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Course Syllabus for Intermediate Algebra

Course Description This course provides a study of algebraic techniques such as linear equations and inequalities,
quadratic equations, systems of equations, and operations with exponents and radicals. Functions
and relations are introduced and graphed with special emphasis on linear and quadratic functions.
This course does not apply toward the general core requirement for mathematics.
Hours 3 semester hours
Days / Time Tuesday & Thursday – 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm
Course Type WebCT-Enhanced Math Course
Campus Gadsden State Cherokee
Building/Room Gadsden State Cherokee 207
Prerequisite(s) The student should have successfully passed with a "C" (75%) or higher (S if taken as pass/fail) Mth
098 (Elementary Algebra) or have attained the appropriate score on the mathematics placement
COMPASS Score Algebra (AL) 36 - 65; or an ACT Math score of 20, 21 or 22
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all course prerequisites are completed. A
student can be administratively withdrawn if they do not meet the prerequisites. Students who lack
prerequisites and owe tuition, fees, fines, etc., or who are taking only one course must withdraw
themselves to avoid receiving an “F” for the course.
Required Textbook Beginning and Intermediate Algebra 4th Edition
ISBN-10: 0-321-44233-4 ISBN-13: 978-0-321-44233-8
Optional for this course: with MyMathLab Student Access Kit: I
SBN-10: 0-321-50722-3 ISBN-13: 978-0-321-50722-8
Author: Lial/Hornsby Publisher: Addison/ Wesley
Course Supplies Notebook Paper, Pencils, Textbook, Graph Paper, Computer access. Scantron ParScore sheets
(for tests) -- form # F-1712-Par-L (the pink one the nursing students use). These are available for
purchase for 25¢ each in the bookstore or library. You will need one for each test and the final.
NOTE: Students will be allowed to use calculators in this course, but not cell phone or PDA
calculators. I recommend you have a calculator that handles fractions.
Computer System
Personal computers must have access to the Internet in order to use WebCT. You may use the
computers in the Gadsden State Cherokee computer lab or library. Printing can be done in the
library for 10¢ per page.
Course Portal
Your syllabus, worksheets, and other information will be posted on WebCT.
To log in to WebCT, click on the WebCT link in the lower right of the Gadsden State Community
College homepage. WebCT help and information is available on the eLearning page of the school
web site.  You can also navigate there by
clicking on eLearning in the left-hand column of the Gadsden State home page.
Your user name is the portion of your Gadsden State email address that comes before the @
symbol. You can find this on your Online Student Information System page.
Your password is your six-digit birth date. (2 digits for month, 2 for day, 2 for year)
For example.
Course Objectives
(State-wide Syllabus
Upon completion of this course the student will become proficient in the following objectives:
1. Operations with rational expressions 2. Complex fractions and rational equations
3. Graphing a straight line using slope-intercept 4. Equations of straight lines
5. Functions 6. Systems of linear equations
7. Rational exponents and simplifying radicals 8. Operations using radicals
9. Equations with radicals 10. Complex numbers
11. Solving quadratic equations (completing the square and quadratic formula)
12. Graphing parabolas using a table
SACS Objectives 1. Demonstrate the ability to perform operations with rational expressions.
2. Demonstrate competent skills in graphing linear functions.
3. Demonstrate the ability to write a linear equation.
4. Demonstrate competent skills in functions by exhibiting the ability to evaluate a function.
5. Demonstrate the ability to solve a linear system of 2 equations with 2 unknowns.
6. Demonstrate the ability to graph a linear inequality in 2 variables.
7. Demonstrate the ability to perform basic operations with radicals.
8. Demonstrate the ability to perform basic operations with complex numbers.
9. Demonstrate the ability to solve a quadratic equation.
10. Demonstrate the ability to graph a quadratic equation
Gadsden State TEC
Initiative Student Learning
1. Students will be able to connect to other students and their instructors via e-mail.
2. Students will learn to submit assignments electronically.
3. Students will develop/demonstrate the ability to initiate searches when in need of
specific information for special projects/assignments in all courses.
4. Students will be able to recognize reliable sources and determine the usefulness of
information gathered using technology resources.
5. Students will develop skills that allow them to incorporate a variety of formats to
share information with each other and instructors.
Course Assistance Free student tutoring is available in the math computer lab in Naylor hall for all students, and from
Student Support Services, Veterans Upward Bound, and the Arledge Center for Adult Learners for
specific students. Hours are posted at various campuses for these services. There are video tapes
available for check out in the library for additional help with the lessons.
Evaluation and
The final exam will include post-test comprehensive questions. All students are required to take
the final exam to receive a passing grade in the course.
Students must achieve a “C” - 70% or
higher in this class to proceed to the next level course.
College students are expected to spend two-three hours outside of class reading and/or studying
the material or working problems for every hour spent in class. Math is learned by doing problems.
