Math 110 Fall Syllabus
1. Text: No formal textbook will be used but rather a software program called ALEKS
2. Course Description: Definition of function; linear and nonlinear functions and graphs including logarithmic and exponential functions; systems of linear equations; theory of polynomial equations and some optional topics. For details see attached topic list.
3. Objectives:
•Graph a variety of basic equations using intercepts and symmetry where appropriate.
•Complete the square for graphing circles and parabolas.
•Graph polynomial and rational functions.
•Use function transformations.
•Use function arithmetic and composition.
•Understand functions and inverse function evaluation.
•Use the Factor Theorem for polynomials, and the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra.
•Apply the properties of Logarithms.
•Solve logarithmic and exponential equations.
•Solve systems of linear equations.
Grading Scale: The tentative grading scale for course grades is as follows:Solve applied Problems.
For more details see tentative schedule. A grade of C in this course will satisfy the core requirement for the Associate Degree.
4. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in Mat 105 or placement based on placement test score.
5. Grading Policy: Your grade in Math 110 will be determined by four factors: (a) the number of topics mastered per class or progress check, (b) the number of topics mastered on each of the exams four exams, (c) the number of passed homework quizzes, (d) # of passed attendance quizzes. Each components % worth is below
ITEM  PERCENTAGE  Variable 
Exam/Assessment 1  3  X 
Exam/Assessment 2  10  Y 
Exam/Assessment 3  15  Z 
Final Exam/Assessment  35  W 
14 Homework Quizzes  14  Q 
Progress Check  14  P 
Attendance Quizzes  9  T 
Total  100 
•Grading Scale: The tentative grading scale for course grades is as follows:
Grade  %  Grade  %  Grade  %  Grade  % 
A  ≥93  B  83 – 85  C  73 – 75  D  63 – 65 
A  90 – 92  B  80 – 82  C  70 – 72  D  60 – 62 
B+  86  89  C+  76  79  D+  66 – 69  F  ≤59 
To compute your grade, I will plug into the following
formula:
Total % = .03(X) + .10(Y) + .15 (Z) +.35 (W) +.14 (Q) + .14 (P) + .09 (T),
where X = Exam 1 %, Y= Exam 2 %, Z= Exam 3, W= Final
Exam %, Q = % of Quizzes passed, T = % Attendance quizzes, P
= % Progress check.
Example: A student earns 150%, 105%, 75%, 83% on the exams, passes 10 of the 14 quizzes, or 71% of the quizzes, earned 22 out of 25 on the attendance quizzes, and earned a 10% on the progress check. The student’s overall percentage is given by: 0.03*150+0.10*105+0.15*75+0.35*83+0.14*71+0.09*88 + 10 = 83.16 %, which would result in grade of a B for the course.
•Exams/ Assessments: Students will take inclass exams (ALEKS calls them assessments) about every three to four weeks along with a final exam.
o Percentage of each of your exam/assessment will be determined by the number of topics you retain after an exam divided by the target number of topics for that exam. These exams will count for the above mentioned % of your grade. See tentative schedule for the target number of topics for each exam.
o Bonus %: You can score more than 100% on each of the three inclass assessments or exams. That means if you go ahead (which is easier to do in the beginning than later) you can create a little cushion of extra points which can be used at a later time in the semester.
o All inclass assessments are cumulative (essentially you will take a final exam every time and just retain what you have learned up until that point which may be different for every student), but only the final exam is “equivalent” for all students.
o Depending on how you answer the first question on an exam determines what question you will get next. This is one reason you cannot go back to a previous question you already answered.
o Cumulative nature of assessments means every exam is a final exam. Answer only questions you recognize. If you make mistakes on a particular question, you will loose the topic that the question came from and anything related or connected to it. Exams may cause you to sometimes loose pie pieces (especially if you have not reviewed past materials). On the other hand sometimes students gain pie pieces by taking exams if they know material from class but have not yet mastered it on ALEKS.
o If you loose pie pieces on an exam the easiest way to gain most of what you lost (other than working on each pie piece all over again) is to request a practice test from your instructor, use notes and get help, and then answer the questions on the practice test.
•Quizzes:
o A homeworkquiz will be assigned almost weekly during the semester. These quizzes are directly linked to the content covered in each class. A score of 80% or more on a quiz constitutes passing that quiz. Quizzes are worth 14% of your grade which will roughly be 1% per quiz.
o The number of questions on each quiz will vary.
o All quizzes are open notes and you can get help on it from your instructor.
o You have until midnight of the due date to pass the quiz.
o You can take a quiz unlimited number of times before it expires as you want to get a passing score.
o Attending class lectures will help you in passing the quizzes with little or no trouble.
•Attendance Quizzes: On randomly chosen days, a 1 to 3 question quiz (time allocated about 35 minutes) will be given to you during the regular class time. Each quiz will be worth either 1 or 0 depending on whether you can answer the questions correct or not. No make up attendance quizzes will be given. At the end of the semester total number of points you earned divided by the number of quizzes given in the semester is your score and will count for 9% of your grade. Some classes could have more than one attendance quizzes.
•Progress Check: On every Friday starting the first week and ending second last week you can earn 1% for a specified % of mastery of the target pie pieces up to that day (see schedule below). For example after the first week of classes you should have mastered 6 pie pieces and therefore on the Friday of the first week if you mastered greater than or equal to 6 pie pieces or more, you will receive a 1% for that progress check. You can earn another 1% if you attain 13 pie pieces by the Friday of the second week and so on. Remember the total number of % you can earn in this manner by simply doing your homework is 14%. That means if you earned all of these % points it will raise your grade by a whole one and half letter grade. See the chart below to see the minimum target # of pie pieces for each progress check.
Progress Check  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14 
Target # of pie  6  13  20  29  35  44  52  59  61  66  71  77  80  84 
minimum # of pie pieces  6  13  20  29  31  40  46  53  54  59  62  66  68  73 
•Early Finish: After the second exam, students who are finishing the course early can see the instructor for more details.
•Special Notes:
o I encourage everyone to try to master more than the recommended topics per week, especially in the first three to four weeks in which the material may be a little easier for most students.
o To accomplish the recommended target rate, I anticipate that the average student will need to spend about 2 hours per 50 minutes of class period on ALEKS if not more (not counting assessment time). However, you are required to spend as much time as needed to master the required number of topics/class.
•Makeup Exam Policy
Under extenuating circumstances a makeup exam will be considered only if
o you are passing 90% of the homework quizzes and the attendance quizzes at the time of the request
and
o you have contacted the instructor prior to, the day of, or the day after the exam.
The instructor will reserve the rights to decide which circumstances are extenuating case by case.
6. Record Keeping:
•Since there is no text book it is important to write down all problems that you answer along with your work in a separate notebook. This written work will: (a) allow you to review for inclass assessments (you can also use the built in review mode of ALEKS for additional review); (b) allow you to ask me informed questions about the problems; and (c) allow me to assess whether how you solved a problem is correct even if the solution provided by ALEKS is different than the answer you come up with.
•It might help if you keep the “Practice” problems and athome assessment problems separate, as this will allow you to turn in the practice assessment problems to be graded without loosing access to your notes.
•In all work (especially for practice problems and athome assessments), the handwriting should be legible to me, and the steps should be easy to follow (I also recommend using a #2 pencil and an eraser) – the general format should conform to sample problems done in class or in ALEKS. Following such guidelines will help your math writing and thinking abilities.
•On the turn in work, multiple pages to be turned in should be stapled, or at least have your name on each page.
7. Calculator Policy: No graphing calculator is allowed on any inclass assessment or the final exam. No calculator of any kind is needed as there is a calculator available to you on ALEKS for problems that need it. However, if you really want to use your own calculator a scientific calculator would be allowed.
