College Algebra


  2. A. Course Title: College Algebra
    B. Course Number: MA 113 - 30259
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 9:30:00 AM - 10:45:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Schmitz, Charlotte
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 216
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2817
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Questions submitted Monday through Friday by 9:00 am will have a reply within 24 hours. Questions submitted over weekends or holidays will be answered by the end of next academic day. Note: Grades for regular coursework will update to Canvas daily. Grades for assessments will be posted within one week of deadline announced in class or in Canvas.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): MA113A, or appropriate placement test score
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: HH121

    This college algebra course is designed for pre-engineering, mathematics, and science majors. The subject matter covered in this class includes a brief review of Elementary and Intermediate Algebra topics, as well as a more extensive study of graphs of functions, complex numbers, theory of equations, matrices, determinants, conics, inverse functions, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: MA113A or equivalent or appropriate score on a placement test.


    This course is designed to be the foundation class for many more advanced math classes such as statistics, business analysis, and trigonometry.
    College Algebra should transfer to most colleges for mathematics credits.



    PRECALCULUS; Paul Sisson; Hawkes; Second Edition
    Textbook WITH courseware access: 978-1-941552-90-2

    DO NOT attempt to set up your account using Hawkes Learning website. You must connect through the link in Canvas to have access to your work.

    Note: Hawkes courseware comes with an automatic free trial period of 14 days. This temporary access starts on the first day of class and cannot be extended. Please plan for how to purchase the access code prior to the end of the trial period.

    Students may chose any type of calculator for lessons, but tests will require a scientific calculator only. NO graphing calculators will be allowed on tests.


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    For this course your grade will be made up of the following:


    HAWKES LESSON CERTIFIES:                       15%      

    CHAPTER TESTS:                                             25%      

    ASSESSMENTS:                                               60%      


    HAWKES LESSON CERTIFIES are done online using Hawkes courseware.  Lessons can only be accessed using the “Hawkes Single Sign On” module in Canvas.  Lesson due dates can be viewed on the “To-Do” list in Hawkes.  Lessons not certified by the deadline are automatically posted as zeros in the grade book.  Zeros can only be changed when the lesson certify is completed, but late penalties are applied for each day late.  Lessons within a chapter can be worked in any order, but cannot be skipped and all lessons must be complete to open the chapter test.  Final closing date for access to lessons is Monday of final exam week, no extensions.  If a lesson is blocked please contact me immediately so I can check settings and fix problems.   

    Each lesson requires a mastery score of 80%, but achieving mastery equates to a 100% in the gradebook, unless it was completed after the deadline.   

    Hawkes provides a Learn, Practice, Certify sequence to earn scores.  In addition to Learn and Practice there will be notes and example problems presented in class or posted in Canvas. 

    CHAPTER TESTS are also done in Hawkes by clicking the “Tests” tab in the Single Sign On link.  Tests are timed and have 2 attempts.  The first attempt helps you gauge your knowledge and readiness of the objectives.  There will be a “Review” option (immediately following the test or accessed from the grade book) allowing you to go over your mistakes and see correct answers in preparation for a second attempt.  Be sure there is time and good internet connection before starting a test.  Timing and loss of connection can result in loss of one or both attempts.  Contact me immediately if access to a test is lost.  Sometimes I can reopen a test or delete an attempt to free up access again.  After two attempts, if the required mastery score of 80 is not earned contact me for further guidance.  Tests below 80% prevent access to next chapter lessons.  Do NOT take tests right before the closing date, this sets you behind. 

    The Chapter Tests category will also contain a “Communication” score and a “Self & Community” score.  These are explained in the Course Information module in Canvas.

    ASSESSMENTS are proctored paper tests, NOT available in Hawkes.  Assessments are given twice during the semester.  The “Mid-course Assessment” is taken after chapter 2.  Test dates are announced in class.  You may arrange for taking the test early, but NO MAKE UP is allowed after the announced deadline.  “Final Assessments” ARE the final exam (in four parts).  They are Graphing, Solving, Notation and Applications.  Final Assessments must be completed by the day and time designated for this class. 

    Any requirements not completed (lesson Certifies, chapter tests, assessments) can cause a failing grade for the course.

    Grades for the mid-course assessment will be within a week of completing the test in class.  Grades on final assessments will be by Wednesday of final exam week IF all requirements are met by Friday before Finals.  If you need finals week to finish assessments, final grades may take until the following Monday. 


    ·       Attendance is not factored into your grade directly, but it is still a major part of your success in this class and is a component of the Self & Community score.  As stated in the student hand book and in the campus attendance policy, you can be withdrawn by the instructor for not attending.  In this class that means neglecting course work for more than two weeks.  If you are not actively working on assignments for more than two weeks, I will have you withdrawn from the class. 

    ·       Any incident of academic dishonesty on proctored exams will result in zeros on the entire set of assessments.  No opportunity to make up assessments will be given. 

    ·       Assessments make up 60% of your overall grade.  There will be only one attempt on each.  Lesson Certifies and Chapter Tests should lead to PROVING LEARNING on assessments.  Doing poorly on assessments dramatically decreases your grade.  Also, neglecting deadlines on lessons and chapter tests will lead to failing.    Be practiced, be prepared and be confident before taking assessments.  Simply put, the average score on assessments pretty much determines your course grade. 

    ·        NMJC’s Academic Success Center employs tutors as an additional resource to help you LEARN.  They are happy to assist you while you work through “Practice”, but they will not help with “Certify” or with chapter tests (unless it is to help you understand mistakes after submitting an answer).  Also, they are extremely busy at the end of the semester.  There will be limits on the amount of time allowed with tutors.  The priority will be in helping students prepare for final exams.  They will NOT prioritize students who fell behind in their work and are trying to catch up at the last minute. 



