MATH 205
SYLLABUS Fall 2012

Instructor:  Miguel-Angel Manrique
Email:  mmanrique (at) gavilan (dot) edu
Office hours: 
M 12-12:40pm at Mars Hill Coffeehouse (Hollister)
T 12-12:40pm at Mars Hill Coffeehouse
W 12-12:40pm at Mars Hill Coffeehouse, 4:00-6:00pm in Mathematics 109 (Gilroy),
and by appointment.
If the door to the building is locked, call the office phone at (408) 852-2836.

Text:  Introductory Algebra by Blitzer

Course description:  This is the first course of a two-course algebra sequence. I will cover the foundational algebraic topics one needs to carry out algebraic reasoning and manipulation, and emphasize the organic unity that characterizes mathematics. We will also discuss one of the most important and beautiful equations of mathematics, x^n + y^n = z^n (the Fermat equation), if time permits.

Attendance:  Attendance is not mandatory, but it is expected. If you are absent, you alone are responsible for making up missed work, etc. If you miss more than four class sessions, you may be dropped from the roster.

Homework:  Homework will be assigned on Thursdays (check the course page) and will be collected the following Thursday, at the beginning of class. No late homework will be accepted. Your two lowest homework assignments will be dropped. The homework is worth 25% of your grade; it is probably the most important component of this course!

Examinations:  There will be two midterms and a final. Midterm dates will be decided at a later time, but the final exam will be at the schedule time, in our usual room. All exams will be cumulative. No make-up exams will be given. In exceptional cases, with a written excuse, if you miss an exam I will base the exam portion of your grade on the exams you did take. At least half of all exam problems will come directly from the homework assignments.

Grading:  In order to pass this class, you must pass the final. The grade breakdown is as follows:
Homework: 25%
Midterm 1: 20%
Midterm 2: 20%
Final: 35%.

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