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Georgia Highlands College

Course Syllabus   ̶   Math 1111, College Algebra

Spring Semester 2013

Course:        MATH 1111, College Algebra

                    CRN 20003, MW 11:00 am - 12:15 pm, Room W-202

Course Description: This course is a functional approach to algebra that incorporates the use of appropriate technology. Emphasis will be placed on the study of functions and their graphs; inequalities; and linear, quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Appropriate applications will be included. Students receive credit toward graduation for only one of the following courses:  MATH 1001, MATH 1111.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory placement scores and two years of high school algebra or MATH 0099

Instructor:    Kelly Shane

Office:          Office W-221, Floyd Campus

Office Hours:  (Please note that additional office hours are available after class and by appointment. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with the instructor whenever necessary to discuss class policies or course material.) 




7:30 am – 9:30 am (office)

9:30 am – 10:30 am (math lab)

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm (office)


7:30 am – 8:00 am (office)

9:15 am –11:00 am (office)

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm (math lab)


7:30 am – 9:30 am (office)

9:30 am – 10:30 am (math lab)


7:30 am – 8:00 am (office)

9:15 am –11:00 am (office)



Contact Information:       

Direct Number to Office


E-mail Address

kshane@highlands.edu (Try email first.)

Web Site Address




Textbook:      Precalculus, 4th edition, Blitzer 

Calculator Requirement:

Each student taking this course needs access to a TI-84 or equivalent graphing/scientific calculator.   Students will use their calculator while participating in class, taking exams, and completing homework exercises.   Please note that sharing calculators during graded assignments is not permitted.  Other electronic devices may not be used during exams or quizzes — usage of such devices will result in an automatic F on the exam or quiz.

Course Content:       Selected sections from chapters P, 1, 2 & 3.

Grading Policies:

Four exams and a comprehensive final exam will be given during the semester. All exams and the final will count 100 points each. If a student’s final exam grade is higher than any test grades, the final exam grade will replace the lowest test grade. 

Homework will be due at the beginning of each class.  One late homework assignment will be accepted.  The homework grades will count as a total of 50 points.

The usual grading scale (90%—100% is an A, 80%—90% is a B, etc.) will apply.

Students who simply quit attending class without officially withdrawing will receive a grade of F in the class.

Additionally, students are encouraged to retain copies of all graded coursework returned during the semester.  The coursework will aid students in preparing for the final exam and will serve as evidence of academic performance throughout the semester.

The instructor retains the prerogative of altering the above plans as circumstances dictate.

Academic Policies:

If a student simply quits attending class without officially withdrawing, the student will receive a grade of F in the class.

Last Day to Withdraw without Academic Penalty: March 18

Withdrawals after this date are subject to approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and will be issued only in cases of extreme emergency or hardship.

Early Warning Program:  Georgia Highlands College requires that all faculty members report their students' progress throughout the course of the semester as part of the institution-wide Early Warning Program (EWP).  The objective of the program is to support academic success by reviewing early indicators of satisfactory student progress.  In accordance with EWP, faculty members provide the Registrar's Office with academic reports of each student enrolled in their course(s) at checkpoints staggered throughout the semester.  The following success factors are reported at their corresponding checkpoint:

  • Week 2: Notification of Non-attendance
  • Week 5: Evidence of Course Pursuit
  • Week 8: Mid-term Grades

Final Date: Wednesday, May 1, noon

Student Learning Outcomes:  Students completing this course should satisfy the following goal and learning outcomes:  Students will analyze and apply mathematical information, concepts, and principles, embedded in verbal, numerical, graphic, or symbolic representations.

  • Students will be able to solve equations
  • Students will be able to solve inequalities
  • Students will be able to graph and interpret functions
  • Students will be able to model problem contexts mathematically to arrive at solutions
  • Students will be able to use technology appropriately
  • Students will be able to use logical, mathematical reasoning
  • Students will be able to appropriately express numbers and algebraic expressions in a variety of ways in given contexts
  • Students will be able to interpret data presented graphically and make appropriate graphs to summarize data            
  • Students will be able to calculate and interpret the meaning of rates of change

Class Attendance & Make-up Exams:        

Students are expected to attend each and every scheduled class session. Since lectures begin promptly at the scheduled time, students are encouraged to avoid arriving late to class.  Attendance will be reflected in students’ grades through homework grades.

Students absent for a class will not be allowed to turn in late homework unless they contact the instructor BEFORE the missed class AND the instructor gives the student permission.  Students must make arrangements PRIOR to the scheduled class. 

There will be no make-up exams.  If a student needs to miss an exam, they may discuss with the instructor the possibility of taking it BEFORE the exam date.  No exams will be administrated after their given date, and students who do not show up will receive a zero on the exam.


Extended Absence Policy:

“Students, who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course. If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Academic Dean is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun.”

Academic Dishonesty: 

Cheating will not be tolerated in this class.  If the instructor suspects a student of cheating, the instructor will notify the student of the allegations outside of class.  The allegations will be referred to the Director of Student Life for appropriate action.  The procedures and penalties implemented both by the instructor and the Director of Student Life shall be in accordance with the college's Academic Integrity Policy.  The policy can be accessed on-line at


Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance:        

If anyone in the class feels that he/she needs accommodation due to a disability, please feel free to discuss this with the instructor early in the term. Georgia Highlands College has resources available for students with certain disabilities. Accommodations may be made (such as providing materials in alternative formats, assuring physical access to classrooms or being sensitive to interaction difficulties that may be posed by communication and/or learning disabilities) through Student Support Services on all campuses. For more information please contact 706-368-7536.

Special Note to Students Receiving Financial Aid:

This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each classStudents who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form. 

In Conclusion:

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns during the semester, please feel free to contact me.



  • Section P.7  #1-41 every other odd, #55-63 odd, #75-81 odd, #91-99 odd
  • Section 1.1 #1-27 odd, Section 1.2  #1-37 every other odd, 51-89 odd
  • Section 1.3  #1-13 odd, 17-33 odd, 37-47 odd
  • Section 1.4  #1-69 every other odd
  • Section 1.5  #1-25 odd
  • Test 1
  • Section 1.6  #1-9 odd, 17-25 odd, 45, 47, 53-59 odd, 67-71 odd, 81-87 odd, 95-99 odd
  • Section 1.6  #11-15 odd, 27-31 odd, 49, 51, 75, 79, 91, 93, 101, 105, 111
  • Section 1.7  #1-41 every other odd, 49-69 every other odd, 81, 83, 89, 91
  • Section 1.8  #1-57 every other odd, 77-85 odd
  • Section 1.9 #1-49 every other odd
  • Test 2
  • Section 2.6  #9-19 odd, Section P.2  #1-45 odd, Section P.3 #83-89 all
  • Section 3.1  #1-49 every other odd, 53, 55
  • Section 3.2  #1-43 odd, 53-63 odd, 75-99 odd, 129, 131
  • Section 3.3  #1-33 every other odd, #41-65 every other odd, 71-81 odd
  • Section 3.4  #1-21 odd, 25-39 odd, 49-89 every other odd, 105-111 all
  • Test 3
  • Section 2.1  #1-49 every other odd
  • Section 2.2  #1-41 every other odd, 57, 59, 67
  • Section 2.3  #1-23 odd, 25-61 every other odd, 95, 97
  • Section 2.4  #1-45 every other odd
  • Section 2.5  #1-23 odd, #39-49 odd (skip Rule of Signs step, add factoring polynomial on #39-49)
  • Section 2.6  #21-35 odd, 37-65 odd, 71-77 odd
  • Test 4
  • Final
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