Intermediate Algebra
I. Catalog Description and Credit Hours of Course:
Polynomials, factoring, equations and inequalities in one and two variables,
rational
expressions, rational exponents, quadratic equations, and systems of linear
equations. (3)
II. Prerequisite(s):
MA 090 with a grade of 'C' or higher, or ACT Math subscore of 18-20, or ACT Math
subscore of 17 or below with MA 090 placement score of 11 or higher.
III. Purposes or Objectives of the Course:
To prepare students for college level mathematics.
IV. Expectations of Students:
A. Attend class
B. Participate in classroom activities
C. Do assigned homework
D. Pass tests
V. Course Outline:
Chapter | Sections | Topics | No. TR periods | No. MWF periods |
1 | Ch. 1 | Real Numbers and Algebraic Expressions |
0.5 | 1 |
2 | 2.1 – 2.7 | Equations, Inequalities, and Problem Solving |
4 | 6 |
3 | 3.1 – 3.5, 3.7 | Graphs of Functions | 4 | 6 |
4 | 4.1 | Systems of Equations | 0.5 | 1 |
5 | 5.1 – 5.8 | Exponents, Polynomials | 5 | 7 |
6 | 6.1 –6.4, 6.6 | Rational Expressions | 3 | 5 |
7 | 7.1 – 7.7 | Rational Exponents, Radicals, Complex Numbers |
4.5 | 7 |
8 | 8.1, 8.2, 8.5, 8.6 | Quadratic Equations and Functions |
3 | 4 |
Review | 2.5 | 4 | ||
Exams | 3 | 3 | ||
Total | 30 | 44 |
VI. Textbook: Martin-Gay, K. E. (2009) Intermediate Algebra (5th ed.),
Upper Saddle River,
NJ: Pearson - Prentice Hall Publishing, Inc.
VII. Basis of Student Evaluation: | Suggested Percent |
A. Hour examinations | 60% |
B. Homework assignments, classroom participation | 10% |
C. Quizzes | 10% |
D. Final examination | 20% |
MA095 Martin-Gay - Suggested Schedule
Week | Monday | Wednesday | Friday | Tuesday | Thursday | |
1 | Ch 1* | 2.1 | 2.2,2.3^{&} | Ch 1*, 2.1 | 2.2,2.3^{&} | |
2 | 2.4 | 2.5 | 2.6 | 2.4,2.5 | 2.5,2.6 | |
3 | 2.7 | 3.1 | 3.2 | 2.7,3.1 | 3.1,3.2 | |
4 | 3.3 | Review | Test | 3.3,Review | Test | |
5 | 3.4 | 3.5 | 3.7 | 3.4,3.5 | 3.5,3.7 | |
6 | 4.1 | 5.1,5.2^{$} | 5.3 | 4.1, 5.1^{$} | 5.2^{$},5.3 | |
7 | 5.4 | 5.5 | 5.6 | 5.4,5.5 | 5.5,5.6 | |
8 | 5.7 | 5.8 | Review | 5.7,5.8 | 5.8,Review | |
9 | Test | 6.1 | 6.2 | Test | 6.1,6.2 | |
10 | 6.3 | 6.4 | 6.6 | 6.3,6.4 | 6.4,6.6 | |
11 | 7.1 | 7.2 | 7.3 | 7.1,7.2 | 7.2,7.3 | |
12 | 7.4 | 7.5^{#} | 7.6 | 7.4,7.5^{#} | 7.5^{#},7.6 | |
13 | 7.7 | Review | Test | 7.7, Review |
Test | |
14 | 8.1 | 8.2 | 8.5 | 8.1,8.2 | 8.2,8.5 | |
15 | 8.6 | Review | No 45^{th} day | 8.6 | Review | |
16 | Finals week | Finals week |
The sections included on tests and dates for tests may
vary.
* Chapter 1: Time management and resources for help; brief review of vocabulary
for number
sets (integers, rationals, irrationals); brief review of number properties (e.g.
commutative);
order of operation examples
^{&} 2.3: Only cover formula rearrangement.
^{$} 5.1,5.2 Do scientific notation examples with calculators
^{#} 7.5 Rationalize denominator only
In semesters where class days are lost due to weather,
be sure you rearrange the
schedule to emphasize all the material in chapters 7 and 8. Students entering
College Algebra are expected to know how to solve quadratic equations and
understand complex numbers.