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On-line Course Syllabus for Intermediate Algebra

Course Description
MATH 106: In termediate Algebra

Intermediate Algebra is an introductory course to review the fundamental concepts of arithmetic
and algebra. This course is the second in a sequence of two pre -algebra math courses leading up
to College Algebra, MATH 150, or Finite Math, MATH 170.

Prerequisite:

A passing score on the Columbia College math placement exam or grade of C or better in Math
104 is required.

I. Overview and Course Goals

Welcome to Intermediate Algebra (MATH 106), on line!

During Week 1, we review how to graph equations in two variables . We solve system of linear
equations by graphing.

During Week 2, we solve systems of equations using the substitution and addition methods, and
solve applied problems using systems of equations.

During Week 3, we discuss rational expressions . We simplify, multiply and divide rational
expressions. We briefly review general factoring strategies.

During Week 4, we add and subtract rational ex pressions with same and different denominators .
There is a proctored midterm exam at the end of this week. The exam is a computerized exam.

During Week 5, we simplify complex rational expressions and rational equations. We also
discuss square roots , simplify radicals and multiplying and dividing radicals.

During Week 6, we learn more about radicals and are introduced to rational exponents.

During Week 7, we discuss quadratic equations and find solutions to quadratic equations using
the square root property , completing the square, and the Quadratic Formula .

During Week 8, we graph quadratic equations and solve applied problems. There is a proctored
final exam at the end of this week. The exam is a computerized exam.

II. Course Objectives & Measurable Learning Outcomes

After you have completed this course, you should be able to:

• To communicate mathematically in both written and verbal forms.
• To reason with symbolic and graphical representations.
• To use mathematics to solve real-world problems.
• To use technology, such as graphing calculators and computers , to enhance your
mathematical understanding.

Measurable Learning Outcomes:

• Graph lines and quadratic, exp onential and logarithmic functions in the Cartesian Plane.
• Find the equation of a line in both slope-intercept and point-slope form.
• Interpret the meaning of the slope and the intercepts of a line.
• Solve systems of linear equations by graphing, substitution and elimination .
• Solve real-world problems using equations and systems of equations.
Factor polynomials . Simplify rational, complex ration, and radical expressions.
• Add, subtract, multiply and divide rational and radical expressions.
• Solve equations with rational and radical expressions.
• Solve quadratic equations by the square root property, by completing the square, by
factoring and by the quadratic formula.

III. Course Policies

There will be no discrimination on the
basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political
affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status. Students with documented
disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the
Coordinator for Disability Services. Until the student has been cleared through the disability
services office, accommodations do not have to be granted.
It is vital if you are a student who
has a documented disability to read the entire syllabus before signing up for the course. The
structure or the content of the course can make an accommodation not feasible. The policies and
related syllabus matters remain subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.

Read the entire syllabus before continuing the course.
This is a great resource for students who are new to online coursework.

Student Conduct

The instructor reserves the right to manage a positive learning environment and thus will not
tolerate inappropriate conduct in the course. All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in
a land-based or on-line course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with
Columbia College's Code of Student Conduct and Ethics Code for Computer Users. Students
violating these codes will be referred to the Campus Life Office for possible disciplinary action.

Required Calculator

A scientific/graphing calculator is required for this course. This calculator can be used in
Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Finite Math, and Statistics.
Acceptable calculators for the exams are the TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84 or TI-84 Plus
calculator.
The TI-84 Plus graphing calculator is available for purchase through MBS. This
al lows students to use their book voucher to obtain a graphing calculator.

VII: Course Schedule

Week 1: Linear Equations & Graphing Systems of Linear Equations

1. Readings: Chapter 4.1 and 4.2, pp. 224-243, Chapter 5.1, pp. 290-298.
2. Discussion: Each week you are required to do two discussion posts. These posts may be
problems from the book, an answer to a critical thinking question, problems from homework in
Course Compass or the answer to a previous week‘s quiz question. One post needs to be
posted and corrected in a thread that is labeled (by Wednesday) and one posted and corrected
in a thread that is labeled (by Friday). Each post is worth 2 points. You are NOT required to
post in every thread (although it isn‘t against the rules ;)
3. Complete homework assigned in MyMathLab (MML) before midnight Friday.
4. Quiz #1 Due before midnight Saturday.

Week 2: Solving Systems of Linear Equations

1. Reading: Chapter 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4, pp. 301-325.
2. Discussion: see week 1
3. Complete homework assigned in MyMathLab (MML).
4. Quiz #2 Due before midnight Saturday.
5. Proctor Information must be posted and approved before midnight Friday.

Week 3: Factoring & Rational Expressions

1. Readings: Chapter 7.5, pp. 446-451, Chapter 8.1 and 8.2, pp. 474-488.
2. Discussion: see week 1
3. Complete homework assigned in MyMathLab (MML).
4. Quiz #3 Due before midnight Saturday.

Week 4: Adding & Subtracting Rational Expressions

1. Readings: Chapter 8.3 and 8.4, pp. 491-506.
2. Discussion: see week 1
3. Complete homework assigned in MyMathLab (MML).
4. Optional make up Quiz available Tuesday at noon. Due before midnight, Saturday. It will
replace the lowest of quizzes 1 through 3.
5. Proctored (Computerized) Midterm (two hour time limit) covers the first 3 weeks of material
(Chapter 4.1 through 8.2) 35% of course grade.

Week 5: Complex Rational Expressions, Rational Equations & Radicals

1. Readings: Chapter 8.5 and 8.6, pp. 510-524, Chapter 9.1 and 9.2, pp. 550-565.
2. Discussion: see week 1
3. Complete homework assigned in MyMathLab (MML).
4. Quiz #5 Due before midnight Saturday.

Week 6: Radical Operations, Radical Equations, Solving Applied Problems

1. Readings: Chapter 9.3, 9.4, 9.5 and 9.6, pp. 567-591.
2. Discussion: see week 1
3. Complete homework assigned in MyMathLab (MML).
4. Quiz #6 Due before midnight Saturday.

Week 7: Solving Quadratic Equations

1. Readings: Chapter 7.6, 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3, pp. 454-462 and 600-620.
2. Discussion: see week 1
3. Complete homework assigned in MyMathLab (MML).
4. Quiz #7 Due before midnight Saturday.
5. Course Evaluation: Please evaluate our course by clicking on the ‗Course Evaluation‘ link
under ‗Academics‘ when you login in to eServices. The evaluation site will open on Monday
of week 7 and close Wednesday of week 8.

Week 8: Graphing Quadratic Equations, Solving Applied Problems

1. Readings: Chapter 10.5, pp. 630-639.
2. Discussion: see week 1—this week each discussion post is worth 1 point.
3. Complete homework assigned in MML.
4. Optional make up Quiz available Tuesday at noon and due before midnight, Saturday. It will
replace the lowest of quizzes 5 through 7.
5. Proctored (Computerized) Final (two hour time limit) covers the last 4 weeks of material
(Chapter 8.3 through 10.5) 40% of course grade.

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