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MATH 096 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course fulfills the
general education requirement in algebra. It is also for students needing
additional
experience with algebra before enrolling in MATH 106. Factoring, linear and
quadratic equations, linear inequalities, functions, graphs,
rational expressions , rational exponents and radicals, equations involving
rational and radical expressions, complex numbers, and systems
of equations. Prerequisite: MATH 019 Introductory Algebra, or
satisfactory placement score.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: When you are finished
with this class, you should be able to (1) routinely solve problems typical
of intermediate algebra, (2) solve science and business problems which rely on
intermediate algebraic skills, and (3) succeed in other
courses, such as MATH 106 College Algebra and MATH 222 Introduction to
Statistics, which use the techniques of intermediate algebra.
TEXT: Bittinger, Ellenbogen and Johnson, Elementary
and Intermediate Algebra, Pearson/Addison Wesley, 2006 (fourth edition).
This textbook contains excellent explanations and examples. Please bring it and
a calculator to class .
CLASS EXPERIENCES AND ATTENDANCE: Each day you can
look forward to interactive presentations of the day’s lesson.
Occasionally you may be called upon to present some of your own solutions to the
previous day’s assignment.
Previous students have discovered that missing three or
more class presentations makes it very difficult to pass the course. Some
explanations presented in class are not in the text. In addition, announcements
made during classes have the same force as statements in
this syllabus.
STUDYING WITH OTHERS: You are encouraged to study
with other classmates. Comparing ideas and solutions helps to clarify
understandings. Be sure that your written assignments reflect your own
understanding and not just what someone else figured out. You
probably don’t really “know” it if you can’t write it out yourself.
TUTORING HELP: Tutors from the Teaching and
Learning Center conduct evening help sessions to answer questions and give
suggestions. Hours and locations for these help sessions will be announced in
class. I am also happy to help you during my office hours,
by appointment, or at other times when I am free.
LEARNING DIFFERENCES: In compliance with the equal
access laws, Pacific Union College makes reasonable accommodation for
qualified students with documented disabilities. You may have a learning
disability, a chronic illness, or a physical or psychiatric disability
that may impact your work for this class and for which you may be eligible for
accommodations. To receive accommodations you need to
register with Nancy Jacobo at the Teaching and Learning Center (ext. 7688).
Please keep in mind that accommodations are not retroactive,
so it is best to register at your earliest convenience. If you suspect that you
may have a learning disability, but it is not yet diagnosed, please
consider seeing Mrs. Jacobo for a screening appointment.
GRADING: The final grade will be based on Homework
(20%), Quizzes (20%), Tests (60%).
You may check your grade in the D2L gradebook.
HOMEWORK: Assignments are listed on the schedule.
You are expected to show your work. Before working on the assignment you
will need to carefully read the textbook. Work through the textbook examples to
be sure you understand the ideas.
LATE WORK is not accepted unless delayed by illness
or other emergency. Any late work must be submitted directly to me the day you
return to class.
QUIZZES: You should expect a quiz each class
period. Missed quizzes will not be made up; a maximum of three will be averaged
in if
missed due to illness or other emergency. You must call my office (6591) the
same day of your absence to make this arrangement.
TESTS: Tests must be taken at the scheduled time
(see schedule). Only tests which are missed due to illness or emergency
circumstances
may be made up. If you must miss a test, you are required to notify me in
advance.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: You are encouraged to work with
other students on assignments, but your work should reflect your own
understanding. All quiz and test work must be completely your own. A student
involved in cheating (or assisting another student in
cheating) on a quiz or test should expect to be dismissed from the course with a
failing grade. See PUC's Code of Academic Integrity (page
223 of the General Catalog) for further details.
