College Algebra will cover basic algebraic properties including
. From here, we will extensively study
functions and their graphs
.A focus is put on understanding the many properties of particular families of functions including
quadratic and other polynomials
. The course may end withscattered topics on
solving systems of linear equations
. The understanding will be discovered and shownvia mathematical modeling of real world situations. An emphasis will be made to understand these newconcepts graphically, numerically, verbally, and algebraically. The course work will involve some fairlyintense computations and mathematical modeling, and it is required that students purchase or obtain anappropriate calculator.
A TI-83/84 Graphing calculator is highly recommended.Course Goals:
The motivating goal behind this course is to introduce the
behind college algebra.The
of the course: a student will have stronger quantitative reasoning skills, a studentwill have enhanced his or her problem solving techniques, and a student will have solid understanding of algebra.
A typical follow-up course for Math 009 would be Math 019.
Method of Instruction:
Due to the class being fully on-line, much of the instruction duties fall on thestudent. However, I will go out of my way to ensure that you are keeping up with the materials. I will dothe following:
Post Detailed Section Notes, including worked out problems.
Post Brief Audio/Video Podcasts, highlighting some trickier problems.
Send Daily/Weekly Messages, reminding students of pending due-dates and dead-lines.
Be Available to meet with students for questions, either in-person at
my office on UVM’s Campus or
Respond to any emails or questions within 24 hours.
In general, help you become a better mathematics student.
Note: On-Line classes are quite different than face-to-face classes; however, many students findthe method of instruction much more liberating, as it allows them to move at their own pace. Iwill have all materials available at the start of class to facilitate those students who prefer to workat a quicker pace. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.You can choose to work at the pace stated in the schedule shown below, but if you would like toproceed at a quicker or slower pace, pl
ease feel free to do so. However, please don’t forgo an
understanding of the material by moving at too quick of a pace.Lastly, if you feel that you are becoming overwhelmed by the material, please do not hesitate tosend me an email, and I can work with you. Again, a majority of the effort in the class is put on
the student, so please don’t feel uncomfortable asking for help.