College Algebra - Fall 2017 - MWF 12-12:50pm - Room 228

Tentative Schedule

Mon aug21  1 1.1 reals; 1.2 real number line     h1
Wed aug23  2 1.3 algebraic expressions, polys    h2
Fri aug25  3 1.4 factoring                       h3

Mon aug28  4 1.5 rational expressions            h4
Wed aug30  5 1.6 integer exponents               h5
Fri sep01  6 1.7 rational exponents and radicals h6

Mon sep04 HOLIDAY
Wed sep06  7 1.8 complex numbers                 h7          
Fri sep08  8 2.1 lin equ in 1 var; 2.2 apps      h8

Mon sep11  9 2.3 quadratic equations; 2.4 applications     h9
Wed sep13 10 2.5 linear and quadratic inequalities         h10
Fri sep15 11 2.6 absolute value equations and inequalities h11

Mon sep18 12 3.1 plane; 3.2 functions                      h12
Wed sep20 13 3.3 graphs; 3.4 linear functions              h13
Fri sep22 14 3.5 algebra of functions                      h14

Mon sep25 15 T1 review                                     Sample Test 1 ( KEY )
Wed sep27 16 T1
Fri sep29 17 4.1 graphing quadratics; 4.2 graphing polynomials  h15

Mon oct02 18 4.3 poly division, synthetic division              h16
Wed oct04 19 4.4 remainder and factor theorems; 4.5 factors     h17
Fri oct06 20 5.1 rational functions and graphs                  h18

Mon oct09 21 5.2 circle; 5.3 parabola           h19
Wed oct11 22 5.4 ellipse and hyperbola          h20
Fri oct13 23 6.2 exponential and log functions  h21

Mon oct16 24 6.3 logarithms                     h22
Wed oct18 25 6.4 properties of logarithms       h23
Fri oct20 NO CLASSES

Mon oct23 26 6.5 exp and log equations          h24
Wed oct25 27 applications of logarithms
Fri oct27 28 T2 review                          Sample Test 2 ( KEY )

Mon oct30 29 T2                            
Wed nov01 30 7.1 2x2 systems               h25
Fri nov03 31 7.5 3x3 systems               h26

Mon nov06 32 7.5 , 7.6 linear programming  h27
Wed nov08 33 8.1 matrices                  h28
Fri nov10 HOLIDAY

Mon nov13 34 8.2 matrix algebra            h29
Wed nov15 35 8.3 inverses of matrices              
Fri nov17 36 8.4 determinants; 8.5 properties of determinants 

Mon nov20 37 8.6 Cramer's rule
Wed nov22 NO CLASSES
Fri nov24 HOLIDAY

Mon nov27 38 9.1 sequences, series 
Wed nov29 39 9.2 arith and geom series 
Fri dec01 40 9.3 permutations and combinations

Mon dec04 41 9.5 binomial theorem 
Wed dec06 42 9.5 binomial theorem 
Fri dec08 43 9.4 applications of binomial theorem

Mon dec11 44 Final exam review                       
Tue dec12 T1 12-1:50pm Room 228 (math1015)
Wed dec13 T2  8-9:50am Room 228 (math2001), 12- 1:50pm Room 228 (math1010)
Thu dec14 T3
Fri dec15 T4

Instructor: Ted Wetherbee

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

Office: W217
Phone: 218-879-0840

Fall 2017 Class Schedule:
  8-8:50am   MTWHF  Calculus 1           Room 228
  12-12:50pm MWF    College Algebra      Room 228
  12-12:50pm TH     Trigonometry         Room 228
  -online-          Intro. to Pogramming -online-

Office Hours in Room W217:
  Monday   Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday
  11-noon  11-noon  9-10am     9-10am    11-noon

Course Website:

All materials handed out in class will be online from this web site. For easier recollection, you can find this course from this URL:

All current and past assignments are on the course website listed by date under the tentative schedule.


College Algebra, by Levitan, Kolman, & Shapiro
pub. Best Value Textbooks, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60229-8774

Calculators, Computers, PEDs (Personal Electronic Devices)

The TI 83+ and 84 are the most popular TI models, but the TI 85 and 86 also work well. Casio also has nice graphing calculators. The TI 89 is harder to use for this class and is just about the same cost as a mini- notebook computer which can be loaded up with free and better mathematical software. Get a cheap calculator and bring it to class. You can use these for exams and quizzes.

Do not play games, email, text, chat, surf, talk, etc. etc. on your PEDs. Turn these things off during class and put them away. At times a PED, laptop, or other computer device may be useful in class. Still, turn them off and put them away until you are told when they will be useful and allowed. PEDs and computers are not allowed for exams or quizzes.


This is software like Mathematica and Maple which can do symbolic algebra, graphing, and many other mathematical things, but SageMath is free. You can download it yourself from then install on a Gnu/Linux machine, but it is probably easier to use the FDLTCC server above.

You can also use URL because this is a secure connection which is redirected from; the "s" after "http" means secure. You may be told that there is no security certificate, and there is not one yet for this web site. You can safely add an exception for this sagemath website to just do math. (You should never do this for online banking or any other online service which handles anything personal which must be secure.)

Note that these are class accounts, so everyone will be able to see work done by everyone else. There is no privacy. Put nothing private or even identifiable to yourself online--which is excellent advice for everything on any Internet service. Make up worksheet names which you can remember yet which are not identifiable to yourself, and use these just for math.

Exams and Grading

2 tests     2x100 = 200
1 final             150
25 homework 4x25 =  100
                    450 total

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

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.

Disabilities Notice

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at 218.879.0810,

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at 218-879-0819,

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