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MATH 096 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course fulfills the
general education requirement in algebra. It is also for students needing
experience with algebra before enrolling in MATH 106. Factoring, linear and quadratic equations, linear inequalities, functions, graphs,
rational expressions , rational exponents and radicals, equations involving rational and radical expressions, complex numbers, and systems
of equations. Prerequisite: MATH 019 Introductory Algebra, or satisfactory placement score.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: When you are finished
with this class, you should be able to (1) routinely solve problems typical
of intermediate algebra, (2) solve science and business problems which rely on intermediate algebraic skills, and (3) succeed in other
courses, such as MATH 106 College Algebra and MATH 222 Introduction to Statistics, which use the techniques of intermediate algebra.
TEXT: Bittinger, Ellenbogen and Johnson, Elementary
and Intermediate Algebra, Pearson/Addison Wesley, 2006 (fourth edition).
This textbook contains excellent explanations and examples. Please bring it and a calculator to class .
CLASS EXPERIENCES AND ATTENDANCE: Each day you can
look forward to interactive presentations of the day’s lesson.
Occasionally you may be called upon to present some of your own solutions to the previous day’s assignment.
Previous students have discovered that missing three or
more class presentations makes it very difficult to pass the course. Some
explanations presented in class are not in the text. In addition, announcements made during classes have the same force as statements in
STUDYING WITH OTHERS: You are encouraged to study
with other classmates. Comparing ideas and solutions helps to clarify
understandings. Be sure that your written assignments reflect your own understanding and not just what someone else figured out. You
probably don’t really “know” it if you can’t write it out yourself.
TUTORING HELP: Tutors from the Teaching and
Learning Center conduct evening help sessions to answer questions and give
suggestions. Hours and locations for these help sessions will be announced in class. I am also happy to help you during my office hours,
by appointment, or at other times when I am free.
LEARNING DIFFERENCES: In compliance with the equal
access laws, Pacific Union College makes reasonable accommodation for
qualified students with documented disabilities. You may have a learning disability, a chronic illness, or a physical or psychiatric disability
that may impact your work for this class and for which you may be eligible for accommodations. To receive accommodations you need to
register with Nancy Jacobo at the Teaching and Learning Center (ext. 7688). Please keep in mind that accommodations are not retroactive,
so it is best to register at your earliest convenience. If you suspect that you may have a learning disability, but it is not yet diagnosed, please
consider seeing Mrs. Jacobo for a screening appointment.
GRADING: The final grade will be based on Homework
(20%), Quizzes (20%), Tests (60%).
You may check your grade in the D2L gradebook.
HOMEWORK: Assignments are listed on the schedule.
You are expected to show your work. Before working on the assignment you
will need to carefully read the textbook. Work through the textbook examples to be sure you understand the ideas.
LATE WORK is not accepted unless delayed by illness
or other emergency. Any late work must be submitted directly to me the day you
return to class.
QUIZZES: You should expect a quiz each class
period. Missed quizzes will not be made up; a maximum of three will be averaged
missed due to illness or other emergency. You must call my office (6591) the same day of your absence to make this arrangement.
TESTS: Tests must be taken at the scheduled time
(see schedule). Only tests which are missed due to illness or emergency
may be made up. If you must miss a test, you are required to notify me in advance.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: You are encouraged to work with
other students on assignments, but your work should reflect your own
understanding. All quiz and test work must be completely your own. A student involved in cheating (or assisting another student in
cheating) on a quiz or test should expect to be dismissed from the course with a failing grade. See PUC's Code of Academic Integrity (page
223 of the General Catalog) for further details.
