What's New
 Aug 25: First day of class. This webpage will be your main
source of information about this class. Plan to check this page regularly.
Textbook
Overview
In this course we will be
finding patterns in real world data and abstracting these to understand
mathematical functions and relations.
This course is a study of elementary mathematical models using linear functions, exponential
functions, logarithms, and data analysis, including the study of regression lines.
This course will also prepare you for Math 107: Elementary Functions.
Course Outcomes
 Represent reallife problems through the use of mathematical formulas
You will abstract patterns in data into linear, exponential and logarithmic functions.
 Solve problems using symbolic manipulation
You will use the mathematics of statistics and algebra to analyze
changing quantities.
 Interpret the meaning of mathematical representations (such as calculations,
graphs and equations)
You will present interpretations of mathematics through homework, discussion,
exams and an individual project.
 Verify the validity of a mathematical argument
You will analyze mathematical arguments made about issues of public policy and
social concern.
Calculator
A graphing calculator that can do linear regression is required for this course.
I will be using a Texas Instruments TI84 Plus Silver Edition in class,
but any TI83 or TI84 should be fine.
Laptop Usage
We will be using laptops from the Mathematics Department to explore the modeling
aspects of college algebra, through using Microsoft Excel and Maple.
Participation
Active participation in class discussions will
comprise 5% of your final grade. This will be awarded for answering questions,
asking questions, presenting material, etc.
Extra Credit
Extra credit for this course can be earned by participating in the
Centenary Math Problem of the Week (POTW). Each reasonable
submission will be worth an additional 0.5% toward your final grade; CC me with your
submission for credit.
Disabilities
Centenary assures students with disabilities equal opportunity to reach the same level of
achievement as other students. Strict confidentiality will be maintained on students with
disabilities. Services for students with disabilities are available through the
Counseling
Center, located on the ground floor of Rotary Residence Hall, phone (318) 8695424.
Honor Code
All students are bound by the Honor System. The Honor System is applicable to all academic
work. See the
Centenary College Handbook
for the complete
Honor Code.
Extensions
Extensions and rescheduling for homework, exams and the project are only given when
circumstances beyond your control (e.g. being sick, choir or sports travel)
prevent you from completing a project on time. You must notify me either by
email or phone of your circumstances well in advance of the due date.
No extensions are given for requests made within three days of the due date.
Syllabus
We will be covering most of the material in the textbook from Chapters 16 and
partially Chapter 7. You should view your textbook as another perspective on the
material presented in class. We will also be using additional supplemental material
such as relevant webpages and background material.
Readings will be assigned before material will be covered in class. You are expected
to review the material and come to class prepared. As readings are assigned, they
will be posted here.
 August 25th
 August 29th
 September 8th
 September 15th
 September 29th
 October 13
 October 20
 October 27
Homework
Each week I will assign homework related to the concepts from that lecture.
Homework will be due the following Tuesday at 4:00 pm. You may give the
homework to me in person or slip it under my door.
Some important notes on homework:
 Your solutions must be your own work in your own words, and
you must follow the honor code. However, you can receive aid
from anyone as long as you credit them on each problem where
you were assisted. You may discuss the problems in groups, consult
tutors or myself, but your work must be written
and understood by you.
 You must show your work on all problems. If you only turn in solutions
without work, you will not receive full credit for the assignment, and may
receive a zero if this happens frequently.
 Each homework will be worth a variable amount of points depending
on the number of problems assigned. Your score for the Homework section
of your final grade will be calculated by dividing the total points
you earned by the total points possible.
Assignments for Homework will be shown below.
 Homework 1: Due Fri Sep 5nd 4pm
 Chapter 1 ppg 3842, exercises #5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 16, 17, 21, 26
 Pretest
 Lab 1
 Chapter 1 ppg 4245, exercises #34, 35, 41, 42, 44, 47
 Download extrasolar.csv, a table of data
about stars where extrasolar planets have been found. Create a Histogram
for the Distance field (calculated in light years from Earth), using bins
spaced at regular intervals, and a Pie Chart for
the Constellation field, using Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet software.
Make sure to label your axis and data appropriately. Print
These two graphs and attach them to your homework.
 Homework 2: Due Tue Sep 16th 4pm
 Chapter 1 pgg 4651, exercises #52, 54, 60, 61, 67, 74, 82, 86, 93
 Homework 3: Due Fri Sep 19th 4pm
 Chapter 2 ppg 106115, exercises #5, 8, 14, 21, 24, 31, 35, 38, 52, 65, 70, 74, 78, 81, 84, 88, 89, 95
 Homework 4: Due Tue Oct 7th 4pm
 EE ppg 151153, exercises #12, 18
 Chapter 3 ppg 185196, exercises #6, 9, 14, 24, 27, 29, 30, 35, 42, 73, 74, 83, 87
 Homework 5: Discussed Mon Oct 13th in class
 Chapter 4 ppg 237242, exercises #3, 7, 11, 12, 21, 26, 29, 34, 35, 41, 46, 47, 54, 57, 65
 Homework 6: Due Tue Oct 28th 4pm
 Chapter 4 ppg 245249, exercises #95, 101, 106, 125, 127, 131, 133, 139, 142, 147, 151
 Homework 7: Due Tue Nov 4th 4pm
 Chapter 5 ppg 301306, exercises #4, 7, 12, 17, 20, 24, 30, 35, 38, 40, 43, 50, 55, 58
 Homework 8: Due Tue Nov 11th 4pm
 Chapter 5 ppg 307316, exercises #66, 70, 79, 82, 85, 98, 109, 111, 112, 115, 124
 Homework 9: Due Tue Dec 9th 4pm
 Chapter 6 ppg 361370, exercises #7, 32, 35, 64, 72, 87, 94, 108
Project
There will be a final project in this course, worth 15% of your final grade.
You must work with a partner on this project.
You may discuss concepts and ideas with your other classmates, but ultimately the work you turn in
must be from both of you alone. You will be graded not only on correctness, but also technique,
documentation and evaluation
of your project. More details on the project, such as selection of a dataset and
appropriate tools, can be found at the link below:
Term Project Description
Presentation Days
Wednesday Dec 10th
 Stephnie Canady, Daman Starring, Amanda Exford
 Travis Smith
 Olivia Bozant
 Betsy Carpenter, Anna Connell
 Chris Rebouche, Brian Gruettner
 Michael Rafferty, Michael Ann Wheeler
 Katie Caldwell, Autumn Merrill
 Cole Campbell, Charles Eddy
Friday Dec 12th
 Emily Deen
 David Fitzgibbons, Matt Shoptaugh, Lesley Yanner
 Kim Dunnick
 Rachel Havird, Shannon Stoddard
 Sabrina Roquemore, Roman Tubner
 Sandy Roach, John Wadsworth
 Matt Akins, Ashley Helms
 Katie Jones, Lucy Fliegel
Exams
There will be four exams (including the final exam), each worth 15% of your final grade.
 Exam 1: Sep 22th, covering Chapters 1, 2
Review
 Exam 2: Oct 15th, covering Chapters 3, 4.12
 Exam 3: Nov 14th, covering Chapters 4.47, 5
 Exam 4: Dec 16th 811am, covering Chapter 6
Grading
Your final grade for this course will be based on the Homework, Project, Exams and
Participation described above.
Grading Scale 
90100  A 
8089  B 
7079  C 
6069  D 
059  F 

Weights 
Homework  20% 
Project  15% 
Participation  5% 
Exams  60% 

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