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Course Information

Course Number: MAT 1275

Course Title: College Algebra and Trigonometry

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

Course 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.

Credits / Hours: 4

Section Number: ABCD

Prerequisites: MAT 1175 OR high school mathematics GPA of at least 70 and a successful completion of at a high school math course of least Algebra 1 OR NYS Regents Algebra 1 score of at least 75 OR NYS Regents Geometry score of at least 70.

Textbook: A custom edition by McGraw-Hill:
1) Intermediate Algebra by Miller, O’Neill, and Hyde, 5th edition, and
2) Trigonometry by Coburn, 2nd edition

Online Spaces

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  • WeBWorK:  Much of the homework for this class will be completed on the WeBWorK system.  You will be provided with more information in the first week of class.  To go to our class WeBWorK site click here. (update this link with your WeBWorK section info)
  • Add information about any video conferencing tools you will be using.

In-person Location:

  • N81x (update room or delete if not applicable)

Faculty Information

Professor Name:

  • Your Name Here

Office Hours/Information: For information about office hours, visit Contact Info & Communications.

Contact Information

  • Email: youremail@citytech.cuny.edu
  • Phone: 123-456-7890

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
  1. Perform operations with and simplify polynomial, rational, radical, complex, exponential, and logarithmic expressions.
  2. Apply their knowledge of algebra and trigonometry to solve verbal problems.
    • Solve problems involving right and oblique triangles.
    • Prove trigonometric identities.
    • Solve trigonometric equations
    • Graph the sine and cosine function
  3. 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.

Teaching/Learning Methods

Technology Requirements

  • A scientific calculator is required.


A detailed schedule of topics can be found on the Schedule page.

Percent/Letter Grade conversion

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 11/6/20 (WF after 11/6/20)

Grading Policy

The grading policy for the course appears on the Grading Policy page.

Class Etiquette & Netiquette

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Academic Integrity Policy

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 citation of 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 is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension and expulsion. More information about the College’s policy on Academic Integrity may be found in the College Catalog

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