College Algebra- Spring 2024 - MW 10:30-11:45am - Room 228

Instructor: Ted Wetherbee

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

Office: W217
Phone: 218-879-0840

Spring 2024 Class Schedule:
   8:00- 8:45   MTWHF  Calculus 1       Room 256
   9:00-9:45    ____F  Calculus 2       W217
  10:15-11:00   _T_H_  Calculus 2       W217
  10:30-11:45   M_W__  College Algebra  Room 228
  12:00- 1:15   M_W__  Programming      Room 227
   6:00- 8:45pm __W__  Statistics       Room 256

Office Hours in Room W217:
  Monday   Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday
  9am      9am      9am        9am      

Course Website:

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 - Spring 2024 - College Algebra

Mon jan08  1 1.1 real numbers
             1.2 exponents and scientific notation
Wed jan10  2 1.3 radicals and rational expressions

Mon jan15  H         
Wed jan17  3 1.4 polynomials
             1.5 factoring polynomials

Mon jan22  4 1.6 rational expressions
Wed jan24  5 2.1 Cartesian plane
             2.3 models and applications

Mon jan29  6 2.4 complex numbers
             2.5 quadratic equations
Wed jan31  7 2.7 linear and absolute value inequalities

Mon feb05  8 Test 1
Wed feb07  9 3.1 Functions
             3.2 domain and range
             3.4 composition
             3.5 tranformation
             3.7 function inverses

Mon feb12 10 4.1 Linear Functions
             4.2 modeling with linear functions
Wed feb14 11 4.3 fitting linear models to data
             Linear Regression Calculator

Mon feb19 H    							
Wed feb21 12 Test 2         

Mon feb26 13 5.1 quadratics
             5.2 polynomials
             5.3 graphs of polynomial functions                  
Wed feb28 14 Conic Sections: parabola and ellipse, graphing with
             NASA Maven Mars
             Kepler's Laws Orbits
             Halley's comet

Mon mar04 15 5.4 dividing polynomials
             5.6 rational functions              
Wed mar06 16 6.1 exponential functions
             6.2 graphs of exponential functions         

Spring break

Mon mar18 17 6.3 logarithmic functions
             6.4 graphs of log functions   
Wed mar20 18 calculation with logarithms, and uses of

Mon mar25 19 6.5 properties of logs
             6.6 exponential and log equations
             Video_C14 Dating
Wed mar27 20 6.7 exponential and log models and applications

Mon apr01 21 7.1 systems of linear equations in 2 variables
Wed apr03 22 7.2 systems of linear equations in 3 variables

Mon apr08 23 triangulation in games
             Review Test 3
Wed apr10 24 Test 3

Mon apr15 25 7.5 matrices and operations
             7.7 matrix algebra and inverses, solving systems                                          
Wed apr17 26 7.8 determinants and Cramer's rule   

Mon apr22 27 9.1 sequences and series
             9.2 arithmetic sequences    
             9.3 geometric sequences and series
             9.5 counting     
Wed apr24 28 9.6 binomial theorem
             9.6 binomial probabilities
             Applications of the binomial theorem

Mon apr29 29 Final Exam Review
Wed may01 T1 (11-12:50 Room 227 : Intro. to Programming in Python)
Thu may02 T2 
Fri may03 T3 

Mon may06 T4 ( 8- 9:50am Room 256 : Calculus 1)   
             10-11:55am Room 228 : College Algebra            
Tue may07  
Wed may08 
Thu may09 H  FDL Memorial Day
Fri may10

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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