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4 semester hours
(Not all colleges will freely transfer this course.)
There are no specific prerequisites for this course. However, appropriate placement on the ASSET placement test is required.
In Intermediate Algebra students will review, refine, and expand their skills with solving equations, working with polynomials, graphing, and applying mathematics to outside situations. The use of technology (especially graphing calculators) as a tool for problem solving is heavily incorporated into this course.
David Michael Burrow
Monday nights, 6:05-10:00pm, All ILCC Centers (via TV system)
The course originates from Emmetsburg.
Hubbard and Robinson. Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: Discovery and Visualization. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998. This is a new book, selected this year by the full-time members of the math department faculty. It is available through the ILCC bookstore.
A GRAPHING calculator is required for this class. Examples in the book are geared to the TI-82 or TI-83 graphing calculators. Calculators with lower numbers (TI-80 or TI-81) may not have all the necessary features. Higher numbered calculators (TI-85, TI-86, or TI-92) will have the necessary features, but they may be more difficult to use.
TI-82s are available for $60 - $70 in stores such as K-Mart or Wal-Mart. TI-83s normally cost $70 - $80 in discount stores. You may also wish to check with area high schools, which may have bulk purchasing programs available in the fall. High schools may also have used calculators available, at prices less than half those of new models.
You will want a large supply of notebook paper--to take notes in class and to complete assignments. On a couple of occasions you will find a limited supply of graph paper useful. (You may wish to join together with another student, so neither of you needs to buy a full packet of graph paper.)
Each week you will be given an assignment that includes both "suggested" and "required" problems. We will go through the suggested problems in class the following week. The required problems will be due on each test date. All required problems together will be worth the same as one test. While correct work is necessary for full credit, answers and hints to the required problems will be given on this page throughout the semester.
You will have four tests over the course of the semester. The tests will be graded on a straight point basis, with 90%+ = A, 80%+ = B, 70%+ = C, 60%+ = D, and 59%- = F. The tests and required assignment grades will be averaged to determine your final grade in the course. Tests and assignments will include "+" and "-" markings, but these do not appear on ILCC grade reports or transcripts.
You are not specifically graded on attendance, but you alone are responsible for completing the requirements of the course. If you are absent from all or part of a class, you should see another student to be sure you have that night's notes and assignments. All assignments are due on the dates specified. If you can not be there that night, you should turn it in BEFOREHAND. It is assumed you will take tests when they are scheduled. If this is impossible, you must see Mr. Burrow to schedule an alternative.
Introduction to the Course
CHAPTER 1: The Real Number System
Expressions and Functions
Introduction to Equations
More on Equations
REVIEW FOR TEST ONE
***** -- TEST ONE -- ***** (Chapters 1 - 3)
Introduction to Lines
More on Lines
REVIEW FOR TEST TWO
Introduction to Systems of Equations
***** -- TEST TWO -- ***** (Chapters 3 and 4)
More on Systems of Equations
Exponents and Polynomials
REVIEW FOR TEST THREE
Introduction to Factoring
***** -- TEST THREE -- ***** (Chapters 5 and 6)
More on Factoring
REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM
***** -- FINAL EXAM -- *****
(Mostly Chapters 7-10, some review)
Answers & Hints
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