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College Algebra -- Fall 2018

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MTH 130 College Algebra. 3 hrs. Polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Graphs, systems of equations and inequalities, sequences. (PR: Math ACT 21 or above)

  • Time and Place: 1:00 - 1:50 pm MWF at 516 Smith Hall.
  • Instructor: Peter Saveliev (call me Peter).
  • Office: Smith Hall 713.
  • Office Hours: MF 2:00, W 6:00, or by appointment.
  • Office Phone: x4639.
  • E-mail:
  • Class Web-Page:
  • Prerequisites: solid algebra skills, some knowledge of Cartesian coordinates, familiarity with basic functions
  • Texts: College Algebra by Paul Sisson
  • Computer Restrictions: graphic calculator TI-83 or TI-83+
  • Outcomes: the student will learn to recognize and use functions, including the major classes of functions, graph these functions, solve equations
  • Activities: the student will practice each outcome via the homework given in the textbook and online.
  • Evaluation: the student achievement of each outcome will be assessed via in-class quizzes, online quizzes (, and in-class tests.
  • Grade Breakdown:
    • participation: $20\%$,
    • quizzes: $30\%$,
    • midterm: $20\%$,
    • final exam: $30\% $;

i.e., the total score is the following weighted average of the five scores: $$\text{TOTAL }= .20 \times P + .30\times Q + .20\times M + .30\times F.$$

For details, see Course policy.

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They will appear exactly as you see them in class and, as the course progresses, will be updated weekly.

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  • College Algebra -- Fall 2018 -- midterm
  • College Algebra -- Fall 2018 -- final exam: Saturday Dec. 8, 2 pm, Smith Hall 335. Note: this is a common exam for all sections, required calculator: TI-30 (any TI-30 is acceptable (TI-30X IIS recommended), TI-34 or 36 are not).

Old exams (not to be used for practicing):