# Course Syllabus for Intermediate Algebra

**Course Description
**

Basic algebraic functions. Includes lines in the plane, systems of linear equations, inequalities,

polynomials, rational expressions and equations, and radical expressions and equations. Also

includes quadratic equations, literal equations, exponents and logarithms, and optional topics.

**Course Objectives**

**Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to do the following:**

1. Differentiate lines, equations of lines, and graphs of lines. Write an equation of a line. Given two

points in the plane, find the distance and midpoint between them.

2. Solve systems of linear equations in two variables graphically and algebraically.

3. Solve inequalities, including compound inequalities, inequalities using absolute value, and linear

inequalities in two variables.

4. Factor polynomials using advanced techniques; solve related equations.

5. Simplify rational expressions. Solve rational equations involving quadratic equations.

6. Simplify radical expressions; convert between radicals and rational exponents. Solve radical

equations.

7. Solve quadratic equations using completing the square and the quadratic formula; interpret the

discriminant. Graph parabolas.

8. Solve literal equations.

9. Convert between exponential and logarithmic forms. Evaluate exponential expressions and

logarithmic expressions. Graph elementary exponential functions.

10. Define and identify a function and use function notation.

Course Outline

Course Outline

I. Lines in the Plane

II. Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables

III. Inequalities

IV. Polynomials

V. Rational Expressions and Equations

VI. Radical Expressions and Equations

VII. Quadratic Equations

VIII. Literal Equations

IX. Exponents and Logarithms

X. Functions

XI. Optional Topics

Required Text Book

Intermediate Algebra, 5

Required Text Book

Intermediate Algebra, 5

^{th}Edition, Blitzer (Prentice-Hall, 2009)**ADA Compliance Statement**

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committed to excellence through diversity. Reasonable accommodations, including materials in an alternative

format, will be made for individuals with disabilities when a minimum of five working days advance notice is given.

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**Class Preparation and Policies**

To be ready for class, it’s necessary to attend each class, pay attention, take notes, ask questions, do

all of the homework, and study at least one hour every day.

**Before class, go over the section we are**

to discuss in class.Make sure you are ready for a quiz on the material already covered. You should

to discuss in class.

bring the textbook and a graphing calculator to each class.

Class Attendance

Class Attendance

Attendance is strongly recommended! If you don’t attend 2 classes in a row and you haven’t contacted

me, I

**might**drop you from the course. If you decide not continue with the course at any time during the

semester, it is your responsibility to withdraw at the Admissions Office before the

**Withdrawal**

Deadline (September 30).After this date I will give non-attending students an

Deadline (September 30).

**F**. Should an

emergency necessitate your missing a class, please

**email me – I check my email regularly, several**

times a day. If you miss a class, you should copy someone else’s notes and discuss those notes with

that student or with me.

**Remember that nobody can learn for you! You are responsible for**

knowing what happened during each class, regardless of whether or not you have attended that

class.

knowing what happened during each class, regardless of whether or not you have attended that

class.

**Assignments**

**Homework:**It is strongly recommended doing your homework!

**I’ll put the problems from your**

**homework into your quizzes and tests.**

**Quizzes:**There will be unannounced “daily quizzes” given randomly, 15 minutes each. No make-up

quizzes will be given, but

**I will drop two of your worst daily quiz scores before averaging them**.