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MATH 1111 - College Algebra: Overview

This guide is designed for use by Dr. Chiorescu's Spring 2015 College Algebra class.

Welcome to MATH 1111 - College Algebra!

Instructor Contact Info.

Name:  Dr. Marcela Chiorescu

Office:  A&S 1-26

Phone:  478-445-0847

Office Hours:  MW 9:11; T 9-10

Lab Hours:  T: 10-13; R 12-15

Course Description

This course provides an in-depth study of the properties of algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions as needed for calculus.  Emphasis is on using algebraic and graphical techniques for solving problems involving linear, quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. This course can be used to satisfy the mathematics requirement in Core Area A2.

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Methodology of Instruction and Learning

The goal of this course is to offer a fundamental understanding of algebraic concepts which form an important component of an undergraduate education and to enhance the algebraic skills and knowledge necessary for upper-level mathematics courses and for courses in many other disciplines. The Department of Mathematics is offering Math 1111 College Algebra course designed around the Emporium Model. The underlying principle of this model is very simple:

 “Students learn math by doing math not by listening to someone talk about doing math.”

The students enrolled in Math 1111 spend one hour a week at a fixed time with their professor and then a minimum of three flexible hours a week in the Math Emporium lab which is staffed with professors and undergraduate learning assistants (ULA’s).

During the meeting at the fixed time, professors guide the students through their responsibilities, connect concepts, work examples, and point out common student misconceptions. In the Math Emporium lab, professors and ULA’s offer immediate and personalized help with math concepts. 

Course Materials

For this course we are using the free eBook: College Algebra, 3rd edition by Stitz and Zeager, supplemented with open educational resources, which can be accessed through this LibGuide. 

Please note: All links to required reading and practice exercises will direct you to the corresponding section in the textbook if using Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox as your browser. Safari will direct you to the beginning of the book for each link. Using a browser other than Safari is strongly recommended for ease of use.

In addition, every student needs an access code for WebAssign, a web-based learning and assessment system. All homework, quizzes, tests will be completed in this external system. More information about how to register and access WebAssign will be provided in class.

Additional Resources

Library Hours

The Learning Center:  Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

                                       Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

                                       Sunday, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Math Emporium Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 

                                         Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Open Education Resources

This course was designed using open education resource (OER) materials. All rights belong to the original creators of the content.

The textbooks used in this course, Precalculus Prerequisites and College Algebra, 3rd Edition by Stitz-Zeager are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Tutorials found in the "Supplemental Resources" box of each section are the property of West Texas A&M University (WAMU). All contents copyright (C) 2001 - 2011, WTAMU, Kim Seward. All rights reserved.