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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 PiecewiseDefined 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 crosscultural 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 roleplay 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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