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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.


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

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