Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: MATH-1314 (Section: 3C, CRN: 92551)
College Algebra
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Instructor Information
Instructor Dr. Joyce Alexander
Email alexanderj@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6337
Office Madison Monroe Educational - Room: 228
Office Hours None
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Course Information
Description In-depth study and applications of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations using matrices. Additional topics such as sequences, series, probability, and conics may be included.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.
Additional Materials/Resources None
Corequisites/Prerequisites Successful completion of MATH 0332 or satisfactory score on approved test.
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of properties of functions, including domain and range, operations, compositions, and inverses. (PSLO 1, 3, ALPHA) Measured by embedded questions in tests, quizzes, or homework labs as well as pretest and post-test. 2. Recognize and apply polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions and solve related equations. (PSLO 1, 3, ALPHA) Measured by embedded questions in tests, quizzes, or homework labs and pretest and post-test. 3. Apply graphing techniques. (PSLO 3) Measured by embedded questions in tests, quizzes, or homework labs. 4. Evaluate all roots of higher degree polynomial and rational functions. (PSLO 1, 2,3) Measured by embedded questions in tests, quizzes, homework labs and group discussion. 5. Recognize, solve and apply systems of linear equations using matrices. (PSLO 3) Measured by embedded questions in tests, quizzes or homework labs.
Core Objectives PSLO ALPHA: Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material. Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading. PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions. PSLO 2: Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication. PSLO 3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
Lecture Topics Outline Linear Equations and Inequalities
Linear Equations
Linear Equations with Fractions
Linear Inequalities
Absolute Value Equations
Absolute Value Inequalities
Systems of Equations

Functions & Symmetry
Domain- Range
Inverse of a function
Composite functions
Even and Odd functions
Graphing Linear Functions
Graphing Quadratic Functions
Given a point, find points symmetric with respect to x-axis, y-axis and the origin
Given an equation of a function, determine if the function is symmetric to the X-axis, Y-axis and the origin

Quadratic Functions:
Factor quadratic functions
Solve Quadratic Functions
Use vertex and axis of symmetry to Graph Quadratic Function
Solve quadratic Functions with solutions that are complex numbers
Find the discriminate of a quadratic function
Graph Quadratic Functions

Simplify Radicals (Square Roots)
Simplify Radicals (Cubic Roots)
Solve Radical Equations

Complex Numbers
Add and subtract complex numbers
Multiply and divide complex numbers

Given an equation of a circle, find the center and radius of the circle
Use completing the square to write an equation of a circle, and determine the center and radius of a circle
Graph circles given an equation of a circle, or the radius and center of a circle

Exponents & Logarithms
Define exponents
Convert and exponent to a logarithm
Convert a logarithm to an exponent
Solve simple equations with exponents
Solve simple logarithmic equations
Rules for adding and subtracting logarithms
Rules for multiplying and Dividing logarithms

Cubic and Quartic Functions
Determine the degree of the functions
Determine if the function is even or odd
Determine the end behavior of an even or odd function
Graph simple cubic and quartic functions

Major Assignments Schedule Because this course is for Correctional Education students' Instruction, all assignments and tests will be given directly to students in class. Below are approximate dates for assignments and tests:

Below are approximate dates for assignments and tests for Fall - 2023

Week   4:   Date: September 26, 2023, Assignment: Test 1 and Test 1 Review Worksheet

Week   8:  Date: October 24, 2023, Assignment: Test 2 and Test 2 Review Worksheet

Week 12:   Date: November 21, 2023, Assignment: Test 3, and Test 3 Review Worksheet

Week 16:  Date: Decembe12, 2023, Final Exam

Final Exam Date December 12, 2023 - 12:30 PM   Through  December 12, 2023 - 3:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Tests - 60%

Assignments - 30%

Participation - 10%

Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will discuss your grades during class only; as this course will be held face-to face in a Federal Bureau of Prisons Education facility.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause-and-effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students with more than three absences from the course will receive an academic penalty (which is spelled out by the instructor). While there are no makeup tests or make up assignments, students will be allowed to drop their lowest grade for one missed test and one missed assignment. If a student misses more than one assignment or test, the student will receive a zero for that assignment or test.

Additional Information
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
Inmate Instruction
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431