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# INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA

The course provides mid-level algebraic skills needed for success in subsequent mathematics
and science courses. It does satisfy part of the 6 hours of mathematics needed to meet the Gordon
Rule or General Education requirements. The course provide elective credit towards graduation.

The general education requirements in Mathematics for the AA degree stipulate six hours with a grade
of 'C' or better, at least three hours of which must be in Group A .
Group A: MAC1105, MAC1114, MAC1140, MAC2233, MAC 2311, MAC2312, MAC 2313,
MAP2302, MGF1107
Group B: MGF1106, PHI1100, STA2023

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Intermediate Algebra includes the study of quadratic equations ; rational exponents and their
properties; radicals; rational expressions and equations ; factoring (review); graphing linear and
quadratic functions and interpreting graphs; solving systems of linear equations and inequalities ; and
applications.

PREREQUISITE: MAT0024, or equivalent.

TEXT: Intermediate Algebra, Functions and Graphs, by Yoshiwara and Yoshiwara (Required)
Text includes Interactive Video Skill builder CD

Students are expected to have a graphing calculator. A TI 83 (by Texas Instruments) will be used for
classroom presentations.

Tests (Total of 5 75 pts each) ............. 375 points
Final Exams ….......... ..........................150 points
Home Work ……………...................... 75 points TOTAL 600 points

A: > 535
B: 470 – 534.99
C: 405 – 469.99
D: < 404.99 – below

HOMEWORK/PROJECTS: Specific problems will be assigned for individual and group work. Students are
encouraged to attempt additional unassigned problems to test and perfect your algebra skills.

Specific Learning Outcomes

1. Analyze and interpret quantitative data verbally, graphically, symbolically and numerically .
2. Effectively communicate quantitative data verbally, graphically, symbolically and numerically.
3. Appropriately integrate technology into mathematical processes.
4. Use mathematical concepts effectively in problem-solving through integration of new material and modeling.
5. Understand and apply mathematical skills necessary to effectively function in all phases of society.

Specific Course Objectives

1. Demonstrate an ability to factor algebraic expressions into primes using techniques of removing common factors
and factoring the difference of squares and trinomials.
2. Evaluate rational expressions and use prime factorization to reduce simple rational expressions.
3. Use the properties of equalities and equivalent equalities to solve rational equations; apply to word problems
involving ratios and proportions .
4. Demonstrate the relationship between exponents and radicals .
6. Use the properties of equality to solve equations involving one radical expression.
7. Recognize a quadratic equation; choose and apply the most efficient method to solve it; apply skills to word
problems.
8. Use the properties of inequalities and equivalent inequalities to solve linear inequalities in one variable and
express the solutions graphically or in interval notation.
9. Use tables and graphs as tools to interpret expressions, equations and inequalities.
10. Locate the x- and y- intercepts graphically and algebraically; interpret them in the context of the problem.
11. Explain and determine the slope of a line as the ratio of change in the dependent variable with respect to change in
the independent variable.
12. Connect the solution set of a system of two linear equations in two variables

1. Don’t miss class.

Absences are the #1 reason people fall behind in Intermediate Algebra. Math is a very cumulative
subject, that is, much of what we do in the duration of the course is based on previous material covered
earlier in the course. Also, for many students, Intermediate Algebra is faster paced and more demanding
than their previous math courses. With these things in mind, it is very important that you do not fall behind.

2. Take notes during lecture.
Anything written on the board during lecture is important enough to go into notes. If you are following
what is being done on the board it is best to mostly listen and take less notes. If the material is
unfamiliar, be prepared to take more thorough notes at first. Review your notes after lecture to help with
the homework and also to gauge in which areas you need more practice. In lecture, I often will expand on
’s explanation as well as answer specific student questions. Often these are the most important
things to note as you will not be reminded of them later when you sit down to do your homework with the
book examples.

In this class you will be asked a lot of math questions. In turn, I hope that you fully learn to feel
comfortable with asking questions in math class. Chances are if you do not understand what’s being
explained, there are others in the class with the same misunderstanding. Clear up these misunderstandings