MATH 1130

MATH 1130: Elementary Functions

Meeting Times: 02 MWF 10:30-11:35 Sullivan Harrell 269

03 MWF 11:45-12:50 Sullivan Harrell 307

Instructor: Alex Rice

Email: riceaj@millsaps.edu

Office Hours: 364 Sullivan-Harrell

Monday 1:00-2:30pm

Wednesday 9:15-10:15am

Thursday 10:00-11:30am

Text: Algebra and Trigonometry, Larson, 9th Edition

Course Syllabus

In-Class Test Dates: Friday 9/29, Friday 10/27, Wednesday 11/29

Final Exam Dates: Wednesday 12/6 (02), Friday 12/8 (03)

TEST 1 INFORMATION

Test 1 is in class on Friday 9/29.

In a slight deviation from the original course syllabus, the material covered on Test 1 will stop with Section 2.3. Further, while the tools developed and discussed in sections P.1-P.4 are very important and are used in other sections, there will be no questions specifically stemming from those sections. In summary, the questions on the test will all stem from the sections we covered from P.5-2.3, and will be similar to either homework problems recommended from those sections in Problem Sets 2, 3, 4, and 5, or quiz problems from Quiz 2, Quiz 3, Quiz 4, and the mock quiz solutions I will provide for sections 2.2 and 2.3.

A review sheet will be posted here before Friday 9/22. The review sheet should be thought of as an organizational tool, basically just a list of topics. It should not be treated as a stand alone study tool. The most valuable resources for studying are: doing (and redoing, and redoing…) recommended HW problems (as well as other problems in the same textbook sections), and reviewing class notes, your quiz papers, and the posted quiz solutions.

I will also be hosting a Q+A review session either the Wednesday or Thursday evening before the test (specific day and time to be determined in class). By “Q+A review”, I mean that I will come prepared with nothing, the entire discussion will be student question-driven, and if there aren’t questions, there won’t be a discussion. Further, the questions should be CONTENT-based, which specifically means no questions about what is or is not on the test (that will have already been made SUPER clear by then, via class announcements, this website, and the review sheet), no questions about how something would be graded, etc. Think of it this way: imagine for those couple hours during the review that I am not your instructor, but rather a stranger that wandered in off the street that happens to be really good at math and willing to answer any math questions you have.

My best advice: DO NOT CRAM!! Study this material, work these problems over and over again over time, and take advantage of the resources available to you, particularly my office hours, the tutoring center, and the evening Q+A review session. If you try to take advantage of these resources having not put in your own effort on the front end, they won’t be nearly as helpful.

Weekly In-Class Quiz Information

Quiz 1 (Sections P.1-P.4, algebra/arithmetic review): Friday 9/1

Quiz 1 Solutions

Quiz 2 (P.5, P.6, 1.1, 1.2): Friday 9/8

Quiz 2 Solutions

Quiz 3 (1.3, 1.4): Friday 9/15

Quiz 4 (1.6, 1.7, 2.1): Friday 9/22

For an additional quiz grade, visit the math tutoring center in Sullivan Harrell 308 (open MW 7:00-8:30 and TR 4:00-5:30) at least once by Friday 9/8. Just write a sentence saying you were there on a sheet of paper and get a tutor to sign and date it.

Recommended HW Exercises

Problem Set 1 (Sections P.1-P.4, algebra/arithmetic review)

P.1: 7, 10, 11, 15, 19, 21, 23, 25, 38, 33, 39, 50, 63, 66, 73, 76, 79, 80

P.2: 11, 13, 19, 20, 24, 26, 29, 41, 50, 51, 63, 64, 83, 84

P.3: 10, 11, 17, 18, 20, 22, 28, 36, 47, 49, 60, 70, 76, 83, 85, 90, 91

P.4: 6, 8, 13, 21, 23, 25, 37, 39, 41, 47, 49, 57, 58, 64, 68, 78, 81, 83

 

Problem Set 2 (P.5, P.6, 1.1, 1.2, rational expressions/graphing equations)

P.5: 5-15 odd, 19, 23, 25, 35, 38, 43, 45, 50, 51, 52

P.6: 5, 7, 9, 14, 17, 19, 21, 29, 31, 33, 38, 39

1.1: 7-23 odd

1.2: 7-53 odd 67, 69, 71

 

Problem Set 3 (1.3, 1.4, linear modeling/quadratic equations)

1.3: 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30, 31, 33, 38, 39, 41, 43, 59, 61, 63

1.4: 13-35 odd, 39, 41, 49, 51, 73-89 odd, 105, 107, 109

 

Problem Set 4 (1.6, 1.7, 2.1)

1.6: 5, 7, 11, 17, 19, 27, 31, 33, 35, 41, 45, 47, 51, 53, 55, 57, 101, 113, 115

1.7: 5-15 odd, 19, 31, 35, 37, 75, 77, 79, 97, 107

2.1: 9-59 odd, 69, 73, 89, 93, 99

 

Problem Set 5 (2.2, 2.3)

2.2: 5, 6, 7, 8, 11-23 odd, 26, 27, 31, 32, 37-57 odd, 77, 78, 81, 83

2.3: 7-17 odd, 18, 19, 23, 31-37 odd, 61, 63