# MAT 009 Intermediate Algebra (3 units).

This is a sample syllabus only. Ask your instructor for the official syllabus for your course.

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### Course Description

Polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, quadratic equations, roots, radicals, radical expressions, exponents, logarithms, graphs, applications. Does not count for the Bachelor's degree. CR/NC grading.

3 units credit.

### Prerequisites

MAT 003 or satisfactory score on ELM test.

### Text

Introductory and Intermediate Algebra by Robert Blitzer, 4rd edition, with MyMathLab Access.

#### Other Required Materials

• 6 Scantrons (form 882-E)
• A scientific calculator
• graph paper

### Course Requirements, Tentative Schedule of Class Meetings and Topics, Readings, Assignments and Due dates, Exams

A schedule of class meetings, topics, assignments, due dates, exam dates, etc. will be provided by instructor. See your class syllabus.

Here is a sample outline for this course. Numbers refer to sections in the textbook.

• Week 1
• 8.1 Introduction to Functions
• 8.2 Graphs of Functions
• Week 2
• 8.3 The Algebra of Functions
• 9.1 Reviewing Linear Inequalities and Using Inequalities in Business Applications
• Week 3
• 9.2 Compound Inequalities
• 9.3 Equations and Inequalities Involving Absolute Value
• Week 4
• Review
• Exam
• Week 5
• 6.5 A General Factoring Strategy
• 6.6 Solving Quadratic Equations By Factoring
• Week 6
• 7.1 Rational Expressions and Their Simplification
• 7.2 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
• 7.3 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions with the Same Denominator
• Week 7
• 7.4 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions with Different Denominators
• 7.5 Complex Rational Expressions
• Week 8
• 7.6 Solving Rational Equations
• 7.7 Applications Using Rational Equations and Proportions
• Week 9
• Review
• Exam
• Week 10
• 10.1 Radical Expressions and Functions
• 10.2 Rational Exponents
• 10.3 Multiplying and Simplifying Radical Expressions
• Week 11
• 10.4 Adding, Subtracting, and Dividing Radical Expressions
• 10.5 Multiplying with More Than One Term and Rationalizing Denominators
• Week 12
• 10.6 Radical Equations
• 11.1 The Square Root Property and Completing the Square; Distance and Midpoint Formulas
• Week 13
• 11.2 The Quadratic Formula
• 11.3 Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs
• 11.4 Equations Quadratic in Form
• Week 14
• 11.5 Polynomial and Rational Inequalities
• Review
• Week 15
• Exam
• Review
• Week 16
• Final Exam

The final exam is given at the date and time announced in the Schedule of Classes.

### Learning Objectives

After completing MAT 009 students will be able to:

• Add, subtract, multiply and divide simple rational expressions.
• Solve problems including word problems using rational expressions.
• Use rational exponents.
• Solve simple problems involving radicals.
• Add, subtract, and divide radical expressions.
• Solve simple radical equations.
• Solve and graph inequalities.
• Solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula.
• Solve word problems that lead to quadratic equations.
• Graph quadratic functions and parabolas.

### Computers and Calculators, Computer Literacy

Most instructors encourage the use of machines, calculators computers, phones etc., for analyzing data. The use of machines may be restricted during examinations or at certain other times. Ask your instructor for the policy in your class.

Students are not expected to be programmers or to know any particular computer language before starting this class. Instructors will expect students to be able to access information on the internet, for example MyMathLab, use calculators, and perhaps learn to use some other particular software with instruction. Basic skill in algebra and the use of mathematical symbols, order of operations etc., and the willingness to read and follow instruction manuals and help files will suffice.

### Grading Policy, Grading Scale, Weighted Value of Assignments and Exams

Students' grades are based on homework, class participation, short tests, and scheduled examinations covering students' understanding of the topics covered in this course. The instructor determines the relative weights of these factors and the grading scale. See the syllabus for your particular class.

MAT 009 is a CR/NC class. You must earn 70% in the course to earn credit.

 10% of grade = Supplemental instruction 10% of grade = Assignments (class work, homework) 10% of grade = Quizzes 45% of grade = Exams (3 exams, 15% each) 25% of grade = Final Exam

### Location of Class Meetings

Classes meet on the dates and room announced in the official Schedule of Classes. This is a traditional, face-to-face class.

### Attendance Requirements

Attendance and participation are important to your success in this class. Students who skip classes generally fail. Ask your instructor for the attendance requirements in your particular class.

#### Supplemental Instruction (SI)

SI tutors will be available during class sessions to provide assistance for the students. SI tutors will conduct workshops on Fridays. Students are expected to attend the Friday workshops. During these sessions the SI tutor will review homework, give quizzes and prepare for upcoming lessons.

#### Creating Conditions for Successful Learning:

Research shows success in math class depends very much on two factors: the amount of time spent working on the material, and the student's beliefs about mathematics and what it means to understand and do mathematics. With this in mind, here are some suggestions:

• Be in class, every class, and be on time.
• Be prepared to participate in group work and discussions every day.
• Spend at least 1 hour every day, not including class time, working on homework assignments, and studying.
• Realize that success in mathematics is less about "ability" and more about willingness to think and to work hard to make sense of things.

### Policy on Due Dates, Make-Up Work, Missed Exams, and Extra-Credit Assignments

Assignments:Class work assignments are given in class and the discussion about them help you prepare for homework. We encourage you to work with your classmates to complete assignments. The homework will help you prepare for lecture, quizzes and exams. Due dates for online assignments are annouced online. Online assignments must be submitted by the due date for full credit, but they can be submitted at anytime for partial credit.

Quizzes: are drawn mostly from the homework. There will be no make ups for in-class quizzes or online review quizzes.

Exams: There will be 3 midterm exams, each worth 15% of your total grade. There will be no make-up exams. All exams are to be taken closed book, and closed notes. The final exam is cumulative and worth 25% of your grade.

Instructors may, or may not, choose to offer extra credit assignments. If extra credit assignments are offered they will be available to all students.

### Academic Integrity

The mathematics department does not tolerate cheating. Students who have questions or concerns about academic integrity should ask their professors or the counselors in the Student Development Office, or refer to the University Catalog for more information. (Look in the index under "academic integrity".)

### Accomodations for Students with Disabilities

Cal State Dominguez Hills adheres to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations for students with temporary and permanent disabilities. If you have a disability that may adversely affect your work in this class, I encourage you to register with Disabled Student Services (DSS) and to talk with me about how we best can help you. All disclosures of disabilities will be kept strictly confidential. Please note: you must register with DSS to arrange an no accommodation. For information call (310) 243-3660 or send an email message to dss@csudh.edu or visit the DSS website http://www4.csudh.edu/dss/contact-us/index or visit their office WH D-180

### Behavioral Expectations

The most important rule for this class is RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS. Therefore, no disruptive behavior will be permitted during class time; this includes but is not limited to coming to class late, leaving early, use of cell phones or other communication devices (such as the ringing of phones or alarms). All cell phones must remain out of sight.

Revision history:

Prepared by Edgar Perez, 7/23/2012. Earlier versions prepared by J. Wilkins 2/17/00, revised 7/7/01, 7/25/06 by G. Jennings, 08/28/08 by D. Post, 7/23/12 by E. Perez, 1/16/16 by C. Lochard and G. Jennings