Syllabus for Intermediate Algebra
Tutoring Center: (U-80) MTWH: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm,
Fri & Sat: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Math Study Hall (MaSH): M – H: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sat: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
The MaSH is a service provided by SCC that gives you a chance to supplement
learning done in the classroom.
There will always be a math faculty member, instructional aides and student
workers on duty to assist you when
needed. There are also computers where you can access mathematical software or
do work for your on-line math
class. This class is linked with 098L, a credit/no credit lab component. If
you have to drop the class, you must
drop the lab also. To receive credit you must complete 9 hours during the
semester in the Math Study Hall
and complete 3 Plato modules that will be assigned during class. Attendance
is tracked through the sign-in
computer. When you enter MaSH, you will slide your student ID card or type in
your ID number at the sign-in
computer (no SSN). When you leave, you will sign out the same way. Signing out
is very important. You may lose
hours you put in if you do not sign in and out appropriately.
Accommodations for Disabilities:
Students with verifiable disabilities who want to request academic
accommodations are responsible for notifying
their instructor and Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) as early as
possible in the semester. To
arrange for accommodations, contact DSPS at (714) 628-4860; (714) 639-9742 (TTY
– for deaf students) or stop by
the DSPS Center in E-105.
Class Behavior:
Based upon the RSCCD Standards of Student Conduct (also known as the Code of
Conduct) all students will be in
violation of the code should you become disruptive in any way, such that you
disrupt the teaching of this class. This
includes excessive talking with your peers and cell phone usage, which is
inclusive of texting. Students who violate
the Standards of Conduct are subject to disciplinary action which includes, but
is not limited to, removal from class,
suspension and expulsion.
Dishonesty:
Sharing of information on exams/quizzes will not be tolerated. Seeking help
from or providing help to another
student on a class exam or quiz is prohibited. The use of cheat sheets and
electronic devices (i.e. cell phones, pda’s)
other than approved calculators during class quizzes and exams is prohibited. A
violation of this policy will result in
the student receiving a zero on that assignment and will result in the filing of
an Academic Honest Incident Report
with the Dean of Students.
Prerequisites:
Completion of Math 060 with a grade of C or better or equivalent skills (as
measured by a satisfactory score on the
Math Level 2 exam) in combination with a course equivalent to Math 060.
Text: Intermediate Algebra by Sullivan and Struve.
Required Materials:
Textbook, college ruled paper, graphing paper, pencil, stapler and a
scientific or graphing calculator. TI-83 or 84
recommended (and supported). No TI-89 or TI-92 or equivalent calculators are
allowed. Other calculators or
electronic devices must get instructor approval before being used in the class.
Cell Phone are NOT allowed to be
used as calculators on exams or quizzes.
Student Learning Outcomes:
This course is to give you the necessary background to continue in
mathematics or pursue other fields which require
a mathematics background. This course focuses on building a foundation with
algebraic concepts, math vocabulary,
algebraic operations, and problem solving. As a result of this course, the
student will be able to:
• Read, define and apply algebraic and functional vocabulary and symbols.
• Evaluate and perform algebraic operations on rational, radical, exponential
and logarithmic expressions.
• Set up and solve word problems involving quadratic, rational, absolute value,
radical, exponential, and
logarithmic expressions.
• Graph linear, quadratic, absolute value and power functions, apply graphing
transformations and find the
equation of linear functions given appropriate information.
Attendance:
Daily class attendance is required in this course and is important for your
success in the class. You are responsible
for any announcements I make in class, including any changes to the schedule. A
student may be dropped if they
miss six or more hours of class. If you are going to miss a class please call or
email. Treat the class like you would a
job. If you decide to drop this class, it is your responsibility to turn in a
drop card to the admissions office (E-bldg).
Please let me know if you decide to drop this class. The last date to drop
the class and receive a W grade is
October 9^{th}, 2009.
Homework:
Homework is essential to your success in the class. Homework will be
assigned from each section covered and is to
be completed by the following class meeting. We will go over homework questions
during the first few minutes of
each class period, but we do not have enough time to answer everyone’s questions
in class. So do your best to have
your questions answered before class. If you have several questions, please make
an appointment with me or stop by
the MaSH for extra help so we can keep you on track. Homework will be collected
on the days indicated on the
homework schedule and graded for neatness and completeness – one point per
section. I DO NOT EXCEPT LATE
HOMEWORK. Please have your work STAPLED together. You must show your work to get
credit. If for some
reason I miss class, read the section to be covered that day and attempt the
homework so we can stay on schedule.
