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INTERMEDIATE COLLEGE ALGEBRA
1. *INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION
c. Office phone number:
d. E-mail address:
e. Office hours:
2. COURSE INFORMATION
a. Course name, number and credit hours:
MTH 100 Intermediate College Algebra--3 Semester Credit Hours.
b. *Section number and reference/synonym number:
c. *Class meeting time (days, time, location):
A grade of “C” or better in MTH 092 (Developmental Algebra II) or MTH 098
(Elementary Algebra) or appropriate mathematics placement score.
e. Course description:
PREREQUISITE: A grade of “C” or better in MTH 092 (Developmental
Algebra II) or MTH 098 (Elementary Algebra) or appropriate
mathematics placement score.
This course provides a study of algebraic techniques such as linear
equations and inequalities , quadratic equations , systems of equations, and
operations with exponents and radicals. Functions and relations are
introduced and graphed with special emphasis on linear and quadratic
functions. This course does not apply toward the general core requirement
for mathematics for AS degrees.
f. Course Objectives:
To review algebraic concepts and to help students acquire a solid foundation
in intermediate algebra.
CHAPTER 2 EQUATIONS, INEQUALITIES, AND PROBLEM SOLVING
2.1 Linear Equations in One Variable
2.4 Linear Inequalities and Problem Solving
2.5 Compound Inequalities
2.6 Absolute Value Equations
2.7 Absolute Value Inequalities
CHAPTER 3 GRAPHS AND FUNCTIONS
3.1 Graphing Equations
3.2 Introduction to Functions
3.3 Graphing Linear Functions
3.4 The Slope of a Line
3.5 Equations of Lines
CHAPTER 4 SYSTEMS OF EQUATIONS
4.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables
CHAPTER 5 EXPONENTS, POLYNOMIALS, AND POLYNOMIAL FUNCTIONS
5.1 Exponents and Scientific Notation
5.2 More Work with Exponents and Scientific Notation
5.3 Polynomials and Polynomial Functions**
5.4 Multiplying Polynomials**
5.5 The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping**
5.6 Factoring Trinomials **
5.7 Factoring by Special Products
5.8 Solving Equations by Factoring and Problem Solving
CHAPTER 6 RATIONAL EXPRESSIONS
6.1 Rational Functions and Multiplying and Dividing Rational
6.2 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions**
6.3 Simplifying Complex Fractions
6.4 Dividing Polynomials: Long Division and Synthetic Division
6.5 Solving Equations Containing Rational Expressions
6.7 Variation and Problem Solving
CHAPTER 7 RATIONAL EXPONENTS, RADICALS, AND COMPLEX
7.1 Radicals and Radical Functions
7.2 Rational Exponents
7.3 Simplifying Radical Expressions
7.4 Adding, Subtracting, and Multiplying Radical Expressions
7.5 Rationalizing Denominators and Numerators of Radical
7.6 Radical Equations and Problem Solving
7.7 Complex Numbers
CHAPTER 8 QUADRATIC EQUATIONS AND FUNCTIONS
8.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square
8.2 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quadratic Formula
8.3 Solving Equations by Using Quadratic Methods
8.4 Nonlinear Inequalities in One Variable
8.5 Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs
8.6 Further Graphing of Quadratic Functions
CHAPTER 9 EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS
9.1 The Algebra of Functions; Composite Functions
9.2 Inverse Functions
**This should be review material for many students.
g. Course Sequencing Statement:
This course is a prerequisite for MTH 104, MTH 110, MTH 112, MTH 115,
and MTH 265.
h. Course Applicability Statement:
MTH 100 is applicable to a limited number of Calhoun programs. Please see
the program guide in the Calhoun Catalog.
i. Course Transferability Statement:
MTH 100 is not intended to transfer to other institutions. For specific
information on transferability of courses, please contact the institution to
which you plan to transfer. Students transferring to public institutions in
Alabama may check course transferability by logging onto the Statewide
Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS) at
clicking to access the Stars Systems and following the
3. TEXTBOOK AND COURSE SUPPORT MATERIALS
Intermediate Algebra, 5th edition, by K. Elayn Martin-Gay, Pearson/Prentice-
Hall, 2009. (Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and Chapter 10 as time permits;
see Topic Outline for sections covered.)
b. Additional notes:
Homework Assignments, Sample Exams, and Tests will be Internet-based.
