Math 102 –College Algebra (3 CR)
The University of South Dakota
M, W, and F 2:00 Section U115 in Slagle 105
Instructor: Dr. Marvin Gamble
Office: Dakota Hall 323
Office Times: M – W – F 10 – 12, 1 – 2 and after 3; T – Th 10 – 4, office hours M – W – F 10 – 11
and T – Th 1 - 2
Phone: 677-5996 (office) 677-5262 (Math Department)
E-mail : Marvin.Gamble@usd.edu
Equations and inequalities; polynomial functions and graphs; exponents, radicals, binomial theorem, zeros of
polynomials, systems of equations, exponential, logarithmic, and inverse functions, applications and graphs. Other topics
selected from sequences, series, and complex numbers.
PREREQUISITE: Math 101 or appropriate mathematics placement.
INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD: Lecture/Discussion
Because regular class attendance contributes significantly to success in mathematics courses, the following attendance
policy is in effect for College Algebra:
Class attendance is mandatory! Students should avoid missing class no more than 4 total for such things as
illness, funeral, family emergency, or other personal reasons. A student may be dropped for nonattendance (5 or
more total absences) or be given an F (if the last day to withdraw has passed). An absence due to a University
sponsored event as documented by a letter from a coach and/or advisor of a campus organization will be
Any class absence can negatively impact your understanding of the course material. Avoid missing class except in the
case of a true illness, emergency, or University sponsored activity. Be aware that being dropped from the class could put
you at risk of losing financial aid.
Thursday, September 9 is the last day you may add (or drop a class with a refund).
Monday, November 15 is the last day to drop a class with a “W” (withdraw) on your transcript.
Thursday, December 16, 5:30 – 7:30 pm is the comprehensive multiple-choice final. Students are not allowed to take
the final before the scheduled time.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES: A scientific calculator with logarithms and exponents is necessary. Cell phones, electronic
devices, or calculators that do symbolic manipulation (such as the TI-89 or TI-92) are not allowed on any quiz or exam.
Electronic devices (laptops, cellular phones, pagers, and media players) must be off while the student is in the classroom.
REQUIRED MATERIALS: Students are not required to purchase a hard copy of our textbook, College Algebra, 5th
Edition by Robert Blitzer. Students are required to purchase a MyMathLab access code, which may be purchased from
the book store or online at www.coursecompass.com. MyMathLab requires a high speed internet connection. Once you
have a MyMathLab access code, enroll in our online MyMathLab course.
The MyMathLab Course ID for our course is: gamble36932
The Student Support phone number for MyMathLab is 1-800-677-6337.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students will use the online MyMathLab system to access the homework assignments and enter
homework solutions. Each homework problem allows up to three attempts. After three incorrect attempts, you must click
on “similar problem” to get a new version of that problem to complete. There is no time limit for completing any
MyMathLab homework assignment. MyMathLab homework problems can be redone to solidify understanding, increase
accuracy, and to improve your homework average. Do not procrastinate. Make a commitment to yourself to keep up
with and complete your MyMathLab assignments to develop and to refine your mathematical understanding!
QUIZZES: MyMathLab quizzes are not timed quizzes. Prior to completing any MyMathLab quiz, students must
complete the associated MyMathLab homework with at least 80% accuracy. Each MyMathLab quiz must be completed
any time prior to 11:59 PM of its due date. Students are allowed up to three attempts on each MyMathLab quiz. And
MyMathLab automatically records the student’s highest quiz score attempt. In previous classes, some students
experienced technical difficulties and were not able to submit their quiz on time. Plan to submit MyMathLab quizzes at
least one day before it is due to allow for technical difficulties. There are no make-ups for MyMathLab quizzes. It is
your responsibility to keep up with the due dates. No extensions on due dates are given for failure to complete work
due to computer or internet problems.
TESTS: Attendance is required at all tests and final. A make-up test (or final) due to an emergency, illness, or
University sponsored activity is possible provided the following conditions are satisfied: the student notifies the
instructor prior to the scheduled test; the student provides documentation (as required) of their absence; and the student
takes the make-up test within a reasonable amount of time as determined by your instructor. If these conditions are not
satisfied, your test score may be reduced by 10%. A make-up test may be different and more challenging than the
GRADING: Any missed homework assignments, quizzes, test grades, or final will be given a zero. All zeros will be
included when calculating your grade. The student will be assigned a letter grade in the course based on homework,
quizzes, unit tests, and a comprehensive multiple-choice departmental final. All grades, including an approximate
average, can be found in the MyMathLab gradebook.
