**Instructor:**- M. Randall Holmes.
**Office number:**- MG240A
**Office telephone:**- 426-3011.
**Office hours:**- 7:40-9:30 am TTh, 9:40-10:30 MWF, and see ``open office policy'' below.
**Home telephone:**- 345-2899 (please do not use after 8:30 pm or between 6 pm
Friday and noon Sunday).

**Internet:**- E-mail
`holmes@math.boisestate.edu`

Web page`http://math.boisestate.edu/~holmes`

This syllabus and other course information will be accessible from my web page. **Title of Course:**- Math 143: College Algebra.
**Schedule:**- Section 2 meets MWF 7:40-8:30 am in MG121. Section 3 meets MWF 8:40-9:30 am in MG121.
**Final exam dates and times:****section 2 (7:40):**Thurs., Dec. 14, 8-10 am.**section 3 (8:40):**Mon., Dec. 18, 8-10 am.**Textbook:***Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus*(third edition), Stewart, Redlin, and Watson. This is the same book used in earlier years, and there should be some used copies in the bookstore.**Prerequisites:**- Sufficient score on COMPASS placement exam; or math
analysis/precalculus from high school with strong grades; or an 85th
percentile score on the ACT or SAT. The department document says that
students are expected to have a certain amount of ``mathematical
maturity'' as well as a certain amount of background knowledge.
Students who do not meet the prerequisites will be administratively
withdrawn if this comes to my attention.
**Calculators:**- You are expected to have a graphing calculator in
this class. You will sometimes be permitted to use a graphing calculator
on exams and sometimes not, so you also need to have a plain scientific
calculator without graphing or symbolic calculation capabilities.
**Getting into the Class:**- If you are trying to get into the class,
you should be aware that I will have the capacity set to 0 on Friday
(the day we first meet) so that I control admission to the class. Students
will be admitted on a first-come first-served basis, with preference for
those who have been attending regularly. Under no circumstances will I admit
students over the capacity of the room. If you intend to drop, please do
so promptly so that someone else who is waiting can get in!
**Attendance:**- Attendance will not be formally taken, except for
the first two meetings of the class. Students who do not attend at
least one of the first two meetings are subject to administrative
withdrawal. In general, you are expected to attend this class every
day (MWF 7:40-8:30 am (for section 2) or 8:40-9:30 am (for section
3)). There may occasionally be unannounced quizzes, which will count
as homework assignments; there will be no make-ups for these, though I
may excuse missed quizzes if appropriate.
**Homework:**- Homework will be assigned every day, and will generally
be due two class sessions later (with opportunity for discussion, so exam
dates do not count as intervening days). A complete schedule of homework
is attached to this syllabus, though it may be subject to change.
**Exams:**- There will be three hour exams and a final exam in this
course. There will be a review day before each exam and before the
final (though this may be lost if we get behind!).
**Late Work and Makeups:**- Makeups for exams will be possible, and
should if possible be arranged in advance of your absence. On late
homework I do not admit having any consistent policy at all: if you
hand in your homework late you may get graded normally, graded with a
penalty, or receive a minimal grade merely for handing it in, at my
entire discretion. There will be no make-ups for quizzes, as noted
above.
**Computation of Grades:**- Exams will usually be scaled linearly
so that the median class grade is 75%, then graded with 90's = A,
80's = B, 70's = C, 60's = D, etc. I may change the scaling if I am
displeased with the class performance (though this seldom happens); I
will never scale grades downward.
Your total homework grade has the same weight as an hour exam; your final exam will have the weight of two hour exams. Your lowest hour exam grade (or your homework grade if it is lowest) may be replaced by your grade on the final exam if this helps you. Your course grade will be the sum of your hour exam grades and your homework grade (the lowest of these four grades being replaced by the final exam grade if this helps) plus twice the final exam grade, divided by six.

Each homework assignment will be marked in the following way: you get 30% for handing it in, then you get a percentage of the remaining 70% determined by your performance on the assignment. I (or a grader) will mark 3-5 randomly selected problems from each assignment; you can always request that I look at your solutions to other problems. Your homework grade will not be scaled or adjusted in any other way. It is seldom the case that a student's lowest grade is his homework grade, if they do their homework regularly.

**Open Office Policy:**- My office hours for these classes are
7:40-9:30 am TTh (the same hours as these classes on the days when
they don't meet) plus 9:40-10:30 MWF (the hour after class). I will
almost always be in my office at these times, and I will try to warn
you when I will not be. If I am in my office during a posted office
hour, I am available to help you.
Don't assume that these are the only times when you can get help! I am generally in my office the entire working day (I take either the 4:40 or the 5:10 bus home) and I am never offended by a student asking me for help if I am in the office (though I may help only briefly if I am

*very*busy). **Academic Honesty:**- Collaboration on homework is expected and
even encouraged in this class. This does not mean
*copying*of homework. Collaboration on exams is of course not allowed. The penalty for cheating (defined as looking at another student's paper or unauthorized use of books or notes during an exam) will be a grade of zero (0) on the relevant exam. A repeat offense will mean an F in the course. **Definitions:**- The word ``yesterday'' is defined to mean the previous
class session; the word ``tomorrow'' is defined to mean the next class session,
unless I specifically say otherwise :-)