MATH 110: College Algebra




Functions, composition and inverses, graphs and transformations, piece-wise functions, polynomial and rational equations and graphing, exponential functions, logarithms, graphs and applications of exponentials and logarithms, circles and brief introduction to Trigonometry

Success in the course does require a lot of work, many hours of study and problem solving, and your active involvement in learning, both inside and outside the classroom. We have designed our course with the aim of helping you stay constantly involved with the course and the material, and within easy reach of some of your best resources: your instructor, your teaching assistants, and your colleagues.


College Algebra by James Stewart, 7th edition, Cengage Learning HARDCOPY NOT REQUIRED. We will also supplement with PreCalculus: Mathematics for Calculus by James Stewart, Lothar Redlin, and Salem Watson, 7th edition , Cengage Learning

You will need a WebAssign access code; this comes with an ebook, so you do not have to buy the textbook.


MATH 090 or appropriate performance on the UIC mathematics placement test. Prerequisites will be strictly enforced. Students that have not met the prerequisite will not be allowed to take the course.


The class meets weekly for three lectures on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and two discussion sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. It is strongly recommended that you read the sections as posted in Homework schedule BEFORE coming to the lecture.

Attendance will be taken daily in lecture and discussion sessions.

Discussion time will be devoted to problem solving, worksheets, and group work.

WebAssign (online) homework is assigned for each section and is due the following lecture day at 11:59 PM. Most lecture days will have online homework due that day, with only a few exceptions.

Written homework is assigned once per week (see Homework schedule). It is collected for grading once a week during Tuesday's discussion session.


Cell Phones

You may not use your phone during lecture or discussion/problem solving sessions for any reason. We ask that you stay focused on the material while attending class. I f this becomes a problem, your instructor or teaching assistant will ask you to leave the room. o

No Calculators

The use of any electronic devices with computing capabilities is prohibited during exams and quizzes.


The course grade will be distributed as follows:

Attendance See Attendance Policy
Written Homework 10%
WebAssign Homework 10%
Discussion Worksheets/Group work 10%
Hour Exams (Three) 15% each
Final exam 25%
Total 100%

The grading scale is:

Percentage Grade
87% A
75% B
60% C
50% D

Final grades in general are not curved, however, the department reserves the right to be more lenient than this.

The midterm grades will follow the same percentage cut-offs as for the final course grades, but with the following contributions:

Total 100%


Lectures and discussion/problem sessions: As explained in the course description, in order to successfully complete the course, your active involvement in learning is essential. Therefore, a serious commitment on your part to attend both the lectures and the discussion/problem sessions is a basic requirement of that. Attendance in the course will be taken both in lecture and in discussion sections starting with week 3.

A percentage of below 75% in lecture, or a percentage of below 75% in discussion will result in a drop of one letter grade for the course as a consequence. Below 50% attendance in either one of these categories will result in an automatic F for the course.

Appeals: Students that know ahead of time that they have an existing or potential conflict with the class must inform their instructor in the first two weeks of the semester using the absence appeals form.

Furthermore, students can appeal during week 9 and 10, as well as week 14 and 15 to their instructor using the appeals form provided below. Note: no appeals will be accepted after the final exam or at any other time!

In cases when the instructor cannot determine whether or not the reason is compelling, the instructor will forward the appeal to the director of undergraduate studies, who will decide.


Written Homework assignments are posted in Blackboard. The homework assignments for the lectures in a given week are due the following Tuesday. For example, homework #1 covering sections 2.1 & 2.2 is due on Tuesday September 4th, at 11:59 PM. Written homework will be submitted on Gradescope.

Daily WebAssign Homework is due the day of the following lecture day at 11:59 PM.


During discussion, you will be given worksheets and group work. One will be graded per week, except for weeks with exams. Please also read the required attendance policy.


There will be no make-up worksheets given, but the lowest two in each category (Written Homework, Discussion work, and WebAssign Homework) will be dropped.

Students are expected to be present for all exams. Do not schedule travel on an exam date. The Makeup Policy can only be applied for exams in case of a verifiable emergency or a formal request by the UIC atheletic department. Students are expected to obtain prior permission for an absence from the instructor. In all cases, the student must provide written documentation when attempting to secure this permission. Documentation from the student health service, or its equivalent from a doctor or hospital, etc. should be given to your instructor.

Each instructor will establish their own Make-up Policy for homework.

Academic Integrity Policy

As an academic community, UIC is committed to providing an environment in which research, learning, and scholarship can flourish and in which all endeavors are guided by academic and professional integrity. All members of the campus community - students, staff, faculty, and administrators - share the responsibility of insuring that these standards are upheld so that such an environment exists. Instances of academic misconduct by students will be handled pursuant to the Student Disciplinary Policy:

Academic Deadlines

Current academic calendar and the list of deadlines can be found at

Disability Policy

The University of Illinois at Chicago is committed to maintaining a barrier-free environment so that students with disabilities can fully access programs, courses, services, and activities at UIC. Students with disabilities who require accommodations for access to and/or participation in this course are welcome, but must be registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC). You may contact DRC at 312-413-2183 (v) or 312-413-0123 (TTY) and consult the following:

Religious Holidays

Students who wish to observe their religious holidays shall notify the faculty member by the tenth day of the semester of the date when they will be absent unless the religious holiday is observed on or before the tenth day of the semester. In such cases, the student shall notify the faculty member at least five days in advance of the date when he/she will be absent. The faculty member shall make every reasonable effort to honor the request, not penalize the student for missing the class, and if an examination or project is due during the absence, give the student an exam or assignment equivalent to the one completed by those students in attendance. If the student feels aggrieved, he/she may request remedy through the campus grievance procedure.

Grievance Procedures

UIC is committed to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity involving students and employees. Freedom from discrimination is a foundation for all decision making at UIC. Students are encouraged to study the University's "Nondiscrimination Statement". Students are also urged to read the document "Public Formal Grievance Procedures". Information on these policies and procedures is available on the University web pages of the Office of Access and Equity: