# Intermediate Algebra

__ CATALOG DESCRIPTION: __Topics covered include
solving linear, quadratic, rational, and square root equations, solving linear

and compound inequalities, an introduction to functions, graphs of linear and quadratic functions, rational expressions,

exponents, radicals, and solving systems of linear equations. Techniques of problem-solving and applications are included

throughout the course along with modeling data using linear and quadratic functions.

__ PREREQUISITE: __A grade of C or better in MATH
080 or a satisfactory score on the placement test.

__ COURSE GOALS:__(1) To develop in students a deeper and broader understanding of
algebraic concepts, principles, and methods than

what is achieved in MATH 080.

(2) To develop in students intermediate algebraic skills necessary for success in subsequent mathematics courses and

other courses requiring mathematical skills.

(3) To develop in students the problem-solving skills needed to interpret, analyze, and solve applied problems requiring

intermediate-level algebraic skills.

(4) To incorporate graphing calculators whenever appropriate to illustrate concepts and solve problems.

__MAJOR CORE COURSE OBJECTIVES:__

Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

(1) Calculate the slope of a line.

(2) Write equations of lines using the point-slope form and the slope-intercept
form.

(3) Algebraically solve linear, quadratic, radical, and rational equations,
linear inequalities, and 2 × 2 systems of linear

equations and check solutions using a graphing utility.

(4) Graph linear and quadratic functions by hand and find the significant
features of the graph, such as the intercepts,

vertex, and slope, where appropriate, and verify these features using a graphing
utility.

(5) Determine whether an equation, graph, or a table of values represents a
function, find the domain of simple

functions, and perform basic function operations.

(6) Solve applications that require linear or quadratic functions, linear
inequalities, or systems of linear equations

algebraically or by using a graphing utility.

(7) Perform operations with rational expressions.

(8) Simplify expressions with integer and rational exponents.

(9) Perform operations with radical expressions.

(10) Solve applications that require using the Pythagorean Theorem or writing
equations that contain rational

expressions.

**EXTBOOK AND MATERIALS:
*** Intermediate Algebra: A Graphing Approach, 4

^{th}Ed., by Martin-Gay and Greene (Prentice Hall)

* MyMathLab Student Access Kit

* TI-83 or TI-83/84 Plus Graphing Calculator

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**Optional:**Student Solutions Manual** **TENTATIVE** INSTRUCTIONAL PLAN:**

Chapter 1 | Real Numbers, Algebraic Expressions, Equations | Sections 1.5 – 1.7 |

Chapter 2 | Graphs and Functions | Sections 2.1 – 2.6 |

TEST ONE Thursday, May 21, 2009 |
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Chapter 3 | Equations and Inequalities | Sections 3.1 – 3.3 |

Chapter 4 | Systems of Equations | Sections 4.1 and 4.3 |

Chapter 5 | Exponents and Polynomial Functions | Sections 5.1 – 5.4 |

TEST TWO Wednesday, June 3, 2009 |
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Chapter 5 | Exponents, Polynomials, Polynomial Functions | Sections 5.5 – 5.8 |

Chapter 6 | Rational Expressions | Sections 6.1 – 6.6 |

TEST THREE Monday, June 15, 2009 |
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Chapter 7 | Rational Exponents, Radicals, Complex Numbers | Sections 7.1 – 7.6 |

Chapter 8 | Quadratic Equations and Functions | Sections 8.1 – 8.3, 8.5 – 8.7 |

TEST FOUR Wednesday, June 24, 2009 |

**COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM Monday, June 29, 2009 (7:30 –
9:30a)
**Class will not meet Monday, May 25, 2009 (Memorial Day).

**INSTRUCTIONAL POLICIES:**

__ Homework:__ Online assignments and perhaps hand-in (paper-based) assignments will be
given throughout the semester. For hand-in assignments, points awarded, while
largely determined by the content of the work, may also be affected by
presentation (legibility, following directions, turning in paper without spiral
edges remaining, etc.).

