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Course Syllabus for Intermediate Algebra
Prerequisite: COMPASS placement score 3139 or
successful completion (C or better) of Math 0097
Course Description: This course is a review of intermediate algebra.
Topics include properties of numbers,
linear equations and inequalities , quadratic equations, polynomials, rational
expressions and roots .
Office Hours: Office hours are 9:30am – 11am on
Monday and Wednesday. Additional office hours are
available by appointment.
Textbook: Elementary & Intermediate Algebra: A Combined Course, 3rd
edition, Charles P. McKeague,
Thomson, Brooks/Cole Publishing. ISBN 0495383031
Optional (Recommended): Student Solutions Manual
Course Content: Chapters 6 – 10 of the textbook as well as selected
sections from the text. Some COMPASS
review material will be included in the course.
Calculators: Use of calculators is allowed on all tests. Each student taking
this course needs access to a TI83,
TI84 or equivalent graphing /scientific calculator. Students will use their
calculator while participating in class,
taking exams, and completing homework exercises. Please note that sharing
calculators during graded
assignments is not permitted.
COMPASS: In order to complete Learning Support requirements for
mathematics, students must earn a grade
of C or better in MATH 0099 AND pass the COMPASS exit exam with a score
of 40 or higher.
Academic Policies: If a student simply quits attending class without
officially withdrawing, the student will
receive a grade of F in the class. The last day for officially withdrawing from
class without grade penalty is
March 6. Withdrawals after midsemester are subject to approval by the Vice
President for Academic Affairs
and will be issued only in cases of extreme emergency or hardship.
Student Learning: Students completing this course should satisfy the
following goal and learning outcomes.
Team Goal—Mathematics: The student will be able to demonstrate the
ability to
apply mathematical thought and methods .
Related Team Outcomes
• Students will be able to demonstrate algebraic skills in solving equations.
• Students will be able to graph an abstract function.
• Students will be able to model concrete problems and arrive at solutions.
• Students will be able to demonstrate algebraic skills in solving inequalities.
• Students will be able to use appropriate technology to enhance
mathematical thinking and understanding.
Grades: Students will have the choice between 2 grading plans. They are
as follows:
Plan A (homework option) 
Percentages 
Plan B (no homework option) 
Percentages 
Test 1  15%  Test 1  15% 
Test 2  15%  Test 2  15% 
Test 3  15%  Test 3  15% 
Test 4  15%  Test 4  15% 
Homework/quizzes  20%  Quizzes  20% 
Final  20%  Final  20% 
Total  100%  Total  100% 
Students will need to decide which option best suits their
needs and will submit a contract stating which plan
they choose to have their grade based on. All contracts will be due by the date
of the first test.
The following grading scale will apply:
A  90%100%
B  80%89%
C  70%79%
F  less than 70% (student must repeat the class)
IP (In Progress) is a potential grade for this course. It is awarded only to
those students eligible to take the
COMPASS exit exam but who do not earn the required score on COMPASS to exit
Learning Support
mathematics. Students not deemed eligible to take COMPASS will earn a grade of F
for the course.
Attendance: Students are expected to attend each and every scheduled
class session. Since lectures begin
promptly at the scheduled time, students are encouraged to avoid arriving late
to class. Roll will be taken during
each class session. Makeup work will not be accepted so students need to be
sure they do not miss any in
class assignments.
Extended Absence: Students, who have circumstances that prevent them from
continuing to attend classes over
an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit
them to submit work in absentia
to receive credit to complete the course. If the concurrent absences will
constitute more than 15% of the class
sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is
required before any course
assignments can be completed while missing class. The student must be in good
academic standing in the
course to make the request. All approved coursework must be completed by the end
of the semester in which
the course was begun.
