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Department Outline: Official course outline prepared by the Mathematics Department.

Description: An intermediate and advanced algebra course. Topics include quadratic equations, the distance and midpoint formula, graphing parabolas and circles, systems of linear and quadratic equations, an introduction to exponential and logarithmic functions. Topics from trigonometry including basic trigonometric functions, identities, equations and solutions of triangles.  A scientific calculator is required.

Course and Section:  MAT 1275 College Algebra and Trigonometry, Section XXXX
Class Meets: T/Th 10:00 – 11:40, N816
Book: McGraw-Hill Custom Textbook containing material from:
1) Intermediate Algebra by Miller, O’Neill, and Hyde, 5th edition (Classes 1-16 and 26-29)
2) Trigonometry by Coburn, 2nd edition (Classes 18-25).

Instructor:  Your name here
 Namm Room XXXX
Office Hours:  T/Th 2am-3am

OpenLab:  The class website will be on the OpenLab ( The site contains important information about the course, and will be used in various ways throughout the semester.  The address for the class website is:

WeBWorK:  Some of the homework for this class will be completed on the WeBWorK website.  You will be provided with more information in the first week of class.  The address is:

Grading (percent / letter grade correspondence):

A = 93.0 — 100
A- = 90.0 — 92.9
B+ = 87.0 — 89.9
B = 83.0 — 86.9
B- = 80.0 — 82.9
C+ = 77.0 — 79.9
C = 70.0 — 76.9
D = 60.0 — 69.9
F = 0 — 59.9
W = withdrawal up to 4/1/19
WF = withdrawal after 4/1/19 (WF = F)
NOTE: Withdraw before 4/1/19 to avoid an F or WF

Grading (how your grade is calculated):


Homework (25%): Each week you will be assigned online homework (to be completed on the WeBWorK site).  All problems completed will earn points towards your homework grade.

OpenLab (5%): You will be participating on the OpenLab (website) by writing and making comments in response to assigned readings, homework problems, and so on.  

In-Class Exams (45%): There will be 3 exams during the semester (not including the final).  No makeup exams will be given.  If you miss an exam for a valid reason, your final exam score will take the place of the missing exam.

Final Exam (25%): A final exam is given on the last day of class covering all topics. The final exam must be taken to pass the course.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Solve:
    – Linear and fractional equations
    – One-variable quadratic equations by factoring, completing the square, and the quadratic formula
    – Radical and exponential equations
    – Systems of equations
  2. Perform operations with and simplify polynomial, rational, radical, complex, exponential, and logarithmic expressions.
  3. Apply their knowledge of algebra and trigonometry to solve verbal problems.
  4. – Solve problems involving right and oblique triangles.
    – Prove trigonometric identities.
    – Solve trigonometric equations
    – Graph the sine and cosine function
  5. Apply the distance and midpoint formulas and determine the graphs of circles and parabolas.

Gen Ed Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Understand and employ both quantitative and qualitative analysis to solve problems.
  2. Employ scientific reasoning and logical thinking.
  3. Communicate effectively using written and oral means.
  4. Use creativity to solve problems.

Attendance:  Absence is permitted only with a valid reason. Anything in excess of 10% of the total number of class meetings is considered excessive absence (more than 3 absences).

Lateness:  Two latenesses count as one absence.

Records: Records should be kept by every student of all grades received, exam papers, other work completed and any absences.

Academic Integrity: The New York City College of Technology Policy on Academic Integrity: Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions, and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting, and citing sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the College recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and at New York City College of Technology and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion. The complete text of the College policy on Academic Integrity may be found on p. 56 of the catalog.