**Course Objectives:** The goal is for students to
master solving and graphing first and

second degree equations, and solving simultaneous equations .

**Book:** Intermediate Algebra with Applications &
Visualization by G.K.Rockswold and

T.A.Krieger (Pearson/ Addison Wesley publishing; second edition 2005)

**Materials: **A graphing calculator is required for
this course ( equivalent to the TI -83 is

recommended). You will also need graph paper

**Attendance:** Daily attendance is required. Since
emergencies may arise, students are

al lowed four absences. This means four absences for any reason at all. After
four

absences students will be asked to withdraw from the class.

**Help: **Free tutoring will be available
starting_TBA_onwards in room 540B Nightingale.

Assistance is also available during my office hours. Additional assistance is
available at

the Academic Assistance Center. Sign-up for appointments in 102 Cahners Hall

**Homework:** Completed daily homework assignments
should be brought to class, and

will be spot-checked, as time permits.

**Quizzes and Tests**: Your grade will be based largely
on short Quizzes based on

homework (weekly; usually given on Thursdays), and on the two hourly Tests.

**Grading:** This course is graded
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, with 70 or above

constituting a Satis factory average . This course is 4 semester hours, but does
not

count as 4 credits towards graduation.

Quiz (weekly) |
20% |

Tests (2) 15% each |
30% |

Final Exam |
40% |

Daily Homework (due on time) |
5 % |

Participation |
5 % |

**Make-Up Quizzes:** There will be no make-up of
quizzes. A missed quiz will be

entered as zero. However, the lowest quiz grade will be dropped for everyone,
and the

second lowest quiz grade will be dropped for the students who produce homework
on the

timely basis. The quizzes will usually take place on Thursdays.

**Make-Up Tests:** You may take one make-up test
(within a week from the original test

date), if you missed a test and have a doctor’s note on letterhead stationary
with a phone

number for confirmation . Mark these dates: Test #1 is on October 4; Test #2 is
on

November 8.

**Finals: **No student may request for a special final
exam time unless it is due to a registrar

created conflict. If you miss the final you will be given a grade of zero on it,
and there

will be no make-up given. Check the finals’ schedule before you make plans to go

home for vacation.

**How to get on my Good Side: **Switch off your cell
phone before entering the classroom.

No electronic gadgets of any kind, please. If you must talk to your neighbors,
discuss

Math only.

**Note: It is your responsibility to be aware of any
changes to this syllabus that are**

announced in class. Students are responsible for all information given when they
are

absent. If you have any concerns about the course that cannot be resolved with
me,

please see Prof. Sherman in 455 Lake, x2785. It is the University policy that no

grade, including an incomplete, can be changed after one year. Exceptions must
be

authorized by the Academic Standing Committee.

**DAILY SCHEDULE:** (reading [by section] and homework
assignments [by pages

and exercise numbers])

**Week of September 3: **section 1.3 Integer Exponents

Day 1: definition of exponents, zero and negative exponents

HW: p.35-36: 1-36

Day 2: laws of exponents

HW p.36: 37-82 odd

**Week of September 10:**

Day 1: section 1.3 order of operations and scientific notation

HW p. 36-37: 83-98, 103 - 116

Day 2 section 1.4 Modeling Data with Formulas

HW p.46-47: 1-12, 21-32 (skip absolute value), 39-42, 47, 48, 54, 57

(Skip section 1.5)

Day 3 Review (no quiz due to Rosh Hashanah holiday)

**Week of September 17:**

Day 1 section 2.1 Functions and Their Representations- emphasis on evaluating
functions

HW p.85: 1-10, 15-24, 41-45, 51-54

Day 2 section 2.2 Linear Functions: graphing lines, constant rate of change;

(Note: you may be able to start some of 2.3 this day) HW: p.98: 1-15 odd;

Day 3 section 2.3 Slope of a line

HW p.111-114: 1-6; 7, 9, 11, 14, 21, 23, 31, 39, 41, 45, 47,

48, 49, 57-60, 61, 74

**Week of September 24:**

Day 1 and 2 section 2.4 Equations of Lines and Linear Models (omit perpendicular

lines)

HW: p. 127-128: 13-17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 31, 32, 35, 43, 46, 49, 63, 76, 79, 93

Day 3 Review

**Week of October 1:**

Day 1 and 2 section 3.1 Solving Linear Equations

Day 1: solving graphically, solving simple equations symbolically

HW: p. 154-155: 1-5, 11-16, 17-20, 23, 24, 29, 31, 32

Day 2: solving equations involving the distributive law, review

HW: p. 154: 22, 25, 26, 27, 33-46 odd

Day 3 Test #1

**Week of October 8:** (no school October 8, Columbus
Day)

Day 1 Test #1 Review

Day 2 section 3.2 Introduction to Word Problems

HW: p. 165: 20, 23, 41, 42, 45, 47, 53

**Week of October 15:**

Day 1 section 3.3 Linear Inequalities

HW: p. 175-176: 1-8, 11-24

Day 2 section 3.4 Compound Inequalities

HW: p. 187-189: 1- 8, 12, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 41, 43, 44, 48, 49

Day 3 review

**Week of October 22:**

Day 1 section 4.1 Systems of linear equations: graph and numeric solutions

HW: p. 225-226: 1-8, 11, 13, 21, 27, 30, 45, 49, 58, 62

Day 2 and 3 section 4.2 Substitution and Elimination

Day 2: substitution: p.237-240: 1-7, 10, 11, 13, 19, 22, 74, 89

Day 3: elimination: p. 239- 240: 34, 35, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 48, 49, 76, 86,
90

(Note: Skip 4.3, 4.4 and 4.5)

**Week of October 29:**

Day 1 section 5.1 Polynomial Expression and Evaluation (up to page 307)

HW: p.310-312: 1-8, 35-45 odd, 45-53 odd, 61-67 odd, 83, 87-91 odd

Day 2 section 5.2 Multiplying polynomials

HW: p. 322-323: 1-6, 7-23 odd, 41-57 odd, 73-97 odd

Day 3 section 5.3 Factoring Polynomials

HW: p. 333-334: 1-6, 7-31 odd, 41-49 odd, 63-71 odd, 93

**Week of November 5**

Day 1 section 5.4 Factoring Trinomials

HW: p.344-346: 1-6, 7-49 odd, 71, 81-89 odd

Day 2 section 5.5 Special Factors, review

HW: p. 352: 1-10, 11-35 odd, 37-40, 49-65 odd

Day 3 Test #2

**Week of November 12: **(no school November 12,
Veteran’s Day)

Day 1 Review Test #2

Day 2 section 8.1 Quadratic Functions and their Graphs

HW: p. 537–538: 1-10, 19, 20, 23, 24, 43-48

**Week of November 19: **(no school November 21, 22;
Thanksgiving vacation)

Day 1 section 8.3 Quadratic Equations

HW: p. 560–561: 1-16, 25-49 odd

**Week of November 26:**

Day 1 section 8.3 Quadratic Equations (continued)

HW: p. 561–562: 51-58, 59-79 odd

Day 2 section 8.4.Quadratic Formula

HW: p. 572–573: 1-6, 7-23 odd, 25-28, 29-34 a),c) parts only

Day 3 section 8.4.Quadratic Formula (continued) (skip complex solutions)

HW: p. 573–574: 35, 36, 37, 40, 41, 42 (parts a),b) only); 85-92

**Week of December 3:** (last day of school December 5)

Day 1 Review of Quadratic Equations

**LAST DAY Final Exam Review**

Week of December 10: FINAL EXAM TBA