College Algebra- Spring 2023 - MWF 10-10:50am - Room 228

Instructor: Ted Wetherbee

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, Minnesota 55720

Office: W217
Phone: 218-879-0840

Spring 2021 Class Schedule:
  10-10:50   M W F  College Algebra  Room 228
  11-11:50am M W F  Calculus 1       Room 256
  12-12:50pm M      Programming      Room 208
   6- 8:45pm   W    Statistics       Room 256

Office Hours in Room W217 (tentative):
  Monday   Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday
  1pm      10am     5pm        noon      9am

Course Website:

Text (online: Free)

College Algebra, by Jay Abramson (senior author)
Openstax:  college-algebra

From the textbook website you can view the textbook online using their viewer, you can download the entire book in PDF format, or you can download for Kindle. You can also download the entire textbook in PDF format from this local server directory:



You may have a calculator already, but make sure that it is a scientific calculator. If you need to buy one, I recommend a cheap calculator like a TI-30XS Multiview. This does what you need, and the bookstore sells them for under $20 . If you have a problem getting one, let me know. You need to have it available for all assignments. You do not need a more expensive graphing calculator, but, if you have one, it will be fine.

Exams and Grading

3 tests     3x100 = 300
1 final             150
25 homework 4x25 =  100
                    550 total

90-100%   A
80-90%    B
70-80%    C
60-70%    D
0-60%     F

Scores from tests are posted on D2L here:

The Course

This course addresses FDLTCC liberal education requirements (Competencies Across the Curriculum) in problem solving and technology. You should come to class everyday! This is the easy way to do well in any course, and it is especially true for math classes. There are exercises in the text for you to do, and these are usually answered at the end of each chapter. You will also get homework assignments on handouts, and you should complete then hand these in at the beginning of the next class. You homework grade is based on completing and turning in these homework handouts. You will also get sample exams which will be similar in length and content to the in-class exams. Let me know if there is are accommodations you need for the class.

Tentative Schedule - Spring 2023 - College Algebra

Mon jan09  1 1.1 real numbers
             1.2 exponents and scientific notation
Wed jan11  2 1.3 radicals and fractional exponents
Fri jan13  3 1.4 polynomials

Mon jan16  H 
Wed jan18  4 1.5 factoring polynomials
Fri jan20  5 1.6 rational expressions

Mon jan23  6 2.1 Cartesian plane
Wed jan25  7 2.3 models and applications
Fri jan27  8 2.4 complex numbers

Mon jan30  9 2.5 quadratic equations
Wed feb01 10 2.7 linear and absolute value inequalities
Fri feb03 11 T1 review

Mon feb06 12 T1
Wed feb08 13 3.1 Functions
             3.2 domain and range
Fri feb10 14 3.4 composition

Mon feb13 15 3.5 tranformation
             3.7 function inverses
Wed feb15 16 4.1 Linear Functions
Fri feb17 17 4.2 modeling with linear functions

Mon feb20 H  
Wed feb22 18 4.3 fitting linear models to data
             Linear Regression Calculator
             T2 review
Fri feb24 19 T2 review

Mon feb27 20 T2
Wed mar01 21 5.1 quadratics
             5.2 polynomials
             5.3 graphs of polynomial functions
Fri mar03 22 5.4 dividing polynomials

Mon mar06 23 5.6 rational functions
Wed mar08 24 6.1 exponential functions
             6.2 graphs of exponential functions
Fri mar10 25 6.3 logarithmic functions
             6.4 graphs of log functions

Spring break

Mon mar20 26 calculation with logarithms, and uses of
Wed mar22 27 6.5 properties of logs
Fri mar24 28 6.6 exponential and log equations
             6.7 exponential and log models and applications

Mon mar27 29 7.1 systems of linear equations in 2 variables
Wed mar29 30 7.2 systems of linear equations in 3 variables
             T3 review
Fri mar31 31 T3

Mon apr03 32 7.5 matrices and operations
Wed apr05 33 7.7 matrix algebra and inverses, solving systems
Fri apr07 34 7.8 determinants and Cramer's rule

Mon apr10 35 8.1 The Ellipse
Wed apr12 36 Conic Sections: circle, parabola, ellipse, hyperbola
Fri apr14 37 9.1 sequences and series

Mon apr17 38 9.2 arithmetic sequences
Wed apr19 39 9.3 geometric sequences and series
             Installment Loans 
Fri apr21 40 9.5 counting

Mon apr24 41 9.6 binomial theorem
Wed apr26 42 9.6 binomial probabilities
Fri apr28 43 Applications of the binomial theorem

Mon may01 44 Final Exam Review
Wed may03 T1 
Thu may04 T2 10-11:50 MATH 1010 Room 228 (Final 12-1:50pm CS 1020 Room 208) 
Fri may05 T3 (11am-12:50pm MATH 2001 Room 256)

Mon may08 T4                    
Tue may09 H  FDL Memorial Day 
Wed may10 
Thu may11    Commencement

Plagiarism, or presenting the writing of another as your own (a.k.a. “copying”), results in an F for this course and is subject to any other disciplinary actions mandated by this institution and the Minnesota State system.

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