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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.
Handheld Calculator: TI83 + 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.
Makeup 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 – 149 odd p. 384 – 127 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 – 157 odd p. 397 – 155 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 – 155 odd p. 404 – 175 odd 
4  6.6 A Brief Review of Factoring 6.7 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring 
pp. 406 – 409 pp. 410 – 418 
p. 408 – 143 odd p. 416 – 141 odd 
5  TEST I (Chapter Six)  
6  7.1 Simplifying Rational Expressions  pp. 428 – 433  p. 432 – 133 odd 
7  7.2 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions  pp. 434 – 438  p. 437 – 121 odd 
8  7.3 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions  pp. 439 – 446  p. 444 – 147 odd 
9  7.4 Simplifying Complex Rational Expressions  pp. 448 – 452  p. 452 – 119 odd 
10  7.5 Solving Equations Involving
Rational Expressions 
pp. 453 – 457  p. 456 – 129 odd 
11  7.6 Ratio, Proportion, and Other Applied Problems  pp. 458 – 466  p. 463 – 127 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 – 171 odd p. 491 – 193 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 – 193 every other odd (1, 5,
9, etc.) p. 496 – 157 every other odd 
15  8.4 Multiplying and Dividing Radicals 8.5 Radical Equations 
pp. 499 – 508 pp. 510 – 515 
p. 505 – 171 odd p. 513 – 137 odd 
16  8.6 Complex Numbers 8.7 Variation 
pp. 516 – 523 pp. 524 – 530 
p. 521 – 181 odd p. 528 – 121 odd 
17  TEST III (Chapter Eight)  
18  9.1 Quadratic Equations Solving Quadratics by Calculator 
pp. 544 – 550  p. 548 – 153 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 – 147 odd p. 563 – 131 odd 
20  9.3 Equations of Quadratic Form
(continued) 9.4 Formulas and Applications 
pp. 560 – 566 pp. 568 – 578 
p. 563 – 131 odd p. 575 – 125 every other odd, 2943 odd 
21  9.5 Quadratic Functions 9.6 Compound Inequalities 
pp. 579 – 587 pp. 588 – 599 
p. 583 – 129 odd p. 596 – 119 odd, 2943 odd 
22  9.7 Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities  pp. 600 – 610  p. 607 – 169 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 – 141 every other odd, 43, 45 p. 691 – 129 odd 
25  11.3 Algebraic Operations on
Functions 11.4 Inverse of a Function 
pp. 695 – 701 pp. 702 – 710 
p. 699– 151 odd p. 708 – 133 odd 
26  11.4 Inverse of a Function
(continued) 12.1 The Exponential Function 
pp. 702 – 710 pp. 724– 732 
p. 708 – 133 odd p. 729 – 149 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 – 125 odd, 2763 every other
odd p. 744 – 117 odd, 2757 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 – 159 odd p. 762 – 153 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) 3348400 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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