# Intermediate Algebra Course Description

## Course

Description

This is a modification of MCS 0054 as an online course
through a software package,

“Interactive Video Skill builder CD for Intermediate Algebra”. This course is
intended as a

developmental course for students who need instruction in basic concepts. Topics
covered

include solving linear, quadratic, rational, and absolute value equations and
inequalities, an

introduction to exponential and logarithmic functions, graphs of linear and
quadratic

functions, rational expressions, exponents, radicals, complex numbers, solving
systems of

linear equations. Techniques of problem solving and applications are included
throughout the

course.

## Course

Structure

Your course is a highly interactive course in which you
will spend your time in front of a

computer with pencil and paper. You are to listen and read explanations through
CD-ROM

videos and recorded streaming videos from your instructor, to try examples, and
to take

practice quizzes on the computer at a pace, which is comfortable and successful
for you. You

will record your homework assignment scores on the homework excel sheet found
under the

documents (blackboard). This is an online course and the online meetings will be
done in an

asynchronous fashion, which means at times that are convenient to each
individual student.

You will not be required to “log-on “to Blackboard at any pre-set times. It is
up to each

individual student to select the times and days of the week in which to
participate .In this

course you will have an opportunity to demonstrate the ability to be
self-motivated, do their

best work, be active and responsible learners and develop strong mathematics
skills necessary

for the next math course. The instructor will have review sessions for the exams
through

Streaming Video.

## Course

Objectives

1. To develop in students a deeper and broader
understanding of algebraic concepts,

principles and methods than what is achieved in MCS0035.

2. To develop in students in intermediate algebra skills necessary for
success in subsequent

mathematics courses and other courses requiring mathematical skills.

3. To develop in students the problem-solving skills needed to interpret,
analyze and solve

problems requiring intermediate-level algebraic skills.

## Instructional

Plan

Chapter 1 A Review of Basic Algebra (1.3,1.5, 1.6)

Chapter 2 Graphs, Equations of Lines, and Functions (2.1-2.5)

Chapter 3 Systems of Equations (3.1-3.3)

Chapter 4 Inequalities (4.1-4.5)

Chapter 5 Polynomials and Factoring (5.1-5.8)

Chapter 6 Rational Expressions (6.1-6.7)

Chapter 7 Radicals and Rational Exponents (7.1-7.7)

Chapter 8 Quadratic Functions, Inequalities, (8.1-8.7)

Chapter 9 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions (9.1, 9.3)

Chapter 10 Conic Sections (10.1-10.3)