College Algebra - Spring 2018 - 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 2018 Class Schedule:
  8-8:50am   MTWHF  Calculus 2       Room 228
  9-9:50am   MWF    Statistics       Room 228
  10-10:50am MWF    College Algebra  Room 228
  12-12:50pm MW     Intro. to Prog.  Room 208
Office Hours in Room W217:
  Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday  Friday
  11-noon 9-10am  11-noon   9-10am    11-noon

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.


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

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. Get a cheap calculator and bring it 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.


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.

Tentative Schedule - Spring 2018 - math1010

mon     1  jan08 1 1.1 reals; 1.2 real number line                    h1
wed     2  jan10 1.3 algebraic expressions, polys                     h2
fri     3  jan12 1.4 factoring                                        h3

mon     H  jan15 Holiday
wed     4  jan17 1.5 rational expressions                             h4
fri     5  jan19 1.6 integer exponents                                h5

Mon     6  jan22 1.7 rational exponents and radicals                  h6
Wed     7  jan24 1.8 complex numbers                                  h7
Fri     8  feb26 2.1 linear equations in 1 variable; 2.2 applications h8

Mon     9  jan29 2.3 quadratic equations                              h9
Wed     10 jan31 2.5 linear and quadratic inequalities                h10
Fri     11 feb02 2.6 absolute value equations and inequalities        h11

Mon     12 feb05 3.1 plane; 3.2 function                              h12
Wed     13 feb07 3.3 graphs                                           h13
Fri     14 feb09 3.4 linear functions

Mon     15 feb12 3.5 algebra of functions                             h14
Wed     16 feb14 T1 review                                            Sample Test 1 ( KEY )
                                                                      Webwork: Sample Test 2
Fri     17 feb16 T1 

Mon     H  feb19 Holiday
Wed     18 feb21 4.1 graphing quadratics; 4.2 graphing polynomials    h15
Fri     19 feb23 4.3 poly division, synthetic division                h16

Mon     20 feb26 4.4 remainder and factor theorems; 4.5 factors       h17
Wed     21 feb28 5.1 rational functions and graphs                    h18
Fri     22 mar02 5.2 circle; 5.3 parabola                             h19

Mon     23 mar05 5.4 ellipse and hyperbola                            h20
Wed     24 mar07 6.2 exponential and log functions                    h21
Fri     25 mar09 6.2                                                  h22

                 Spring Break

Mon     26 mar19 6.3 logarithms                                       h23
Wed     27 mar21 6.4 properties of logarithms 
 periodic table
 Supernova sims
Fri     28 mar23 6.5 exp and log equations

Mon     29 mar26 applications of logarithms
Wed     30 mar28 T2 review 
Fri     31 mar30 T2

Mon     32 apr02 7.1 2x2 systems 
Wed     33 apr04 7.5 3x3 systems 
Fri     34 apr06 7.5 , 7.6 linear programming 

Mon     35 apr09 8.1 matrices 
Wed     36 apr11 8.2 matrix algebra 
Fri     NC apr13 No Classes

Mon     37 apr16 8.3 inverses of matrices 
Wed     38 apr18 8.4 determinants; 8.5 properties of determinants
Fri     39 apr20 8.6 Cramer's rule

Mon     40 apr23 applications of linear systems
Wed     41 apr25 9.1 sequences, series 
Fri     42 apr27 9.2 arith and geom series

Mon     43 apr30 9.3 permutations and combinations 
Wed     44 may02 9.5 binomial theorem 
Fri     45 may04 9.4 applications of binomial theorem

Mon     46 may07 Final exam review 
tue     H  may08 No Classes 
Wed     NC may09 No Classes
Thur    T1 may10 
Fri     T2 may11 8-9:50 Room 228, 10-11:50 Room 228, 12-1:50 Room 208
Mon     T3 may14 9-10:50 Room 208
Tue     T4 may15

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