8. Important Dates:
• Tue, September 2: First day of classes
• Mon, Nov 10: Last day to drop
• Thur, Nov 27 – Fir, Nov 28 : Thanksgiving Recess
• Mon, Dec 15: Last day of classes
• Fri, Dec 19 : Final Exam 1:003:00pm
9. Office Hours: Remember you can come and get help anytime during my stated office hours. Some of the times if students from my ALEKS Mat courses come for help, my office hours will be held in N220 or some computer lab where I do not have access to telephone. I do have access to email in these rooms. If the hours stated above are not convenient for you, please use email, telephone or make an appointment as other options for getting hold of me. However, I have open door policy for office hours. That means if you are in school and come to my office even though it is not one of my stated office hours and my office door is open, you are welcome to stop by. You do not have to worry if you are bothering me or if I have time. The only times my office door will be shut if I am busy, in a meeting, in a class, or out of office.
10. UW Colleges Assessment
A UW Collegeswide assessment program has been put into place to enhance the
quality and effectiveness of the curriculum, programs, and services of the
institution. The following areas of proficiency will be assessed because they
are of primary importance in the education of our students: Analytical Skills,
Quantitative Skills, Communication Skills, and Aesthetic Engagement. During the
20082009 school year, we will focus on the Quantitative Skills proficiency. The
Mathematics Department has also determined a number of core proficiencies for
students enrolled in mathematics classes, including solving equations, setting
up and solving applied problems, simplifying and evaluating expressions, and
graphingrelated questions. Some or all of these skill areas may be incorporated
into the department assessment exercises this year.
11. Final Notes:
•know the material is sometimes difficult and some students have trouble following what I'm doing at the board at times. Please let me know when this occurs so that I can address it. Please do not get vocally upset about it during class time. Pouting or venting is usually a healthy reaction to stress, but it is not appropriate in class and can be disruptive to other student's learning.
•If you are a student with a disability or special needs, feel free to come and talk to me.
•If you need help on anything, I am readily available. DO NOT HESITATE TO GET HELP.
•This is a relatively new program and it is frequently updated. The updates can make new features available to you and the instructor in the middle of the semester. Delivering classes using this product is relatively new at UWWaukesha. Largely for this reason, keep the following in mind: (a) changes to the topic list and grading policy (and other aspects of this course related to ALEKS) may occur; and (b) inclass or athome work may not always go smoothly – please be patient with me and the software and try to be flexible as the school, you, and I all adjust to ALEKS
You have the option of finishing the course early. You would need to demonstrate mastery of all 84 topics on two consecutive inclass assessments. Ask me for details.
12. Final Warnings:
•Regarding the “cumulative” nature of assessments, please keep in mind that you may master a topic in one assessment and fail it in the next, so that it then counts as “not mastered” and affects the second assessment score. Thus, regular reviewing will be necessary
•Please take special note of the third inclass assessment which will test you on 76 topics (which is about 91% of the course). This assessment is almost the same size as the final exam and may require extra preparation time.
ALEKS INFORMATION
General Information regarding ALEKS in Mat 110:
•The software is not intended to take the place of classroom instruction or office help: There will be regular class meetings and office hours. Regular class attendance is mandatory. In class, I will answer questions and provide explanations of some topics, and you will take daily homework quizzes in ALEKS for points.
•ALEKS essentially provides two modes: “learning” and “assessment.”
•In the learning mode you choose a topic that you are ready to learn and must correctly answer four or five problems to demonstrate mastery of that topic. That topic is then included in an ALEKS pie chart that shows your current knowledge state with regard to the course topics. ALEKS then makes subsequent topics available for you to work on in this mode.
•Assessment mode provides feedback to you and me regarding accumulated knowledge/skills. “Assessments” are exams of 1525 openended questions (not multiple choice). Assessments are scheduled about every three weeks and are cumulative and individualized to determine which of the 68 topics in the syllabus you have mastery of at that time. Your may gain or lose topics from your ALEKS pie chart during an assessment. In addition to scheduled assessments, ALEKS will automatically give you practice assessments after spending a certain amount of time or earning a certain number of pie pieces in the learning mode.
