# Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

**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 www.mypearsonstore.com)

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