# Course Syllabus for Intermediate Algebra

** Method of Presentation :
**The material will be covered using the lecture format. Problems will be
assigned each class meeting for

discussion and review during the following class period.

**Method of Evaluation:
**Four Tests:15% each

Homework and Quizzes 15%

Final Exam 25%

**Grading Scale:
**92 -100 A

84 - 91 B

75 - 83 C

Below 75 **E or F

**NOTE: A letter grade of E (for Extended Time and signifying that you must
repeat this course to strengthen

your math skills ) may be given in lieu of an F for those students who attend
regularly, do all of the work and try

to actively learn the material.

**Course Objectives:
**At the completion of this course, the students will be able to:

I. Given a graph, identify it as a function and detennine the Domain and Range;
analyze graphs of linear

functions to identify the x-intercept, y-intercept and slope

2. Graph linear equations in two variables using ordered pairs, the intercepts, and the slope and y-intercept

3. Graph linear inequalities in two variables

4. Determine whether two linear graphs are coinciding, parallel, or
perpendicular by inspecting their

corresponding equations and write linear equations in two variables when given
infonnation about their

graphs

5. Solve systems oflinear equations graphically and algebraically

6. Solve systems of two linear inequalities graphically

7. Simplify radical expressions with integer (positive and negative)radicands

8. Solve quadratic functions using multiple approaches to include factoring and the quadratic fonnula

9. Graph and analyze quadratic functions to identify vertex , x and y-intercepts,
maxima and minima, and

domain and range

10. Add and subtract rational expressions and solve Rational equations

11. Solve real -world applications and problems involving the distance between
two points and the

Pythagorean Theorem

**Attendance:** ATIENDANCE IS EXPECTED (See catalog)

**Policy Regarding Make-Up Work:
**There will be NO MAKE-UP TESTS given. If, due to some emergency situation, a
student must miss a

scheduled test, he or she is responsible for contacting the instructor AS SOON AS POSSmLE. In those

cases, the instructor has the prerogative of replacing that ONE missing test grade with that of the Final

Exam. All other missed tests will receive a grade of zero .

**TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS COURSE, A GRADE OF "C" OR BETTER MUST BE EARNED
FOR THE COURSE AND A GRADE OF 65% OR HIGHER MUST BE EARNED ON THE FINAL
EXAM. Students who fail to earn a C or better for the course OR who fail to earn
a 65% on the final
exam must re-take the course.**

**WEEKLY GUIDE**

Week:

Material Covered:

1.Review of Syllabus, Review of Basic Algebra Skills (Supplement), Introduction to
Functions

Textbook: 3.2

2.Graphing Linear Functions (table and x and y-intercepts), Slope

Textbook: 3.3.1,3.3.2,3.4.1

3.Graphing a line using the slope and y -intercept, Finding Equations of lines
given a point and

the slope, Finding Equations of Lines given two points

Textbook: 3.4.2, 3.5.1, 3.5.2

4.Parallel and Perpendicular Lines, Review for Test I, Test I,

Textbook: 3.6

5.Finding the length and midpoint of a line segment, graphing Inequalities,
solving systems of

equations by graphing

Textbook: 3.1.2,3.7,4.1.1

6.Solving systems of equations by substitution, Solving systems of equations by
the Addition

Method, Application Problems(rate of wind and water current),

Textbook: 4.1.2,4.2.1,4.4.1

7.Application Problems (cost), Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities

Textbook: 4.4.2, 4.5

8.Review for Test II, Test II, Factoring Review Worksheet

Textbook: Supplement

9.Review Factoring, Factoring the sum or difference of two cubes , Review solving
Quadratic

Equations by factoring

Textbook: Supplement, 6.4.2, 6.5.1, (9.1.1)

10.Simplifying Radical Expressions, Solving quadratic equations by taking the
Square Roots

Textbool{: 8.2.1,9.1.3

11.Use the Quadratic Formula to solve Quadratic Equations, Graphing Quadratic
Functions,

Finding the x-intercepts of quadratic functions

Textbook: 9.2.2, 9.6.1, 9.6.2

12.Finding maximum and minimum values, Applications (maximum and minimum) of

Quadratic Functions, Review for Test III

Textbook: 9.7

13.Test III, Review Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions

Textbook: 7.2.1

14.Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions with like and unlike denominators,
Solving

Rational Equations

Textbook: 7.2.2, 7.4.1

15.Work problems, Review for Test IV, Test IV

Textbook: 7.4.2

Final Review, Final Exam (Comprehensive)

**ADA Statement:
**DSCC is committed to providing a discrimination free environment for its
students with disabilities. Students with

disabilities are encouraged to inform the college of any assistance they may need. Please contact Pam Dahl, ADA

Coordinator, at 286-3242.

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