Homework: We learn math by doing math. One to two hours of homework per
day are the norm for this
course. Quizzes will most likely be taken from the homework so it is important
to understand the material prior
to class. Waiting until the last minute to do your homework or studying the
material is not conducive to being
successful in this class. Late assignments will not be accepted. Each
assignment should be labeled with the
student’s name, class number and section , in addition to the specific
assignment. Assigned problems from the
homework should be worked out and checked using the answer key provided in the
back of the book. All
missed problems should be reworked. All submitted work is to be neat, readable
and COMPLETE.
Assignments without supporting work will not receive credit. Students are
required to keep all homework
assignments, tests, and all other relevant documents until the end of the
semester.
Tests: NO MAKEUP TESTS WILL BE GIVEN IN THIS
CLASS. If a student misses a test, they will receive
a grade of zero on that test . At the end of the semester all students have the
option of replacing one test grade
with their grade on the comprehensive final. Students that know in advance they
will be absent on a test day
may make arrangements with the instructor to take the test at a time prior to
the time the class takes the test.
Students who have attended all classes (that is, no absences over that
material) have the option of
reworking missed test questions for partial credit.
Cheating: Cheating (or even the appearance of cheating) will not be
tolerated in this class. Any student that the
instructor suspects of cheating will be removed from the testing area. The issue
will be referred to the
appropriate Floyd College committee for investigation.
Learning Disabilities: Students who feel they may need an accommodation
based on the impact of a disability
should make an appointment with the College Access Center (706: 8025003) to
coordinate reasonable
accommodations. The students are also welcome to contact the instructors
privately to discuss one’s specific
needs.
This message applies only to students receiving financial aid: Federal
regulations state that if a student did
not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned
and financial aid needs to be
reduced accordingly. Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA
will be required to prove that the
0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each
class. Students who have
earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this
regulation. If a student has
properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be
adjusted from the time they signed the
withdrawal form.
Student Conduct: Policies on student conduct and academic integrity are
in the College’s “Student Rights &
Responsibilities” document.
Math 099 Assignments:
(All test dates are tentative and are subject to change at the discretion of the
instructor)
Section  Homework  
5.6  Factoring: A General Review  165 odd 
6.1  Reducing Rational Expressions to Lowest Terms  147odd, 5967odd 
6.2  Multiplication and Division of Rational Expressions  157 odd 
6.3  Addition and Subtraction of Rational Expressions  141odd 
6.6  Complex Fractions  131odd 
Test 1  February 2  
7.1  Review of Solving Equations  187 odd 
The Quadratic Formula  Worksheet  
6.4  Equations Involving Rational Expressions  145 odd 
6.5  Applications  124 all 
6.7  Proportions  131 odd 
7.3  Compound Inequalities and Interval Notation  157 odd 
7.2  Equations With Absolute Value  155 odd 
7.4  Inequalities Involving Absolute Value  143 odd 
7.5  Review of Systems of Equations in Two Variables  173 odd 
Test 2  March 2  
4.1  Multiplication with Exponents  115 odd, 1963 odd 
4.2  Division with Exponents  115 odd, 2363 odd 
9.1  Rational Exponents  179 odd 
9.2  More Expressions Involving Rational Exponents  161 odd 
9.3  Simplified Form for Radicals  Every other odd thru 95 
9.4  Addition and Subtraction of Radical Expressions  137 odd 
9.5  Multiplication and Division of Radical Expressions  Every other odd thru 95 
9.6  Equations with Radicals  153 odd 
9.7  Complex Numbers  177 odd 
Test 3  March 30  
3.5  Slope and the Equation of a line  145 odd 
8.1  The Slope of a Line  3143 
8.2  The Equation of a Line  2543 odd, 5160 
8.3  Introduction to Functions  135 odd 
8.4  Function Notation  145 odd 
8.5  Algebra with Functions  151 odd 
10.1  Completing the Square  143 odd 
10.2  The Quadratic Formula  135 odd 
10.3  Additional Items Involving Solutions to Equations  139 odd 
10.5  Graphing Parabolas  127 odd 
Distance/Midpoint  Worksheet  
Test 4  April 27  
Final Exam  May 4  
Compass 
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