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Joseph P. Benitez
B CUSP 121
Bothell Campus


Similar to the first three terms of high school algebra. Assumes no previous experience in algebra. Open only to students admitted with an entrance deficiency in mathematics.

Class description

The emphasis of the course is to learn and improve the algebraic skills necessary to go on taking more math courses. The course covers fractions, exponents, radicals, factorization, linear functions, and an introduction to quadratic functions.

Student learning goals

Improve algebraic skills

Learn functional notation, algebraic manipulation of functions, and composition of functions.

Able to graph and manipulate linear functions symbolically.

Apply functions and concepts to solve real world problems.

Learn to become problem solvers.

General method of instruction

A typically class will consist of interactive lectures with use of examples from the textbook and small group work, usually involving worksheets. Regular attendance and participation is highly recommended and will be included in calculation of the final grade!

Recommended preparation

Recommended preparation is the placement test and the desire to learn.

Online textbook: College Algebra 4/e (4th Edition) by Judith Beecher, Judith Penna, and Marvin Bittinger. Students can purchase an online (eTextbook) version of the textbook from Pearson. However, if students prefer, they may purchase a hard-copy of the textbook instead of the online version at the UW Bookstore or at

Class assignments and grading

There will be 10 in-class worksheets, 4 quizzes, 3 exams and one comprehensive final exam.

The course is not graded on a curve. Following is a rough grading scale: > 90% 3.5-4.0, 80-89% 2.5-3.4, 70-79% 1.5-2.4, 60-69% 0.7-1.4, < 60% 0.0 Grades will be determined using the following weighting: in-class worksheets (16%), quizzes (24%), 3 exams (40%), and comprehensive final exam (20%).

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Joseph P. Benitez
Date: 10/30/2013