# SYLLABUS FOR INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA

Text: Text: : Introductory and Intermediate Algebra for College Students; Robert Blitzer; 3rd edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009

Office Hours: I have no office on Campus but will meet with any Student who needs help. Contact me in or after class (I will remain until all students have left), by phone or by email. I will attempt to answer email every day but do not assume an appointment has been made if I have not sent a verification by return email.

Course Description: This course is a continuation of Math 021. Subjects include linear and quadratic equations and inequalities; graphs; algebraic fractions; 2x2 and 3x3 systems of linear equations; and complex numbers. Course Assignments are in the attached matrix course topics are:

 Chapter Section Topic 4 1 Solving systems of linear equations by graphing 2 Solving systems of linear equations by substitution 3 Solving systems of linear equations by addition 4 Problem solving using systems of equations 5 Solving systems of linear equations in three variables 6 1 The greatest common factor and factoring by grouping 2 Factoring trinomials whose leading coefficient is 1 3 Factoring trinomials whose leading coefficient is not 1 4 Factoring special forms 5 A general factoring strategy 6 Solving quadratic equations by factoring 7 1 Rational expressions and their simplification 2 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions 3 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions same denom 4 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions different denominator 5 Complex Rational Expressions 6 Solving rational Expressions 7 Applications using Rational Equations and Proportions 8 Modeling Using Variation 8 1 Introduction to Functions 2 Graphs of Functions 3 The Algebra of Functions 4 Composite and Inverse Functions 9 1 Linear Inequalities 2 Compound Inequalities 3 Equations and inequalities involving absolute value 4 Linear inequalities in 2 variables 10 1 Radical expressions and functions 2 Rational exponents 3 Multiplying and simplifying radical expressions 4 Adding, subtracting, and dividing radical expressions 5 Multiplying with more than one term and rationalizing denominators 6 Radical equations 7 Complex numbers 11 1 The square root property ; completing the square; distance formula; midpoint formula 2 The quadratic formula 3 Quadratic functions and their graphs 4 Equation quadratic in form 5 Polynomial and rational inequalities

Homework: I will check homework every class and I will give a quiz each class period based on the homework assigned for that class period. You should plan on at least 2.5 hours of outside study for every class period. Homework is assigned in the attached matrix. Two copies are provided, detach one and put in a safe place if you loose the original. Section titles and numbers are shown in the table at the end of this syllabus. You are assigned to read the chapters that will be covered in class. You should come to class ready to ask questions on any homework problem you were unable to solve. An opportunity to ask questions on the homework will be provided before each quiz.