College Algebra - Spring 2017
MWF 10-10:50am - Room 228

Instructor: Ted Wetherbee

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

Office: W217
Phone: 218-879-0840

Spring 2017 Class Schedule:
  8-8:50am   MTWHF  Calculus 1            Room 228
  10-10:50pm M W F  College Algebra       Room 228
  12-12:50pm M W    Intro. to Programming Room 208
  4-5:15pm   M W    Beginning Algebra     Room 258

Office Hours in Room W217:
  Monday   Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday
  11-12    9-10     3-4;11-12            9-10

Course Website:

Click on "wetherbee" then "m1010" from the web site above. All materials handed out in class will be online from this web site.


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

WeBWorK Practice Problems

Go to this link in order to use WeBWorK:

Select math1010, then login using the Guest Login button on the bottom. Results are not saved, and you may view correct answers at anytime by clicking "show answers".

Tentative Schedule

mon     1  jan09 1 1.1 reals; 1.2 real number line h1
wed     2  jan11 1.3 algebraic expressions, polys h2
fri     3  jan13 1.4 factoring h3

mon     H  jan16 Holiday
wed     4  jan18 1.5 rational expressions h4
fri     5  jan20 1.6 integer exponents h5

Mon     6  jan23 1.7 rational exponents and radicals h6
Wed     7  jan25 1.8 complex numbers h7
Fri     8  feb27 2.1 linear equations in 1 variable; 2.2 applications h8

Mon     9  jan30 2.3 quadratic equations h9
Wed     10 feb01 2.5 linear and quadratic inequalities h10
Fri     11 feb03 2.6 absolute value equations and inequalities h11

Mon     12 feb06 3.1 plane; 3.2 functions h12
Wed     13 feb08 3.3 graphs h13
Fri     14 feb10 3.4 linear functions

Mon     15 feb13 3.5 algebra of functions h14
Wed     16 feb15 T1 review Sample Test 1
Fri     17 feb17 T1 Test 1 KEY

Mon     H  feb20 Holiday
Wed     18 feb22 4.1 graphing quadratics; 4.2 graphing polynomials h15
Fri     19 feb24 4.3 poly division, synthetic division h16

Mon     20 feb27 4.4 remainder and factor theorems; 4.5 factors h17
Wed     21 mar01 5.1 rational functions and graphs h18
Fri     22 mar03 5.2 circle; 5.3 parabola h19

Mon     23 mar06 5.4 ellipse and hyperbola h20
Wed     24 mar08 6.2 exponential and log functions h22
Fri     25 mar10 6.2 h21

                 Spring Break

Mon     26 mar20 6.3 logarithms h23
Wed     27 mar22 6.4 properties of logarithms h24
Fri     28 mar24 6.5 exp and log equations

Mon     29 mar27 applications of logarithms
Wed     30 mar29 T2 review Sample Test 2 (KEY)
Fri     31 mar31 T2

Mon     32 apr03 7.1 2x2 systems h25
Wed     33 apr05 7.5 3x3 systems h26
Fri     34 apr07 7.5 , 7.6 linear programming h27

Mon     35 apr10 8.1 matrices h28
Wed     36 apr12 8.2 matrix algebra h29
Fri     NC apr14 No Classes

Mon     37 apr17 8.3 inverses of matrices h30
Wed     38 apr19 8.4 determinants; 8.5 properties of determinants h31
Fri     39 apr21 8.6 Cramer's rule

Mon     40 apr24 9.1 sequences, series  h32
Wed     41 apr26 9.2 arith and geom series h33
Fri     42 apr28 guest speakers: Sen Chiao and Craig Clements, weather and wildfires

Mon     43 may01 9.3 permutations and combinations h34
Wed     44 may03 9.5 binomial theorem 
Fri     45 may05 9.4 applications of binomial theorem

Mon     46 may08 Final exam review Sample Final
tue     H  may09 Holiday 
Wed     NC may10 No Classes
Thur    T1 may11 
Fri     T2 may12 8-9:50 Room 228, 10-11:50 Room 228, 12-1:50 Room 208, 4-5:50 Room 258
Mon     T3 may15 
Tue     T4 may16

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. If you don't have one already, get a cheap calculator and bring it to class. The TI-30 is popular and costs somewhere in $6-20. 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.

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