# Intermediate Algebra Syllabus

**COURSE DESCRIPTION: **This course is designed for
students who have mastered

elementary algebra. It focuses on linear and absolute value equations;
inequalities,

functions; rational exponents ; radicals; complex numbers; solving and graphing
of

quadratic equations and inequalities; and solving systems of linear equations
and

inequalities.

**PREREQUISITES:** MTH 075 or equivalent

**CREDITS:** 4.00 * * Credits do not apply toward
graduation

**REQUIRED MATERIALS (CHECK WITH BOOKSTORE FOR LATEST
EDITION):**

Click on the bookstore for the campus which you are attending each class.

Pemberton Campus Bookstore

Mt Laurel Campus Bookstore

**INTENDED COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES/COURSE GOALS /CORE
COMPETENCIES:**

1. Graph an equation and determine slope and intercepts.

2. Write a linear equation in slope-intercept form and determine if two lines
and parallel,

perpendicular, of neither.

3. Calculate the domain and range of a relation and determine if the relation is
a

function.

4. Identify and sketch transformations of graphs of functions.

5. Solve and graph inequalities in one variable .

6. Solve compound inequalities and absolute value equations and inequalities.

7. Solve and graph linear inequalities in two variables.

8. Solve a system of equations graphically, by substitution , and by the
elimination

method.

9. Apply the properties of exponents to simplify algebraic expression and to
evaluate

and/or simplify expressions with rational exponents.

10. Write numbers in scientific notation.

11. Evaluate radical functions and find the domains of radical functions.

12. Simplify radical expressions by rationalizing and by using the
Multiplication and

Division Properties .

13. Write the square roots of negative numbers in I form and perform operations
on

numbers in I form.

14. Solve quadratic equations by factoring, completing the square, using the
Quadratic

Formula, and extracting square roots.

15. Graph parabolas and determine the vertices of parabolas by completing the
square.

16. Determine the domain of a rational function.

17. Add, subtract, multiply, divide, and simplify rational expressions.

18. Solve rational equations containing constant and variable denominators .

19. Determine horizontal and vertical asymptotes of rational functions and
sketch graphs

of rational functions.

**GENERAL EDUCATION GOALS INTRODUCED/REINFORCED IN THIS
COURSE:**

2. b. Students will construct graphs and charts , interpret them, and draw
appropriate

Conclusions.

**TOPICAL OUTLINE FOR THE COURSE:**

Introduction to Graphs and Functions

1. Ordered Pairs as Solutions ; the Distance Formula; The Midpoint Formula

2. Graphs of Equations

3. Slope; Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

4. Relations, Functions, and Function Notation; Finding the Domain of a Function

5. Graphs of Linear and Piecewise-Defined Functions; Vertical Line Test

6. Transformations of Functions

Linear Functions, Equations, and Inequalities; Systems of
Linear Equations and

Inequalities

1. Writing Equations of Lines

2. Linear Inequalities in One Variable: Solving Linear and Compound Inequalities

3. Solving Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities

4. Solving a System of Equations in 2 Variables by Graphing, Substitution, and

Elimination

5. Graphs of Linear Inequalities in 2 Variables and Systems of Linear
Inequalities

in 2 Variables

Radicals and Complex Numbers

1. Integer Exponents and Scientific Notation

2. Rational Exponents and Radicals

3. Simplifying and Combining Radicals

4. Multiplying and Dividing Radicals

5. Solving Radical Equations

6. Complex Numbers and Operations with Complex Numbers

Quadratic Functions, Equations, and Inequalities

1. The Factoring and Square Root Methods

2. Completing the Square

3. The Quadratic Formula; the Discriminant

4. Graphs of Quadratic Functions; Sketching a Parabola

5. Quadratic Inequalities in One Variable

Rational Expressions and Rational Functions

1. Simplifying Rational Expressions

2. Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions

3. Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions

4. Solving Rational Equations

5. Graphing Rational Functions

**Course Activities:**

- Course activities vary from course to course and
instructor to instructor. Below is

a listing of some of the activities students can anticipate in this course:

- Writing assignments: students will analyze current
issues in the field using

current articles from the popular press as well as library research including

electronic resources databases.

- Speaking assignments: students will present research
individually or in groups

using current technology to support the presentation (e.g., PowerPoint

presentation); students will participate in discussions and debates related to the

topics in the lessons. Discussions may also focus on cross-cultural and legalethical

dilemmas as they relate to the course content.

- Simulation activities: Trends and issues will
analyzed for their ethical as well as

social or legal significance . Students might role-play common situations for

classmates to analyze. Current news articles may be used to generate discussion.

- Case Studies: Complex situations and scenarios will
be analyzed in cooperative

group settings or as homework assignments.

- Lectures: This format will include question and
answer sessions to provide

interactivity between students and instructor.

- Speakers: Representatives from various related fields may be invited to speak.

- Videos: Related topics will provide impetus for discussion.

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