Math 105 - Fall 2018

Basic Info

Course Description

Math 105 is not a pre-calculus class! Math 105 is a review of math that you did in high school. Almost all of the math in this class will be things you have seen before: basic algebra, geometry, and even arithmetic. The purpose of the course is to practice your skills, fill gaps, and build comfort with the material.


I will post all homework assignments on the schedule below. Each homework is due in class the following week.

  Week     Date   Topic   Homework  
1   Aug 29       The rules of Algebra. Factors vs. terms   HW1
2   Sep 5   Distribution: mixing factors & terms   HW2
3   Sep 12   Exponents and radicals HW3
4   Sep 19   Linear equations & equations HW4
5   Sep 26   Rates, ratios, & proportions HW5
6   Oct 3   Inequalities and absolute values HW6
7   Oct 10   Quadratic polynomials HW7
8   Oct 17   Polynomial and rational equations HW8
9   Oct 24   Functions and function notation HW9
10   Oct 31   Constructing new functions HW10
11   Nov 7   Logarithms and exponential functions HW11
12   Nov 14   Trig functions
13   Nov 28   Review
14   Dec 5   Recap

Attendance Policy

Attendance in this class is required. Repeated absences may result in a forced withdrawal from the course. If you arrive late to class more than once, that will also count as an absence. Keep in mind, we only have 14 classes the whole semester, so missing more than one class is a big deal. You are responsible for any material you miss due to absence. Please let me know ahead of time if you know that you will not be able to attend a class.

Grading Policy

The term grade will be based the following factors.

Component     Proportion    
Homework     70%
Presentations 10%
Final 20%


You learn math by doing math. This class will have weekly homework assignments. You must complete the homework before class each week, and be ready to discuss your solutions. If you cannot avoid missing class, let me know ahead of time and we will work out a way to get the homework submitted on time. I will accept late homework, but only for half credit, and I will also drop your lowest homework grade.


We will begin each class period with presentations of homework solutions. You will be asked to present your solutions several times during the semester. As long as you are present and have a solution to present, you get full credit. Your solutions do not need to be correct.

Final Exam

There will be a final exam for this course.

Special Accommodations

In compliance with the Hampden-Sydney College policy and equal access laws, I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that may be recommended for students with disabilities. Requests for academic accommodations are to be made at the beginning of the semester (except for unusual circumstances) so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Students are required to contact the Office of Academic Success in order to verify their eligibility for appropriate accommodations.