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Syllabus for Intermediate Algebra
This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of
the instructor.
Course Content: Welcome to Math 098! This course will include chapters 2
– 8.
Math 98 assumes that you have a working knowledge of beginning algebra.
Daily Schedule: Each class will begin with questions from the assigned
homework. Check your homework sheet for specific problems to solve. To
succeed at the study of Intermediate Algebra, you will need to attend class and
come prepared with homework completed. A new topic will be presented on a
daily basis. Attendance is taken on a regular basis.
Homework: Daily homework will be assigned and is to be done outside the
class period. Assigned homework is a beginning point only. Do more problems if
needed to fully understand the concepts. For 1 hour of class time, expect to do
2
hours of study. Homework that is to be turned in for credit must be on time.
Late
homework assignments will not be accepted without a late voucher. A student is
given two late homework vouchers for the quarter and must follow the rules on
the voucher. Further information on homework that is to be submitted for credit
will be given in class.
Supplies: All work must be done in pencil. Two 8.5
X 11 spiral bound notebooks
are required for this class. A good eraser is a necessity. Graph paper and a
ruler will be needed for work in Chapters 3, 4 and 8. Scientific calculators may
be
used on all tests and homework. Cell phones are not allowed to be used as a
calculator for tests.
Cell phones: In consideration of others, turn
ringers off and use cell phones
outside of the classroom. All cell phones must be turned off and put away during
test times. Cell phones may not be answered or used during a test.
Tests: Students must be present the day a test is given in class. Makeup
tests will be given only if I am notified within 24 hours of the test and the
student
has an excuse that is acceptable to me. If a student misses a test and does not
meet the criteria for a makeup test, a grade of “0” will be given. The final
exam
will be held on Wednesday, December 15, 2004 from 8:00am10:00am.
Grading: Math 98 is a graded course. The grade will be determined by the
number of points earned from homework submitted for credit, class participation,
and tests. There are approximately between 800 and 900 points possible for this
course. Tests and homework assignments will have a certain number of points.
The number of points earned will be added together at the end of the quarter and
divided by the total number of points possible to determine the percentage
earned. The quarter grade will be based on the following percentages:
percentage  grade point 
below 50 
No Credit 
Tutoring: Tutoring for Math 98 students is
available in the Math Learning Center.
I urge students to take advantage of the MLC and to form study groups with other
members of the class.
Classroom Etiquette: Math 98 is taught in a college environment. Please
respect other students by allowing a learning environment that is both pleasant
yet mindful of the quiet necessary for others to focus on what the instructor is
teaching. During class, please refrain from any behavior that would be a
distraction for the other students or the instructor.
Math Anxiety Bill of Rights
I have the right to learn at my own pace and not feel put down or stupid
if I’m slower than some one else.
I have the right to view myself as capable of learning math.
I have the right to ask whatever questions I have.
I have the right to ask the teacher or tutor for help.
I have the right to say, “I don’t understand.”
I have the right to fell good about myself regardless of my abilities in the
study of math.
I have the right to be treated as a competent adult.
I have the right to define success in terms of my own goals.
North Seattle Community College Math 098
Intermediate Algebra—MartinGay 4^{th} Ed.
Homework Assignments: Unless otherwise stated, the assigned problems are
the odd numbers only. EOO. is ‘every other odd problem’, 1, 5, 9, 13 . .
. .
2.1  Linear Equations in One Variable  6061  1 – 19, 23 – 33, 37–77 
2.2  An Introduction to Problem Solving  67 – 73  1, 3, 7, 9, EOO: 2755 
2.3  Formulas and Problem Solving  79 – 82  1 – 25, EOO: 29 – 49 
2.4 
Linear Inequalities and Problem Solving 
92 – 94 
EOO: 17 – 53, 57– 85, 
2.5  Compound Inequalities  101 – 103  EOO: 13 – 31, 35 – 65 
2.6  Absolute Value Equations  108 – 109  EOO: 1 – 71 
2.7  Absolute Value Inequalities  114 – 115  EOO: 1 – 82 
Chapter 2 Test  126  all problems 1  18  
3.1  Graphing Equations  140 – 141  1 – 53 
3.2 
Introduction to Functions 
151– 156 
1 – 9, 23 – 39, 55 – 69,95,97 
3.3 
Graphing Linear Functions 
162 – 165 
1 – 19, 23 – 32, 35 – 59 
3.4 
The Slope of a Line 
177180 
EOO: 1 – 17, & 45 – 63, 67 – 87 
3.5  Equations of Lines  189 – 192  EOO: 1 – 81, 
3.6 
Graphing Linear Inequalities 
198 – 199 
1 – 11, 23 – 33, 47 – 57 
Chapter 3 Test  187 – 188  120, 2226  
4.1 
Solving Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables 
225 – 227 
EOO: 1 – 63 
4.3 
Systems of Linear Equations and Problem Solving 
243245 
1 – 15, & 23,25,35 
Chapter 4 Test  270  39  
5.1  Exponents and Scientific Notation  282 – 284  EOO: 1 – 93, 105121 
5.2  More Work with Exponents and Scientific Notation 
289– 291 
1 – 75 
5.3  Polynomials and Polynomial Functions 
300 – 303 
17 – 87 
5.4  Multiplying Polynomials  311 – 313  EOO ; 1 – 85, 93 
5.5 
The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping 
318319 
9  65 
5.6  Factoring Trinomials  327329  EOO: 1 – 89 
5.7 
Factoring by Special Products and Factoring Strategies 
334335 
EOO: 165 
5.8 
Solving Equations by Factoring and Problem Solving 
350 – 352 
EOO: 1 – 67, 71  83 
Chapter 5 Test  361  all problems, 1 – 29  
6.1  Rational Functions and Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions 
372 – 375 
EOO: 1 – 75 
6.2  Adding and subtracting Rational Expressions 
381383 
1 – 9, EOO: 27 – 81 
6.3  Simplifying Complex Fractions  389390  EOO: 1 – 53 & 55 
6.4  Dividing Polynomials  396398  EOO: 1 – 49 & 59 
6.6 
Solving Equations Containing Rational Expressions 
408409 
1 – 47 & 59,63 
6.7 
Rational Equations and Problem Solving 
418421 
117 & 19, 35,43,55 . 
6.8  Variation and Problem Solving  428431  1 – 29 & 31,33 
Chapter 6 Test  442  1 – 14, 1725  
7.1  Radicals and Radical Functions  453 – 455  1– 83 
7.2  Rational Exponents  462463  EOO: 1 – 85 
7.3  Simplifying Radical Expressions  469470  1 – 71 
7.4 
Adding and Subtracting Radical Expressions 
474475 
EOO: 1 – 75 
7.5 
Rationalizing Denominators and Numerators of Radical Expressions 
481482  odds: 1 49 
7.6 
Radical Equations and Problem Solving 
492 – 496 
EOO: 1 – 49 & odds: 5169 
7.7  Complex Numbers  503504  1  71 
Chapter 7 Test  513  131  
8.1 
Solving Quadratic Equations by completing the Square 
526528 
EOO: 1 – 73, & 99,101,105 
8.2 
Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quadratic Formula 
537540 
EOO: 1 – 61 & 51 
8.3 
Solving Equations by Using Quadratic Methods 
546549 
EOO: 1 – 53 & 63 
8.4 
NonLinear Inequalities in One Variable 
557559 
EOO: 1 – 53 
8.5  Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs  566567  125 
8.6 
Further Graphing of Quadratic Functions 
574576 
1 – 11, EOO: 13  41 
Chapter 8 Test  521 – 522  120 
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