•As an instructor, I have access to all of your activity on ALEKS including the number of hours spent on ALEKS, the number of topics you have mastered, your assessment results and more.
•There are a total of 84 topics/items in the ALEKS College Algebra curriculum.
The PreTest (or Initial Assessment):
•In the first class and after the tutorial on using ALEKS, you will be given an initial assessment that will determine your current state of knowledge in College Algebra. Please take this assessment seriously; that is, try your best to answer each question correctly and by yourself, in order to accurately determine for ALEKS where your new learning should begin.
•If you are completely unfamiliar with a question, then click on the “I don't know” button and ALEKS will continue asking questions on other topics. If you pass on problems that are solvable with some effort, then ALEKS will conclude that you know less than you actually do and make you study topics you already know. This will leave you less time for later course material. Alternatively, if you get help from a text or others, ALEKS will conclude that you know more than you actually do and will give you problems that are too difficult. This can be frustrating and may actually cost you more time when the next inclass assessment sends you back to repeat topics.
•Once you complete the initialtest, you will begin work in the learning mode on your course material for College Algebra.
Classroom Etiquettes
•Most students do not need this section. However, there have been some exceptions over the years that have disrupted class and students' understanding of the material. So please follow the following guidelines:
•All cellular phones, beepers, and electronic gadgets that could disrupt class should be in sleep mode or off while class is in session. If one is accidentally turned on or must be kept on for emergencies, please leave the classroom to respond or turn it off immediately.
•Do not talk to a classmate during class while I am trying to explain something. This is mainly for nonmath talk, but even math talk should not occur while I am talking. Other students who have paid to learn in the course may be distracted by your conversation, and at times I also can become distracted. I am also concerned that you yourself might be missing some important information at the board. At any point if you do not understand the material or have questions, don't hesitate to ask questions. Raise your hand and I can address your question.
•I know the material is sometimes difficult and some students have trouble following what I'm doing at the board at times. Please let me know when this occurs so that I can address it. Please do not get vocally upset about it during class time. Pouting or venting is usually a healthy reaction to stress, but it is not appropriate in class and can be disruptive to other student's learning.
•Please recycle all the plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and paper. I respectfully ask that you do not throw these items in the classroom garbage. There are several places on campus where the recycle bins are located. If you do not have the time to find such a bin, I will recycle it for you. This is something we can do to try to help the environment we live in.
Tentative Schedule
The coverage of topics in the course will be in the order below for the most part unless the average class progress requires us to make changes. After each ALEKS assessment, you may have to go back and reearn earlier topics (in the learning mode) that you might lose in order to access the topics as scheduled below. If we run out of time the boldfaced items will be treated as optional.
Week  Topics to be covered in each week  
1  Q1 (topics 1 – 7), due Sep 10 YELLOW PIE PIECES  1. Set builder and
interval notation 2. Union and intersection of sets 3. Introduction to functions: Notation and graphs 4. Domain and range: Problem type 1 5. Domain and range: Problem type 2 6. The vertical line test 
2  Assign a practice assessment Q2 (topics 813), due Sep 17 YELLOW PIE PIECES  7. Even and odd
functions 8. Sum, difference, and product of two functions 9. Quotient of two functions 10. Vertical translation of a graph of a function 11. Vertical and horizontal translations of the graph of a function 12. Piecewisedefined functions 13. Composition of two functions: Domain and range 
