MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
S1LL 2013 LR
Eberhart, Douglas L.
Senior Instructor / Adjunct Faculty
January 14 - March 10, 2013
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Textbook: Intermediate Algebra ,11th Edition
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Educational Philosophy: This class will primarily be conducted in a lecture format. The students are encouraged to actively participate in class by asking questions,taking notes and working through suggested assigned homework.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: There will be four test during the term and thry are all of equal value.
Grading: Each test will be worth 100% and each counts as 25% of the student's grade for the course.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Students who miss a test are expected to arrange to make up the test and it must be made up sometime during the week following the scheduled test time.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: All students are expected to conduct themselves in a way that shows respect and consideration for their fellow students and the instructor. All students should cooperate so that the atmosphere of the classroom is conducive to learning for all students.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: In Unit 1 we start the course with a review of fraction rules followed by an introduction to the properties of operations of the real numbers. We will also examine properties of exponents and roots and then discuss the order in which mathematical operations are to be applied as we simplify algebraic expressions.
In Unit 2 we will begin learning techniques to solve linear equations in one variable followed by a discussion of formulas and how to solve problems using them. Next we will apply these skills to real-life situations as we develop a general plan for solving application problems and specific plans for certain types of problems, We will also learn the process of solving linear and compound inequalities and finish up the unit by learning to solve absolute value equations and inequalities.
In Unit 3 we will be introduced to the Rectangular Coordinate System. We will learn how to graph lines of equations in two variables. We will discuss how to determine slope and how to use it to graph lines and find equations of lines. We will also learn how to graph linear inequalities in two variables and we will finish the unit by becoming acquainted with functions,
In Unit 4 we will discover some new properties of exponents along with the properties of polynomial expressions. We will learn how to use scientific notation as a tool for expressing very large and very small numbers.We will examine methods for adding,subtracting,multiplying and dividing polynomials. We will expand our understanding of functions to include polynomial functions. In Unit 5 we will learn how to factor polynomials. Methods to be learned include: factoring by grouping,factoring trinomials,factoring perfect squares and perfect cubes. We will finish the unit by focusing on a fundamental approach to factoring and we will learn problem solving skills when the polynomial is part of an equation. In Unit 6 we start learning about rational expressions by examining their properties. From there we will begin the task of learning how to add,subtract,multiply and divide rational expressions. We will learn two methods of simplifying complex fractions before we tackle solving equations involving rational expressions. In Unit 7 the properties of radical expressions are initially discussed before we take on the task of learning the procedures for simplifying,including the conversion from radical expression to a rational exponential expression. Next we will learn how to add,subtract,multiply and divide radical expressions. This is followed by a presentation of methods we will use for solving equations containing radical expressions. We will finish the unit by focusing on manipulating the polynomial equation into a particular format in a process known as completing the square. Once that process is learned we will us it to derive a generalized formula for solving all quadratic equations. In Unit 8 we will start by determining how to graphically find a solution set of two intersecting equations in two variables, known as a system of linear equations,followed by the procedure to solve a system algebraically. We will finish the unit and the course with an introduction to complex numbers. We will learn the properties of these numbers and how to apply mathematical operations to them.
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