CD/DCD lecture presentations that accompany the textbook may be
available for viewing online or in the Mathematics Learning Center.
d. Library and LRC resources and services are accessible on-line at
4. INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS
Instructional methods may include, but not be limited to,
discussions, student presentations, CD/DVD lecture presen-tations, and
computer-generated material. The facilities of the Mathematics Learning Center
may be utilized.
MyMathLab is the software used for this course.
homework, quizzes, and tests on the computer. The textbook, along with
CD/DVD lectures, animations, step-by-step examples, and many other
resources are available with the software.
5. GRADING PLAN
|Online Homework Assignments||15%|
|Six Exams @10% Each||60%|
• Homework will be completed and graded online.
6. GRADE SCALE
|A – Excellent||(90 – 100)|
|B – Good||(80 – 89)|
|C – Average||(70 – 79)|
|D – Poor||(60 – 69)|
|F – Failure||(Below 60|
7. *WEEKLY OR DAILY LIST OF ASSIGNMENTS
To include required submissions of course requirements as
shown in the
Grading Plan. (Note: Instructors should ensure that at least one major course
requirement (exam/paper/project) has been completed, graded, and returned
for student review prior to the end of the withdrawal period).
8. *DATE, TIME, AND LOCATION OF FINAL EXAM
9. ATTENDANCE POLICY
Class attendance is required. The attendance policy is set
by the college and
is in effect from the first time a class meets. If a student registers during the
drop/add period, attendance is counted from the first class meeting following
registration. Students whose absences exceed twice the number of weekly class
meetings in a regular 15-week semester can be involuntarily dropped from the
class roll by the instructor with a grade of W (withdrawal). The maximum
number of absences for an eight-week mini semester is two (2); for 10-week or
five-week summer courses, three (3); and for weekend courses, two (2).
Distance education students can be involuntarily withdrawn by the instructor if
the student has not communicated with the instructor by phone, email, or in
person within the first two weeks of a semester.
Students are responsible for activities missed during any
absence, and make-up
work will be governed by the instructor as stated in the course syllabus. It is
the student’s responsibility to keep a record of his/her absences and to
understand specific policies detailed in each course syllabus. Communication
with the instructor concerning absences is essential. Appeals of involuntary
withdrawals are made at the divisional level to the division chairperson.
Military personnel who are involuntarily called to active
duty for unscheduled
and or emergency situations and those individuals called for jury duty will be
excused. Official documentation will be required. College-related events such
as field trips, athletic competitions, and drama productions , which are
documented by the college, will also be excused. Official documentation will be
Each course syllabus will contain a makeup policy, a statement of the
maximum number of absences allowed in the course and if the instructor
will be assigning the grade of W if the maximum number of absences is
10. *MAKEUP POLICY/HOW TO MAKE UP MISSED WORK
11. DISCRIMINATION/HARASSMENT STATEMENT
The College and the Alabama State Board of Education are
providing both employment and educational environments free of harassment
or discrimination related to an individual’s race, color, gender, religion, national
origin, age, or disability. Such harassment is a violation of State Board of
Education policy. Any practice or behavior that constitutes harassment or
discrimination will not be tolerated.
12. WITHDRAWAL POLICY
Effective from the day after the Drop/Add period through
the last day of classes
(prior to final examinations), students may withdraw and receive a grade of W or
faculty may initiate a withdrawal and assign a grade of W if the student exceeds
the number of absences in the college’s attendance policy.
13. DISABILITY STATEMENT
If you have a disability that might require special
materials, services, or
assistance, please contact Calhoun’s Disability Services Office in the Chasteen
Student Center, Second Floor, Room 220 (Decatur Campus) or call (256) 306-
2630 or (256) 306-2635.
14. *GENERAL COMMENTS BY INSTRUCTOR
a. Children are not allowed to attend classes with
students or faculty. No
minors should be left unattended in any building of Calhoun Community
b. Calhoun Community College will communicate campus-wide information via
SPACE student e-mail. You have a SPACE e-mail account, which you can
access from . Your username is: first initial, last name,
and last four digits of your student ID number (Example: jsmith1234).
Your initial password is 'cal'. You will be prompted to change the
c. Notice—Student Schedules/Grades:
Calhoun Community College will no longer mail a student’s schedule or
grades. Students may obtain schedule and grade information (transcripts)
through the Calhoun Web Site at and clicking on the
Web Advisor link. A student user name and password is needed to access
d. *To be completed by the instructor for this course.
THIS SYLLABUS IS EFFECTIVE SPRING SEMESTER, 2009.