# Syllabus

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.)
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• 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
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):

1. Go to saveliev.net, then go to the class page.