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MTH1310 Syllabus

Intermediate Algebra Course Syllabus


Course Description:

This course covers rational expressions and equations , rational exponents, complex fractions , complex
numbers, variation, quadratic equations and inequalities, functions, and exponential and logarithmic
functions. Graphing calculator required.

Prerequisite(s): Grade of “C” or better in MTH 0140 or COMPASS testing.

Corequisite(s):

Entry Level Skills and Knowledge:
Basic Mathematics and Algebra Skills.

Required Texts, Supplies and Equipment:
Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, Second Edition by John Tobey, Jeffrey Slater, and Jamie Blair.

Hand-held Calculator: TI-83 + or 84+ required

Learning Outcomes:
General Education
Evaluate arguments in a logical fashion .

Course Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to perform these competencies:

1. Factor.
2. Work complex fractions .
3. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide radicals.
4. Simplify radicals and exponential expressions.
5. Work with complex numbers .
6. Solve the quadratic equation by factoring, formula, and by calculator
7. Work word problems that involve quadratic equations and inequalities.
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8. Understand the concept of relations and functions, functional notation, and inverse relation
and functions.
9. Work problems involving direct, inverse, and joint variation.
10. Graph exponential and logarithmic functions.
11. Know the properties of logarithms (natural and common).
12. Work exponential and logarithmic equations.

Assessment of Student Learning:
This course may include a project that is one of several that will be used by faculty to assess student
academic performance in the program. A panel of faculty will review all (projects or whatever
assessment activity you are doing), then assess and summarize the academic performance of students
at this point in the program. The results of this assessment will be shared among the department
faculty, used to identify needed changes or improvements , and submitted to the Student Academic
Assessment Committee as part of the college’s overall student academic assessment effort.

Course Requirements:
There will be an assignment given each class period. This should be completed by the next class
meeting, at which time it will be discussed.

Grading:
The final course grade will be determined as follows:

Daily Grades (quizzes, homework, class participation, etc.) 25%

Tests 50%

Comprehensive Final Exam 25%

Grading Scale is as follows:
90 – 100 = A
80 – 89 = B
70 – 79 = C
60 – 69 = D
0 – 59 = F

Policies:
The schedule of tests will be followed as closely as possible. Not all of the course work is in the text.
It is important to be in class and to take notes. Students are expected to read the text before class
discussion.

Tests must be taken on the scheduled day. Failure to do so will result in a ten percent (10%) penalty.
Make-up tests must be taken within one (1) week of the date that the test is given in class.

Final Exam Policy:
The final exam is comprehensive. All students, regardless of grade average, must take the
comprehensive final exam for this course

MTH 1310 Topical Outline:

