Intermediate Algebra and Trigonometry
Course Description:
This course is an introductory algebra and trigonometry course. It includes such
topics
such as arithmetic with integers, algebraic representation, operations with
polynomials,
solving linear equations, solving systems of two linear equations in two
variables,
exponents and radicals, factoring, graphing linear equations, and the
Pythagorean
theorem.
PreICoRequisites:
MAT 0 1 2 or MAT 05 1 or the equivalent
Student Learning Outcomes:
The students should be able to:
•compute the sum, difference, product and quotient of polynomials.
•simplify expressions involving exponents and scientific notation.
•factor trinomials, difference of two squares, sum and difference of two cubes,
and
higherdegree polynomials.
•factor using grouping and greatest common factors.
•solve linear equations, absolute value equations and inequalities.
•solve polynomial equations by factoring.
•solve quadratic equations using factoring and the quadratic equation.
•solve systems of linear equations using elimination, substitution and graphing.
•graph linear equations and inequalities in one and two variables.
•find the slope and intercepts of a line.
•find the slopes of parallel and perpendicular lines.
•find the equation of a line in slopeintercept and pointslope form.
•simplify algebraic expressions using integer and rational exponents.
•simplify and perform operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication,
division)
with radicals.
•rationalize a denominator involving a radical.
•simplify rational algebraic expressions using factoring.
•add, subtract, multiply , and divide rational algebraic expressions.
•simplify complex algebraic fractions.
•add, subtract, multiply and divide complex numbers.
•rationalize the denominator of the quotient of complex numbers.
•solve rational and radical equations.
•graph and find the equation of an equation's inverse.
•graph exponential and logarithmic equations.
•use the properties of exponentials and logarithms to solve equations.
•convert angle measurements between degrees and radians.
•for a given angle, find the exact or approximate measure of its reference,
coterminal,
complementary and supplementary angles.
•for a given angle, find the six exact or approximate trigonometric values.
•graph trigonometric equations.
•use identities to find trigonometric values.
•solve application problems using right triangle trigonometry, the law of sines
and
the law of cosines.
Required Text and Readings:
Algebra with Trigonometry for College Students, 5th Edition, Charles McKeague,
Saunders
College Publishing, 2002
Other Resources: None.
Use of Technology: None.
Evaluation and Requirements of Students:
The final grade in this course will be a letter grade (A  F). At the beginning
of the semester, the
instructor will advise the student of the determination of the final grade which
will be based on a
mandatory final examination worth at least 30% of the final grade and any other
criteria specified
by the instructor. The other criteria could include but is not limited to class
work, examinations,
quizzes, and projects. Students can obtain copies of a practice departmental
final exam in the
Math Lab (room S5l I ) or from their instructor. Students are required to attend
all scheduled
classes. The college's attendance policy, as stated in the catalog, gives
instructors the option of
assigning a failing grade to students who are excessively absent.
K. Outline of Topics Text Pages  Pages in Text 
Exponents and Scientific Notation Polynomials, Sums, Differences and Products Factoring Special Factoring 

Equations and Inequalities in One Variable Linear and Quadratic Equations in One Variable Formulas Applications Linear Inequalities in One Variable Equations with Absolute Value Inequalities Involving Absolute Value 

Equations and Inequalities Two Variables Paired Data and the Rectangular Coordinate System The Slope of a Line The Equation of a Line 

Rational Expressions and Rational Functions Basic Properties and Reducing to lowest terms Division of Polynomials Multiplication and Division of Rational Expressions Addition and Subtraction of Rational Expressions Complex Fractions Equations Involving Rational Expressions Applications 

Rational Exponents and Roots Rational Exponents More Expressions Involving Rational Exponents Simplified Form for Radicals Addition and Subtraction of Radical Expressions Multiplication and Division of Radical Expressions Equations with Radicals Complex Numbers 

Quadratic Functions Completing the Square The Quadratic Formula 

Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables Applications 

Exponential and Logarithmic Functions Exponential Functions The Inverse of a Function Logarithms Are Exponents Properties of Logarithms 

Introduction to Trigonometry Degrees, Radians, and Special Triangles Trigonometric Functions Trigonometric Functions and Calculators Introduction to Identities Right Triangle Trigonometry The Law of Sines The Law of Cosines 
College Attendance Policy:
1. Absences
At BMCC, the maximum number of absences is limited to one more hour than the
number of
hours a class meets in one week. For this course, you are allowed five hours of
absence (not five
days). In the case of excessive absence, the instructor has the option to lower
the grade or assign
an "F", " R , or "WU" grade.
2. Class Attendance
If you do not attend class at least once in the first three weeks of the course
and once in the fourth
or fifth weeks, the Office of the Registrar is required to assign a grade of
"WU". Attendance in
both regular and remedial courses is mandated by policy of the City University
of New York.
Instructors are required by New York State law to keep an official record of
class attendance.
3. Lateness
Classes begin promptly at the times indicated in the Schedule of Classes.
Arrival in classes after
the scheduled starting time constitutes lateness. Latecomers may, at the
discretion of the
instructor, incur an official absence.
Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations or academic
adjustments for this course must contact the Office of Services for Students
with
Disabilities. BMCC is committed to providing equal access to all programs and
curricula
to all students.
BMCC Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
Statement:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas, words or artistic,
scientific, or
technical work as one's own creation. Using the idea or work of another is
permissible
only when the original author is identified. Paraphrasing and summarizing, as
well as
direct quotations require citations to the original source. Plagiarism may be
intentional or
unintentional. Lack of dishonest intent does not necessarily absolve a student
of
responsibility for plagiarism.
Students who are unsure how and when to provide
documentation are advised to consult
with their instructors. The library has guides designed to help students to
appropriately
identify a cited work. For further information on integrity and behavior, please
consult
the college bulletin (also available online).