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Barry Minai
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 goal of this course is to show students that math can be understood and enjoyed. The emphsis of the course is to learn and improve the algebraic skills necessary to go on taking more math courses. Lots of fractions, exponents, radicals, factorization, linear functions, quadratic functions and some disscussion of polynomials and rational functions. Graphing of various functions.

Student learning goals

*Improve algebraic skills

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

*Recognize and be comfortable using polynomial, exponential, and rational functions.

* Able to graph and manipulate functions symbolically.

*Apply functions and concepts to solve real world problems.

* Learn to become problem solvers.

General method of instruction

Group discussion and discovery. Lots of additional worksheets to supplement the material from the text.

Recommended preparation

The Placement test and the desire to learn.

Class assignments and grading

Attendance Policy: Since participation is vital for a successful experience, please arrive on time for class. Late arrivals interrupt our in-progress activities and discussions. If you must miss a class session, let me know as soon as possible so that you can make up the work that you miss.

Grading: HW and quizzes 50 pts HW/Attendance/Quizzes 5 points for each completed HW Participation and attendance- 10pts 1st Midterm 40 pts. 2nd Midterm 40 pts. Final Exams 60 pts The course is not graded on a curve. Following is a rough grading scale: <104 points (52%) 0.0 104 points (52%) 0.7 110 points (55%) 1.0 130 points (65%) 2.0 160 points (80%) 3.0 180 points (90%) 4.0 I reserve the right to change this scale, most likely in your favor. Homework Details: There will be homework nearly every night about two to three hours each night. Occasionally, there may be worksheets to turn in. Homework should be turned in with the following: - Your name - Date due - Assignment #, section number, and the problem# written neatly on the outside. - Homework must be neat. - Space the problems far enough apart so I can find them easily. - Homework must be done on graph paper, as much as possible. No Tear offs! - Much of the assignments require lots of accurate graphing, so this is a must for those assignments. Homework does count toward your course grade, but almost entirely on a basis of how seriously you tried. Homework will be graded as follows: - If every problem is given a strong effort, you will receive 5 point. - If the effort on the assignment is considerably lacking, you will receive 0 points. Homework is generally due on Wednesdays before the lecture. I will collect one problem at RANDOM. No late HW. Please circle the problem that is being collected.

Quizzes: Expect pop quizzes! Stay on top of things! NO make up quizzes.

The median score of each exam are calculated and used to determine the grade. Improvement is heavily considered when determining the grade.


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 Barry Minai
Date: 04/23/2012