# Intermediate Algebra and Geometry Refresher Syllabus

# Intermediate Algebra and Geometry Refresher Syllabus

## LAB COURSE REQUIREMENTS

This is a partially online lab course that will utilize
the computers in the ILC, room I-130 and computers from

remote locations. Students are responsible for establishing access to the
Internet from all remote locations

outside the ILC. With an Internet connection, students can log into this lab
course and participate anytime,

anywhere. This lab course is always in session from the first day of the
semester to the last day. To successfully

complete this lab course, students should have skills and feel comfortable in
the following areas – Blackboard and

**CENGAGENOW!**, handling e-mail, including sending e-mail attachments, basic
file management, downloading and

uploading files, finding information on the Internet, and completing online
forms.

## COURSE DESCRIPTION

**Math 15C – Intermediate Algebra and Geometry Refresher**
is intended for those students who have completed

the math assessment with a level of M40 (intermediate algebra) and wish to
improve their placement level;

students who have successfully completed Math15B; students who have successfully
completed Math 96 but need

more review; or students who unsuccessfully attempted Math 104, 116, 141 or 210A
and need review of

intermediate algebra skills. The course will consist of online independent study
using a web-based tutorial program

to refresh those concepts identified as needed for each student. This course
will not replace a failing grade in

Math 96.

## STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

1. demonstrate understanding of the mathematical concepts required for the
intermediate algebra level as

defined in the district course outline;

2. perform the basic arithmetic operations required for the intermediate algebra
level as defined in the

district course outline;

3. translate verbal expressions into algebraic expressions and simplify them as
needed for the intermediate

algebra level as defined in the district course outline;

4. apply mathematical properties required for the intermediate algebra level as
defined in the district course

outline;

5. apply the appropriate skills in application problems required for the
intermediate algebra level as defined in

the district course outline.

## OPTIONAL COURSE MATERIALS

STUDENT WORKBOOK

The Learning EQUATION Intermediate Algebra

Version 3.5

Brooks/Cole Publishing

Thomson Learning

Copyright 2004

ISBN: 0-534-42034-6

CALCULATOR

A scientific or graphing calculator is highly recommended.

## WORKBOOK COVERAGE

To complete the course by the end of the semester all
assessments in **Blackboard** must be passed with a score of

seventy (70). Students will be responsible for all topics covered in the Student
Workbook lessons listed below.

You are advised to utilized all resources if you plan to successfully complete
this course by the end of the 16-week

