Math 109-012 College Algebra Fall 2012

Instructor: Dr. Michael Penkava Office: 622 Hibbard
Phone: (715) 836-4970 email:
Class Time: 5:00-6:50pm M W
Place: 309 Hibbard

Fax: (715) 836-2924
Web Page:

Text: Essentials of College Algebra, by Lial, Hornsby and Schneider

Prerequisites: A passing grade in Math 020 or 2 years of college prep algebra and a suitable score on the Mathematics Placement Test. Students who do not meet the prerequisites may be automatically dropped from the course.

Course Outline: Chapters 2-4, with some material from chapter 1.

Grading: Grade based on daily quizzes, four exams, and a final exam. Attendance will be gauged by participation in the daily quizzes, for which there will be no makeups allowed.
If you miss an exam, see me as soon as possible.

Method 1: Each exam 15%, Final Exam 20%, quizzes 20%.

Method 2: Best three exams 15% each, Final Exam 35%, quizzes 20%.

Office hours:  Office hours will be announced, but I will be happy to see
you by appointment as well.

Review Sessions: Before each exam, there will be a review session in the evening, a day or two before the exam.  Attendance is optional but suggested.

Homework: Homework will be assigned every day, and will be the basis of daily quizzes. Students are encouraged to work together on the homework assignments.

Drop Deadlines: The university drop deadline (no record on your transcript) is September 17, but the math department has a drop down deadline of September 24 to drop down to a lower math course. On the other hand, if you think you might be able to move up to a higher course, please contact me before September 17, and we may be able to move you up. The deadline to withdraw from the course (with a w on the transcript) or from the university is November 12.

Liberal Education Learning Goals: This course will address the following liberal education learning goals:
UW Eau Claire students will develop a depth of knowledge about the natural world.
UW-Eau Claire students will develop and use critical thinking skills in academic and social contexts.
UW-Eau Claire students will effectively write, read, speak and listen in academic and social contexts.

Any student who has a disability and is in need of classroom accommodations, please contact the instructor and the Services for Students with Disabilities Office in Old Library 2136 at the beginning of the semester.

I consider any academic misconduct in this course as a serious offense, and I will pursue the strongest possible academic penalties for such behavior. The disciplinary procedures and penalties for academic misconduct are described in the UW-Eau Claire Student Services and Standards Handbook ( in the section titled, “Chapter UWS 14Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures.