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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 09-Jun-24

Fall 2024 | MAT-1230-VU01 - College Algebra

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Winooski
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Tuesday, 11:45A - 02:30P
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-10-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 8 (as of 07-13-24 2:05 PM)
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Andrew Pezzulo
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Nick Molander

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Mathematics
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course prepares students for precalculus by reviewing the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics include equations and inequalities, exponents, radicals, functions, systems of equations, polynomials, and applications. Students must take a math assessment for placement purposes prior to registration. Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra or equivalent skills.

Essential Objectives

1. Solve linear equations and inequalities.
2. Graph linear equations in the Cartesian Coordinate system using slope and intercepts and, given information about a line, find its equation.
3. Simplify radicals and solve radical equations.
4. Solve quadratic, rational equations, and systems of equations.
5. Define, identify, and graph functions.
6. Define properties of logarithmic and exponential functions, discuss their applications, and demonstrate their basic operations.
7. Apply algebraic concepts to problem-solving and the solution of word problems.
8. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating, and applying quantitative data and information to real-world situations.
9. Apply mathematical reasoning to analyze social justice problems in a variety of different contexts and consider whether these approaches are just and equitable.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

MAT-1230-VU01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


The material in this course will be delivered by lecture and discussion. It is important for each student to follow along by attempting to do calculations as they come up. A graphing calculator is an essential tool for this.

The lessons will follow the Powerpoint slides provided by the publisher. These slides will be posted in Canvas for your review.

Evaluation Criteria

Grading Scheme:

Student grades will be determined by the following:

Two exams 27%

Quizzes 18%

Homework 18%

Participation 10%

Final Exam 27%

Note: If all quizzes are taken, the lowest grade will be dropped.

Students with Special Needs:

In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the AmericansWith Disabilities coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Graphs, Functions, and Models


1.1 Introduction to Graphing

1.2 Functions and Graphs


Week 1 Assignment



, Graphs, Functions, and Models


1.3 Linear Functions, Slope and Applications

1.4 Equations of Lines and Modeling

1.5 Linear Equations, Functions, Zeros and Applications


Week 2 Assignment



More on Functions


1.6 Solving Linear Inequalities

2.1 Increasing, Decreasing, and Piecewise Functions; Applications


Week 3 Assignment



More on Functions


2.2 The Algebra of Functions

2.3 The Composition of Functions

2.4 Symmetry


Week 4 Assignment



More on Functions


2.5 Transformations

2.6 Variation and Applications


Week 5 Assignment



Quadratic Functions and Equations; Inequalities


3.1 The Complex Numbers

3.2 Quadratic Equations, Functions, Zeros, and Models

3.3 Analyzing Graphs of Quadratic Functions


Week 6 Assignment



Quadratic Functions and Equations;


3.4 Solving Rational Equations and Radical Equations

3.5 Solving Equations and Inequalities with Absolute Value


Week 7 Assignment



Functions and


4.1 Polynomial Functions and Models

4.2 Graphing Polynomial Functions

4.3 Polynomial Division, The Remainder Theorem and the Factor Theorem


Week 8 Assignment



Polynomial and


4.4 Theorems about Zeros of Polynomial Functions

4.5 Rational Functions


Week 9 Assignment



Functions and


4.6 Polynomial Inequalities and Rational Inequalities

5.1 Inverse Functions

5.2 Exponential Functions and Graphs


Week 10 Assignment



Functions and


5.3 Logarithmic Functions and Graphs

5.4 Properties of Logarithmic Functions


Week 11 Assignment



Functions and


5.5 Solving Exponential Equations and Logarithmic Equations

5.6 Applications and Models: Growth and Decay: and Compound Interest


Week 12 Assignment



Systems of
and Matrices


6.1 Systems of Equations in Two Variables
6.2 Systems of Equations in Three Variables


Week 13 Assignment



Systems of
and Matrices


6.6 Determinants and Cramer’s Rule
6.7 Systems of Inequalities and Linear Programming


Week 14 Assignment



Final Exam


Final Exam


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

  • You are expected to participate in class by performing the calculations as they come up. A calculator is an essential tool for this.
  • Arriving on time and remaining for the whole class period is important for success in this course.
  • Computer use for note taking is permitted.
  • Cell phone use is not allowed in class.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Missing work will have a negative affect on your grade. All assignments, tests and quizzes must be completed by the end of the semester. Please observe the deadlines under Syllabus in Canvas. Some work can be made up.

I trust your reasons for submitting late work are reasonable and honorable. There is no penalty for late submissions.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.