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Course Outline for Intermediate Algebra
Catalog Description: (MA 0103 is designed to prepare a
student for MA 1313 College Algebra)
Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Real numbers, algebraic expressions ,
factoring,
algebraic fractions, linear equations /inequalities, quadratic equations,
Pythagorean Theorem.
Does not count toward any degree.
Topic / Objectives  Lecture Hours 
Lab Hours 
I. Review of the Real Number System • Simplify expressions involving exponents, roots, and order of operations. • Evaluate algebraic expressions for given values of variables. • Simplify expressions by combining similar terms. 
1  2 
II. Linear Equations, Inequalities,
and Applications • Solve linear equations. • Write equations from given information, then solve. • Use the six steps in solving an applied problem. • Solve problems involving investment, mixture, and uniform motion. • Solve linear inequalities and express answers in interval notation. • Solve compound inequalities. • Solve absolute value equations. 
4  4 
III. Graphs, Linear Equations, and
Functions • Graph a line using a table, the intercepts, or the slope. • Find the slope of a line given two points on the line. • Determine whether two lines are parallel, perpendicular, or neither. • Find the equation of a line in slope intercept or standard form. 
3  3 
IV. Systems of Linear Equalities in
Two Variables • Solve linear systems ( two equations and two variables) by elimination. • Solve application problems using two variables. 
3  3 
V. Exponents, Polynomials, and
Polynomial Functions • Use the laws of exponents to simplify expressions. • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide polynomials. 
3  4 
VI. Factoring • Factor expressions by finding the greatest common factor or by grouping. • Factor the difference of squares and the sum/difference of cubes. • Factor trinomials using a variety of methods. • Solve equations by factoring. • Solve application problems by factoring. 
5  4 
VII. Rational Expressions and
Functions • Write rational expressions in lowest terms . • Multiply or divide rational expressions. • Add or subtract rational expressions with different denominators. • Simplify complex fractions. • Solve rational equations. • Solve problems involving proportions , uniform motion, and work rates. 
5  4 
VIII. Roots, Radicals, and Root
Functions • Simplify expressions involving radicals and rational exponents. • Simplify products and quotients of radicals with the same index. • Simplify radical expressions involving addition and subtraction. • Multiply binomials with radical expressions. • Rationalize denominators involving radicals. 
4  4 
IX. Quadratic Equations • Solve quadratic equations by factoring or the square root method. • Solve quadratic equations by completing the square or using the quadratic formula. 
2  2 
Total Contact Hours 
30  30 
Homework: Homework assignments are to be completed
each day. The homework
component of MML includes helpful features such as example problems, videos,
guided
solutions , and corresponding textbook pages.
Quizzes: Open book/note quizzes are to be completed each week during lab
time.
Students are allowed 60 minutes to complete a quiz. A student will not be
allowed to
take a quiz unless he/she has completed the prerequisite homework.
Tests: Students will take four tests and a comprehensive Final Exam. No
notes or
formulas are allowed on these tests. No makeup tests will be given. The final
exam grade
will be used in place of a test grade missed if the excused absence is
documented.
Grade Computation:
4 Tests  = 400 points 
Quiz Average  = 150 points 
HW Average  = 150 points 
Final Exam  = 300 points 
Total Points Possible  =1000 points 
Grade Scale:
A = 900 – 1000 points; B = 800 – 899 points; C = 700 – 799 points;
D = 600 – 699 points; F = below 600 points
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