Intermediate Algebra (Math 0399)
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
- Instructor: Dr. Ping-Jung "Charlene" Tintera
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.
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:
- Interpret and simplify integral and rational exponents.
- Use the properties of exponents to simplify algebraic expressions.
- Use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with order of operations
to simplify monomials, binomials and polynomials.
- Use properties to simplify radicals, including rationalizing the denominator.
- Use property of fractions and factoring to simplify rational expressions.
- Solve linear equations and inequalities, which include real numbers, parenthesis,
multiple-terms with the variable and have conditional, no solution or infinite
- Use factoring techniques and the zero principle or the quadratic formula
to solve quadratic equations for real or complex solutions.
- Solve inequalities and report answers as graphs, sets, or intervals.
- Solve equations that are classified as rational, radical, or absolute value
- Find the linear, rational, radical, quadratic equations to model or solve
application problems including age problems, consecutive numbers, area problems,
and motion problems.
- Represent graphically the solution(s) of equations and inequalities in
one and two variables.
- Solve systems of linear equations in two variables using elimination and
- Write equations in one or two variable to solve or model application problems
including mixture and motion problems.
- Understand the relationship between the slopes of two equations and the
intercepts to determine if lines are parallel, perpendicular, and identity
or just intersecting.
- Write equations for lines that are parallel or perpendicular to a given
equation and passing through a specific point using point slope formula.
- Convert from standard form to slope-intercept form and vice versa.
- Write equations for lines in slope-intercept, point-slope and standard form
given a graph, two points or a slope and point.
- Given a graph or quadratic equations determine the x- and y-intercepts,
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
- Attendance: MANDATORY
- Tests: 20% each (4 tests)
- Final: 20%
- Grade Ranges: A: 90-100 B: 80-89 C: 70-79 D: 60-69 F: 59 and under.
- DO NOT GIVE ANY JUMP for borderline case.
TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE
See the Instructor for the schedule
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.
- Missed tests/final: If you are unable to attend a test or the final and
you wish to make it up, I need to hear from you no later than 24 hours after
the missed test or final. You should be able to provide adequate documentation
of why your absence was necessary. If you wait more than 24 hours to contact
me, you will also need to provide adequate documentation of why you were unable
to meet the 24-hour deadline. As an example, "I was called out of town
unexpectedly on business" might be a valid reason to miss a test, but
it is not an adequate reason to miss the 24-hour notification requirement.
- Students with disabilities: The Mathematics Program complies with the Americans
with Disabilities Act in making reasonable accommodations for qualified students
with disabilities. If you need disability accommodations in this class, please
see me as soon as possible. Please have your accommodation letter from TAMU-CC
Services for Students with Disabilities Office with you when you come see
me. If you suspect that you may have a disability (physical impairment, learning
disability, psychiatric disability, etc.), please contact the Services for
Students with Disabilities Office (located in Driftwood 101) at 825-5816.
It is important that you contact them in a timely fashion as it may take several
days to review requests and prepare accommodations.
- Attendance in lecture: I will take attendance each class meeting. You are
the only person responsible for your registration in this class. If you do
not wish to continue the course, you have to talk to your degree councilor.
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. This is usually an F. Please
do not let this situation occur. If you have more than 6 (3 times) unexcused
absences, your final grade will be dropped by TWO(One)
letter grades. IF YOU MISSED THE DATE FOR FINAL EXAM, YOU WILL BE ASSIGNED
A ZERO FOR THE FINAL. YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANY OTHER CHANCE TO MAKE UP FOR THE