Math 1011Q:
Introductory College Algebra and
Mathematical Modeling

Fall 2008

I would advise you Sir, to study algebra, if you are not already
an adept in it: your head will be less muddy, and you will leave off
tormenting your neighbors about paper and packthread....

                                                                         -- Samuel Johnson
               Coping with Math anxiety
           -- a great article for you

                Math Links for Information and Fun
            -- the links between math and everything

   teaching    Instructor's Resources
              -- Group Projects, Handouts, Sample Exams, etc.
   panther  Student's Handouts
             -- take with you for your next Q course

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General Information

Math 1011Q (former number Math 104Q) is a course designed to serve as preparation for all the other Q courses offered at UConn. It emphasizes  two components, the mastery of each is equally important for success in any course employing mathematics. The first component is made up of the  collection of fundamental algebraic concepts and their manipulations. Most of this material is taught in High Schools and Community Colleges under  the name Intermediate Algebra or Algebra II. Math 1011Q covers this material using a college algebra approach. The second component consists  of using these algebraic concepts for solving multi-step problems from other disciplines. This practice is called Mathematical Modeling, and is the part  of the course that gives Math 1011Q its unique interesting flavor, liveliness and usefulness beyond a usual Intermediate Algebra course. Students work  on mathematical modeling projects in small groups. Math 1011Q became a permanent course last year, and is a replacement for the course formerly numbered Math 101. Math 1011Q earns students 3 Q credits which count towards graduation.

Who Should Take Math Math 1011Q

All students whose high school algebra needs reinforcement. In particular, students who did not take a course in Intermediate Algebra prior to enrollment at UConn, or had taken such a course and obtained a grade of C or lower, or had not taken a course in mathematics for a number of years, are strongly advised to take Math 1011Q, before attempting to enroll in any other Q Course. It is a small investment of your time, that earns you 3 Q credits which count towards graduation, and repays you with a successful completion of your other Q courses at UConn.


Intermediate Algebra, by K. Elayn Martin-Gay, 5th edition. Available at UConn's bookstore in a package which includes a Student Solution Manual

Other Requirements

A simple Scientific Calculator, for example TI-30Xa.


You are expected to attend all classes. To encourage attendance there are occasional assignments due at the end of the class, or one-question quizzes at the beginning of the class. You are responsible for everything that happens in class. If you miss a class, you are expected to find out what happened either from your Instructor or from your classmates. You are also expected to work outside of class about 4 hours per week. Most of all, I hope that as the course progresses you will get excited about what you are learning and delight in your own, perhaps unexpected, ability to solve mathematical problems.


Individual homework assignments are assigned after every section, collected every Tuesday, and returned the following class. These appear in the Syllabus table below. In addition there are weekly assignments of group projects provided as handouts in class. Group assignments are graded, individual assignments carry exam points (this will be explained in class).The majority of homework assignments are done outside of class, but we devote 30 to 50 minutes every week, usually on Mondays, to questions related to difficulties in the homework. You are encouraged to work with other students in this class on all your homework assignments.

Calculator Policy

No calculators are allowed during exams or quizzes. All calculations required in these instances can reasonably be done by hand. Calculators will be used for mathematical modeling group projects using real data, and other in-class and homework assignments where hand calculations may be too time consuming.

Tutoring Options and Online Practice Worksheets

You are welcome and encouraged to come to your instructor with any difficulties arising in this class. If you have difficulties coming to the scheduled office hours, talk with your instructor about finding another time when you can meet. If you feel you need additional help, there are a variety of other tutoring options:

The UConn Q Center: Free drop-in tutoring available at the Q Center's various locations. Check the Q Center's website for schedule. The Q Center also maintains a list of private tutors.

Prentice Hall Tutoring Center: Free text-specific online and phone tutoring Sunday - Thursday. Access Code in your textbook package.

Online Helpful Websites: Websites providing help in the form of explanations, examples, sample exams, worksheets, and online answers to questions:
                                       Ask Dr. Math: At the Math Forum @Drexel University.
                                       Math for morons like us: From the ThinkQuest Library.
                              Worksheets (Click on link, select "see all answers," then click on "retrieve worksheet")

Exams Schedule

There will be three in-semester, in-class exams and a Final Exam. None is strictly cumulative, but there is overlap of material between the exams. NO MAKE-UP EXAMS unless there is a very serious emergency for which you provide proof.

Exam 1:

Thursday, September 18, in class

Review Class for Section 2, Instructor: Eli Glatt:
Wednesday, September 17, 5:30 - 7:00, MSB 419
Exam 2: Thursday, October 16, in class
Exam 3: Thursday, November 13, in class
Final Exam: Thursday, December 11, 10:30-12:30, Location: TBA

For help with location of the Final Exam Building click on The Campus Map.
UConn Final Exam Policy.

Grading Policy

Homework, Quizzes, and Group Projects: about 12%. Each Exam (including the Final Exam): about 22%.


Expect the course to cover every week, 2 to 4 sections from the textbook, and one Group Project selected from the table below. The table below provides a list of individual homework assignments for each section of the book. The actual homework assignments may vary according to progress in class.In addition, a number of fun and interesting group projects highlighting applications of the material will be handed out in class every week-- usually on Mondays. Those will be selected from the activities labeled Group Projects in the table below. You will work on them together in small groups during class time, and complete them as out-of-classroom homework projects. Instructors of Math 1011Q may find the Group Projects by clicking on the Instructor's Resources icon at the top of the page. If you forgot the password send an e-mail to Sarah Glaz.

