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MATH 111 A: Algebra with Applications

Meeting Time: 
MWF 12:30pm - 1:20pm
EEB 105
Jennifer Taggart

Syllabus Description:

Instructor: Dr. Jennifer L. Taggart
Office: Padelford C-334
e-mail: (specify Math 111 in all correspondence)

Math Study Center Hours: W 3:30-5:30 pm
Office Hours: MWF 11:30 am-12:15 pm, M 3:30-4:30 pm or by appointment

Text: Applied Mathematics for Business by Harshbarger/Reynolds (12th ed.) + Supplementary Reading (Graphical Approaches to Rates of Change)

Webassign: Every student must purchase an access code for Webassign in order to complete the homework. Webassign access includes an electronic copy of the Harshbarger/Reynolds text.

Other Required Materials (bring to each class):

  • a clear plastic ruler
  • a TI 30X-IIS calculator
  • lecture materials posted on Canvas each week

Math Study Center Information: The Math Study Center for Math 111 is located in Communication B-006 and is  open Monday through Wednesday afternoons, from 1:30 to 5:30 pm. The MSC is staffed by TAs and instructors of Math 111 and is an ideal place to work on homework and study for quizzes and exams. When you have a question, either raise your hand or put your name on the waiting list to receive help from one of our experts.

Course Objectives: In this course, you will study the use of graphs and algebraic functions as they apply to the fields of business and economics. This course will prepare you for a course in the application of calculus to business and economics.

Grading: Your grade will weighted as follows:

Participation in Group Activities


Homework 10%
Quizzes 15%
Exam I 20%
Exam II 20%
Final Exam 30%

Group Activities:  During one quiz section per week, you will work in small groups on activities crafted to introduce or deepen your understanding of course material. The purpose of these activities is to get you to articulate your ideas and questions in small groups and have conversations about the material with your colleagues. For each group activity, you will receive a participation score (either 0 or 1): be on time, do the work, stay the duration, and you will earn the point for the day. You may miss one group activity without penalty to your grade.

Homework: Homework will typically be due every Wednesday night at 11 p.m. on Webassign. No extensions will be given to anyone for any reason. You may miss 10% of the total of homework points available for the quarter without penalty to your grade.

Quizzes:  On Thursdays, you will complete a quiz over the previous week's material. If you are able to do without assistance Tuesday's activity and Wednesday's homework, you are prepared for Thursday's quiz. On quizzes, you are allowed to use a TI 30X-IIS calculator and a ruler. No notes allowed. There will be no make up quizzes given for any reason. You may miss one quiz without penalty to your grade.

Exams: On midterm exams, you will be allowed to use a TI 30X-IIS calculator, a ruler, and handwritten notes on one 3-inch-by-5-inch note card. For the final, you will be allowed to use a TI 30X-IIS calculator, a ruler, and one 8.5-inch-by-11-inch sheet of handwritten notes. No other model of calculator nor any other electronic device will be allowed on exams. You may not share a calculator or a note card/sheet with another student on an exam.

Make-Ups: No extensions will be granted for homework to anyone for any reason. No exceptions.

Absences from group activities will be excused only for traveling UW athletes or observance of religious holidays. Contact me a week in advance via e-mail to make arrangements. No other absences will be excused. No exceptions.

Make-up quizzes and exams will not be given. If you miss a midterm exam due to unavoidable, compelling, and well-documented circumstances (e.g., illness, transportation emergency), your final exam may be weighted more heavily. Contact Dr. Taggart immediately if one of these circumstances arises.

Resources for Students with Disabilities:  Your experience in this class is important to me. If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to me at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course.

If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or or DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS. It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.


Catalog Description: 
Use of graphs and algebraic functions as found in business and economics. Algebraic and graphical manipulations to solve problems. Exponential and logarithm functions; various applications to growth of money. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in either MATH 098, MATH 102, or MATH 103, a score of 147-150 on the MPT-GS placement test, or a score of 144-163 on the MPT-AS placement test. Offered: AWS.
GE Requirements: 
Natural Sciences (NSc)
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:08pm