be engaged in the problem solving activity. The score will be recorded in your HW score. Before you come to the class, you are to watch the video clips and lecture note in our Lecture notes and resources. Please watch both video clips at least twice. Practice the examples in the video clips by yourself.
    Problem Solving Activity( Solution )
    Nov 5 (T) 3.1. Quadratic Functions and Models Problem Solving Activity ( Solution )
    Nov 7 (TR) 3.2. Polynomial Functions of Higher Degree Problem Solving Activity
    Nov 12 (T) Exam 2 (2.2 -3.2.) Exam 2 ( Kellianne's solution )
    Nov 14 (TR) 4.1. Rational Functions and Asymptotes Remark about the Graph of the Rational Function for WebAssign HW help
    Nov 19 (T) 4.1. Rational Functions and Asymptotes, 5.1. Exponential Functions and Their Graphs
    Nov 21 (TR) 5.1. Exponential Functions and Their Graphs, 5.2. Logarithmic Functions and Their Graphs
    Nov 26 (T) 5.2. Logarithmic Functions and Their Graphs
    Nov 28 (TR) Thanks Giving Holiday
    Dec 3 (T) 5.3. Properties of Logarithms
    Dec 5 (TR) 5.4. Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
    Dec 10 (T) Final Exam: 10:15-12:15 p.m