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*In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.*

*-- John von Neumann, Nobel Prize winner.*

**Time and Place:**TR 5:00-6:15, MW 5:30-6:20 at 516 Smith Hall**Instructor:**Peter Saveliev (call me Peter)**Office:**756 Smith Hall (under the clock)**Office Hours:**W 2:00-5:30, TR 2:00-4:00, or by appointment, or any time I am there**Office Phone:**x4639**Home Phone:**697-7827 (9 a.m. - 8 p.m.)**E-mail:**saveliev@marshall.edu (put Math 127 as the subject)**Class Web-Page:**http:\\saveliev.net, then go to Math 127.**Prerequisites:**solid algebra skills, some knowledge of Cartesian coordinates, familiarity with basic functions**Texts:***College Algebra*by Bittinger, Beecher, Ellenbogen, Penna**,***Graphing Calculator Manual,*Web supplement www.awl.com/BBEP with password in new books**Computer Requirements:**graphic calculator TI-83 or TI-83+.**Goals:**understanding of functions, good familiarity with major classes of functions, function operations, graphing, solving equations -- being prepared for the calculus sequence**Group Problems:**due weekly (please, staple!), last day of the week unless specified otherwise**Quizzes:**based on the practice problems assigned daily, once or twice a week**Grade Breakdown:**TOTAL=.25*HW+.15*E1+.15*E2+.15*E3+.30*FINAL

group problems + quizzes: 25% (1-2 quizzes may be dropped)

3 exams: 15% each

final exam: 30%**Letter Grades:**A: 90-100, B: 80-89, C: 70-79, D: 60-69, F: <60

From the Catalogue:

**127 College Algebra - Expanded Version. 5 hrs.
**A brief but careful review of the main techniques of algebra. Polynomial,
rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Graphs, systems of equations
and inequalities, sequences. (PR: MAT 097 or Math ACT 19 or 20)

Assignment #1 (10 points):

- Go to saveliev.net, then go to the class page.
- Read the Course Policy.
- Try to set up a group (3-4 members) by Friday, then e-mail the list to me. For this purpose you can use the list of students. If you don't have a group you'll be assigned to a group at random.
- Visit my office during the next two weeks to introduce yourself.