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Fabiana Ferracina
B CUSP 122
Bothell Campus

Introduction to Elementary Functions

Covers college algebra with an emphasis on polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions. Prerequisite: either a minimum grade of 2.5 in B CUSP 121 or a score of 147-150 on the MPT-GSA assessment test. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

The emphasis of the course is to learn and improve the algebraic skills necessary for future math courses. We will learn fractions, exponents, radicals, factorization; and how to understand and graph various types of functions such as linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic.

Student learning goals

* Learn functional notation, algebraic manipulation of functions, and composition of functions;

* Understand and interpret concepts and properties of different functions;

* Graph various functions, and manipulate functions symbolically;

* Apply functions and concepts to solve real world problems;

* Enhance critical thinking through mathematical modeling;

* Become more proficient with manipulating numbers without using a calculator.

General method of instruction

Interactive lectures with use of examples from the textbook and small group work, usually involving worksheets and other activities. Regular attendance and participation is essential to success in this course.

Recommended preparation

* High school algebra; * Willingness to learn mathematics.

Class assignments and grading

Homeworks will be completed using the Pearson (MyMathLab) online system. You will need to purchase a registration code for access. Since that registration code includes a complete electronic version of the textbook (printable), there is no need to buy a hard copy of the text unless you prefer it.

Online textbook: College Algebra 4/e (4th Edition) by Judith Beecher, Judith Penna, and Marvin Bittinger. (hard-copy available at the UW Bookstore or at

There will be in-class worksheets, quizzes, 2 midterm exams and one comprehensive final exam. The course is not graded on a curve.

Grades will be determined using the following weighting: * Homework - 20% * Quizzes and in class work - 20% * Midterms and Final Exam - 60%

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 Fabiana Ferracina
Date: 02/01/2014