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Narayani Choudhury
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

This course would use Discovery and Exploration to assist in the conceptual understanding of Algebra. Problems covered would include several real life examples. Topics include Functions, equations and inequalities, graphical representations, polynomial, rational, logarithmic and exponential functions. We will focus on hands on problem solving and visualization. Several illustrative examples will be covered in class.

Student learning goals

Discover that MATH can be FUN!

Develop strong algebraic skills.

Develop Problem solving skills.

Symbolic notations and algebraic representations of functions.

Identify and understand polynomial, exponential, and rational function algebra.

Graphical representation and visualization of functions.

General method of instruction

State-of-the-art learning environments. Discovery and Exploration. Interactive lectures. Group work and Discussions. Labs.

Recommended preparation

Aim for good Math Placement Test score. Revise your High School Algebra course. This will form the foundation on which we build this course. You may seek assistance from the Quantitative Skills Center (QSC) in addition to class work (contact the QSC for more information).

Class assignments and grading

Online Homework and Textbook: College Algebra 4/e (4th Edition) by Judith Beecher, Judith Penna and Marvin Bittinger. Homework will be completed Online using the Pearson (MyMathLab) system (you will need to purchase a registration code for this). Since this registration code includes a complete electronic version of the textbook, there is no need to buy a hard copy of the text unless you insist on having one. If you need a hard-copy, you can get this cheaper bundled with your Pearson student MyMathLab access code.

Attendance Policy: Class participation is important. If you have to miss a class, let me know as soon as possible.

Tentative grading plan includes online Homework (15%), Group work/project (15%), Class Quiz (10%), Two mid-term exams (40%), 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 Narayani Choudhury
Date: 09/12/2012