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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%).

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

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.