# Syllabus for Intermediate Algebra

**Text:** Intermediate Algebra, Concepts and
Applications 6^{th}Ed., by Bittinger and Ellenbogen

(Addison Wesley Publishers, 2002)

**Nature, Scope, and Content: **Intermediate algebra is
the study of factoring rules, ra-

tional expressions, rational exponents, radicals, complex numbers , inequalities,
quadratic

equations, linear systems , and equations with radicals, rational expressions,
and exponents.

Credit: Three semester hours.

**Course Content:**

• Graphs, Functions, and Linear Equations

• Systems of Linear Equations and Problem Solving

• Absolute Value

• Polynomials and Polynomial Functions

• Rational Expressions, Equations, and Functions

• Exponents and Radicals

• Quadratic Functions and Equations

• Circles, Distance Formula, and Midpoint Formula

**Course Objectives:** That students should perform at
70% or better average on exams,

homework, and quizzes covering the topics listed in the course description and
those topics

included in the daily schedule.

**Prerequisites: **MATH 0310 with a grade of \C" or
better or high school Algebra I, high

school Geometry, high school Algebra II , and a score of 230 or higher on the
mathematics

section of TASP, or an appropriate score on the alternate test instrument.

**Classroom Policy:** No food, drinks, or tobacco
products are allowed in the classrooms.

**Attendance Policy:** Any student who acquires more
than 3 days of absences in this course

will be dropped from this course. Three tardies count as one absence. If you
miss class,

you may NOT make up any missed assignments without an excused absence. Illness
and/or

emergency does NOT constitute an excused absence: the instructor retains the
right to

determine whether an absence is authorized.

How you earn your grade: 4 Exams ___________ 15% each Daily Average ______ 20% totalling 100% |
Grade Distributions: A: 90%−100% B: 80%−89.5% C: 70%−79.5% D: 60%−69.5% F: less than 59.5% |

**Exams:** Major exams will be announced at least two
class days prior to the exam date. You

must bring your Student ID to each exam. If calculators are allowed, they will
be checked

during or before each test. If there are any programs on your calculator, it
will be considered

as a scholastic dishonesty case. No make-up exams will be given without an o
cial, written

excuse representing Blinn College. In case of illness, you MUST contact me by
the NEXT

day and present a doctor 's excuse with telephone number before the make-up will
be given.

(see attendance policy below)

**Daily Average: **Daily grades will consists of
in-class quizzes, take-home quizzes, work-

sheets, and sometimes homework. Sometimes quizzes will be announced and
sometimes

not...so always be prepared (by staying caught up on your suggested homework).
If you are

absent on a day when a Daily grade is taken, you will not be able to make it up
without a

university excused absence. It is IMPERATIVE that you do the suggested homework.
Both

quiz and test questions will be VERY similar. I will drop your lowest 2 Daily
grades at the

end of the semester.

**Calculator Policy: **A TI-83 (or TI-83 PLUS)
calculator is recommended for this course.

Most topics will be taught without a calculator, however, there may be some
sections in

which a calculator is allowed. You may NOT use a TI-89, TI-92, or any HP
calculators in

this class. NOTE: It is considered CHEATING to have notes, formulas, or programs
in your

calculator other than the ones I give you to use. Consequences will be severe.

**Final Exam:** The nal exam (on Wed July 2nd) will be
comprehensive.

**Scholastic Dishonesty:** Any student involved in
cheating will be assessed a penalty that

will range in severity from an F ( or zero ) on the particular activity involved
to an F for

the course. For the purpose of this course, cheating will be de ned as (but not
limited to)

access to or use of unauthorized material during exams and quizzes,
collaboration between

students during exams, quizzes, and assignments for which group work is not
allowed, perusal

of another's work or allowing another student to copy your work on any
assignment, quiz or

exams. Students who cheat and students who facilitate cheating by allowing other
students

access to their work when it is not allowed will be subject to the same
penalties.

Special Note: Blinn policy states that all pagers and cell
phones must be turned OFF

during class. This does not mean \silent" mode, it means o . Due to increasing
technology,

it is possible to cheat using these devices. Therefore I will consider it
cheating if I discover

any of these devices are on during a quiz, in class assignment, or an exam,
regardless of

whether or not it \rings."

**Accommodations for Students With Disabilities: **We
would like to help students

with disabilities achieve their highest potential in college. To this end, in
order to receive

accommodations in exams or assignments, students must alert me to the situation
as soon as

possible and also provide our Disabilities Coordinator in the Center for Student
Development

with proper documentation of their needs. No accommodations will be granted
until the

student makes an appointment to meet with me during my posted o ce hours to
discuss

appropriate accommodations.

The handouts used in this course are copyrighted. By
\handouts," I mean all materials

generated for this class, which include but are not limited to syllabi, quizzes,
exams, lab

problems, in-class materials, review sheets, and additional problem sets.
Because these

materials are copyrighted, you do not have the right to copy the handouts,
unless I expressly

grant permission.

*****If you need HELP*****

• Ask me! I'll be here every day at 7am until class starts.

• Ask questions in class.

• Go to Free Math Tutoring (L235) Times to be announced,

• Go to the Learning Center for free tutoring (L258).

• Tutoring is likely to be available in L247...check door for times.

• Hire a private tutor.

• Work with each other on homework (but do NOT copy).

**Table of Contents**

• Chapter 2

2.1 Graphs

2.2 Functions

2.3 Linear Functions: Slope, Graphs, and Models

2.4 Another Look at Linear Graphs

2.5 Other Equations of Lines

• Chapter 3

3.1 Systems of Equations in Two Variables

3.2 Solving by Substitution or Elimination

• Chapter 4

4.3 Absolute-Value Equations and Inequalities

• Chapter 5

5.3 Common Factors and Factoring by Grouping

5.4 Factoring Trinomials

5.5 Factoring Perfect Square Trinomials and Di erences of Squares

5.6 Factoring Sums or Di erences of Cubes

5.7 Factoring: A General Strategy

5.8 Applications of Polynomial Equations

• Chapter 6

6.1 Rational Expressions and Functions: Multiplying and Dividing

6.2 Rational Expressions and Functions: Adding and Subtracting

6.3 Complex Rational Expressions

6.4 Rational Expressions

6.5 Solving Applications Using Rational Equations

• Chapter 7

7.1 Radical Expressions and Functions

7.2 Rational Numbers as Exponents

7.3 Multiplying Radical Expressions

7.4 Dividing Radical Expressions

7.5 Expressions Containing Several Radical Terms

7.6 Solving Radical Equations

7.7 Geometric Applications

7.8 The Complex Numbers

• Chapter 10

10.1 Conic Sections : Parabolas and Circles

• Chapter 8

8.1 Quadratic Equations

8.2 The Quadratic Formula

8.3 Applications Involving Quadratic Equations

8.5 Equations Reducible to Quadratics

8.9 Polynomial and Rational Inequalities

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