Exams and Quizzes:
Exams and quizzes will be given in class on the dates indicated on the last
page. Everyone is required to take a
comprehensive, department final examination at the end of the course. You will
need a scantron 882 for final. The
final exam will be on the last day of class. The final exam is worth 200 points.
Grades:
Exams | 400 points |
Homework | 50 points |
Quizzes | 50 points |
Final Exam | 200 points |
Total | 700 points |
You need approximately 90% of the total points for an A, 80% for a B, 70% for a C, and 60% for a D.
Schedule: This schedule is tentative!
DATE | LESSON | DUE | |
Monday | 8/31 | Introduction, Sec. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 | |
Tuesday | 9/1 | Sec. 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 | |
Wednesday | 9/2 | Sec. 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 | |
Thursday | 9/3 | Sec. 2.4, 3.1, Quiz 1 | HW A: 1.1 – 2.3 |
Monday | 9/7 | NO SCHOOL | |
Tuesday | 9/8 | Sec. 3.2, 3.3, 3.5 | |
Wednesday | 9/9 | Review | |
Thursday | 9/10 | Exam 1 | HW B: 2.4 – 3.5 |
Monday | 9/14 | Sec. 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 | |
Tuesday | 9/15 | Sec. 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 | |
Wednesday | 9/16 | Sec. 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, Quiz 2 | HW C: 4.1 – 5.3 |
Thursday | 9/17 | Sec. 5.7, 5.8 | |
Monday | 9/21 | Review | |
Tuesday | 9/22 | Exam 2 | HW D: 5.4 – 5.8 |
Wednesday | 9/23 | Sec. 6.1, 6.2 | |
Thursday | 9/24 | Sec. 6.3, 6.4 | |
Monday | 9/28 | Sec. 6.5, 6.6 | |
Tuesday | 9/29 | Sec. 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, Quiz 3 | HW E: 6.1 – 6.6 |
Wednesday | 9/30 | Sec. 7.4, 7.5, 7.6 | |
Thursday | 10/1 | Sec. 7.7, 7.8 | |
Monday | 10/5 | Review | |
Tuesday | 10/6 | Exam 3 | HW F: 7.1 – 7.8 |
Wednesday | 10/7 | Sec. 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 | |
Thursday | 10/8 | Sec. 8.4, 8.5 | |
Monday | 10/12 | Sec. 8.6, 9.1, Quiz 4 | |
Tuesday | 10/13 | Sec. 9.2, 9.3 | HW G: 8.1 – 9.1 |
Wednesday | 10/14 | Sec. 9.4, 9.5 | |
Thursday | 10/15 | Review | |
Monday | 10/19 | Exam 4 | HW H: 9.2 – 9.5 |
Tuesday | 10/20 | Review | |
Wednesday | 10/21 | Review | |
Thursday | 10/22 | Final |
SECTION | ASSIGNMENT |
1.1 Linear Equations | 19, 25, 27, 33, 41, 51, 73 – 79 odd |
1.2 An Introduction to Problem Solving | 9 – 13 odd, 35, 37, 39, 51, 55, 61, 63, 65 |
1.3 Using Formulas to Solve Problems | 11, 23 – 29 odd, 33 |
1.4 Linear Inequalities | 21, 23, 27, 29, 35, 41, 43, 47, 49, 65, 71 |
1.5 Compound Inequalities | 4 – 16 ALL, 17 – 51 odd |
1.6 Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities | 7, 11, 13, 17, 23, 27, 29, 33, 35, 39, 51, 63, 65, 81 |
2.1 Rectangular Coordinates and Graphs of Equations | 17, 19, 23, 31, 35, 37, 39, 43, 47, 51, 53, 57 |
2.2 Relations | 9, 11, 13, 15, 19, 21, 23, 31, 35, 37, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55 |
2.3 An Introduction to Functions | 9 – 37 odd, 43, 45, 49 – 57 |
2.4 Functions and Their Graphs | 1, 2, 4, 5, 9 – 33 odd, 39 – 43 odd |
3.1 Linear Equations and Linear Functions | 13, 27, 33, 35, 41, 43, 48, 49 |