Office Hours and Review Sessions In Final Exam Week (attendance optional)
Section 2: Instructor:  Eli Glatt
Review Session: Wednesday, Dec 10, 4:30-6:00, MSB 411
Office Hours during Finals' Week: Mon., Wed. 10:00-11:00
Section 3: Instructor: Su Liang
Review Session: Last Day of Classes, and students may attend Section 2 Review
Office Hours during Finals' Week: Tue. 10:00-12:00, Wed. 10:00-11:00 and 1:30-2:30
Individual Homework Assignments

Chapter 1

Algebraic expressions and sets of numbers
page 14-16: 1,5,7,31-36,59,61,67,77,82-84,87
Operations with real numbers
page 26-29: 1,9,11,17,21,27,31,35,37,45,47,53,67,73,79
Fractions, percentages, unit conversion (in: Chapter 1 handouts)
1. Calculate 15% of 723.
2. If 9.8 is 12% of your grade, find your grade.
3. Find the height in meters of a person 5'6" tall.
Properties of real numbers
page 37-39: 3,9,15-20,45,51,53,61,83,87,99
Group Project
Are irrationals rational?
after 1.2
Group Project
Calculate your BMI
Group Project
Analyze newspaper circulation
If time permits
Chapter 2

Linear equations in one variable
page 54-55: 1,11,13,17,23,26,35,43
Introduction to problem solving
page 62-67: 1,5,11,13
Formulas and problem solving
page 72-75: 1,5,49
2.4 Linear inequalities and problem solving page 84-87: 1,3,7,11,43,45,55,63
Absolute value equations
page 99: 5,9,15,21,53,61
Group Project
Algebraic poetry -- Lilavati's swarm
after 2.2
Group Project
Algebraic poetry -- The rose-red city
If time permits
Group Project
Calculate your income
after 2.4
Exam 1

Chapter 3

Graphing equations (include material from 3.3)
page 126-129: 1,3,5,7,9,17,19,27,33,37
Introduction to functions
page 141-145: 1,3,11,23,25,29,35,37,55,57,59,61
The slope of a line
page 163-166: 5,19,25,27,37,39,61,63,67,91
Equations of lines
page 173-177: 1,13,25,41,42,44,47
Group Project
Hurricane season (and Tracking Chart)
If time permits
Group Project
Three swimmers
after 3.1
Group Project
Cigarette ads
after 3.4
Group Project
Life expectancy
after 3.5
Chapter 4

Linear equations in two variables page 212-215: 1,3,7,13,17,21
Group Project
Which Honda should you buy?
If time permits
Group Project
Photos of all sizes
after 4.1
Exam 2

Chapter 5

page 263-265: 1,7,13,19,27,43,63
More exponents
page 269-271: 1,7,9,19,39,55
Polynomials and polynomial functions
page 280-283: 17,23,37,39,43
Multiplying polynomials
page 289-291: 1,5,19,23,27
The greatest common factor
page 295-297: 3,9,11,13
Factoring trinomials (use quadratic formula for roots from 8.2) page 304-305: 15,25,27,47
Factoring special products
page 310-312: 1,9,39,53
5.8 (partial)
Solving quadratic equations (via quadratic formula and roots)
page 324-328: 5,9,13
Group Project
The largest box
(after 5.4)   A Special Largest Box --Spring 2006
Group Project
Factoring trinomials completely
after 5.7
Group Project
Free falling from bridges
If time permits
Chapter 6

Multiplying and dividing rational expressions
page 348-350: 1,17,37,41,47,63
Adding and subtracting rational expressions
page 357-359: 3,17,26,27,29
Group Project
Calculate your areas
after 6.2
Group Project
Calculate your lottery winning
If time permits
Exam 3

Chapter 7

Radicals and radical functions
page 419-420: 3,9,19,25,39,43,45,53,75
Rational exponents
page 426-428: 1,11,19,29,39,41,47,51,61,65
7.6 (partial)
Radical equations
page 456-459: 1,9,11,13 (with 7.2),53,59 (with 7.1)
Group Project
Skid marks
after 7.6
Group Project
Run Fido, Run!
after 7.6
Chapter 9

Exponential functions
page 563-565: 1,5,18,20,21,27,35,37
Logarithmic functions
page 571-572: 29,31,41,45,51,69
Properties of logarithms page 577-578: 1,9,17,21,35,43,53,55,57
9.7 (partial)
Exponential and logarithmic equations
page 589-590: 13,14,15,27 (with 9.4),31,32,33 (with 9.5)
Group Project
The black bear population
after 9.4
Group Project
Puzzled by Logs?
after 9.7
Optional Topics

Scientific notation
page 282-284: 73,79,81,91
More scientific notation
page 289-291: 57,61
Group Project
Very large and very small numbers

Linear Equations in Three variables
page 233-234: 5,7,9,13
Group Project
Tacos anyone?

Logarithms and Change of Base
page 633: 17,23,29,41,47,49
Group Project
How long it takes to double your money?

Final Exam

Academic Integrity

A fundamental tenet of all educational institutions is academic honesty; academic work depends upon respect for and acknowledgement of the research and ideas of others. Misrepresenting someone else's work as one's own is a serious offense in any academic setting and it will not be condoned. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, providing or receiving assistance in a manner not authorized by the instructor in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation (e.g. papers, projects, and examinations); any attempt to influence improperly (e.g. bribery, threats)any member of the faculty, staff, or administration of the University in any matter pertaining to academics or research; presenting, as one's own,the ideas or words of another for academic evaluation; doing unauthorized academic work for which another person will receive credit or be evaluated; and presenting the same or substantially the same papers or projects in two or more courses without the explicit permission of the instructors involved. A student who knowingly assists another student in committing an act of academic misconduct shall be equally accountable for the violation, and shall be subject to the sanctions and other remedies described in The Student Code.

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