Essentials of Algebra II (4)

Dr. Caldwell's Math 110 Syllabus
(This Math 110 syllabus and other course resources are available at


Dr. Caldwell, office 429 Humanities, office phone 7336.  Department office 7360.  E-mail:  Web page:  I will use your e-mail as stored in Banner, usually an account, to contact you (if the school closes, to send additional notes, ...) so please make sure that it is accurate.

Catalog Description:

Math 100-110:  Functions and their graphs (including polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic), exponents, roots, radicals, rational expressions, factoring polynomials, zeroes of polynomials, solutions of linear and nonlinear equations and inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices and determinants, inverse functions.  Prereq: C or better in Math 100.

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Essentials of College Algebra, 11th Edition, Lial, Hornsby, Schneider, Addison Wesley, ISBN: 9780321912251


Essentials of College Algebra, 11th Edition, Lial, Hornsby, Schneider, Addison Wesley with MyMathLab, ISBN: 9780321912152

You must have access to a copy of the text to do the homework for each class day--but it can be hardback, soft-back, electronic, loose leaf, ... (just make sure it is the 11th edition).


There is no way to pass a real mathematics class without doing the homework. So to help you focus on the homework, we will start most days with a brief "quiz" (usually less than five minutes).  This will may be one problem directly from the previous night's homework.  You will be allowed to use your personal handwritten notes; but not your book, computer or printed notes.  If you have attended class and done all the homework, the quiz points should be automatic!

These quizzes will be graded on a four-point scale: one point for your name, four points for the correct answer, and two or three for a partially correct answer.  If you are late, you will get a one.  If you cheat, you may get a zero or negative score. 

If you miss the day, or leave early, then you will get a zero.  Exceptions will be made for appropriate excuses, but you must let me know (and provide documentation) within two weeks.  Being excused from an absence does not excuse the next day's quiz.  If you miss class for any reason, you should still do your homework and be ready for the quiz.

The three lowest quiz scores will be dropped (other than "earned" zero or negative scores, see above).  All of your remaining quiz points will be added, then converted into a percentage score.

Quizzes will usually be returned the next class meeting. Those that are not picked up will be tossed out a week later.


Letter grades will be assigned as follows:  90-100% A,  80-89% B,  70-79% C,  60-69% D,  0-59% F. The grade of I is given very rarely and and never to just temporarily improve your GPA. Do not copy another student's work or allow trhem to copy yours.

The course grade will be determined as follows:

  •   7 %   quizzes (daily five-minute quizzes)
  • 55 %   tests (about five fifty-minute tests)
  • 20 %   lab grade (Lecture / Lab grade Breakdown)
  • 18 %   final (the final is comprehensive)

Learning Outcomes for General Education:

The faculty of UT Martin have included this as a general education course with the following course goal and student learning outcomes.

Curriculum Goals:  The purpose of the Mathematics requirement is to teach students to organize, evaluate and solve problems using both abstract and quantitative approaches.  Courses in this area will enable students to communicate using the language of mathematics.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will use appropriate notation and vocabulary to communicate mathematics.
  2. Students will use symbolic and numerical methods to perform calculations.
  3. Students will solve problems with real-world applications.

Teaching Objectives:

The student will:

  1. Determine if the inverse of a function exists and relate the graphs of the function and its inverse.
  2. Find the formula for the inverse of a one-to-one function.
  3. Perform binary operations on functions.
  4. Find the composite of two functions and determine its domain and image set.
  5. Graph exponential and logarithmic functions.
  6. Solve exponential and logarithmic equations.
  7. Apply exponential and logarithmic functions to solve real-world problems.
  8. Use technology to fit curves to points in the xy-plane.
  9. Solve systems of equations and inequalities.
  10. Evaluate and graph rational functions.
  11. Solve equations and inequalities involving rational, root, power, and absolute value functions.
  12. Graph a convex polygon to represent a given set of inequalities.
  13. Determine the vertices of a convex polygon and use the vertices to maximize or minimize a function in two variables.
  14. Calculate the sum and product of two matrices when defined.
  15. Perform scalar multiplication.
  16. Apply the inverse of a (2×2 or 3×3) matrix to find the solution of Ax = b.
  17. Find a partial fraction decomposition for a rational function.


Homework will be evaluated through the quiz policy.  If you do not do the homework, then you will be unlikely to pass.  Click on the button to the right for the list of daily assignments.  Go to my web page to find this assignment list.

Homework will be evaluated through the quiz policy.  If you do not do the homework, then you will be unlikely to pass.  Click on the button to the right for the list of daily assignments.  Use these buttons to see the homework.

Tests & Final:

The homework, quizzes and classroom examples indicate the type of problems that will be on the tests, though some (probably the final) may be changed to a multiple-choice format.  No make-up tests.  If you miss a test, you will be given the average of the following tests and final.  The final will be comprehensive.  Review for the final by studying the hour tests, homework and quizzes.  (Check also to see if there is a practice final online.)   You may not leave the room (and your phone... must not be visible) during any test or final.


Attendance is mandatory and will be enforced through the quiz policy.


This course requires a graphing calculator (we strongly recommend any TI 83+ or TI 84), and those with algebraic operating systems are not allowed.  TI-Inspires must be used with a TI 84 face plate.  Students may not share calculators during tests.  Check your batteries before tests.


The Department of Mathematics and Statistics publishes a syllabus for each of it courses which may be viewed in my office or on the departmental web pages.

Canceled classes:

You (and the state) have paid well for the courses taught here so mathematics and statistics teachers very (very) rarely cancel classes. However, sometimes (especially in the spring) the university closes due to bad weather.  If this happens, I will contact you by the e-mail address stored in the Banner system to let you know how we will make up the work.  I will also adjust the homework schedule on-line as needed.


Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in at least an F for the quiz, test or assignment.  Your Student Handbook clearly states "suspension from the university is the expected penalty" for "plagiarism, cheating, and academic integrity issues" and this includes submitting the work of another person as your own or permitting another to submit yours as his/her own.

Disability Services:

The University of Tennessee provides reasonable accommodations (academic adjustments and auxiliary aids) to ensure equal access to educational content and university programs for students with disabilities.  Any student eligible for and requesting accommodations due to a disability must provide instructors with a letter of accommodation from Disability Services.  For additional information, please contact the Disability Services office at 209 Clement Hall, (731) 881-7605.



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