MATH 1111       College Algebra        Fall 2006


Instructor: Dr. Barry Peyton

Office: Sequoya 127E

Telephone: 272-4405 (voice mail should answer after 4 to 6 rings)


Office hours: Will be posted on my office door and I will announce them in class as soon as they are set.  If you cannot meet at these hours, please feel free to make an appointment.  Help is also available in the Math Lab in Sequoya 140.


Important: The pace of this class is set by the number of class meetings and the amount of material to be covered.  It is natural for students to need extra help outside of class on certain topics.  Office hours and appointments are available for just this purpose.  Please come to see me or go to the Math Lab in Sequoya 140 (or both) if you need help.  Do not wait until it is too late.


Textbook: College Algebra by Levitan, 4th edition.  We will cover Chapters 1, 2, 3, 6, and parts of 7. 


Prerequisite: High school Algebra II with a “C” or better average or successful exit of Developmental Studies Mathematics.


Calculators: A calculator, with both exponential and logarithmic keys, is needed for this course.  However, calculators will only be used in specific situations and will rarely be allowed on tests.


Attendance: Class attendance is strongly encouraged.  If you are absent from class, you will be responsible for all material covered and all announcements made.


Homework: Homework from the book will be assigned, but not collected or graded.  You are encouraged to complete all homework assignments because most, if not all, test questions will be modeled after problems in the homework assignments.


Grading: There will be five hour-long tests, each counting 100 points, and also a comprehensive final exam counting 200 points, for a total of 700 points.  Your grade will be assigned using the following scale:


Points earned

Percent earned














Less than 420




Make-up tests: There will be no make-up for a missed test; however, the percentage on the final exam grade will replace your lowest test grade if it is higher.  Only one missed test can be replaced; a second or third missed test will be given a grade of zero.



Sec 1.3 to 1.7

Test 1

Sec 2.1 to 2.5, also 1.8

Test 2

Sec 3.1 to 3.5, also 4.1

Test 3

Sec 6.1 to 6.5

Test 4

Sec 7.1-7.4

Test 5


Honesty: Each student is expected to do his or her own work on all tests and the final exam and to neither give nor receive aid in any form.  Offenders will receive an F as their final grade.


Etiquette: Talking in class should be restricted solely to questions and comments pertaining to the material at hand and intended for me and the whole class to hear.  Persistent disruptive talking will result in a new seating arrangement for the talkers.


Electronic Communication Devices Statement: Using cellular phones, pagers, CD players, radios, and/or similar devices is prohibited in the classroom.  In an emergency, students may be contacted through the Office of Public Safety/Security at (706) 272-4461.


Visitors: Children and other visitors are not permitted to accompany students to classes.


Student learning outcomes: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:


  1. Perform basic algebraic operations.
  2. Solve linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic equations and their applications.
  3. Solve linear and non-linear inequalities.
  4. Graph and analyze linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
  5. Solve systems of equations and inequalities.


















Disability Support Services: Students with disabilities are invited to contact the Academic and Career Enhancement (ACE) Center of Dalton State College to request reasonable accommodations for academic programs and other activities of Dalton State College.  Students are encouraged to contact the ACE Center as soon as possible and to make an appointment with Disability Support Services (DSS) staff to begin the process of qualifying for accommodations.  Professional documentation must be provided that explains and verifies the disability and resulting limitations before DSS Services and accommodations can be utilized.  Once documentation is provided, students must allow adequate time for assessment of documentation and implementation of approved accommodations.  For additional information please contact:


Mary Andrews

ACE Center – Disability Support Services

Lower Level, Pope Student Center

560 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720, 706-272-4429



Students who are unable to come to the ACE Center to request accommodations for

a disability should call 706-272-4429



Students who are unable to come to the instructor’s office or access any facility utilized by this course, should call the instructor at  706-272-4405  for assistance.



Workforce Development: If a student receiving aid administered by the DSC Workforce Development Department drops this class or completely withdraws from the College, the Add-Drop/Withdrawal form must be taken to the Workforce Development Office first.  The office is located in the Technical Education Building, Room 140 and their hours are 9:00a.m. - 12:15p.m. and 1:30p.m. - 3:00p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and 8:30a.m. - 12:00noon on Friday. Their phone number is 272-2635.


Drop/Withdrawal Statement: The last day to drop this class without penalty is Friday, October 27, 2006.  You will be assigned a grade of W.  After this date, withdrawal without penalty is permitted only in cases of extreme hardship as determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs; otherwise a grade of WF will be issued. Students who wish to drop this class or withdraw from all classes should go to the Enrollment Services Office in Westcott Hall to complete the necessary form.  Students who fail to complete the official drop/withdrawal procedure will receive the grade of F.    Withdrawal from class is a student responsibility.  Before dropping any class, the college strongly advises that students meet with their academic advisor and their instructor to discuss the impact of a withdrawal on their graduation plans.  The college also strongly advises students who are receiving any type of financial aid to visit the Financial Aid Office in Pope Student Center to discuss the impact a withdrawal may have on their financial aid status.  The grade of W counts as hours attempted for the purposes of financial aid.




MATH 1111       College Algebra        Fall 2006



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