    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    College Algebra (MA113) is designed to emphasize graphing functions, solving various equations, using functions and solving real world problems.

    The course content of College Algebra (MA113) supports NMJC’s mission of “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    ·         Graph various types of functions.  

    ·         Solve various types of equations. 

    ·         Use the necessary notation for each topic including showing work for sequences of simplifying expressions.  

    ·         Set up and solve various types of application problems. 

    ·         Apply each of the above skills as part of the critical thinking and problem solving process.




    A student who successfully completes College Algebra should be able to:

    ·         Use a graphing calculator to graph equations and solve problems.

    ·         Graph equations in the Cartesian plane.

    ·         Use a graphing utility to create models of data in the Cartesian plane.

    ·         Identify functions and write the equations in function form from either an equation or a graph.

    ·         Find the domain and range of functions.

    ·         Graph functions as well as their transformations.

    ·         Perform the algebra of functions.

    ·         Manipulate quadratic functions and make models on a graphing calculator.

    ·         Find the zeros of polynomial functions algebraically and graphically on a graphing calculator.

    ·         Perform arithmetic operations with complex numbers.

    ·         Apply the fundamental Theorem of Algebra.

    ·         Graph rational functions by using the important characteristics of rational functions.

    ·         Solve and graph exponential and logarithmic functions.

    ·         Find exponential and logarithmic models on a graphing calculator.

    ·         Solve linear systems of equations in two and three variables.

    ·         Solve systems of inequalities and linear programming problems.

    ·         Graph conic sections: the parabola, the ellipse, the circle, and the hyperbola.



    RESOURCES to successfully complete College Algebra: 

    ·        Attend class and work with your instructor during office time for extra help;

    ·        Go to the Academic Success Center to work with a tutor for help with Practice problems (NMJC Academic Success Center is located in the library, phone number is 575-492-2624);

    ·        Use “Brainfuse”, an online tutoring service.  You can connect to Brainfuse in Canvas.   

    ·        Communicate with your instructor about any problems regarding your success in class. 


    Ř  Participate in class- take notes, ask questions, abide by deadlines and requirements.

    Ř  Come to class rested and stay awake.  If you can’t stay awake, don’t come!

    Ř  Do not use phones during class time.  Being distracted means not learning.  If you cannot ignore your phone during class time, showing up won’t do you any good!

    Ř  Do not use “Mathway” or other online problem solving apps.  Quick answers from resources not your brain come at a cost on assessments.  An A on regular course work, but failing assessments leads to a final grade of D or F. 

    PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION:  Please use appropriate, professional language, grammar and structure in your emails.  I will do the same.  Do not send an email that looks and reads as though it were composed as a text message.

    NMJC Communication Standard:

    ü  No text language (For example do not use i, BTW, LOL, IDK…)

    ü  Correct spelling and proper capitalization

    ü  Complete sentences (Start a sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period.)

    ü  Logical organization



    hi miss can you open test 2 for me plsi got behind bc my other classes are more fun and i dont get this stuf thx


    Dear Professor Schmitz,

    Would you please allow me until Friday to take chapter 2 test?  I am not understanding section 2.4.  Are you available at noon tomorrow so I can get help with it?


    Student who plans to make an A





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    College Algebra Course Outline

    For Hawkes Precalculus book 


    This outline is tentative and subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.



    Section number and Title

    Day 1

    Course Introduction and syllabus discussion…

    Week 1

    Chapter 1

    Number Systems and Equations and Inequalities of one Variable

    1.3 Polynomials and Factoring (for review and preparation)

    1.4 The Complex Number System (for review and preparation)

    1.5 Linear Equations in One Variable

    Week 2

    1.6 Linear Inequalities in One Variable


    1.7 Quadratic Equations


    1.8 Rational and Radical Equations





    Week 3

    Chapter 2

    Introduction to Equations and Inequalities of Two Variables


    2.1 The Cartesian Coordinate System


    2.2 Linear Equations in Two Variables


    2.3 Forms of Linear Equations

    Week 4

    2.4 Parallel and Perpendicular Lines


    2.5 Linear Inequalties in Two Variables

    2.6 Introduction to Circles




    Week 5

    Chapter 3

    Relations, Functions, and Their Graphs


    3.1 Relations and Functions


    3.2 Linear and Quadratic Functions


    3.3 Other Common Functions

    Week 6

    3.4 Variation and Multivariable Functions

    3.5 Transformations of Functions

    3.6 Combining Functions

    Week 7

    3.7 Inverse Functions




    Week 8

    Mid-Course Assessment

    Proctored test, on paper, testing center required



    Week 9

    Chapter 4

    Polynomial Functions


    4.1 Introduction to Polynomial Equations and Graphs


    4.2 Polynomial Division and the Division Algorithm

    Week 10

    4.3 Locating Real Zeros of Polynomials


    4.4 The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra

    Week 11

    4.5 Rational Functions and Rational Inequalities



    Week 12

    Chapter 5

    Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

    5.1 Exponential Functions and Their Graphs

    5.2 Applications of Exponential Functions

    Week 13

    5.3 Logarithmic Functions and Their Graphs


    5.4 Properties and Applications of Logarithms


    5.5 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations




    Week 14

    Chapter 10

    Systems of Equations


    10.1 Solving Systems by Substitution and Elimination

    Chapter 9

    Conic Sections

    9.1 The Ellipse

    9.2 The Parabola

    9.3 The Hyperbola




    Week 15

    Review for final assessments





    Finals Week

    Final Assessments:

    All parts are proctored, on paper, given in testing center or classroom



    ·       Graphs



    ·       Solving



    ·       Notation



    ·       Applications



    All four part must be completed by the last day of finals