# INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA

**I. GENERAL INFORMATION**

Instructor: Thomas Hartfield

Office: Academic III 120

Office Phone: 678.717.3858

Fax Number: 678.717.3778

Office Hours:

Mon-Wed 10:00 am – 11:00 am, 1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Tue-Thurs 10:00 am – 11:30 am, 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm (Tue only)

Additional times available upon request.

Important Dates:

1. Course changes and late registration end: Tuesday, January 13, 2009

2. Mid-Semester Drop Date:

Monday, March 2, 2009

Dropping a course after this date means an automatic "WF" unless the

Dean gives specific approval. Prior to this date, a "W" will be awarded.

3. Final Exam: Mon-Tue, April 27-28, 2008

Given in class over two days

4. Compass Exit Test:

8:00 class: 7:50 am Monday, May 4, 2009

9:00 class: 10:20 am Thursday, April 30, 2008

Location to be announced at a later date

**II. TEXT AND OTHER MATERIALS**

Required:

MyMathLab by Pearson Education (hosted by Course Compass)

Spring 2009 course ID: hartfield97139

A non-graphing scientific calculator

Headphones (explained under VIII. Additional Information)

Text:

Beginning & Intermediate Algebra, Third Edition, by K. Elayn Martin-Gay

(Book or Online Form acceptable)

Supplements:

Computer tutorials, videos and extra worksheets on specific algebra skills are

available in the ACTT Center. Videos can be checked out from the library.

Compass Prep:

Use the path below on any GSC campus computer to access Compass Practice:

Start, GSC Menu, Counseling, Career & Testing, COMPASS Test Preparation

**III. COURSE DESCRIPTION**

A course for students needing supplemental preparation in intermediate algebra
skills. The

course is required for students whose placement test scores indicate a need for
the course, or any

student who placed in and completed MATH 0097 with a “C” or better. Topics
include linear

equations, graphing, systems of equations, inequalities, polynomials, factoring,
functions, rational

expressions, radicals, quadratic equations and functions, complex numbers, and
problem solving

**IV. COURSE OBJECTIVES:**

Global Math Goals:

1. To present the basic algebraic skills necessary in a beginning level college
algebra course.

2. To present algebra as a tool useful in subsequent math, natural science and
social science

coursework.

3. To establish a satisfactory level of mathematical competency as measured by
the University

System exit examination.

Performance Objectives:

1. To solve linear equations.

2. To perform basic operations on polynomials.

3. To factor polynomials.

4. To solve quadratic equations

5. To perform basic operations on rational expressions.

6. To solve linear inequalities.

7. To define functions, using standard function notation.

8. To evaluate functions.

9. To graph linear functions.

10. To find equations of lines.

11. To solve systems of equations.

12. To solve rational equations.

13. To perform basic operations on radical expressions.

14. To solve radical equations.

15. To define complex numbers.

16. To add complex numbers.

17. To graph quadratic functions.

18. To find the distance between two points.

19. To solve a variety of application problems.

**V. COURSE CONTENT & CALENDAR**

Unit | Content | Objectives | Test Date & MyMathLab Due Date |

0 | Review of MATH 0097 concepts | 1, 2, 3, 4 | no test, Quiz: Friday, January 16 |

1 | Linear Equations & Functions §3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 8.1 |
7, 8, 9, 10, 19 | Wednesday, January 28 |

2 | Systems of Equations, Inequalities §4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 2.8 |
6, 11, 19 | Thursday, February 12 |

3 | Rational Expressions & Equations Appx C-5, §7.5, 7.6, 7.7 |
5, 12, 19 | Thursday, February 26 |

4 | Radicals and Rational Exponents §10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5 |
13 | Tuesday, March 24 |

5 | Radical & Quadratic Equations §10.6, 10.7, 11.1, 11.2 |
13, 14, 15, 16 | Tuesday, April 7 |

6 | Quadratic Functions, Miscellany §11.3, 11.5, 11.6, selected topics |
17, 18, 19 | Wednesday, April 22 |

Final | Comprehensive | All objectives | See section 1 of syllabus |

**VI. COURSE POLICIES**

Attendance:

Attendance for classes is mandatory. Students who must miss a class session are
responsible for

getting assignments and notes from the dates they are absent. Ceasing to attend
a class will not

automatically withdraw you from the class – you must use the withdrawal process
within Banner or

visit your advisor to complete a withdrawal form to turn into the Register’s
Office.

Academic Dishonesty:

Academic regulations are defined by the Student Code of Conduct and students
violating these

regulations are subject to sanctions. Instructor-defined sanctions can range
from a warning,

through a zero on an assignment, up to failing the course, according to the
severity of the

infraction. Serious violations and repeat violations will be reported to the
Office of Student

Development and Enrollment Management following Due Process Procedures outlined
in the

Student Code of Conduct. Any violation initially to be resolved by the
instructor that cannot be

resolved will also be sent to the Office of Student Development and Enrollment
Management to be

addressed.

