# Course Syllabus for College Algebra

**REQUIRED MATERIALS (CHECK WITH BOOKSTORE FOR LATEST
EDITION):
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**INTENDED COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES/COURSE GOALS /CORE
COMPETENCIES/:
**1. Determine the slope of a line and sue the slope to write and graph linear
equations.

2. Evaluate functions and find their domains.

3. Identify and graph shifts, reflections and non-rigid transformations of functions.

4. Find arithmetic combinations and compositions of functions.

5. Find inverse functions graphically and algebraically.

6. Solve and apply linear equations including those involving fractions.

7. Calculate graphically intercepts, zeros, and solutions of equations.

8. Perform operations with complex numbers and plot complex number in the complex

plane.

9. Solve quadratic equations, polynomial equations, and equations involving absolute

values, polynomial inequalities, and rational inequalities.

10. Analyze and sketch graphs of quadratic and polynomial functions.

11. Use long division and synthetic division to divide polynomials by other polynomials.

12. Determine the numbers of rational and real zeros of polynomial functions and find the

zeros.

13. Determine the domains, find the asymptotes and sketch the graphs of rational

functions.

14. Evaluate and graph exponential and logarithmic functions.

15. Rewrite logarithmic functions with different bases.

16. Use properties of logarithms to evaluate, rewrite, expand or condense logarithmic

expressions.

17. Solve exponential and logarithmic equations.

**GENERAL EDUCATION GOALS INTRODUCED/REINFORCED IN THIS
COURSE:
**2. a. Students will translate quantifiable problems into mathematical terms
and solve

these problems using mathematical or statistical operations.

b. Students will construct graphs and charts, interpret them, and draw appropriate

conclusions.

**TOPICAL OUTLINE FOR THE COURSE:
**Functions and their Graphs

Review Graphs of Equations and Lines in the Plane

Functions

Graphs of Functions

Shifting, Reflecting, and Stretching Graphs

Combinations of Functions

Inverse Functions

Solving Equations and Inequalities

Linear Equations and Problem Solving

Solving Equations Graphically

Complex Numbers

Solving Equations Algebraically

Solving Inequalities Algebraically and Graphically

Polynomial and Rational Functions

Review Quadratic Functions

Polynomial Functions of Higher Degree

Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions

The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra

Rational Functions and Asymptotes

Graphs of Rational Functions

Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Exponential Functions and their Graphs

Logarithmic Functions and their Graphs

Properties of Logarithms

Solving Exponential and Logarithmic Equations

**Course Activities:
**Course activities vary from course to
course and instructor to instructor. Below is

a listing of some of the activities students can anticipate in this course:

Writing assignments:
students will analyze current issues in the field using

current articles from the popular press as well as library research including

electronic resources databases.

Speaking assignments:
students will present research individually or in groups

using current technology to support the presentation (e.g., PowerPoint

presentation); students will participate in discussions and debates related to
the

topics in the lessons. Discussions may also focus on cross-cultural and
legalethical

dilemmas as they relate to the course content.

Simulation activities:
Trends and issues will analyzed for their ethical as well as

social or legal significance. Students might role-play common situations for

classmates to analyze. Current news articles may be used to generate discussion.

Case Studies: Complex
situations and scenarios will be analyzed in cooperative

group settings or as homework assignments.

Lectures: This format
will include question and answer sessions to provide

interactivity between students and instructor.

Speakers: Representatives from various related fields may be invited to speak.

Videos: Related topics will provide impetus for discussion.

**Student Evaluation:
**The student will be evaluated on the degree to which student learning
outcomes are

achieved. A variety of methods may be used such as tests, quizzes, class participation,

projects, homework assignments, presentations, etc.

See individual instructor’s course handouts for grading
system and criteria (point value

for each assessment component in course, e.g. tests, papers, presentations,
attendance

etc.), number of papers and examinations required in the course, and testing
policy

including make ups and/or retests.

**GRADING STANDARD:
**A Mastery of essential elements and related concepts, plus demonstrated
excellence

or originality.

B+ Mastery of essential elements and related concepts, showing higher level

understanding.

B Mastery of essential elements and related concepts.

C+ Above average knowledge of essential elements and related concepts.

C Acceptable knowledge of essential elements and related concepts.

D Minimal knowledge of related concepts.

F Unsatisfactory progress. This grade may also be assigned in cases of academic

misconduct, such as cheating or plagiarism, and/or excessive absences.

For other grades, see the current BCC catalog.

**COLLEGE POLICIES:**

The current college catalog and student handbook are
important documents for

understanding your rights and responsibilities as a student in the BCC
classroom. Please

read your catalog and handbook as they supplement this syllabus, particularly
for

information regarding:

Academic Integrity
Code

Student Conduct Code

Student Grade Appeal Process

**NOTIFICATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:
**Burlington County College offers reasonable accommodations and/or services
to persons

with disabilities. The Special Populations Department offers comprehensive services to

all students with any form of disability (with appropriate documentation) which hinders

their academic success.