**The instructor is not responsible for computer or other equipment failures that prevent a student from submitting an assignment on time.**

Suggested homework problems will be assigned during most
class meetings. These should be done by the following class meeting, but they
are not to be turned in, and they are not graded. Students who don’t do the
suggested homework, however, do not usually do well on the exams. On a typical
day, no more than a few minutes will be spent going over homework questions in
class. **Students whose questions are not answered in class should feel free to
take advantage of office hours or to use the services of the Learning Lab. **

__ Quizzes and Tests: __There will be ten quizzes
(the best eight of which will count) and four tests during the regular semester.
In addition, there will be a cumulative final exam. Although in rare
circumstances it

__may__be possible to take a test (other than the final exam) early, there will, in general, be

__no make-up__

__tests__given. There will be no make-up quizzes. The final exam score may be scaled to replace up to

__one__missed or low test score provided that the student’s homework average at the end of the semester is at least 80%.

__ Attendance: __Attendance is taken daily. While
no points are directly deducted if a student misses class, please note the above
comments about late work.

**Grading Procedures:**

1 | Homework | 10% |

2 | Quizzes | 10% |

3 | Test One | 15% |

4 | Test Two | 15% |

5 | Test Three | 15% |

6 | Test Four | 15% |

7 | Cumulative Final Exam | 20% |

Let x be the overall percentage earned.

90 ≤ x |
A grade | 60 ≤ x < 70 |
D grade |

80 ≤ x ≤ 90 |
B grade | 0 ≤ x < 60 |
E grade |

70 ≤ x < 80 |
C grade |

All material submitted for the course will be returned to the students except for the final exam.

**Drop Policy:**

__College Policy: __Students may officially drop a class and receive a DR
grade anytime up until the end of the day Monday, June

15, 2009. If a student stops attending without officially withdrawing, the
instructor may record either an *E or a DR *grade.

__Instructor Policy:__ After June 15, 2009, a student
may receive a DR grade if he or she requests the grade from the instructor IN

WRITING, IN PERSON, using the form provided by the instructor, anytime during
office hours on or before Thursday, June 25,

2009. Both the instructor and the student will retain signed copies of the form
used. Note that drops are __ NOT__ accepted

verbally, by e-mail, voice mail, etc.

__ Academic Dishonesty:__ (adopted 3/17/97):

College Board of Trustees Policy #8500

“...It shall be the policy of the College that determination of the fact of academic dishonesty by a student shall be a matter of

individual judgment by the instructor. The instructor may administer a penalty up to, and including, failure in the particular

course...”

__Instructor Policy:__

Academic dishonesty of any form will result in a penalty up to, and including,
immediate failure in the course and the

recording of a final grade of E in the course. The penalty levied for a
particular occurrence of academic dishonesty is at the

sole discretion of the instructor. **To help ensure the integrity of quiz and
test scores, students are not allowed to leave the
classroom during a quiz or test, and students are not allowed to share
calculators during a quiz or test.**

__ Classroom Decorum:__Cell phones and other noise-making electronic devices are disruptive and
should be put into “silent” mode or turned off

during class. Talking with other students, even about mathematics, is disruptive to the class during lectures. Sleeping, doing

work for other classes, eating more than a small snack, and leaving the room without a serious reason are examples of

inappropriate classroom behaviors that detract from the learning environment.

**MATHEMATICS DIVISION POLICY ON CUT-OFF DATE FOR STUDENT
DROP-DOWNS**

Registered students may only drop down (move up) to
another full-semester math class within the first one-and-one-half

weeks of the Spring semester. In order to drop down (move up), a student must:

1) Obtain the written permission of his/her current
instructor stating that the student was misplaced.

2) See the Mathematics Associate Dean for assistance in finding open sections.

3) Officially file an Add-Drop form at the Registration office.