**1.1 – 1.5 Assessment
REAL NUMBERS**

1.1 Data in Tables 1

1.2 Data in Tables 2

1.3 The Real Number System

1.4 Solving Problems

1.5 Operations with Real Numbers

**2.1 – 2.3 Assessment
RADICALS**

2.1 Rational Exponents

2.2 Simplifying Radical Expressions

2.3 Multiplying and Dividing Radical Expressions

**3.1 – 3.4 Assessment
LINEAR EQUATIONS **

3.1 Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

3.2 Solving Linear Equations and Formulas

3.3 Applications of Equations

3.4 The Rectangular Coordinate System

**4.1 – 4.5 Assessment
POLYNOMIALS AND FACTORING**

4.1 Multiplying Polynomials

4.2 The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping

4.3 Factoring Trinomials and Difference of Squares

4.4 Sum and Difference of Two Cubes

4.5 Dividing Polynomials by Binomials

**5.1 – 5.5 Assessment
RATIONAL EXPRESSIONS**

5.1 Rational Expressions: Finding Equivalent Forms

5.2 Non-permissible Values

5.3 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions

5.4 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions

5.5 Solving Rational Equations

**6.1 – 6. 4 Assessment
RELATIONS AND FUNCTIONS**

6.1 Differences Between Relations and Functions

6.2 Describing Functions

6.3 Function Notation

6.4 Domain and Range of Relations

**7.1 – 7.4 Assessment
LINEAR FUNCTIONS**

7.1 Linear Functions

7.2 Direct and Partial Variations

7.3 Rate of Change and Slope of a Line

7.4 Determining the Equation of a Line

**8.1 – 8.7 Assessment
LINEAR SYSTEMS**

8.1 Solving Linear Systems by Graphing

8.2 Solving Linear Systems by Elimination

8.3 Solving Three Equations in Three Variables

8.4 Solving Linear Systems by Matrices

8.5 Solving Linear Systems by Determinants

8.6 Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities

8.7 Linear Programming

**9.1 – 9.5 Assessment
FUNCTIONS**

9.1 Functions and Operations

9.2 Inverse Functions

9.3 Graphs of Quadratic Functions

9.4 Completing the Square

9.5 Translations of Quadratic Functions

**10.1 – 10.7 Assessment
QUADRATICS EQUATIONS**

10.1 Solving Quadratics by Graphing

10.2 Solving Quadratics by Factoring

10.3 Complex Numbers

10.4 The Quadratic Formula

10.5 Using Discriminants and Graphs

10.6 Graphing Polynomial Functions

10.7 Graphing Rational Functions

**11.1 – 11.6 Assessment
SOLVING EQUATIONS**

11.1 Absolute Value Equations

11.2 Radical Equations

11.3 Rational Equations

11.4 Rational Inequalities 1

11.5 Rational Inequalities 2

11.6 Complex Fractions

**12.1 – 12.9 Assessment
EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS**

12.1 Exponential Equations

12.2 Graphing Exponential Functions

12.3 Exponential Functions

12.4 Properties of Logarithms

12.5 Logarithmic Equations

12.6 Graphing Logarithmic Functions

12.7 Applications of Logarithms

12.8 Base-e Exponential Functions

12.9 Base-e Logarithms

## DROP POLICY

Students are responsible for dropping the class if they
are no longer participating. The instructor has the

discretion to withdraw a student after the add/drop deadline due to
non-participation.

## GRADING POLICY

**This course is a 1-unit lab with a Credit/No Credit
grade**.

Students who remain enrolled in a class beyond the
withdrawal deadline of November 11, 2008, will receive a Credit

or No Credit grade based on class participation and achievement.

· Students with a less than a 70 score on the 1.1 – 12.9 Assessment by
Wednesday, December 17, will earn a

grade of No Credit.

· Students with a 70 score or higher on the 1.1 – 12.9 Assessment by Wednesday,
December 17, will receive a

grade of Credit.

**TO EARN A CREDIT GRADE YOU MUST SCORE AT LEAST 70 ON THE 1.1 – 12.9
ASSESSMENT**

## ACADEMIC HONESTY

Honesty and integrity are integral components of the
academic process. Students are expected to be honest and

ethical at all time in their pursuit of academic goals in accordance with San
Diego Community College District Policy

3100, Student Code of Conduct and Procedure 3100.3, Honest Academic Conduct. Any
student found in violation of

the policy will receive an “F” in the course.

## Blackboard ONLINE ACTIVITIES

**Chapter Assessments
**All chapter assessments can be found in the Blackboard Course Menu link of
your Blackboard Homepage. The

chapter assessments will be available until Wednesday, December 17, 2008. Each chapter assessment is worth one

hundred (100) points, contains fifty (50) problems, unlimited time limit, and unlimited attempts. To advance to the

next chapter assessment, a score of seventy (70) must be attained on the previous chapter assessment. Chapter

assessments can be retaken until Wednesday, December 17, 2008. The problems in all chapter assessments come

from various sources. Do not expect all problems to be identical to the problems found in the student workbook or

in the CENGAGENOW! tutorials.

**1.1 – 12.9 Assessment**

To qualify to take the 1.1 – 12.9 Assessment, you must score 70 or higher on the
Vocabulary and Concepts

Assessment. The 1.1 – 12.9 Assessment will contain 50 problems, unlimited time,
unlimited attempts, and be worth

100 points. The 1.1 – 12.9 Assessment will be comprehensive covering all
workbook chapter lessons. The problems

in all assessments come from various sources. Do not expect all problems to be
identical to the problems found in

the student workbook or in the CENGAGENOW! tutorials. The 1.1 – 12.9 Assessment
will be available throughout

the semester after a score of 70 or greater is achieved on the Vocabulary and
Concepts Assessment. The last day

to take the 1.1 – 12.9 Assessment will be Wednesday, December 17, 2008. Not
taking the 1.1 – 12.9 Assessment will

result in a grade of No Credit for the course. An Incomplete Grade will not be
issued for a missed 1.1 – 12.9

Assessment.

## CAMPUS RESOURCES

**Independent Learning Center**

Students can access the online activities using computers in the Independent
Learning Center (ILC), room I-130.

The ILC is open on Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00
a.m to 3:30 p.m.

**The PLACe/Tutoring Center**

Students can request free tutoring in The PLACe/Tutoring Center, room D-106. The
free tutoring service is

available Monday - Thursday from 8:30 noon to 6:30 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m.
to 2:00 p.m., and on some selected

Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

**Disabled Student Programs & Services**

Students with disabilities who may need academic accommodations should contact
me by e-mail or telephone as

soon as possible. Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) department can
assist you in identifying

appropriate accommodation to meet your needs.

**ATTENTION: I have made every effort to ensure that this
course is accessible
to all students, including students with disabilities. If you encounter a
problem
accessing any portion of this course, please contact me immediately.**

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