Disruptive Behavior:

Students who exhibit behaviors which disrupt a class or obstruct its learning
activities will be

considered under the Board of Regents Policy on Disruptive Behavior.

This instructor defines disruptive behavior to be an intentional action,
physical or verbal, which

interferes with another student’s ability to learn or interferes with the
professor’s ability to teach.

The instructor asks that cell phones, pagers, and beepers be placed on a setting
which does not

produce sound during class. During tests, all communications devices should be
stored away out

of sight and turned off, unless permission to have the device turned on is
granted. A failure to

cooperate can result in a 0 for the test.

Students who exhibit disruptive behavior will be given a verbal warning by the
class teacher. If the

disruptive behavior persists, the student will be given a written warning in a
meeting with the chair

of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Any further infractions
would be

referred to the Disciplinary Committee of the College.

Make-Up Policy:

No make-ups or retakes will be allowed except as permitted by circumstances
listed below.

Exceptions to make-up policy: A student will be allowed to make-up a test as
soon as feasible if

he or she misses class for one of the following documented reasons:

1. jury duty or subpoenaed attendance in a legal matter

2. military call-up (beyond normal duties)

3. hospitalization of student, student’s spouse, or student’s dependents

4. college-sponsored activities with the dean’s approval

Supplemental Course Information:

Standard information for Inclement Weather, Students with Disabilities, Academic
Dishonesty,

Smoking Policy, Plagiarism, Copyright, Course Withdrawal Process, Administrative
Office Hours.

Other Course Requirements:

Each student has a maximum of three semesters to complete the Learning Support
math

sequence, MATH 0097 and MATH 0099. A grade of "W" will not count as one of those
semesters.

If a student withdraws from any Learning Support course, he must withdraw from
all regular credit

courses. However, if the student remains in at least one Learning Support
course, he will be

allowed to remain in GSCE/ESLO 1101.

**VII. COURSE GRADING**

1. Final grades will be determined as follows:

MyMathLab online homework assignments | 10% of average | |

Average of six highest grades out of seven unit quizzes | 12% of average | (2% each) |

Average of five highest grades out of six unit tests | 50% of average | (10% each) |

Comprehensive final exam | 28% of average |

2. Grade distribution:

90.0% or more | A* |

80.0% to 89.9% | B* |

70.0% to 79.9% | C* |

60.0% to 69.9% | IP** |

Less than 60% | F** |

*. Students with an average of 70.0% or higher are
eligible to take the University System exit exam.

Each student is required to meet or exceed the minimum score on the exit exam in
order to exit

the course. If a student has an A, B, or C average and fails the exit test on
the first attempt he or

she is eligible for one retest. Students failing the exit exam twice will
receive a grade of “IP” and

must repeat the course unless an alternate grade is required (see item 3 below.)

**. A grade of "IP" is given to a student who has earned between 60.0% and
69.9%. A student

receiving an "IP" is required to repeat the course. Students with averages below
60.0% may

receive either an “F” or an “IP” at the instructor’s discretion unless an
alternate grade is required

(see item 3 below.)

3. A grade of "U" may be given for any semester during which the instructor
feels that the student

has made insufficient progress. A grade of “U" must be given to a student who
has not completed

all Learning Support math requirements by the end of three semesters. Upon
receiving a “U”, the

student will be suspended from all state institutions for three years.

**VIII. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION**

All e-mail communication regarding official class business will be sent through
GSC e-mail account – I

will not send out confidential information to an off-campus e-mail address (such
as yahoo.com,

bellsouth.net, aol.com, hotmail.com, etc.). Please check your GSC e-mail
regularly.

Class meetings will be captured for podcasting. Video will come directly from
the SmartBoard used in

class while audio will come from the classroom at large. Students should be
aware that recording of

audio will occur from the time class begins until its conclusion unless
otherwise announced by the

instructor. The purpose of these podcasts is for student academic use only.

In the event class is delay, ended early, or outright cancelled, the instructor
may create lecture videos

to makeup for the lost classroom time. Lecture videos will be stored in the
instructor’s shared files

folder which may be accessed from on campus or off. To watch the videos on
campus, you will need

headphones to hear the audio. A broadband connection for viewing the videos off
campus is strongly

recommended.

The grade book for this class will be stored in the MyMathLab program at
CourseCompass.com.

Students should check grades regularly. Homework and Quizzes in MyMathLab will
be due at 11:59

P.M. Eastern Time on the date given in section V of the syllabus. In the event
that a test date is

changed, the due date of all MyMathLab assignments associated with that test
will be changed also.

Individual assistance and tutoring is provided through the Math Lab in Academic
III.

Calculators may be checked-out for in-class use from the ACTT Center.

SPECIFIC DETAILS OF THIS SYLLABUS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.