REQUIRED TEXTS: Intermediate Algebra A Real World
Approach Second Edition by Ignacio Bello
& Fran Hopf
A Pocket Style Manual, Third Edition by Hacker
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A more in depth study of the real numbers, linear and quadratic equations,
absolute value equations and inequalities, graphing, systems of equations, rational expressions, integer
exponents, polynomials as introduced in an introductory algebra course. Course will also include study of
rational exponents and radical expressions.
a. Inequalities, absolute value, sets, and operations on real numbers
b. Variable expressions and mathematical models
c. Linear Equations with applications in one variable
d. Linear Inequalities and applications in one variable
e. Absolute value equations and inequalities
f. The Rectangular Coordinate System
g. Introduction to Functions
h. Slope and Equations of lines
i. Inequalities in two variables
j. Systems of linear equations and applications
k. Systems of linear inequalities
m. Exponential expressions
n. Operations with polynomials
o. Factoring of polynomials
p. Solving equations by factoring
q. Quadratic equations
r. Operations on rational expressions
s. Solving rational equations
t. Rational exponents and operations on radical expressions
u. Solving radical equations
EPECTED COURSE OUTCOMES:
The student will develop a more in depth understanding and working knowledge of the following topics:
a. Set operations, inequalities, absolute value, and operations on real numbers
b. Translating verbal models into mathematical models
c. Solving linear equations and inequalities
d. Solving absolute value equations and inequalities
e. Using the Rectangular Coordinate System to graph linear equations in two variables
f. Functions including graphing and evaluation
g. Slope and writing equations of lines
h. Graphing linear inequalities in two variables
i. Solving systems of equations and inequalitities
j. Simplifying exponential expressions
k. The operations, simplification, and factoring of polynomials
l. Solving quadratic and higher degree equations
m. Solve rational equations
n. \The relation of rational exponents and radicals
o. Solving radical equations
HOMEWORK: Homework will be assigned and discussed in class but may or may not be taken for a grade, at
the discretion of the instructor. Exam questions will be very similar to homework problems. If you expect to
succeed in this class you must do the homework and ask questions.
ATTENDANCE: You are expected to be on time and attend all classes (the majority of failing grades are due
to lack of attendance). Role will be taken every class meeting and continuous absences will be reported to the
Dean of Enrollment Management through the Early Alert System. Excessive unexcused absences may result in
a failing grade and also may be considered as class abandonment by the college (see catalog). Exceptions will
be made for extraordinary circumstances, athletes absent due to sports events, and students participating in
college related functions. In the event a class is missed, the student is responsible for all material and
assignments missed. Check with the instructor or a fellow student for assignments. If you know in advance
that you will be unable to attend class (especially on an scheduled exam day), contact the instructor prior to that
day. Quizzes and exams can only be made up for an excused absence and must be made up within one week of
the date of the missed quiz or exam.
GRADING: Your grade will be determined by daily quizzes (approximately 50) worth 10 points each, 7-8
chapter exams worth 100 points each, and a comprehensive final worth 200 points. Your final grade will be
determined by the total number of points earned divided by the total number of possible points.
Below 60 F
WITHDRAWAL POLICY: A grade of “W” will be assigned if the student completes the withdrawal process
by the withdrawal deadline. If the student does not do this, but simply quits coming to class, a grade of “F” will
be assigned. See school policy.
Americans with Disabilities Act: Any student with a mental or physical disability that may affect his or her
performance should inform me by the second-class meeting so that, if possible, reasonable accommodations can
1. No disruptive or disrespectful behavior will be tolerated!
2. Cheating will not be tolerated! Refer to Academic Integrity Statement in SCC College Catalog.
3. No sleeping in class!
4. Cell phones are to be turned off (except for emergencies)!
5. Calculators may or may not be allowed on quizzes or exams at instructor’s discretion!
6. If you have questions/problems come to my office or go to the Resource Center! Please!
7. To be successful in this class, expect to spend at least 9-12 hours per week studying outside of class!
8. Syllabus is subject to change at instructor’s discretion!
9. Pencils only! No ink pens!
TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE
|9||1.1, 1.2, 1.3|
|23||2.1, 2.2, 2.3|
|January||28||2.4, 2.4, 2.6|
|February||4||3.1, 3.2, 3.3|
|6||3.4, 3.5, Review|
|13||4.1, 4.2, 4.3|
|20||5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4|
|February||25||5.5, 5.6, 5.7|
|April||28||Final Exam 8:00-10:00 HS112|