Welcome to the permanent home page for Section WBP01 of MATH-1150 (College Algebra) at Southeast Community College in the Spring term of 2024. I am Toby Bartels, your instructor.

Course administration

Contact information

Feel free to send a message at any time, even nights and weekends (although I'll be slower to respond then).


The official textbook for the course is the 11th Edition of Algebra & Trigonometry by Sullivan published by Prentice-Hall (Pearson). You automatically get an online version of this textbook through Canvas, although you can use a print version instead if you like. This comes with access to Pearson MyLab, integrated into Canvas, on which many of the assignments appear.

Graphs and functions

  1. General review:
  2. Graphing points:
  3. Graphing equations:
  4. Lines:
  5. Systems of equations:
  6. Functions:
  7. Operations on functions:
  8. Graphs of functions:
  9. Properties of functions:
  10. Rates of change:
  11. Word problems with functions:
Quiz 1, covering the material in Problem Sets 1–11, is due on February 26 Monday.

Types of functions

  1. Linear functions:
  2. The library of functions:
  3. Piecewise-defined functions:
  4. Composite functions:
  5. Inverse functions:
  6. Coordinate transformations:
  7. Quadratic functions:
  8. Applications of quadratic functions:
  9. Applications to economics:
  10. Exponential functions:
  11. Logarithmic functions:
Quiz 2, covering the material in Problem Sets 12–22, is due on April 1 Monday.

Logarithms and polynomials

  1. More about logarithms:
  2. Properties of logarithms:
  3. Logarithmic equations:
  4. Compound interest:
  5. Applications of logarithms:
  6. Power functions:
  7. Graphing polynomials:
  8. Advanced factoring:
  9. Imaginary roots:
  10. Rational functions and asymptotes:
  11. Graphs of rational functions:
  12. Inequalities:
Quiz 3, covering the material in Problem Sets 23–34, is due on May 6 Monday.


  1. Graphs and functions:
  2. Types of functions:
  3. Logarithms and polynomials:

Final exam

There is a comprehensive final exam at the end of the term. (You'll arrange to take it some time May 13–17.) To speed up grading at the end of the term, the exam is multiple choice, with no partial credit.

For the exam, you may use one sheet of notes that you wrote yourself; please take a scan or a picture of this (both sides) and submit it on Canvas. However, you may not use your book or anything else not written by you. You certainly should not talk to other people! Calculators are allowed (although you shouldn't really need one). but not communication devices (like cell phones).

The exam consists of questions similar in style and content to those in the practice exam (DjVu).

The final exam will be proctored. If you have access to a computer with a webcam, then you can schedule a time with me to take the exam in a Zoom meeting. If you're near Lincoln, then we can schedule a time for you to take the exam in person. If you're near any of the three main SCC campuses (Lincoln, Beatrice, Milford) and available on a weekday, then you can schedule the exam at one of the Testing Centers. If none of these will work for you, then contact me as soon as possible to make alternate arrangements.

This web page and the files linked from it (except for the official syllabus) were written by Toby Bartels, last edited on 2024 May 18. Toby reserves no legal rights to them.

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