Mathematics 110 (3 credit hours)
ESSENTIALS OF ALGEBRA II (4)
www.utm.edu/~caldwell/classes/110/

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Teacher:
Dr. Caldwell, office 429 Humanities, office phone 7336.  Department office 7360.  E-mail: caldwell@utm.edu.  Web page: www.utm.edu/staff/caldwell.  I will use your e-mail as stored in Banner, usually an @ut.utm.edu account, to contact you (if the school closes, to send additional notes, ...) so please make sute that it is accurate. textbook cover
Text:
Essentials of College Algebra, 11th Edition, by Lial, Hornsby & Schneider, Addison-Wesley. ISBN-13: 9780321912251 or 9780321912152. (We will not use MyMathLab.) You must have acces to a copy of the text (paper or electronic) to do the homework for each class day.
Calculators:
This course requires a graphing calculator (we strongly recommend any TI 83+ or TI 84), and those with algebraic operating systems are not allowed.  TI-Inspires must be used with a TI 84 face plate.  Students may not share calculators during tests.  Check your batteries before tests.
Syllabus:
A copy of the department course syllabus (with course outline and objectives) can always be viewed on the departmental web pages. The prerequisite for this course a C or better in Mathematics 100.

syllabus Spring 2018                   detailed schedule
Grading:
The course grade will be determined as follows.
  •   7 %   quizzes (daily five minute quizzes)
  • 55 %   tests (five fifty-minute tests)
  • 20 %   lab grade (Lecture / Lab grade Breakdown)
  • 18 %   final (the final is comprehensive) 
Letter grades will be assigned as follows: 
 
90-100% A,   80-89% B,   70-79% C,   60-69% D,   0-59% F.

The grade "I" is granted very rarely and never to just temporarily improve your GPA.  No extra credit.

Quizzes:
There is no way to pass a real mathematics class without doing the homework. So to help you focus on the homework, we will start most days with a brief "quiz" (usually less than five minutes).  This will usually be one problem directly from the previous night's homework.  You will be allowed to use your personal handwritten notes; but not your book, computer or printed notes.  If you have attended class and done all the homework, the quiz points should be automatic!

These quizzes will be graded on a four-point scale: one point for your name, four points for the correct answer, and two or three for a partially correct answer.  If you are late, you will get a one.  If you cheat, you may get a zero or negative score. 

If you miss the day, or leave early, then you will get a zero.  Exceptions will be made for appropriate excuses, but you must let me know (and provide documentation) within two weeks.  Being excused from an absence does not excuse the next day's quiz.  If you miss class for any reason, you should still do your homework and be ready for the quiz.

The three lowest quiz scores will be dropped (other than "earned" zero or negative scores, see above).  All of your remaining quiz points will be added, then converted into a percentage score.

Quizzes will usually be returned the next class meeting. Those that are not picked up will be tossed out a week later.

Tests & Final:
The homework, quizzes and classroom examples indicate the type of problems that will be on the tests, though some (probably the final) may be changed to a multiple-choice format.  No make-up tests.  If you miss a test, you will be given the average of the following tests and final.  The final will be comprehensive.  Review for the final by studying the hour tests, homework and quizzes.  (Check also to see if there is a practice final online.)   You may not leave the room (and your phone... must not be visible) during any test or final.
Homework:
Homework will be checked via the quiz policy.  If you do not do the homework, you are very unlikely to do well on the quizzes or the tests, and you should then expect to fail.
Attendance:
Attendance is mandatory and will be enforced through the quiz policy.
Cancelled classes:
You (and the state) have paid well for the courses taught here so mathematics and statistics teachers very (very) rarely cancel classes. However, sometimes (especially in the spring) the university closes due to bad weather.  If this happens, I will contact you by the e-mail address stored in the Banner system to let you know how we will make up the work.  I will also adjust the homework schedule on-line as needed.
Honesty:
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in at least an F for the quiz, test or assignment.  Your Student Handbook clearly states "suspension from the university is the expected penalty" for "plagiarism, cheating, and academic integrity issues" and this includes submitting the work of another person as your own or permitting another to submit yours as his/her own.
Note:
The University of Tennessee provides reasonable accommodations (academic adjustments and auxiliary aids) to ensure equal access to educational content and university programs for students with disabilities. Students who are eligible for and who request accommodations through the Disability Services office must provide instructors with a letter of accommodation. The Disability Services office is located in the Student Success Center, 203 Clement Hall, (731) 881-7605.
Questions:

If you have any questions: 

  • Ask in class after the quiz.
  • Study with a friend.
  • Form a study group in the class
  • Drop by my office (office hours are posted on my door)
  • Ask in the Math Learning Center (Math Lab): MTWTh 9-4 in B103A (Humanities Basement), 4-8 in Humanities 408
  • Ask in the STEM Lab, Clement 315, MTuWTh 9-5, Fri 9-1; and Cooper Hall, 4th floor, Monday 6-8.
  • Find a private tutor (perhaps ask Mr. Bush, director of the Math Lab, if he has a list)