# Syllabus for Intermediate

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Tentative Schedule of discussion topics and tests.

Tues May 13 and Thursday May 15 Sections 1.1 – 1.5

Sets of numbers, operations with numbers, and order of operations . Introduction
of variables,

simplifying algebraic expressions , and the distributive property . Defining
terms, similar terms,

coefficients, degrees, and other terminology. Evaluating algebraic expressions
by substitution ,

and constructing algebraic expressions from verbal expressions.

Tuesday May 20 and Thursday May 22 Class Canceled

Tuesday May 27 and Thursday May 29 Sections 2.1 – 2.5

Solving linear equations and linear inequalities. Compound inequalities, and
absolute value

equations and inequalities. Changing fractions to decimals to percentages and
back again.

Solving certain problem “types” such as time-distance, simple interest, and
mixture problems.

Tuesday June 3 and Thursday June 5 Sections 3.1 – 3.5

The rectangular coordinate system, the distance and midpoint formulas, graphs of
linear

equations and slope -intercept form of a linear equation. Vertical, horizontal,
parallel, and

perpendicular lines and their slopes. Applications of linear equations in word
problems.

Tuesday June 10 and Thursday June 12 Sections 3.6 – 3.7,
4.1 – 4,2

Definitions of relations and functions, domain and range. Function notation, a
brief look at

parent functions and sketching the graphs of functions by plotting points.
Systems of equations

and solving linear equations in two variables by graphing , elimination, and
substitution

Tuesday June 17 and Thursday June 19 Sections 4.3 – 4.5**
Midterm #1 Handed Out**

Representing word problems with linear systems, linear systems with 3 variables,
Gaussian

elimination and an introduction to matrices. Evaluating determinants,
applications of

determinants, and Cramer’s Rule.

Tuesday June 24 and Thursday June 26 Sections 5.1 – 5.4 **
Midterm # 1 Due**

Rules of exponents and scientific notation. Operations with polynomials, and
factoring by

grouping and in special forms. (Difference of two squares, difference of two
cubes, sum of two

cubes ).

Tuesday July 1 (No class Thursday July 3) Sections 5.5 –
5.6 **Midterm #1 Returned**

Factoring monic and non- monic trinomials , and solving polynomial equations by
factoring.

Tuesday July 8 and Thursday July 10 Sections 6.1 – 6.6

Reducing , and operations with rational expressions, and complex fractions.
Dividing

polynomials by long and synthetic division . Solving rational equations.

Tuesday July 15 and Thursday July 17 Sections 7.1 – 7.6 **
Midterm #2 Handed Out**

Simplifying radical expressions, changing radicals to rational exponents and a
re-visiting of the

laws of exponents. Operations with radical expressions, rationalizing
denominators, solving

radical equations, and a quick introduction to complex numbers .

Tuesday July 22 (No class Thursday July 24) Sections 8.1 –
8.3 **Midterm # 2 Due**

Solving quadratic equations by factoring, completing the square, and the
quadratic formula.

Tuesday July 29 Questions and Review for the Final **
Midterm # 2 Returned**

Thursday July 31 **Final Exam 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.** (Bring
an envelope!)

(This time and date are not negotiable!)

Class Objective: The purpose of this course is to prepare
you to go on to higher level math

courses such as College Algebra and Calculus. I expect to see you grow in

confidence, and proficiency in your ability to work with each of the concepts

we study, and to apply them in specific contexts. As your skills improve,

and increase, so will your satisfaction.

Expectations: Come to class as often as you possibly can;
every time would be the ideal.

Bring your graphing calculator, and materials to take notes. Stay alert,

participate, and ask questions. As a minimum, work the Review Exercises

and the Chapter Test in the textbook at the end of each chapter we study.

If necessary, work even more problems at the end of each individual

section. Stay caught up. No homework will be collected, but having done

it will make all the difference in your success.

Suggestions: Study several times a week for short (1 hour)
sessions, instead of

infrequent, long, drawn-out sessions (beginning Friday night at midnight).

Find a “study buddy” or two in class with whom you can work homework

problems, midterms, and share and compare notes. This is especially

helpful if you have to miss a class.

Tests: There will be two take-home midterms. These you can
work on with your

study buddy or with any other person or group. They will each be 20 – 25

questions long. On these tests it will be important that you show your work

and carefully demonstrate your understanding of method and process. You

will be given partial to full credit on these problems according to the

measure in which you have been complete and accurate. The Final Exam

will be a 24 question multiple choice test. No credit is given for work and

process. You must arrive at and identify the correct solution to get credit

for each problem. On the final exam you may use your notes, including old

exams, but you may not use your calculator, and you may not share notes.

Grading: Each of your midterms will constitute 25% of your
final grade, and the final

exam will constitute the other 50%. If your final exam score exceeds either

of your midterm scores, I will drop that midterm and allow your final exam

to count as 75% of your grade. If you fail the final exam (score below 60%)

then the best possible grade you may receive for the class will be a C-. The

grading will be **precisely** as follows:

A 92.5% B- 79.5%
D+ 66.5%

A- 89.5% C+ 76.5%
D 62.5%

B+ 86.5% C 72.5%
D- 59.5%

B 82.5% C- 69.5%

Note: After you have taken the final exam, your grade is
then final. There is no

“make-up”, “extra credit”, or any other reparation/salvaging processes. I

tend to resent (and generally ignore) any such solicitations.

Behavior: All students are expected to maintain courteous
behavior and respect for

other individual in the classroom. This includes no use of cell phones or

electronic/head phone devices. Students who, in the discretion of the

instructor, are unwilling to maintain appropriate behavior will be dismissed

from class for the day and, ultimately, if the problem persists, will be at risk

to receive a failing grade. Students are encouraged to read the Student Code

in the Student Handbook as many details are spelled out pertaining to

student classroom and conduct, and their rights and responsibilities.

Test Return: If you would like your final exam to be
returned to you after it has been

graded, then you must bring with you on the day of the final, an envelope

which is self-addressed and stamped. If you do not do this, your test will

be thrown away very shortly after it has been graded.

Policy Note: The University of Utah seeks to provide equal
access to its programs,

services, and activities for people with disabilities. If you need

accommodations in this class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to

the instructor and to the Center for Disability Services, 162 Olpin Union

Bldg., 581 – 5020 (V/TDD). CDS will work with you and the instructor to

msake arrangements for accommodations.

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