# COURSE SYLLABUS FOR INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA

**Course Description/Overview:
**The Intermediate Algebra course is one of the basic and fundamental courses
in Mathematics. It provides

an introduction to mathematical reasoning and problem solving with an emphasis on the most basic concepts of

algebra.

This is the third and the last course in the series of developmental courses in mathematics at Brazosport

College. Successful completion of this course should indicate readiness for the next course, College Algebra:

MATH 1314.

**Textbook:**

The course textbook is

**Algebra Beginning and Intermediate 2nd**Edition by R. N. Aufmann, V. C.

Braker and J. S. Lockwood, Houghton Mifflin Company.

**Format:**

The Intermediate Algebra course is designed as a regular course, containing lecture and lab classes.

In the lecture/teaching classes, the student will perform regular activities, asked by the instructor. The

corresponding lesson/work will be taught at this time.

During the Lab section, the students will be allowed to work on the previous topic (s); the work may be

done individually or in small teams. Also, the Lab time is set for discussions, questions, and related topic debates.

Because of the time assigned for the class (2 hours and 5 minutes), a short break may be taken as at

instructor decision.

**Course Goals:**

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Describe a set of real numbers in interval and set builder notation.

2. Find the intersection and union of two sets .

3. Solve a linear equation.

4. Solve a literal equation.

5. Solve a linear inequality and describe the solution in interval notation.

6. Solve an absolute value equation.

7. Set up and solve a linear application.

8. Find the slope and equation of a line .

9. Graph the equation of a line.

10. Graph a linear inequality.

11. Solve a system of linear equations.

12. Simplify monomial expressions with integral exponents.

13. Multiply and divide two polynomials .

14. Factor an expression in quadratic form .

15. Use the factor by grouping technique.

16. Factor a binomial using the sum or difference of cubes.

17. Add or subtract two rational expressions.

18. Multiply or divide two rational expressions.

19. Simplify a complex fraction .

20. Solve equations involving rational expressions.

21. Simplify expressions with rational exponents.

22. Simplify radical expressions .

23. Add or subtract radical expressions.

24. Multiply or divide radical expressions.

25. Solve a quadratic equation.

**Assessments:**

During this semester there will be several quizzes from homework, 5 Tests and one Final Exam.

Any written open-answer assessment must contain all the steps performed in order to get the solution and

must be presented in a mathematical methodical manner .

**No make up work is allowed unless extraordinary**

circumstances by providing official documents. Official document must have the Heading of a company or

doctor and the sill plus a signature of the person who completes the document. In addition, the reason of

absences must be very, very strong.

circumstances by providing official documents. Official document must have the Heading of a company or

doctor and the sill plus a signature of the person who completes the document. In addition, the reason of

absences must be very, very strong.

**Grading Policy/Evaluation:**

The grades will be counted in the following way:

Class Work/Participation | 10% |

Quizzes | 20% |

Tests’ average | 50% |

Final Exam: | 20% |

**Final Exam:**

The Final Exam is mandatory and comprehensive. Its schedule for **December 14,
2009**, in the regular

classroom, from **10:30 am to 12:30 pm**. Missing the Final Exam is reflected
as failure the course. **No make-up is
allowed for the Final in any circumstances.**

The Final Exam worth 20% from the final grade!

**Class Work:**

During the class sessions, the student is allowed to take the written notes only, to interact with the

instructor by answering to asked questions and asking questions, to complete the work required by the instructor,

working individual or in groups.

The student is not allowed to

1. Use the cell phone in any ways (i.e. typing messages or speaking)

2. To sleep in class

3. To come in class without books, pencils or notebooks

4. To bring food or any beverages in class (the only liquid accepted is WATER)

5. To work on the homework during the lecture.

If this is happened, the student will be invited to leave the class, accumulated an absence, or he/she will

be punished with a point off from the final grade.

The Class Work worth 10% from the final grade.

**Homework:**

The homework is assigned on the schedule. The homework will not be collected. Several quizzes from

homework will be given during this semester.

**Quizzes:**

There will be several unannounced quizzes from homework.

**No make-up is allowed.**

The average of quizzes worth 20% from the final grade!

