Course Syllabus 


Course Number:  Math 1314.P07

Course Title: College Algebra


Course Description: In-depth study and applications of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations using matrices. Additional topics such as sequences, series, probability, and conics may be included.  Graphing calculator required.  Lab required.

Note: Students may take either MATH 1314 or MATH 1414 but not both.


Course Credit Hours:      3

 Lecture Hours:    3

       Lab Hours:    1


Placement Assessments:   MATH 1314, MATH 1324 or MATH 1342


Prerequisite:  TSI placement


 Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course the students should be able to do the following:

1.      Demonstrate and apply knowledge of properties of functions, including domain and range, operations, compositions, and inverses. (Critical Thinking and Communication Skills)

2.    Recognize and apply polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions and solve related equations. (Empirical/Quantitative, Critical Thinking and Communication Skills)

3.      Apply graphing techniques.

4.      Evaluate all roots of higher degree polynomial and rational functions. (Empirical/Quantitative)

5.      Recognize, solve and apply systems of linear equations using matrices. (Empirical/Quantitative, Critical Thinking and Communication Skills)

Withdrawal Policy:              “See the current Collin Registration Guide for the last day to withdraw. “


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College Repeat Policy:       A student may repeat this course only once after receiving a grade, including “W”.

Americans with Disabilities Act:

                                                Collin College will adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal opportunity.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact the ACCESS office, SCC-G200 or 972.881.5898 (V/TTD: 972.881.5950) to arrange for appropriate accommodations.  See the current Collin Student Handbook for additional information.




Instructor’s Information:

Instructor’s Name:   Nick Geller

Office Number:      L235 Preston Ridge Campus

Office Hours:        MWF  8:30 – 9:00     MW  12:00 - 12:30

                                         TR    9:30 – 10:00 and 11:15 – 12:30

Contact Information:  Office Phone: (972) 377-1674

                                    Secretary Phone: (972) 377-1585


Class Meeting Times   TR 10:00 – 11:15

Class Meeting Location  J107


Textbook: College Algebra Miller ©2014, McGraw Hill


Supplies: Graphing Calculator (TI-89, TI-92, or any other calculator with CAS may not be used on exams), Connect Math Access Code


Method of Evaluation:


4 Chapter Exams

60%  (15% each)

Final Exam (Comprehensive)





Grading Policy:


89.5 - 100


79.5 - 89.4


69.5 - 79.4


59.5 - 69.4


59.4 & Below


Other Information:

If you miss an exam for a valid reason, the final exam will be used as a replacement grade. If no exams are missed, the final exam grade will replace the lowest exam grade. The second missed exam will result in a grade of zero.


 One late daily assignment will be accepted.   All other late daily assignments will result in a grade of 0.

  If you work the homework and attend all the lectures, nothing on the exams should surprise you.









 Course Calendar:      




Material Covered


Introduction, 1.6 Radical Equations and Functions, 2.3 Functions and Relations


2.6 Transformations of Graphs, 2.7 Analyzing Graphs and Piecewise Functions


2.8 Algebra of Functions and Functions Compositions,  Review


Exam 1 (Ch. 2), 3.1 Quadratic Functions and Applications


3.2 Intro to Polynomials, 3.3 Dividing Polynomial Functions; Remainder and Factor Theorems,


3.4 Zeros of Polynomial Functions, 3.5 Rational Functions and Their Graphs


Review, Exam 2


4.1 Inverse Functions, 4.2 Exponential


4.3 Logarithmic Functions, 4.4 Properties of Logarithms


4.5 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations, 4.6 Modeling with Exponential/Logarithmic


Review, Exam 3


6.1 Matrix Solutions to Linear Systems, 6.2 Inconsistent and Dependent Systems,


8.1 Sequences and Series, 8.2 Arithmetic Sequences and Series


8.3 Geometric Sequences and Series


8.3 Geometric Sequences and Series (Cont.), Exam 4, Review for Final Exam


Final Exam