# Intermediate Algebra

**Course description: **The traditional topics of
intermediate algebra are covered: graphing linear

equations and inequalities, absolute value equations and inequalities,
factoring, rational

expressions, exponents, radicals, quadratic equations, exponential and
logarithmic functions,

and an introduction to sets, functions and complex numbers.

**Prerequisite:** A Math ACT of at least 18 or Math 0990.

**Course fee:** $115 to support tutoring at the Student Success Center.

**Content: **This course is designed to strengthen your skills in
manipulating algebraic expressions

and solving equations. In working towards this goal, we will explore concepts
and

computations related to a variety of different mathematical topics:

- real and complex numbers

- lines and parabolas

- polynomials and rational functions

- exponents and roots

- exponential functions and logarithms

**Textbook: **Intermediate Algebra by Charles McKeague, 8th edition.

**Calculator:** A calculator capable of standard arithmetical operations,
logarithms, and exponents

is required.

**Grading: **Four exams will be given during the
semester, and each will account for 15% of your

grade. The final exam will account for another 20%. Approximately ten problem
sets will be

distributed and collected during the semester, and the total score on the
problem sets will

contribute the remaining 20% of your grade. Textbook exercises will be assigned
daily, but

will not be collected or graded. However, they will be discussed daily and it is
essential to

keep up with this work. A student’s letter grade will be based on the following:

A | 93 - 100 | A- | 90 - 92 | ||

B+ | 87 - 89 | B | 83 - 86 | B- | 80 - 82 |

C+ | 77 - 79 | C | 73 - 76 | C- | 70 - 72 |

D+ | 67 - 69 | D | 63 - 66 | D- | 60 - 62 |

F | Below 60 |

**Disclaimer: **Information contained in this syllabus,
other than the grading, late assignments,

makeup work, and attendance policies, may be subject to change with advance
notice, as

deemed appropriate by the instructor. Changes will be announced in class.

**Policies:**

**Attendance** Attendance is expected and is crucial to understanding the
material. However,

there is no separate score for attendance.

**Assignments** Make-up exams will be given only with a valid excuse, and
this possibility

should be discussed with me prior to the exam except in extreme circumstances. A

maximum of two problems sets will be accepted late (within two weekdays of the
due

date).

**Academic conduct** Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be
prosecuted to

the fullest extent. You are expected to have read and understood the current
issue of

the student handbook (published by Student Services) regarding student

responsibilities and rights, and the intellectual property policy, for
information about

procedures and about what constitutes acceptable oncampus behavior.

**Disability support** Students with medical, psychological, learning, or
other disabilities

desiring academic adjustments, accommodations or auxiliary aids will need to
contact

the Disability Support Center, Room 205D, Sharwan Smith Center, phone (435)

865-8022. The Disability Support Center determines eligibility for and
authorizes the

provision of these services and aids.

**Tentative schedule:
**

Week |
Topics |
Notes |

Jan 5 | Real numbers (chpt 1) | |

Jan 12 | Linear equations and formulas (chpt 2) | |

Jan 19 | Linear inequalities (chpt 2) | 1/19 - MLK Day, 1/23 - Exam 1 |

Jan 26 | Graphing lines (chpt 3) | |

Feb 2 | Functions (chpt 3) | |

Feb 9 | Systems of linear equations (chpt 4) | 2/13 - Exam 2 |

Feb 16 | Exponents (chpt 5) | 2/16 - President’s Day |

Feb 23 | Polynomials and Factoring (chpt 5) | |

Mar 2 | Rational expressions (chpt 6) | |

Mar 9 | Rational expressions (chpt 6) | 3/13 - Exam 3 |

Mar 16 | Spring Break | |

Mar 23 | Rational exponents (chpt 7) | |

Mar 30 | Radicals (chpt 7) | |

Apr 6 | Quadratics (chpt 8) | 4/10 - Good Friday |

Apr 13 | Exponentials (chpt 9) | 4/13 - Easter, 4/15 - Exam 4 |

Apr 20 | Logarithms (chpt 9) | |

Apr 27 | 4/30 - Final Exam 1:00 to 2:50 |

Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared
highway, but a journey into a strange

wilderness, where the explorers often get lost. W. S. Anglin

We think in generalities, but we live in details. Alfred Whitehead

**Suggestions:** Learning mathematics requires time, patience, and effort.
Keeping up with

assigned textbook exercises will spread out your time, patience, and effort, and
will allow

you to have a successful learning experience. Do not follow examples blindly -
find your own

way and to develop your own understanding. If you are having difficulties,
please come and

talk to me, form a study group