# SYLLABUS FOR INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA

T**ext: Text: :** Introductory and Intermediate Algebra
for College Students; Robert Blitzer; 3^{rd} 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.

**Grades:** I will base grades on a combination of
quizzes, homework, tests, and the comprehensive final. I will use class
participation to decide whether to upgrade an average that is less than one
percentage point from the next break point. Class participation includes
answering questions and doing board problems. I will attempt to give you a few
minutes to do board problems at your desk before asking you to come to the
board. Usually I will ask you to do board problems in groups of 2. I will help
you if you have a problem. Articulating your answer to your peers is an
important part of your math education and is a course requirement. There will be
22 quizzes worth 6 points each and I will drop the three lowest quiz scores for
a total of 114 points. I will not issue a makeup quiz. If you miss a class the
missed quiz will be one of your low grades. I give partial credit for work
shown, be sure to take the time to show all steps in your thought process. If it
is a word problem a sketch is required and will be part of the grade. I do not
give partial credit if work is not shown. I will ask you to display your
homework at the beginning of each class. If you have attempted each problem you
will receive 6 points. If not no points will be awarded. If you miss class I
will accept the homework at and only at the first class you are present at. I
will not review your homework for credit after the due date.

There will be three tests worth 100 points each and the final will combine a test of chapter 11 with a comprehensive final is worth 300 pts.

Event | Points |

quizzes | 114 |

homework | 132 |

Test I | 100 |

Test II | 100 |

Test III | 100 |

Final | 300 |

Total | 846 |

Grades will be based on total points. Letter grades will be awarded on the following basis

A | 90-100% of total points | 822-740 |

B | 80-89% of total points | 739-658 |

C | 70-79% of total points | 657-575 |

D | 60-69% of total points | 574-493 |

F | 0-59% of total points | 492-0 |

Students may bring one handwritten (no mechanically produced, printed, or photocopied sheets allowed) notes sheet to all tests and quizzes. The notes sheet can be written on one side only, the other side must be blank. Sheet can be no larger than 8.5x11inches. Sheet must be the student’s own work. Two 8.5x11 inch note pages front and back are allowed for the final.

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