You do not learn math by watching your instructor work problems in class or memorizing how it is
done. The more homework problems you do correctly, the easier the tests will be for you to master.
Ask for help with a homework problem if you cannot get the correct answer when you try it. A
complete list of assigned homework problems is included in this syllabus. All test questions are
based on the homework. Homework can be checked at anytime during the semester without any
notice. If you are absent you are still responsible for all homework assignments when you return to
There will be a short Daily Quiz for a grade during each class period (other than test days). If you
are absent or late and miss a Daily Quiz, you will receive a zero for that quiz with no make-ups
allowed. Therefore, attendance is very important. Two of these grades will be dropped at the end of
the semester and the rest will be totaled and included in your final grade.
There will be 4 worksheets worth 20 points each due during the semester. These will be graded for
accuracy. All work must be shown to earn full credit for the problem. If you paper is turned in late
but within one week after the due date you can earn half credit (10 points) on the paper. If your
paper is turned in more than a week after the due date it will not earn any credit.
There will be an assignment for you to search the internet and find 3 appropriate help or tutoring
websites for this math course. You will type this list and email it as an attachment to me and your
classmates. This will give you several sources to use if you need help with a topic in class.
Test correction sheets that are assigned to you may be completed after a test to earn extra credit for
a particular test. .You may earn a maximum of 20 points on test corrections. They must be turned in
before the next test is given to earn any extra credit. No late correction papers will be accepted. All
work must be shown to earn credit for the problem. If no work is shown there will be no credit given
for that problem.
Daily Quizzes
Research Project for
online help sites
Test Corrections


Intermediate Algebra
MTH 100 – SECTION 95 – 4293
Tentative Class Schedule and Assignments
This is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor
Day Date Section Page Assignment
T 8-25 Introduction to Class
WebCT log-in
Th 8-27 6.1 The Fundamental Property of
Rational Expressions
401-402 #2-73 odds
T 9-1 6.2 Multiplying and Dividing
Rational Expressions
408-409 #3-55 odds
Th 9-3 6.4 Adding and Subtracting
Rational Expressions
423-424 #9-65 odds
T 9-8 6.5 Complex Fractions 431 #7-27 odds
Th 9-10 6.6 Solving Equations with
Rational Expressions
440-441 #17-67, 73-85 odds
T 9-15 Summary Exercises
Review for Test
444 #1 – 20 all
Test #1
T 9-22 7.1 Review of Graph and Slopes
of Lines
7.2 Review of Equations of Lines;
Linear Models
#3, 5, 11, 13, 17-29, 49, 55-101
#1 – 39, 43 -69 odds
Th 9-24 7.3 Functions
Summary Exercises
#5-29, 41-83
# 1-25 all problems
T 9-29 9.3 Linear Inequalities in Two Variables 645 #7-33 odds
Th 10-1 8.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations
by Graphing
565 #3-25 odds
T 10-6 8.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations
by Substitution
555-557 #1 – 27 odds
Th 10-8 8.3 Solving Systems of Linear Equations
by Elimination
Review for test
572 #5 , 9, 11, 17, 25, 35, 37
T 10-13 Test #1 Corrections Due
Test #2
Th 10-15 10.1 Radical Expressions and
666-667 #1-29, 39-85 odds
T 10-20 10.2 Rational Exponents 675-676 #1-87 odds
Th 10-22 10.3 Simplifying Radical
685-686 # 7-95 odds
T 10-27 10. 4 Adding and Subtracting
Radical Expressions
692 #5 -19, 25 odds
Th 10-29 10.5 Multiplying and Dividing Radical
Summary Exercises
#7-105 odds
#1 – 27 all problems
T 11-3 10.6 Solving Equations with Radicals 709-710 #1 – 27, 49-55 odds
Th 11-5 10.7 Complex Numbers
Review for Test
717-718 #1 – 23, 27 – 35, 41 – 67 odds
T 11-10 Test #2 Corrections Due
Test #3
739 #5 – 45, 55-59 odds
Th 11-12 11.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by the
Square Root Property
739 #5 – 45, 55-59 odds
T 11-17 11.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by the
Square Root Property
739 #5 – 45, 55-59 odds
Th 11-19 11.2 Solving Quadratic Equations
by Completing the Square
747 #3-27 odds
T 11-24 NO CLASS -- State Professional Development – FACULTY DUTY DAY
T 12-1 11.3 Solving Quadratic Equations
by the Quadratic Formula
754-755 #5 – 21, 27-37 odds
Th 12-3 11.6 Graphs of Quadratic Function
Review for Test
783-785 #1 – 9, 13 – 15, 19, 21 – 33 odds
T 12-8 Test #3 Corrections Due
Test #4
Th 12-10 Review for Comprehensive Final Exam
Test #4 Corrections Due BEFORE you
take the Final Exam
  5:30 pm to
7:30 pm