Math 1314 Syllabus

College Algebra online

Sections 2025 & 2033

Professor Loris Zucca

Contact Info

Phone: (281) 312-1619

Office: CLA 200-A

Office Hrs: MW 12-1, TuTh 11-12:30 (and by appointment)

E-mail: lzucca@lonestar.edu

Website: www.zuccaweb.com


MML HW & Quizzes: 300pts

2 Tests @ 100pts each: 200pts

Final Exam: 150pts

Total: 650pts

Grade Scale: 580-A, 520-B, 450-C, 380-D, <380-F

This course will be comprised of homework & quizzes done online in addition to two tests and a Final Exam done in a testing center. You will have 5 days to go take each test, and it will probably take about 2 - 3 hours to complete. No makeups will be given if you miss one of the three written tests. If you miss Test 1 or 2, its grade will be replaced with Test 3.

Online Component

We will be using MyMathLab (MML) for all communication; we will not be using the online system Angel nor Desire2Learn. In addition, you may also write me at the email address above – either way, I will try to reply within 24 hours. MML is required for the homework assignments and quizzes. The homework is 20% of the online grade (it’s meant more as practice) and the quizzes are worth 80%. Go to www.mymathlab.com to register. The “courseID” for this course will be given to you when you email me for it. Please include the section number you are registered in when you request it. This semester I will be piloting a new text so MML and the ebook will be provided for free by the publisher. There is no need to buy the actual text but if you want it for reference, see below for more info. You should easily find it used online; the Lone Star bookstores will not be selling it. Please note that MML contains the e-book, videos, online tutorial help, animations, and of course all of the homework and quizzes. You may register for it beginning December 30th. All videos pertaining to the material are within the e-book!!


Test 1: Feb 12-17

Test 2: Mar 19-24

Final: Apr 30-May 5

The tests and Final will be given ONLY at a Lone Star College campus testing center or at accredited testing centers such as those found at: http://www.ncta-testing.org/cctc/find.php. In some instances a public library or a superior officer in the military may administer it. Let me know by January 20th where you plan on taking them. Test 1 and 2 will cover only the material since the previous one; the Final Exam is comprehensive. Once you take a test, it will be graded and emailed back to you within 10 days, hopefully earlier. Calculators should only be used for the parts of sections 6.3-6.8 that require one. They will not be allowed on the first two tests and will only be allowed for part of the third, so do not use them to do the homework aside from on the sections stated above. A calculator will be allowed during the Final Exam.


Even though this is an online course, you may visit me during office hours. By the third week of class if you find that you could benefit from actual lectures, you may attend my in-person class if there is room. Please see my website main page for information such as when and where it meets on the Kingwood campus.

Textbook: College Algebra, by Michael Sullivan, 9th edition, ISBN: 978-0-321-71681-1

Math 1314 is a 3 credit course.

Prerequisite: MATH 0310 or placement by testing


    • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of properties of functions, including domain and range, operations, compositions, inverses and piecewise defined functions.
    • Recognize, graph and apply polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, logarithmic and absolute value functions and solve related equations.
    • Apply graphing techniques.
    • Evaluate all roots of higher degree polynomial and rational functions.
    • Recognize, solve and apply systems of linear equations using matrices.
    • Solve absolute value, polynomial and rational inequalities.