College Algebra 
Math 111
4 credits.

Professor:  Dr. Tovar Contact Information

Quick Overview:

  • Course Text is Precalculus, 2nd ed. by Narahimhan, xyz textbooks.
  • Course Begins with solving elementary algebraic equations.
  • Course Covers functions and their graphs and inverses
  • Course Covers Narasimhan, ch. 1 to 4, starting with section 1.5.
Official Syllabus
Check Withdraw/Drop Dates (Do NOT stop coming to class without dropping or withdrawing)
Class Schedule and Assigned Homework (click link or scroll down)

How to Succeed in College Algebra:
  • Make sure you have the prerequisites for the course, in this case Math 095 or a suitable score on the placement test.
  • Go to Class, Take Notes, and Review Them OFTEN (Required)
  • Make a Calendar Schedule (Like This).  Pencil in all of your classes including College Algebra.  Write in an ADDITIONAL 10 hours for study.  Be sure some of the hours cover the time when you can...
    • Visit the Learning Center so you can get some FREE face-to-face help from a paid tutor (Loso 234) (Cool!)
    • Do your Homework.  Try to do some of the homework BEFORE you read the section.
    • Read your Textbook.  Probably you won't be able to do all of the homework assignment before reading the book, but you will know what to pay special attention to.
    • Meet with a Study Group.  Sometimes the explanations that make the most sense to you are the ones that come from your fellow students.  Likewise, you will cement your understanding of the material when you explain it to someone else.
  • Read How to Study Math by Paul Dawkins (Cool!)
  • Read a College Algebra Online Textbook with examples! (scroll down) (Cool!)
  • Tovar's simple "Cheat Sheet" or a more detailed online formula "Cheat Sheet" (Cool!)
  • Watch any part of an entire College Algebra Course in VIDEO! (Cool!)
  • Example data in graph format, Pacific Crest Trail (scroll down), % Grade = slope = rise/run (inches/ft) = tan(theta). Max grade for trails.
  • Chinese Legend, Rice on chessboard, Folding a piece of paper(Cool!)
    • width = .1 mm x 2^n: 6 ( 23 (.839 km), 103 (1.01x27 m)
    • Dr. T: bring paper and a ruler to class
  • Tovar's Sexy Math Talk!
  • How to Calculate your Grade!
  • Homework: Do in Pencil, Odd Answers are in back of book, make sure to print out cover page.
  • Tovar's simple "Cheat Sheet" or a more detailed online formula "Cheat Sheet"
  • Videos and

All web information relating to this course is subject to change.

Note: Exams and Quizzes are Closed Book, 1 Page of Notes, Open Non-graphing Calculator

Class Activities
Assignments Due
Week 1 Monday:  Take Roll
Go over Syllabus


hw1b assingned

hw1c assingned
Week 2 (Check Grade Option Date) Monday: 


Wednesday: Quiz #1 HW1 Due


Week 3 Monday: 


Wednesday: Exam 1: HW 2 Due


Week 4 (Check Drop Date)


Wednesday: Quiz #2: HW 3 Due


Week 5 Monday: 


Wednesday: Exam 2: HW 4 Due


Week 6 Monday: 


Wednesday: Quiz #3 HW 5 Due


Week 7 (Check Withdraw Date) Monday: 


Wednesday: Exam 3: HW 6 Due


Week 8 Monday:  3.3: Polynomial Division (Synthetic Division not required)

Tuesday:  3.5: Complex Numbers

Wednesday: 3.6: Complex Zeros
Quiz #4
HW 7 Due

Thursday: 3.7 Rational Functions

Week 9 Monday:  4.1: Inverse Functions
4.2 Exponential Functions

Tuesday:  4.3 Logarithms
4.4: Properties of Logarithms

Wednesday: Thanksgiving - No Class

Thursday: Thanksgiving - No Class
Week 10 Monday:  Exam 4 (Cumulative, but does not contain logarithms) HW 8 Due

Tuesday:  4.5:Exponential and Log Equations

Wednesday: Review for Final

Thursday:  Last Day of Class: Go over Exam 4

Finals Week Time of Final:
Extra Credit Practice Final Exam Due

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