Math 155: College Algebra, Fall 2019

Instructor: Dr. Brant Jones
Email: jones3bc at jmu dot edu
Office: 325 Roop Hall
Section 0013 class meetings: TuTh 2:00 - 3:15 pm in Burruss Hall Room 139
Section 0014 class meetings: TuTh 3:30 - 4:45 pm in Burruss Hall Room 139
Office hours: Tuesday/Thursday 12:20-1:50 in Roop 325, or visit the Science and Math Learning Center

Section 0013 final exam: Tuesday, December 10 at 1:00 - 3:00 pm, in our usual room.
Section 0014 final exam: Thursday, December 12 at 1:00 - 3:00 pm, in our usual room.

WileyPLUS Website

The online course is found at To register, go to and enter your course ID 721659. You will use the (Legacy) WileyPLUS software to complete all of the homework and tests in this course. Access is bundled with the textbook if you buy it at the JMU bookstore.

For help registering for WileyPLUS, you can watch a short video.

Here is a cheat sheet to help you enter answers into WileyPLUS. Be sure to keep it handy as you complete the homework in this course.

Science and Math Learning Center (SMLC)

The SMLC is located in the Student Success Center, 1st floor, SSC 1100. They assist students in understanding course content, homework assignments and lab reports found in first and second year physics, chemistry, math, and statistics courses. No appointments are necessary and the services are free! See for more details. Starting Monday 9/02, the opening hours will be: Monday-Thursday 10:00am to 8:00pm, Friday 10:00am to 2:00pm, and Sunday 5:00pm to 8:00pm.


The required text College Algebra by Cynthia Y. Young (Wiley) Fourth Edition is available at the University Bookstore. You will also have access to material on the course website. We will primarily cover sections from Chapters 0 through 6.


Nature of the Course Content and Course Description: (directly from the course catalog) College Algebra 3.00 credits
Polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions and applications, systems of equations and inequalities, sequences. Prerequisite: Demonstration of proficiency in algebra at an intermediate level. A test is required to determine placement in MATH 155 or MATH 156. Not open to students who have previously earned credit in MATH 135, MATH 156, MATH 205, MATH 205, MATH 232 or MATH 235.

Goals of the Course:
1.  To develop an understanding of the logical structure and style of mathematics by: (a) using reason in an orderly, cogent fashion. (b) writing clear, well organized solutions to problems. (c) evaluating critically and using mathematical definitions. 2.  To develop and review algebraic skills in topics such as: (a)  Number properties, exponents, polynomials, equations, and inequalities. (b)  Functions and their graphs. (c)  Exponential and logarithmic functions. (d)  Systems of equations and systems of inequalities.

There are several activities that will contribute to your learning in this class:

No books, notes, or graphing calculators may be used on the exams. No makeup exams or late assignments will be allowed.

Tentative schedule:

Chapter Week
Chapters 0Weeks 1-2
Chapter 1-2Weeks 3-5
First TestWeek 6
Chapter 3Weeks 7-8
Chapter 4Weeks 9-10
Chapter 5Weeks 10-11
Second TestWeek 12
Chapter 6Week 13-14

Honor Code

In this course, you are encouraged to discuss homework problems with other students in order to enhance your own learning. However, the material you submit must be your own work. You are expected to abide by the JMU Honor Code.


Being a student is a full-time job, and this is a challenging class. Make sure you are budgeting enough time to think about the course outside of lecture.

Please take advantage of office hours and the tutors in the learning center. You do not need an appointment. If I'm in my office, I'll be happy to discuss the course with you.

JMU abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which mandate reasonable accommodations be provided for students with documented disabilities. If you have a disability and may require some type of instructional and/or examination accommodations, please contact me early in the semester so that I can provide or facilitate provision of accommodations you may need. If you have not already done so, you will need to register with the Office of Disability Services, the designated office on campus to provide services for students with disabilities. The office is located in Wilson Hall, Room 107 and you may call 540-568-6705 for more information.

Please see for common JMU academic policies regarding: Attendance, Academic Honesty, Adding/Dropping Courses, Disability Accommodations, Inclement Weather, and Religious Accommodations.