College Algebra 1 - Spring 2019 - MWF 10-10:50pm - Room 228

Instructor: Ted Wetherbee

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

Office: W217
Phone: 218-879-0840

Spring 2019 Class Schedule:
   9- 9:50am M W F Statistics            Room 228
  10-10:50pm M W F College Algebra       Room 228
  12-12:50pm M W   Intro. to Programming Room 208
   6- 8:45pm   W   Atatistics            Room 256  

Office Hours in Room W217:
  Monday   Wednesday  Friday
  11-noon  11-noon    11-noon
   1-2      5-6

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.

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:


I strongly recommend that you DO NOT print out the entire textbook. Save the PDF or Kindle somewhere for your reference. It is a 896 page document! As usual for such textbooks, it covers all bases. You will probably read some sections carefully but skip through most. You will surely not do every exercise, but plenty of exercises are there for your practice and reference.

Calculators, Computers, PEDs (Personal Electronic Devices)

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. This does what you need, and the bookstore sells them for under $20 .

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. In any case, bring a scientific calculator 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.

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

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 jan14  1 1.1 real numbers 
             1.2 exponents and scientific notation 
Wed jan16  2 1.3 radicals and rational expressions 
Fri jan18  3 1.4 polynomials

Mon jan21  Holiday     
Wed jan23  4 1.5 factoring polynomials
Fri jan25  5 1.6 rational expressions

Mon jan28  6 2.1 Cartesian plane h6
Wed jan30  7 FREEZE DAY
Fri feb01  8 2.2 linear equations in 1 variable

Mon feb04  9 2.3 models and applications h7
Wed feb06 10 2.4 complex numbers         h8
Fri feb08 11 2.5 quadratic equations     h9

Mon feb11 12 2.7 linear and absolute value inequalities h10
Wed feb13 13 test 1 review Sample Test 1
Fri feb15 14 T1 Test 1

Mon feb18 Holiday
Wed feb20 15 3.2 domain and range h11
Fri feb22 16 3.4 composition      h12

Mon feb25 17 3.5 tranformation; 3.7 function inverses h13
Wed feb27 18 4.1 Linear Functions; 4.2 modeling with linear functions  h14
Fri mar01 19 4.3 fitting linear models to data 

Mon mar04 20 T2 Test 2 Sample Test 2
Wed mar06 21 5.1 quadratics, 5.2 polynomials, 5.3 graphs of polynomial functions h15
Fri mar08 22 5.4 dividing polynomials h16

Spring Break

Mon mar18 23 5.6 rational functions h17
Wed mar20 24 5.6 
Fri mar22 25 6.1 exponential functions, 6.2 graphs of exponential functions h18

Mon mar25 26 6.3  functions, 6.4 graphs of log functions h19
Wed mar27 27 6.5 properties of logs; 6.6 exponential and log equations
Fri mar29 28 6.7 exponential and log models and applications h20

Mon apr01 29 6.7 h21
Wed apr03 30 7.1 systems of linear equations in 2 variables h22
Fri apr05 31 T3 Test 3 review Sample Test 3( KEY )

Mon apr08 32 T3 Test 3
Wed apr10 33 7.5 matrices and operations h23
Fri apr12 34 7.6 Gaussian elimination

Mon apr15 35 CSE-survey
Wed apr17 36 7.7 matrix algebra and inverses, solving systems h24
Fri apr19 37 7.8 determinants and Cramer's rule h25

Mon apr22 38 9.1 linear algebra applications
Wed apr24 39 9.2 sequences and series (last day to withdraw) h26
Fri apr26 40 9.3 arithmetic sequences, 9.4 series and notation

Mon apr29 41 9.5 geometric sequences h27
Wed may01 42 9.6 counting; binomial theorem h28
Fri may03 43 9.6 binomial probabilities

Mon may06 44 Final exam review Sample Final
Wed may08 T1
Thu may09 Holiday
Fri may10 T2 10-12 room 228 (math1010), 12-2 room 208 (csci1020)

Mon may13 T3 9-11 room 228 (math1030-day)
Tue may14 T4


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.

Disabilities Notice

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