3.2 Slope and Equations of Lines | 15, 21, 33, 47, 51, 52, 65, 67, 69, 73, 85, 99, 105 |
3.3 Parallel and Perpendicular Lines | 15, 33 – 39 odd 51 |
3.5 Building Linear Models | 13 – 16 all, 21, 34 |
4.1 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables | 11, 15, 17, 18, 25, 29, 37, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57 |
4.2 Problem Solving with Systems of Linear Eqns. | 9, 13, 23, 25, 27, 33, 41 |
4.3 System of Linear Equations in Three Variables | 9, 11, 13, 23, 39 |
5.1 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials | 21 – 24 all, 43, 47, 51, 53, 63, 65, 69, 81 |
5.2 Multiplying Polynomials | 13, 17, 21, 23, 33, 35, 43, 51, 61, 71, 77, 87 |
5.3 Dividing Polynomials | 11, 16, 17, 23, 31, 33, 35, 51, 57, 61, 65, 69, 71 |
5.4 Greatest Common Factor; Factor by Grouping | 17, 23, 25, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39 |
5.5 Factoring Trinomials (U-Substitution) | 9, 15, 25, 27, 31, 33, 37, 43, 49, 51, 59, 61, 63 |
5.6 Factoring Special Products | 13, 21, 25, 27, 33, 39, 43, 45, 49, 51, 55, 61, 79 |
5.7 Factoring: A General Strategy | 3 – 49 odd |
5.8 Polynomial Equations | 13, 19, 25, 31, 35, 41, 49, 55, 57, 59, 81, 85 |
6.1 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions | 9, 13, 15, 19, 25, 31, 39, 45, 47, 51, 55, 59, 63, 71 |
6.2 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions | 7, 13, 17, 19, 23, 25, 29, 31, 33, 35, 39, 41, 47, 57 |
6.3 Complex Rational Expressions | 5 – 29 odd, 39 |
6.4 Rational Equations | 7 – 17 odd, 25, 27, 35, 36, 37, 43, 55, 58 |
6.5 Rational Inequalities | 5 – 21 odd, 27 – 31 odd, 37 |
6.6 Models Involving Rational Expressions | 27, 29, 33, 35, 37, 47, 63, 65, 67 |
7.1 nth Roots and Rational Exponents | 9 – 77 every other odd (eoo), 95 – 97 |
7.2 Simplify Expressions Using Exponent Laws | 3 – 43 eoo |
7.3 Simplifying Radical Expressions | 1 – 97 eoo, 129, 130 |
7.4 Add, Sub., and Mult. Radical Expressions | 15 – 79 eoo |
7.5 Rationalizing Radical Expressions | 5, 9, 15, 17, 29, 31, 41, 45 |
7.6 Functions Involving Radicals | 11 – 31 odd, 33, 41, 56, 57 |
7.7 Radical Equations and Their Applications | 23 – 47 odd, 81 |
7.8 The Complex Number System | 11 – 65 odd, 67, 73, 79, 81 – 101 odd, 113 |
8.1 Completing the Square | 15 – 33 odd, 47 – 67 eoo |
8.2 Quadratic Formula | 19 – 27 odd, 39, 51, 57, 79 |
8.3 Solving Equations that are Quadratic in Form | 9 – 41 eoo |
8.4 Graphing Quadratics by Transformations | 11 – 47 eoo, 67, 69, 71 |
8.5 Graphing Quadratic Functions Using Properties | 17, 21, 25, 33, 39, 51, 53, 55, 69, 73, 77 |
8.6 Quadratic Inequalities | 9 – 37 odd, 63, 65, 67 |
9.1 Composite Functions and Inverse Functions | 11, 13, 25, 29, 41, 43, 55, 57, 61, 65, 69 – 85 eoo, 93, 95 |
9.2 Exponential Functions | 11 – 21 odd, 31, 35, 49 – 73 eoo, 81, 87 |
9.3 Logarithmic Functions | 9 – 39 odd, 61, 65, 69, 70, 71 – 81 odd, 83 – 101 odd |
9.4 Properties of Logarithms | 33 – 75 eoo, 77 – 83 odd |
9.5 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations | 17 – 57 odd, 59, 63, 65, 66, 69 |