College Algebra- Fall 2023 - MW 10:30-11:45am - Room 230

Instructor: Ted Wetherbee

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, Minnesota 55720

Office: W217
Phone: 218-879-0840

Fall 2023 Class Schedule:
   8:00 - 8:45am MTWHF  Calculus 1       228
   8:45 - 9:30am M_W__  office hours     W217
   9:30 -10:15am M_W__  office hours     W217
  10:30 -11:45am M_W__  College Algebra  230

Text (online: Free)

College Algebra, by Jay Abramson (senior author)
Openstax:  college-algebra

From the textbook website you can view the textbook online using their viewer, you can download the entire book in PDF format, or you can download for Kindle. You can also download the entire textbook in PDF format from this local server directory:



You may have a calculator already, but make sure that it is a scientific calculator. If you need to buy one, I recommend a cheap calculator like a TI-30XS Multiview. This does what you need, and the bookstore sells them for under $20 . If you have a problem getting one, let me know. You need to have it available for all assignments. You do not need a more expensive graphing calculator, but, if you have one, it will be fine.

Exams and Grading

3 tests     3x100 = 300
1 final             150
25 homework 4x25 =  100
                    550 total

90-100%   A
80-90%    B
70-80%    C
60-70%    D
0-60%     F

Scores from tests are posted on D2L here:

The Course

This course addresses FDLTCC liberal education requirements (Competencies Across the Curriculum) in problem solving and technology. You should come to class everyday! This is the easy way to do well in any course, and it is especially true for math classes. There are exercises in the text for you to do, and these are usually answered at the end of each chapter. You will also get homework assignments on handouts, and you should complete then hand these in at the beginning of the next class. You homework grade is based on completing and turning in these homework handouts. You will also get sample exams which will be similar in length and content to the in-class exams. Let me know if there is are accommodations you need for the class.

Tentative Schedule

Mon aug21  1 1.1 real numbers
             1.2 exponents and scientific notation
Wed aug23  2 1.3 radicals and rational expressions

Mon aug28  3 1.4 polynomials
             1.5 factoring polynomials
Wed aug30  4 1.6 rational expressions

Mon sep04  H Holiday             
Wed sep06  5 2.1 Cartesian plane
             2.3 models and applications

Mon sep11  6 2.4 complex numbers
             2.5 quadratic equations
Wed sep12  7 2.7 linear and absolute value inequalities

Mon sep18  8 Test 1
Wed sep20  9 3.1 Functions
             3.2 domain and range
             3.4 composition
             3.5 tranformation
             3.7 function inverses

Mon sep25 10 4.1 Linear Functions
             4.2 modeling with linear functions
Wed sep27 11 4.3 fitting linear models to data
             Linear Regression Calculator

Mon oct02 12 Test 2
Wed oct04 13 5.1 quadratics
             5.2 polynomials
             5.3 graphs of polynomial functions

Mon oct09 14 Conic Sections: parabola and ellipse, graphing with
             NASA Maven Mars
             Kepler's Laws Orbits
             Halley's comet

Wed oct11 15 5.4 dividing polynomials
             5.6 rational functions

Mon oct16 16 6.1 exponential functions
             6.2 graphs of exponential functions
Wed oct18 17 6.3 logarithmic functions
             6.4 graphs of log functions

Mon oct23 18 calculation with logarithms, and uses of
Wed oct25 19 6.5 properties of logs
             6.6 exponential and log equations
             Video_C14 Dating

Mon oct30 20 6.7 exponential and log models and applications
Wed nov01 21 7.1 systems of linear equations in 2 variables

Mon nov06 22 7.2 systems of linear equations in 3 variables
             triangulation in games
Wed nov08 23 Test 3

Mon nov13 24 7.5 matrices and operations
             7.7 matrix algebra and inverses, solving systems
Wed nov15 25 7.8 determinants and Cramer's rule

Mon nov20 26 8.1 The Ellipse
             Conic Sections: circle, parabola, ellipse, hyperbola

Mon nov27 27 9.1 sequences and series
             9.2 arithmetic sequences
Wed nov29 28 9.3 geometric sequences and series
             9.5 counting

Mon dec04 29 9.6 binomial theorem
Wed dec06 30 9.6 binomial probabilities
             Applications of the binomial theorem

Mon dec11 31 Final Exam Review
Tue dec12 T1 
Wed dec13 T2
Thu dec14 T3
Fri dec15 T4  (8:00-9:50 Room 228 : Calculus 1)
              10:00-11:50 Room 230 : College Algebra          

Plagiarism, or presenting the writing of another as your own (a.k.a. “copying”), results in an F for this course and is subject to any other disciplinary actions mandated by this institution and the Minnesota State system.

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