# INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA

Syllabus for: DSPM 0850 INTERMEDIATE
ALGEBRA |

Former Course and Title: DSM 0810 Intermediate
Algebra Former Quarter Course(s): DSM 081 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA |

Catalog Description:
This course is a study of algebraic fractions;
operations involving radicals and |

Credit Hours: 3 sem hrs Contact Hours: 3 hrs/wk Lab Hours: 0 |

Prerequisite(s): Documented competency in
DSPM 0800 skills |

Required Text(s)
Beginning and Intermediate Algebra; 4th Edition,
2009; |

Required Supplies/Material(s): |

Recommended Supplementary Material(s):Student’s Solutions Manual Scientific calculator |

Calculator: The use of a graphics
calculator will be left to the instructor’s choice. However, instructors should not allow use of graphing calculator programs for DSPM 0850 work. |

Student Group for Whom Course is
Required/Intended:
Developmental studies is a program of instruction
designed to provide students a level |

GOALS |

The goals of instruction of DSPM 0850 are: 1) to increase development of analytical thinking skills needed for problem solving, 2) to improve algebra skills of those who have had previous algebra experience, 3) to further develop fundamental algebra skills for students whose first algebra experience occurs in DSPM 0800, 4) to develop skills in algebra necessary for successful entry into collegiate mathematics courses, and 5) to reduce students' mathematics anxiety through increased competency. |

OBJECTIVES |

Through the study of Intermediate Algebra, the
student should develop the ability to: 1) show increased skill in solving linear equations; 2) show increased skill in solving linear inequalities with one variable and expressing solution sets in interval notation; 3) show increased skills with polynomial operations; 4) use a variety of techniques for factoring polynomials: greatest common factor, difference of squares, grouping, and general trinomials; 5) solve quadratic equations by factoring; 6) simplify, multiply, and divide rational expressions; 7) add and subtract rational expressions; 8) simplify complex rational expressions; 9) solve rational equations; 10) use rational equations in applications; 11) graph lines using point-plotting; 12) determine the slope of a line through two given points; 13) use slope and y-intercept to graph a line; 14) write the equation of a line using a) slope and a point b) two points c) slope and y-intercept d) a point and a parallel or perpendicular line; 15) simplify radical expressions; 16) add and subtract radical terms; 17) simplify products and quotients of radical terms; 18) solve radical equations; 19) simplify expressions with rational exponents; 20) simplify and multiply square roots of negative numbers; OBJECTIVES, continued: 21) solve quadratic and quadratic-in-form equations by a) factoring, b) extracting roots, c) completing the square, d) using the quadratic formula; 22) solve applications involving quadratic equations; 23) solve quadratic inequalities with one variable, graph the solution on a number line, and express solution sets in interval notation; and 24) graph parabolas. |

**SUGGESTED EVALUATION PLAN* 75%**

Task | Weight | Objectives |

Test 1 Fundamental Skills Test 2 Chapter 7 with review questions Test 3 Sections 3.5, 8.1, 8.2 with review questions Test 4 Chapter 10 with review questions Test 5 Chapter 11 with review questions Optional Homework, Quizzes, Notebooks, etc. |
100 points 100 points 100 points 100 points 100 points 0 - 100 points |
Objectives 1 - 5 Objectives 6 - 10 Objectives 11- 14 Objectives 15 - 20 Objectives 21 - 24 As appropriate |

MANDATORY EVALUATION – 25% |
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The average of grades generated by
the above will be three-quarters of the grade for the course. The DEPARTMENTAL comprehensive final exam grade will be one- quarter of the grade for the course. |
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Comprehensive Departmental Final Exam |
25% of grade |
All objectives |

**FINAL GRADING PLAN
Based Upon Percentages**

A = |
90 - 100% |

B = |
80 - 89% |

C = |
70 - 79% |

F = |
below 70% |

**No D grade can be given.
Course average = 1/4 [3(average of grades before final exam) + exam grade]**

**INSTRUCTIONAL SCHEDULE
for
DSPM 0850 Intermediate Algebra**

Week | Objective Numbers |
Content to be Covered | Student Assignments/ Supplementary Material(s) |

I. | 1 2 3 |
Section 2.3 Section 2.8 Sections 5.2, 5.3 |
Section 2.3: 1-66 Section 2.8: 1-50 Section 5.2: 1–86 Section 5.3: 1–46 |

II. | 4 5 |
Integrated Review, p. 404, 6.1 – 6.5 Section 6.6 |
Page 404: 1-46, 49-86, 91-100 Section 6.6: 1-76 |

III. | 1-5 1-5 6 |
Overview of Fundamental Skills Test 1: Fundamental Skills Section 7.1 |
Section 7.1: 1-40, 45-48, 51-54 |

IV. | 6 7 |
Section 7.2 Section 7.3 |
Section 7.2: 1-54 Section 7.3: 1-62 |

V. | 7 8 |
Section 7.4 Section 7.5 |
Section 7.4: 1-60 Section 7.5: 1-42 |

VI. | 10 9 |
Section 7.6 Section 7.7 Overview Chapter 7 |
Section 7.6: 1-36 Section 7.7: 1-14, 17-34 |

VII. | 6-10 14 11 – 13 |
Test 2: Chapter 7 Section 3.5 Section 8.1 |
Section 3.5: 1-68 Section 8.1: 1-68 |

VIII. | 14 11 - 14 11 - 14 |
Section 8.2 Overview 3.5, 8.1, 8.2 Test 3: Sections 3.5, 8.1, 8.2 |
Section 8.2: 1-18 |

IX. | 15 19 15, 17 |
Section 10.1 Section 10.2 Section 10.3 |
Section 10.1: 1-84 Section 10.2: 1-60, 73-84 Section 10.3: 1-94 |

X. | 16, 17 17 18 |
Section 10.4 Section 10.5 Section 10.6 |
Section 10.4: 1-70 Section 10.5: 1-48 Section 10.6: 1–18, 23–42, 45, 46 |

XI. | 20 15 - 20 |
Section 10.7 Overview Chapter 10 |
Section 10.7: 1-18 |

XII. | 15 - 20 21 22 |
Test 4: Chapter 10 Sections 11.1, 11.2 Section 11.3 |
Section 11.1: 1-74 Section 11.2: 1-58 Section 11.3: 1–18, 25, 26, 29, 32, 35, 36, 45-50, 53, 54 |

XIII. | 23 24 |
Section 11.4 Section 11.5 |
Section 11.4: 1-14, 25-40 Section 11.5: 1-54; omit 49, 50 |

XIV. | 24 21 - 24 21 - 24 |
Section 11.6 Overview Chapter 11 Test 5: Chapter 11 |
Section 11.6: 1 - 44 |

XV. | All | Comprehensive Departmental Final Exam |