Session Course Content Reading Assignment Activity
1 Course Introduction
6.1 Removing a Common Factor
6.2 Factoring by Grouping
pp. 376 – 380
pp. 381 – 385
p. 379 – 1-49 odd
p. 384 – 1-27 odd
2 6.3 Factoring Trinomials of the Form x^2 + bx + c
6.4 Factoring Trinomials of the Form ax^2 + bx + c
pp. 386 – 392
pp. 393 – 298
p. 391 – 1-57 odd
p. 397 – 1-55 odd
3 6.4 Factoring Trinomials of the Form ax^2 + bx + c
(continued)
6.5 Special Cases of Factoring
pp. 393 – 298
pp. 400 – 405
p. 397 – 1-55 odd
p. 404 – 1-75 odd
4 6.6 A Brief Review of Factoring
6.7 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
pp. 406 – 409
pp. 410 – 418
p. 408 – 1-43 odd
p. 416 – 1-41 odd
5 TEST I (Chapter Six)
6 7.1 Simplifying Rational Expressions pp. 428 – 433 p. 432 – 1-33 odd
7 7.2 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions pp. 434 – 438 p. 437 – 1-21 odd
8 7.3 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions pp. 439 – 446 p. 444 – 1-47 odd
9 7.4 Simplifying Complex Rational Expressions pp. 448 – 452 p. 452 – 1-19 odd
10 7.5 Solving Equations Involving Rational
Expressions
pp. 453 – 457 p. 456 – 1-29 odd
11 7.6 Ratio, Proportion, and Other Applied Problems pp. 458 – 466 p. 463 – 1-27 odd
12 TEST II (Chapter Seven)
13 8.1 Rational Exponents
8.2 Radical Expressions and Functions
pp. 478– 484
pp. 485 – 492
p. 482 – 1-71 odd
p. 491 – 1-93 every other odd (1, 5, 9, etc.)
14 8.2 Radical Expressions and Functions (continued)
8.3 Simplifying, Adding, and Subtracting Radicals
pp. 485 – 492
pp. 493 – 498
p. 491 – 1-93 every other odd (1, 5, 9, etc.)
p. 496 – 1-57 every other odd
15 8.4 Multiplying and Dividing Radicals
8.5 Radical Equations
pp. 499 – 508
pp. 510 – 515
p. 505 – 1-71 odd
p. 513 – 1-37 odd
16 8.6 Complex Numbers
8.7 Variation
pp. 516 – 523
pp. 524 – 530
p. 521 – 1-81 odd
p. 528 – 1-21 odd
17 TEST III (Chapter Eight)
18 9.1 Quadratic Equations
Solving Quadratics by Calculator
pp. 544 – 550 p. 548 – 1-53 odd
19 9.2 The Quadratic Formula and Solutions to
Quadratic Equations
9.3 Equations of Quadratic Form
pp. 551 - 559
pp. 560 – 566
p. 557 – 1-47 odd
p. 563 – 1-31 odd
20 9.3 Equations of Quadratic Form (continued)
9.4 Formulas and Applications
pp. 560 – 566
pp. 568 – 578
p. 563 – 1-31 odd
p. 575 – 1-25 every other odd, 29-43 odd
21 9.5 Quadratic Functions
9.6 Compound Inequalities
pp. 579 – 587
pp. 588 – 599
p. 583 – 1-29 odd
p. 596 – 1-19 odd, 29-43 odd
22 9.7 Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities pp. 600 – 610 p. 607 – 1-69 odd
23 TEST IV (Chapter Nine)
24 11.1 Function Notation
11.2 Graphing Functions (also with calculator)
pp. 680 – 685
pp. 686 – 693
p. 683 – 1-41 every other odd, 43, 45
p. 691 – 1-29 odd
25 11.3 Algebraic Operations on Functions
11.4 Inverse of a Function
pp. 695 – 701
pp. 702 – 710
p. 699– 1-51 odd
p. 708 – 1-33 odd
26 11.4 Inverse of a Function (continued)
12.1 The Exponential Function
pp. 702 – 710
pp. 724– 732
p. 708 – 1-33 odd
p. 729 – 1-49 every other odd
27 12.2 The Logarithmic Function
12. 3 Properties of Logarithms
TEST V (Chapter 11)
pp. 733 – 739
pp. 740 – 746
p. 737 – 1-25 odd, 27-63 every other odd
p. 744 – 1-17 odd, 27-57 odd
28 12.4 Common Logarithms, Natural Logarithms, and
Change of Base of Logarithms
12.5 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
pp. 748 – 755
pp. 756 – 766
p. 753 – 1-59 odd
p. 762 – 1-53 odd
29 Course Review
30 COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM


Policies

Course Withdrawing: If for any reason you need to withdraw from this course, be certain that you do
so according to College procedure. It is your responsibility to know and follow this procedure. If you
simply stop coming to class, without officially withdrawing from the course, your grade is an
automatic “F.” Please follow official College procedure for withdrawing from this or any course.

College Academic Policies are located in the College Catalog. A copy of the current catalog may be
picked up in any of the division offices or admissions. The list of college policies is also available
online at https://www.terra.edu/register/Collegecat/policies.asp.

Support Services: The College offers a number of support services to assist in your success in this
course and all courses. Among these services are the Writing & Math Center in B105, the Office of
Learning Support Services, which coordinates the campus disability services and tutoring programs,
the computer labs, and the computers in the atriums.

Any student who feels he/she may need an accommodation based on the documentation of a disability
should contact the Office of Learning Support Services privately to discuss his/her specific issues.
Please contact the OLSS at (419) 334-8400 X 208 or visit 100 Roy Klay Hall (Building A) to
coordinate reasonable accommodations.

If you have a documented disability and are receiving academic accommodations through the
Office of Learning Support Services, please schedule a meeting with your instructor in a timely
manner so that we may discuss how these services will be arranged.

Tutoring services are available to students beginning the second week of every quarter. Students
requesting tutoring services should obtain a tutor request form from the OLSS in 100 Roy Klay Hall
(Building A) or online at the Terra website. Please note that instructor verification and acceptance of
the Student Learner Agreement is necessary for all tutoring requests. All requests should be submitted
to 100 Roy Klay Hall (Building A).

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