**Tests:**

Four (5) Tests will be administrated in the regular class as scheduled:

Test 1 September 16

^{th}, 2009

Test 2 September 30

^{th}, 2009

Test 3 October 14

^{th}, 2009

Test 4 November 2

^{nd}, 2009

Test 5 December 2

^{nd}, 2009

They contains open-answer questions where the students are required to show all the work performed on

the tests’ paper in a methodical manner, organized and using appropriate mathematical symbols .

The dates for the Tests are stated on the Schedule as tentative; the instructor will announce the exact date

and time in the class, prior. For this reason,

**no make up work is allowed unless extraordinary circumstances**

by providing official documents.

by providing official documents.

The average of tests worth 50% from the final grade!

**Grading Scale:**

Unless an announced in changes is made , the following scale will be applied for this course:

**Required Material:**

No special materials or devices are required. Any kind of calculator is prohibited.

**Attendance:**

The students

**must**attend every lecture and lab class. Each class meeting is considering as an entity.

**After**

3 absences the instructor will consider “excessive absences” and may drop the student.

3 absences the instructor will consider “excessive absences” and may drop the student.

To avoid unnecessary class disruptions, the students are expected to arrive on time and remain seated

until the class is dismissed.

**If a student is coming late in class, the instructor may consider it as an absence.**

The time spent in the class, the student will follow the instructor’s directives and will respect the

College’s student conduct (including academic honesty).

**Dropping policy:**

The last day to withdraw from course is

**November 6, 2009.**

**No late withdraw form will be signed after the official dropping date!**

To be eligible for a reinstatement, the student must bring official documents and have an average of at

least 70% in his/her class participation.

If a student is withdrawn from a developmental class, and has not met the minimum passing score set by

TSI, s/he will be withdrawn not only from the developmental course but also from all other courses as well.

**Academic Honesty:**

Brazosport College assumes that students eligible to perform on the college level are familiar with the

ordinary rules governing proper conduct including academic honesty. The principle of academic honesty is that

all work presented by you is yours alone. Academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism,

and collusion shall be treated appropriately.

The students caught cheating will be get zero for the assessment for the first time. The second time

he/she will have a failing grade for the entire course.

**Time requirement:**

Taking into account the volume of the information and the homework assigned, a minimum

**of 8 hours a**

week outside of class is required for course preparation including: reading the lessons from the textbook,

reviewing the class notes and complete the homework.A team of Tutors is available in the LAC

week outside of class is required for course preparation including: reading the lessons from the textbook,

reviewing the class notes and complete the homework.

**(phone 230-**

3253).

3253).

**Students with disabilities:**

Brazosport College is committed to provide equal education opportunities to
every student. Brazosport

College offers services for individuals with special needs and capabilities
including counseling, tutoring,

equipment, and software to assist students with special needs. Please contact
Phil Robertson, Special Populations

Counselor, 979-230-3236 for further information.

Miscellaneous:

No electronic recording device is allowed in the class. The students may only
take written notes from the

class.

**No cell phones are allowed to be used during the class, quizzes, tests or exams.**
Please turn off any

electronic device which may disturb the class activity.

No food is allowed to be brought into the class and be consumed, at any time.

No other electronic device, including laptop, palm, iPod is allowed to be
brought and used in class, at any

time.

**IMPORTANT:**

1. Any further information will be presented in class by the instructor and is
the student’s

responsibility to be informed.

2. If the school is shutting down due on sever weather conditions in the day of
scheduled test, it will

be reschedule for the first meeting after schools reopen.

3. There will be no office hours during the Exam Week.

4. There will be no assessments at the end of the semester to increase the
grades. The students

MUST perform the work during the 16 weeks witch is the semester period.

**Other student Services Information:
**Information about study skills and tutoring for math, reading, writing, biology,
chemistry and other

subjects is available in the Learning Assistance Center (LAC), call 979-230-

3253.

The Student Services provides assistance in the following:

Counseling and Advising 979-230-3040

Financial Aid 979-230-3294

Student Activities 979-230-3355

To reach the Information Technology Department for computer, email, or other technical assistance call

the Help Desk at 979-230-3266.

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