3  Q3 (topics 1216) due Sep 24 Q4 (topics 1722) due Oct 1 YELLOW and BLUE PIE PIECES  Repeat #13 14. Composition of two functions: Basic 15. Composition of two functions: Advanced 16. Horizontal line test 17. Finding the inverse of a linear function 18. Finding the inverse of a rational function 19. Finding the roots of a quadratic equation with leading coefficient 1 20. Finding the roots of a quadratic equation with leading coefficient greater than 1 
4  Inclass Test I based on ~ 25 topics (or 30% of the course). Q5 (topics 2330) due Oct 8 BLUE PIE PIECES  21. Completing the
squares 22. Solving a quadratic equation using the quadratic formula 23. Discriminant of a quadratic equation 24. Word problems on quadratic equations with rational roots 25. Word problem on quadratic equations with irrational roots 26. Solving a quadratic equation needing simplification 27. Graphing a parabola: Problem type 1 28. Graphing a parabola: Problem type 2 29. Graphing a parabola: Problem type 3 
5  Q6 (topics 3136) due Oct 15 BLUE PIE PIECES  30. Solving a quadratic
inequality 31. Graphing a quadratic inequality 32. Polynomial long division: Linear divisor 33. Polynomial long division: Quadratic divisor 34. Synthetic division 35. Remainder theorem 
6  Q7 (topics 3741) due Oct 22 BLUE PIE PIECES  36. Solving equations
written in factored form 37. Finding a polynomial of a given degree with given zeros 38. Using a given zero to write a polynomial as a product of linear terms 39. Finding all potential zeros of a polynomial given by the rational zeros theorem 40. Using the rational zeros theorem to find zeros of a polynomial 41. Solving a word problem involving a polynomial of degree 3 42. Addition and Subtraction of Complex Numbers 43. Multiplication of Complex Numbers 44. Division of complex numbers 
7  Assign practice assessment for
Inclass exam II. Q8 (topics 4249) Due Oct 29 BLUE PIE PIECES 
45. Powers of i 46. Complex solutions of a quadratic equation 47. NZeros theorem and conjugate zeros theorem 48. Using the conjugate zeros theorem to find all zeros of a polynomial 49. Solving a word problem by finding a local extrema of a polynomial function 50. Inferring properties of a polynomial function from its graph 51. Sketching a rational function: Problem type 1 52. Sketching the graph of a rational function: Problem type 2 
8  InClass Assessment II based on ~55 goal topics (or 67% of the course in nonreadiness items).. Q9 (topics 5055) due Nov 5 BLUE and PURPLE PIE PIECES  53. Choosing the form of
a rational function given its graph 54. Exponential and logarithmic equations 55. Evaluating a logarithmic expression 56. Basic properties of logarithms 57. Change of base for logarithms 58. Solving a logarithmic equation: Problem type 1 59. Solving a logarithmic equation: Problem type 2 
9  Q10 (topics 5660) Due Nov 12 PURPLE PIE PIECES  Review for exam 60. Solving an exponential equation: Problem type 1 61. Solving an exponential equation: Problem type 2 
10  Q11(topics 6165) Due Nov 19 PURPLE PIE PIECES  62. Solving a word
problem with exponential equation: Problem type 1 63. Solving a word problem with exponential equation: Problem type 2 64. Solving a word problem using an exponential equation: Problem type 3 65. Sketching the graph of an exponential function: Basic 66. Sketching the graph of an exponential function: Advanced 
11  Q12(topics 6672) due Nov 26
Assign practice assessment for inclass exam III and review for this
assessment PURPLE and RED PIE PIECES 
67. Sketching the graph
of a logarithmic function 68. Translating the graph of a logarithmic or exponential function 69. Graph of a parabola 70. Finding focus of a parabola 71. Writing equation of parabola given vertex and focus. 
12  Q13 (topics 7379) Due Dec 3 RED PIE PIECES InClass Assessment III based on ~76 goal topics (or 91% of the course in nonreadiness items).  72. Graphing a circle
given its equation in standard form 73. Graph of a circle 74. Writing the equation of a circle given the center and an arbitrary point 75. Writing the equation of a circle given the endpoints of a diameter 76. Graph of an ellipse written in standard form 77. Graph of an ellipse with an arbitrary center 
13  Q14 (topics 8084) due Dec 9 RED and ORANGE PIE PIECES  78. Graph of a hyperbola
written in standard form 79. Graph of a hyperbola with an arbitrary center 80. Classifying Conics given their equations 
14  81. Classifying a system
of linear equations 82. Solving a system of linear equations 83. Consistency and independence of a system of linear equations 84. Solving system of nonlinear equations 

15  First Attempt on final exam  Review for final 
16  Final Exam 