Date  Homework To Turn In This Day  Class Lecture/Discussion 
Mar 30  None  §R.2(p954): Equations, Inequalities &Problem Solving 
Mar 31  HR.2: (p961) mult 3: 366  §R.4(p970): Polynomials 
Apr 1  HR.4: (p978) mult 5: 570  §5.1: Introduction to Factoring 
Apr 3  H5.1: 18; (mult 5: 1070)  §5.2: Factoring Trinomials of Type x^2 + bx + c 
Apr 6  H5.2: mult 3: 960  §5.3: Factoring Trinomials of Type ax^2 + bx + c 
Apr 7  H5.3: 14; (mult 5:575)  §5.4: Factoring Perfect Sq Trinomials & Diff of Sqs 
Apr 8  H5.4: 110; (mult 5: 2090)  §5.5: Factoring Sums or Differences of Cubes 
Apr 10  H5.5: mult 3: 336  §5.6: Factoring–A General Strategy 
Apr 13  H5.6: 14; (mult 5: 575)  §5.7: Solving Polynomial Equations by Factoring 
Apr 14  H5.7: 14; (mult 5: 560)  §5.8: Solving Applications involving Factoring 
Apr 15  H5.8: 1,3,5,7,11,17,21,23,26  §6.1: Rational Expressions 
Apr 17  H5T: (p370) 127  Test Chapter 5 
Apr 20  H6.1: 16; (mult 3: 1854)  §6.2: Multiplication & Division of Rat. Expressions 
Apr 21  H6.2: mult 5: 565  §6.3: Addition, Subtraction , & Least Common Denoms 
Apr 22  H6.3: mult 3: 966  §6.4: Addition and Subtraction with Unlike Denoms 
Apr 24  H6.4: mult 5: 570  §6.5: Complex Rational Expressions 
Apr 27  H6.5: (mult 5: 545); 57  §6.6: Solving Rational Equations 
Apr 28  H6.6: (mult 5: 540); 55,57  §6.7: Applications Using Rational Equations 
Apr 29  H6.7: 1,4,7,9,17,19,23,33,35,41,45,51,55  §R.3(p963): Introduction to Graphing 
May 1  HR.3: (p969) 312; (odds: 1345)  §8.1: Systems of Equations in Two Variables 
May 4  H8.1: 18; (odds: 925); 41,45,47  §8.2: Solving by Substitution or Elimination 
May 5  H8.2: 16; (mult 5: 1045), 69  §8.3: Solving Applications: Systems of Two Equations 
May 6  H8.3: 15,16,19,21,27,39,41,43,45  §8.4: Systems of Equations in Three Variables 
May 8  H8.4: 18; 13,17,21,25,29  §8.5: Solving Applications:Systems of Three Equations 
May 11  H6&8.T: (p438) (odds: 123); (p576): 111  Test Chapters 6 and 8 
May 12  H8.5: 1,4,5,9,12,23  §9.1: Interval Notation and Applications 
May 13  H9.1: (odds: 1531); 41,49,52  §9.3: AbsoluteValue Equations and Inequalities 
May 15  H9.3: 16; (odds: 935); 43,45,47  §10.1: Radical Expressions and Functions 
May 18  H10.1: 18; (mult 5: 1085)  §10.2 Rational Numbers as Exponents 
May 19  H10.2: 18; (mult 5: 1095)  §10.3: Multiplying Radical Expressions 
May 20  H10.3: 16; (mult 5: 1075)  §10.4: Dividing Radical Expressions 
May 22  H10.4: 18; (mult 5: 1065)  §10.5: Expressions Containing Several Radical Terms 
May 25  Memorial Day  No Class 
May 26  H10.5: mult 5: 1090  §10.6: Solving Radical Equations 
May 27  H10.6: mult 3: 945  §10.7: Geometric Applications involving Radical Expr 
May 29  H10.7: 16; 7,9,11,13,15,19,21,25,26,45  §10.8: The Complex Numbers 
June 1  H10.8: mult 5: 1095  §11.1: Quadratic Equations 
June 2  H11.1: 9,12,15,18,21; (odds: 2947); 55,57,59  §11.2: The Quadratic Formula 
June 3  H11.2: (odds: 727); 43,44  §11.5: Equations Reducible to Quadratic 
June 5  H11.5: 18; (mult 3: 933)  Review 
June 11  Thursday 9:45  11:45 am  Final Cumulative Test [125 points] 
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