Category Weight Grading Scale
Homework 5% A 90% - 100%
Quizzes 15% B 80% - 89.9%
Unit Tests 60% C 70% - 79.9%
Final 20% D 60% - 69.9%
F Below 60%
CHEATING/PLAGIARISM: The College of Arts and Sciences considers plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic
dishonesty inimical to the objectives of higher education. The College supports the imposition of penalties on students who
engage in academic dishonesty, as defined in the “Conduct” section of The University of South Dakota Student Handbook.
No credit can be given for a dishonest assignment. At the discretion of the instructor, a student caught engaging in any form of
academic dishonesty may be:
a. Given a zero for that assignment.
b. Allowed to rewrite and resubmit the assignment for credit.
c. Assigned a reduced grade for the course.
d. Dropped from the course.
e. Failed in the course.
ADA STATEMENT: Any student who feels s/he may need academic accommodations or access accommodations based on the
impact of a documented disability should contact and register with Disability Services during the first week of class. Disability
Services is the official office to assist students through the process of disability verification and coordination of appropriate and
reasonable accommodations. Students currently registered with Disability Services must obtain a new accommodation memo each
semester. Ernetta L. Fox, Director, Disability Services, Room 119 Service Center (605) 677-6389, Web Site: www.usd.edu/ds;
FREEDOM IN LEARNING: Under Board of Regents and University policy student academic performance may be evaluated
solely on an academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. Students should be free to take
reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they
are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled. Students who believe that an academic
evaluation reflects prejudiced or capricious consideration of student opinions or conduct unrelated to academic standards should
contact Associate Dean Kurt Hackemer to initiate a review of the evaluation.
COURSE GOALS: This class fulfills the following Goals of the South Dakota System General Education Requirements:
BOARD OF REGENTS GOAL #5: Students will understand and apply fundamental mathematical processes and reasoning.
Student Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will:
1. Use mathematical symbols and mathematical structure to model and solve real world problems.
a. The student’s use of algebra and algebraic symbols to analyze, graph, and describe the properties and
behaviors of relations and functions including linear, quadratic, rational, exponential, and logarithmic
functions will be assessed using assignments, quizzes, exams, and a final exam.
b. The student’s use of algebraic concepts and methods to represent, simplify, and solve equalities,
inequalities, and problem applications will be assessed using assignments, quizzes, exams, and a final exam.
2. Demonstrate appropriate communication skills related to mathematical terms and concepts.
a. Communication skills will be assessed via written responses on assignments, quizzes, and exams.
3. Demonstrate the correct use of quantifiable measurements of real world situations.
a. Correct units applicable to most story problems in the text that are similar to problems that arise in the real
world and student understanding will be assessed using assignments, quizzes, exams, and a final exam.
Your instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule as needed to meet the requirements of the course. Any changes will be
evident by attending class and noting class announcements as posted on MyMathLab. Any MyMathLab quiz can be completed
at any time prior to 11:59 PM of the due date provided you have completed the homework associated with the quiz with at least
Date: Sections and MyMathLab Homework (HW): MyMathLab Quiz # Due Date
W Sept 1 Syllabus/MyMathLab/Introduction
Sec P.6 Rational Expressions
Complete: HW: Orientation to using MyMathLab
F Sept 3 Sec P.6 Rational Expressions continued
Sec 1.1 Graphing
Complete: HW1: Section P.6
HW2: Section 1.1
M Sept 6 Labor Day Holiday – No USD classes today
W Sept 8 Sec 1.2 Linear & Rational Equations
Complete: HW3: Section 1.2
Quiz 1 (P.6, 1.1) due Th Sept 9
F Sept 10 Sec 1.3 Models and Applications
Complete: HW4: Section 1.3
M Sept 13 Sec 1.4 Complex Numbers
Start Sec 1.5 Quadratic Equations
Complete: HW5: Section 1.4
Quiz 2 (1.2, 1.3) due T Sept 14
W Sept 15 Sec 1.5 Quadratic Equations continued
Complete: HW6: Section 1.5
F Sept 17 Sec 1.6 Other Types of Equations Quiz 3(1.4, 1.5) due F Sept 17
Complete: HW7: Section 1.6
M Sept 20 Sec 1.7 Linear & Absolute Value Inequalities
Complete: HW8: Section 1.7
W Sept 22 Class review/catch up day
Quiz 4 (1.6, 1.7) due Th Sept 23
F Sept 24 Test 1 (Sections P.6 – 1.7)
M Sept 27 Sec 2.1 Basics of Functions & Their Graphs
Complete: HW9: Section 2.1
W Sept 29 Sec 2.2 More on Functions & Their Graphs
Complete: HW10: Section 2.2
F Oct 1 Sec 2.3 Linear Functions & Slope Quiz 5 (2.1, 2.2) due F Oct 1
Complete: HW11: Section 2.3
M Oct 4 Sec 2.4 More on Slope
Complete: HW12: Section 2.4
W Oct 6 Sec 2.5 Transformations
Quiz 6 (2.3, 2.4) due Th Oct 7
F Oct 8 Sec 2.5 Transformations continued
Complete: HW13: Section 2.5
M Oct 11 Native American Day Holiday – No USD classes today
W Oct 13 Sec 2.6 Combinations of Functions; Composite
Complete: HW14: Section 2.6
F Oct 15 Sec 2.7 Inverse Functions Quiz 7 (2.5, 2.6) due F Oct 15
Complete: HW15: Section 2.7
M Oct 18 Sec 2.8 Distance & Midpoint Formulas; Circles
Complete: HW16: Section 2.8
W Oct 20 Class review/catch up day
Quiz 8 (2.7, 2.8) due Th Oct 21
F Oct 22 Test 2 (Sections 2.1 – 2.8)
M Oct 25 Sec 3.1 Quadratic Functions
Complete: HW17: Section 3.1
W Oct 27 Sec 3.2 Polynomials & Their Graphs
Quiz 9 (3.1) due Th Oct 28
F Oct 29 Sec 3.2 Polynomials & Their Graphs continued
Complete: HW18: Section 3.2
M Nov 1 Sec 3.3 Dividing Polynomials; Remainder & Factor Thms
Complete: HW19: Section 3.3
W Nov 3 Sec 3.4 Zeros of Polynomials
Complete: HW20: Section 3.4
Quiz 10 (3.2, 3.3) due Th Nov 4
F Nov 5 Sec 3.5 Rational Functions &Their Graphs
M Nov 8 Sec 3.5 Rational Functions & Their Graphs continued
Start Sec 3.6 Polynomial & Rational Inequalities
Complete: HW21: Section 3.5
W Nov 10 Sec 3.6 Polynomial & Rational Inequalities continued
Complete: HW22: Section 3.6
F Nov 12 Sec 3.7 Modeling Using Variation Quiz 11(3.4, 3.5) due F Nov 12
Start Sec 4.1 Exponential Functions
Complete: HW23: Section 3.7
M Nov 15 Sec 4.1 Exponential Functions continued
Complete: HW24: Section 4.1
W Nov 17 Class review/catch up day
Quiz 12 (3.6, 3.7) due Th Nov 18
F Nov 19 Test 3 (Sections 3.1 – 3.7)
M Nov 22 Sec 4.2 Logarithmic Functions
Complete: HW25: Section 4.2
W Nov 24 Sec 4.3 Properties of Logarithms Quiz 13 (4.1, 4.2) due W Nov 24
Complete: HW26: Section 4.3
F Nov 26 Thanksgiving Day Holiday – No USD classes today
M Nov 29 Sec 4.4 Exponential & Logarithmic Equations.
Complete: HW27: Section 4.4
Quiz 14 (4.3) due T Nov 30
W Dec 1 Sec 4.5 Exponential Growth & Decay; Modeling Data
Complete: HW28: Section 4.5
F Dec 3 Sec 5.1 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables Quiz 15 (4.4) due F Dec 3
Complete: HW29: Section 5.1
M Dec 6 Class review/catch up day
Quiz 16 (4.5, 5.1) due T Dec 7
W Dec 8 Test 4 (Sections 4.1 – 5.1)
F Dec 10 Class review day
Comprehensive Final takes place on
Thursday, Dec 16, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, location TBA