Intermediate Algebra (Math 0399)

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

COURSE INFORMATION

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course is designed for students needing a review of mathematics for the THEA test and Math 1314 (college algebar). The course is designed mostly for students who have not yet had a chance to learn college preparatory mathematics. Topics include linear equations, inequalities, and functions, rational expressions and equations, exponents and radicals, quadratic equations and functions, systems of equations, and application problems. You will not receive college level credit for this course.

PREREQUISTITES FOR THE COURSE

Successful completion of Math 0398 or placement into this course.

TEXT AND OTHER SUPPLIES REQUIRED

Introductory and Intermediate Algebra, Bittinger, Beecher, 3rd edition.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of the semester, the student will be able to show mastery for the following by passing with a 70% correct on skill based tests and final exam.
The student learning outcomes are:

  1. Interpret and simplify integral and rational exponents.
  2. Use the properties of exponents to simplify algebraic expressions.
  3. Use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with order of operations to simplify monomials, binomials and polynomials.
  4. Use properties to simplify radicals, including rationalizing the denominator.
  5. Use property of fractions and factoring to simplify rational expressions.
  6. Solve linear equations and inequalities, which include real numbers, parenthesis, multiple-terms with the variable and have conditional, no solution or infinite solutions.
  7. Use factoring techniques and the zero principle or the quadratic formula to solve quadratic equations for real or complex solutions.
  8. Solve inequalities and report answers as graphs, sets, or intervals.
  9. Solve equations that are classified as rational, radical, or absolute value
  10. Find the linear, rational, radical, quadratic equations to model or solve application problems including age problems, consecutive numbers, area problems, and motion problems.
  11. Represent graphically the solution(s) of equations and inequalities in one and two variables.
  12. Solve systems of linear equations in two variables using elimination and substitution methods.
  13. Write equations in one or two variable to solve or model application problems including mixture and motion problems.
  14. Understand the relationship between the slopes of two equations and the intercepts to determine if lines are parallel, perpendicular, and identity or just intersecting.
  15. Write equations for lines that are parallel or perpendicular to a given equation and passing through a specific point using point slope formula.
  16. Convert from standard form to slope-intercept form and vice versa.
  17. Write equations for lines in slope-intercept, point-slope and standard form given a graph, two points or a slope and point.
  18. Given a graph or quadratic equations determine the x- and y-intercepts, vertex.

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS AND ACTIVITIES

The class uses lecture format. The lab meetings are held in a computer laboratory, and consist of directed student inquiries with a lab assistant to help as needed.

EVALUATION AND GRADE ASSIGNMENT

TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE

See the Instructor for the schedule

CLASS POLICIES

Attendance Please plan to attend each and every class meeting. It will be difficult to complete daily work and homework if you donít. If for some reasons you are not able to attend class, please notify the instructor as soon as possible. You are the only person responsible for your registration in this class. If you do not wish to continue the course, you may drop it without my signature. If you decide this, I welcome a chance to meet with you so that you can be sure that dropping is necessary. On the other hand, no one but yourself can drop you. If you quit coming to class and do not drop, I will be forced to assign you a grade based on the work you have completed, usually an F

Help: Free tutoring is available at the Tutoring and Student Learning Center on the Second floor of the library. A student solution manual is also available on reserve in the library and for sale in the bookstore. A computer-tutoring program is also available there. Wherever you get it, donít wait for the last minute to get help.

Class Rules

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