MATH 121 College Algebra

MATH 121 IS Sec 3, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Michael Azlin

Instructor name:
Michael Azlin

Office: Hume Hall, Room 218

Instructor Information:
I received both my B.S. and M.S. from Ole Miss, and I joined the university in 2007. I "grew up" in the Grove, and have been attending football games (and other sporting events) here since 1970 in the midst of Archie Mania! I am a veteran of the United States Navy. My passions include watching sports, playing trivia, reading, cooking, traveling, and photography.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact me directly using the Email Your Instructor link on the Lessons page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line.

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the iStudy department:

The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
iStudy
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826
E-mail: istudy@olemiss.edu

Course Description

This is a 23-section Independent Study course in Algebra! The course is self-paced and entirely online. Topics include linear, quadratic, rational, and radical equations. Other topics consist of inequalities, the algebra of functions (including polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions), the graphs of some of these functions, and systems of equations in two variables.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  • Solve linear, rational, and radical equations in one variable.
  • Solve quadratic and higher order polynomial equations using a variety of methods; graph these functions.
  • Write the equation of a line in various forms, as well as find slope, intercepts, and graph linear equations.
  • Evaluate, combine, compose, and find inverses of functions; determine the domain of a function.
  • Divide polynomials using long division and synthetic division, and determine zeros of polynomial functions.
  • Find equations of vertical, horizontal, and oblique asymptotes of a rational function.
  • Solve linear, polynomial, and rational inequalities in one variable.
  • Solve logarithmic and exponential equations; solve application problems with exponential functions.
  • Set-up and solve systems of equations in two variables using the substitution and elimination methods.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 8 instructional modules (or lessons) and 5 proctored examinations.

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

UNITS

Blackboard and Hawkes Material

Due for Grades

Pacing guide to complete the course in a semester

Pacing Guide for Summer Semester

1

2.1a Linear Equations in One Variable

Hawkes assignments

Week 1

Week 1

2.2 Linear Inequalities in One Variable

Hawkes assignments

Week 2

Week 1

2.3 Quadratic Equations in One Variable

Hawkes assignments

Week 2

Week1

Quiz 1

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have unlimited attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. You must score at least 80% on this quiz to enable the next section.

Quiz

Week 2

Week 1

2

2.4 Higher Degree Polynomial Equations

Hawkes assignments

Week 3

Week 2

2.5 Rational Expressions and Equations

Hawkes assignments

Week 3

Week 2

2.6 Radical Equations

Hawkes assignments

Week 4

Week 2

Bonus

All Bonus Homework Sections

Hawkes assignments

Week 4

Week 2

Quiz 2

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have unlimited attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. You must score at least 80% on this quiz to enable the next section.

Quiz

Week 4

Week 2

Practice Test 1

Non-proctored and untimed practice test in Hawkes for bonus points with unlimited attempts (best score counts).

Practice test

Week 4

Week 3

Exam 1

Proctored course exam in Hawkes with a sixty (60) minute time limit. This test must be submitted to unlock the next test.

To be scheduled and completed
before proceeding

Week 4

Week 3

3

3.2 Linear Equations in Two Variables

Hawkes assignments

Week 5

Week 3

3.3 Forms of Linear Equations

Hawkes assignments

Week 5

Week 3

3.4 Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

Hawkes assignments

Week 5

Week 3

Quiz 3

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have unlimited attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. You must score at least 80% on this quiz to enable the next section.

Quiz

Week 5

Week 3

4

4.1 Relations and Functions

Hawkes assignments

Week 6

Week 4

4.5 Combining Functions

Hawkes assignments

Week 6

Week 4

4.6 Inverses of Functions

Hawkes assignments

Week 7

Week 4

Quiz 4

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have unlimited attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. You must score at least 80% on this quiz to enable the next section.

Quiz

Week 7

Week 4

Practice Test 2

Non-proctored and untimed practice test in Hawkes for bonus points with unlimited attempts (best score counts).

Practice test

Week 7

Week 4

Exam 2

Proctored course exam in Hawkes with a sixty (60) minute time limit. This test must be submitted to unlock the next test.

To be scheduled and completed
before proceeding

Week 7

Week 4

MIDPOINT OF COURSE

If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your orientation information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the exam has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course

The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your orientation information.

 

5

4.2a Linear and Quadratic Functions

Hawkes assignments

Week 8

Week 6

5.1 Introduction to Polynomial Equations and Graphs (excluding complex numbers)

Hawkes assignments

Week 8

Week 6

5.2 Polynomial Division and the Division Algorithm (excluding complex numbers)

Hawkes assignments

Week 9

Week 6

Quiz 5

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have unlimited attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. You must score at least 80% on this quiz to enable the next section.

Quiz

Week 9

Week 6

6

6.1a Rational Functions

Hawkes assignments

Week 9

Week 6

6.1b Rational Inequalities

Hawkes assignments

Week 10

Week 7

Quiz 6

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have unlimited attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. You must score at least 80% on this quiz to enable the next section.

Quiz

Week 10

Week 7

Practice Test 3

Non-proctored and untimed practice test in Hawkes for bonus points with unlimited attempts (best score counts).

Practice test

Week 10

Week 7

Exam 3

Proctored course exam in Hawkes with a sixty (60) minute time limit. This test must be submitted to unlock the next test.

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Week 10

Week 7

7

7.1 Exponential Functions and their Graphs

Hawkes assignments

Week 11

Week 7

7.3 Logarithmic Functions and their Graphs

Hawkes assignments

Week 11

Week 7

7.4 Properties and Applications of Logarithms

Hawkes assignments

Week 11

Week 7

Quiz 7

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have unlimited attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. You must score at least 80% on this quiz to enable the next section.

Quiz

Week 11

Week 8

8

7.4 Properties and Applications of Logarithms

Hawkes assignments

Week 12

Week 8

8.1 Solving Systems by Substitution and Elimination

Hawkes assignments

Week 12

Week 8

Quiz 8

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have unlimited attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. You must score at least 80% on this quiz to enable the next section.

Quiz

Week 13

Week 9

Practice Test 4

Non-proctored and untimed practice test in Hawkes for bonus points with unlimited attempts (best score counts).

Practice test

Week 13

Week 9

Exam 4

Proctored course exam in Hawkes with a sixty (60) minute time limit. This test must be submitted to unlock the final exam.

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Week 13

Week 9

Quiz 9 (Review Quiz)

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have unlimited attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. These questions are guaranteed to be on final!

Cumulative Review Quiz

Week 14

Week 9

Practice Final Exam

Non-proctored and untimed practice exam in Hawkes for bonus points with unlimited attempts (best score counts).

Practice exam

Week 15

Week 9

Final Exam

Proctored comprehensive final exam in Hawkes covering material from each of the previous exams. There will be a two-hour (120 minute) time limit on the final exam. 

Final Exam

Week 15

Week 9

Grading:

GRADING SCALE:
90 and above A
88—89.999 A-
86—87.999 B+
80—85.999 B
78—79.999 B-
76—77.999 C+
70—75.999 C
68—69.999 C-
60—67.999 D
0—59.999 F

FAILURE TO TAKE THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.

You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.