Math 1314
College Algebra

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: This course is an in-depth study and application 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.
    2. Any required prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed Math 0303 or have the appropriate placement test score.
    3. Online course content is administered through the college’s learning management system (LMS), Moodle, also called eCampus.  A link to eCampus can be found on and to Moodle (the big M with a graduation cap) on the college’s home page,
  2. Student Learning Outcomes.
    1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of properties of functions, including domain and range, operations, compositions, and inverses.
    2. Recognize and apply polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions and solve related equations.
    3. Apply graphing techniques.
    4. Evaluate all roots of higher degree polynomial and rational functions.
    5. Recognize, solve and apply systems of linear equations using matrices
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. Online Students: The midterm and comprehensive final exam must be proctored by an approved testing organization.  (Ask you instructor for more details.)
    2. Students are NOT allowed to use their book or notes of any kind while taking their proctored tests or midterm, and exam.
    3. Students are allowed to use a calculator.  However, the TI-89, TI-Inspire with CAS or any other calculator with CAS capability are not permitted.
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Major Requirement – Campus: There will be 4 chapter tests.  Online: There will be a midterm.
    2. Major Requirement – There will be a comprehensive final exam.
    3. Major requirements and quizzes are all timed.
    4. Campus: Tests 45% - Quizzes 15% - Homework 10% - Lab 5% - Comprehensive Final Exam 25%
      Online:  Midterm 30% - Quizzes 20% - Homework 10% - Lab 10% - Comprehensive Final Exam 30%
    5. Final Grade:  A = 90 - 100,  B = 80- 89,  C = 70 -79,  D = 60 - 69,  F = 59 and below.
  5.  Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book: Essentials of College Algebra, 11th edition by Lial, Hornsby, Schneider, and Daniels.  Book ISBN:  978-0-321-91225-1 Book bundled with MyMathLab ISBN:  978-0-321-91684-6 
    2. Required Access Code:  Online Students must purchase a MyMathLab Access Code.  This code can be purchased stand alone or bundled with the textbook.
    3. Calculators: Students must have a calculator that provides them with the ln (natural log) function key.  A TI-84 or higher is strongly recommended.
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates.  Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2.  Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class.
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Students with disabilities
  7. Course Content


Section/Online Work

Ch. 1

1.1 Linear Equations
1.2 Applications and Modeling with Linear Equations
1.3 Complex Numbers
1.4 Quadratic Equations
1.5 Applications and Modeling with Quadratic Equations
1.6 Other Types of Equations and Applications

Ch. 2

2.1 Rectangular Coordinates and Graphs
2.2 Circles
2.3 Functions
2.6 Graphs of Basic Functions
2.7 Graphing Techniques

Ch. 3

3.1 Quadratic Functions and Models
3.2 Synthetic Division
3.3 Zero of Polynomial Functions
3.4 Polynomial Functions: Graphs, Applications, and Models
3.6 Variation

Ch. 4

4.1 Inverse Functions
4.2 Exponential Functions
4.3 Logarithmic Functions
4.5 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations

Ch. 5

5.1 Systems of Linear Equations
5.2 Matrix Solutions of Linear Systems or 5.8 Matrix Inverses

Disclaimer:  Schedule and content is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.


Last Modified: August 30, 2017