College Algebra

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2013
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Dr. Mark Farris (view Profile)


A Graphical Approach to College Algebra 5th ed
Hornsby et al

Course Objectives

This course will be over chapters 1-5 of A Graphical Approach to College Algebra by Hornsby, Lial, and Rockswald, 5th edition.   Your primary objective will be to learn correct use of mathematical terminology and notation.  You will also be learning problem solving skills from the point of view of a mathematician.  A student who completes this course with a grade of C or better may take Trigonomery.

Course Expectations

A graphing calculator is required.  The instructor will be using a TI-84.  Other models or brands of calculators are acceptable.  Graphing calculators are available at discount stores (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) and at the campus bookstores.

Grading Standards

Your grade will be based on weekly homework assignments, five in class exams, and a final exam.  There will be between 12 and 16 homework assignments but only your best 10 homework scores will count.  These items will be weighted like this:                                                                                                                        


                                    10 quizzes @ 20 points each          200

                                    4 Exams @ 100 points each           400

                                    Final exam                                           200



Grades will be computed on the usual basis, 90% for an A, 80% for a B, etc.

Final Exam

12/10/2013 10:30PM-12:30PM

Submission Format Policy

All graded work will submitted on either a long scantron or on forms provided by the instructor.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

By enrolling in this class you have made 30 Doctors appointments with Dr. Farris.  Please come to class.  If you should need to miss a class, arrive late, or leave early, then you should inform me in writing of your need to do so.  You may either hand me a note in class or send me an e-mail.  Students absent more than 6 times may be dropped, but you will not be dropped for excessive absences as long as you maintain a passing average.   

Other Policies


If you need to miss an exam, you should notify me before the exam is given.  If you miss an exam due to an unforeseen situation, such as an accident, you should notify me as soon as possible.  No allowances will be made for missed exams unless an adequate reason is given in a timely fashion.


Students should refer to the current MSU Student Handbook for university policies on academic dishonesty, class attendance, student rights and activities.


Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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