|Date||Homework To Turn In This Day||Class Lecture/Discussion|
|Mar 30||None||§R.2(p954): Equations, Inequalities &Problem Solving|
|Mar 31||HR.2: (p961) mult 3: 3-66||§R.4(p970): Polynomials|
|Apr 1||HR.4: (p978) mult 5: 5-70||§5.1: Introduction to Factoring|
|Apr 3||H5.1: 1-8; (mult 5: 10-70)||§5.2: Factoring Trinomials of Type x^2 + bx + c|
|Apr 6||H5.2: mult 3: 9-60||§5.3: Factoring Trinomials of Type ax^2 + bx + c|
|Apr 7||H5.3: 1-4; (mult 5:5-75)||§5.4: Factoring Perfect -Sq Trinomials & Diff of Sqs|
|Apr 8||H5.4: 1-10; (mult 5: 20-90)||§5.5: Factoring Sums or Differences of Cubes|
|Apr 10||H5.5: mult 3: 3-36||§5.6: Factoring–A General Strategy|
|Apr 13||H5.6: 1-4; (mult 5: 5-75)||§5.7: Solving Polynomial Equations by Factoring|
|Apr 14||H5.7: 1-4; (mult 5: 5-60)||§5.8: Solving Applications involving Factoring|
|Apr 15||H5.8: 1,3,5,7,11,17,21,23,26||§6.1: Rational Expressions|
|Apr 17||H5T: (p370) 1-27||Test Chapter 5|
|Apr 20||H6.1: 1-6; (mult 3: 18-54)||§6.2: Multiplication & Division of Rat. Expressions|
|Apr 21||H6.2: mult 5: 5-65||§6.3: Addition, Subtraction , & Least Common Denoms|
|Apr 22||H6.3: mult 3: 9-66||§6.4: Addition and Subtraction with Unlike Denoms|
|Apr 24||H6.4: mult 5: 5-70||§6.5: Complex Rational Expressions|
|Apr 27||H6.5: (mult 5: 5-45); 57||§6.6: Solving Rational Equations|
|Apr 28||H6.6: (mult 5: 5-40); 55,57||§6.7: Applications Using Rational Equations|
|Apr 29||H6.7: 1,4,7,9,17,19,23,33,35,41,45,51,55||§R.3(p963): Introduction to Graphing|
|May 1||HR.3: (p969) 3-12; (odds: 13-45)||§8.1: Systems of Equations in Two Variables|
|May 4||H8.1: 1-8; (odds: 9-25); 41,45,47||§8.2: Solving by Substitution or Elimination|
|May 5||H8.2: 1-6; (mult 5: 10-45), 69||§8.3: Solving Applications: Systems of Two Equations|
|May 6||H8.3: 15,16,19,21,27,39,41,43,45||§8.4: Systems of Equations in Three Variables|
|May 8||H8.4: 1-8; 13,17,21,25,29||§8.5: Solving Applications:Systems of Three Equations|
|May 11||H6&8.T: (p438) (odds: 1-23); (p576): 1-11||Test Chapters 6 and 8|
|May 12||H8.5: 1,4,5,9,12,23||§9.1: Interval Notation and Applications|
|May 13||H9.1: (odds: 15-31); 41,49,52||§9.3: Absolute-Value Equations and Inequalities|
|May 15||H9.3: 1-6; (odds: 9-35); 43,45,47||§10.1: Radical Expressions and Functions|
|May 18||H10.1: 1-8; (mult 5: 10-85)||§10.2 Rational Numbers as Exponents|
|May 19||H10.2: 1-8; (mult 5: 10-95)||§10.3: Multiplying Radical Expressions|
|May 20||H10.3: 1-6; (mult 5: 10-75)||§10.4: Dividing Radical Expressions|
|May 22||H10.4: 1-8; (mult 5: 10-65)||§10.5: Expressions Containing Several Radical Terms|
|May 25||Memorial Day||No Class|
|May 26||H10.5: mult 5: 10-90||§10.6: Solving Radical Equations|
|May 27||H10.6: mult 3: 9-45||§10.7: Geometric Applications involving Radical Expr|
|May 29||H10.7: 1-6; 7,9,11,13,15,19,21,25,26,45||§10.8: The Complex Numbers|
|June 1||H10.8: mult 5: 10-95||§11.1: Quadratic Equations|
|June 2||H11.1: 9,12,15,18,21; (odds: 29-47); 55,57,59||§11.2: The Quadratic Formula|
|June 3||H11.2: (odds: 7-27); 43,44||§11.5: Equations Reducible to Quadratic|
|June 5||H11.5: 1-8; (mult 3: 9-33)||Review|
|June 11||Thursday 9:45 - 11:45 am||Final Cumulative Test [125 points]|