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Intermediate Algebra

Required Course Materials

•Text: Intermediate Algebra, a Graphing Approach, Martin-Gay & Greene, University of Kansas Custom Edition, Prentice Hall, 2009
•Supplementary Study Guide, University of Kansas, 2008
Graphing Calculator , TI-83 or TI-84 series

Prerequisites & Placement

There is no enforced prerequisite for Math 002; however, it is suggested that students have successfully
completed at least one introductory algebra course .
If you question your placement in this or any mathematics course, you may take the Placement Exam.
Refer to the Mathematics Department website for details.

Add/ Change /Withdrawal Information

Any add or change of section after the on-line time period allowed by the university must be approved
in the KAP office, Strong 323.
Withdrawal from Math 002
  - The Kansas Algebra Program adheres to the university-wide drop policy.
  - Students who consider a withdrawal from the course during the second period are encouraged
to discuss the individual situation with either the Director or Assistant Director of the Kansas
Algebra Program before taking action.
  - Dates for the withdrawal periods are available through the University Academic Calendar.

Special Needs

The staff of AAAC-DR, 22 Strong, 785-864-2620 (v/tty), coordinates accommodations and services
for KU courses. If you have a disability for which you may request accommodation in KU classes and
have not contacted them, please do so as soon as possible.
Classroom or testing accommodations for this particular course should then be arranged through the
KAP office in ST 323.

Evaluation & Grading Scale

The grade in this course is determined by performance on five (5) exams, skills tests, homework, and
a comprehensive final exam.
The accumulation of points will be the benchmark for the grade earned.
Grades may be adjusted upward; they will never be adjusted downward.

Components   Point Scale    
Exams & Quizzes 450 pts 648 - 720 A 90%
Skills tests (5) 50 pts 576 - 647 B 80%
Homework & Attendance 100 pts 504 - 575 C 70%
Comprehensive Final Exam 120 pts 432 - 503 D 60%
Total: 720 pts 0 - 431 F <60%

Checking your progress

After the first unit exam is graded and for the remainder of the semester, students may check their
scores on- line through the KAP website.
KAP uses the email address you have led with the Registrar's office to communicate the scores. If
this address is not current, you will be unable to access your scores.
If you have difficulty checking your scores, please go to the KAP office in Strong 323.

Testing

All exams will be taken outside of class time in the KAP Testing Center - Strong 324.
Every student will have an opportunity to retake each major exam. If the retake score is higher, the
unit exam score will be replaced by the average of the retake score and the original score. Refer to the
semester schedule for the dates.
Should a student have a conflict or miss the original scheduled date for any unit exam, arrangements
for make-up exams must be made through the KAP Office in ST 323 in advance, or as soon as
possible following the missed exam. Documentation will be required.
A computer-based Skills Test is to be successfully completed in advance of each of the unit exams.
  - Skills Test questions focus on vocabulary, symbolism , and basic concepts.
  - Sample questions are printed in the Supplementary Study Guide.
  - Practice Skills Tests are available on the KAP website.
  - The Skills Tests are to be taken for credit in the KAP Math Lab in Strong 323.
  - Students may not use calculators or scratch paper when taking a Skills Test in the Lab.

Homework & Attendance

It is important to attend class and complete homework assignments daily. Students may discuss the
homework in groups , but each student is responsible for doing his/her own work and turning in his/her
individual solutions .
A portion of the homework score will be based on attendance. Students are expected to come to class
prepared to participate. Five (5) points are allowed for attendance each unit. Each absence will result
in the deduction of a point.
Assignments are to be submitted directly to the discussion leader in charge of your class meetings.

General Guidelines for taking exams and completing homework

All exam problems and most homework will be graded on partial credit. It is imperative that work be
shown.
Algebraic procedures are expected. Graphical solutions should be explained.
All rational expressions (fractions) and radicals should be in simplest form.
Notes and scratch paper are not allowed on any exam. Students must bring a photo ID, pen/pencil,
and graphing calculator.

Help Room

A drop-in help room for Math 002 and Math 101 is located in Strong 323. You are urged to make use
of the free service whenever you have questions outside of class and to prepare for exams.
Computer tutorials and video lectures are available in the adjacent KAP Math Lab.
Students may also form study groups for Math 101 and use the KAP Help Room facilities.

Calculator Policy The use of a graphing calculator is integrated throughout the course and students should
be acquainted with this tool.

A TI-83, TI-83plus, TI-84, or TI-84plus calculator is required for this course and will be the only
calculator used in the classroom.
Calculators with QWERTY keyboards or those that do symbolic algebra cannot be used in class or
during any exam. This includes, but is not limited to, the TI-89, TI-92 and all Casio calculators.
Calculator memory may be viewed during any exam and will be cleared if any unauthorized material
is noted. [This includes notes, sample problems, special programs, or formulas related to the course
material.] The Kansas Algebra Program has the right to regard finding unauthorized material in
your calculator memory as cheating. You will be asked to stop using your calculator and use a KAP
calculator instead.
All observed incidents of unauthorized calculator use are reviewed by the KAP director.

Math 002 Tentative Course Schedule

Week 1 Intro, Linear Equations & Modeling
1.5 - 1.8
 
Week 2 Graphing, Functions & Lines
2.1 - 2.4
 
Week 3 More with Lines
2.5, Review
 
Week 4   2/9 - Skills Test #1 Deadline
Exam 1 T - 2/10  
  Inequalities
3.2 - 3.4
 
Week 5 Absolute Value & Inequalities
3.4 - 3.6
2/17 - Retake for Exam 1
Week 6 Linear Systems
4.1 - 4.3
 
Week 7    
Exam 2 T - 3/3 3/2 - Skills Test #2 Deadline
  Exponents, Sci. Notation & Polynomials
5.1- 5.4
 
Week 8 Polynomials & Factoring
5.5 - 5.8
3/10 - Retake for Exam 2
3/13 - Skills Test #3 Deadline
Quiz 3 Take Home Due 3/24

SPRING BREAK --- 3/16 - 3/22

 
Week 9 Rational Expression Operations, Complex, & Long division
6.1 - 6.4
 
Week 10 Synthetic Division , Equations & Applications
6.4 - 6.7
 
Week 11    
Exam 4 W - 4/8 4/7 - Skills Test #4 Deadline
  Radicals & Rational Exponents
7.1 - 7.2
 
Week 12 Operations with Radicals
7.3 - 7.5
4/15 - Retake for Exam 4
Week 13 Complex Numbers & Quadratic Equations
7.6-7.7, 5.8, 8.1
 
Week 14 Quadratic Equations
8.1 - 8.2
 
Exam 5 F* - 5/1 4/30 - Skills Test #5 Deadline
*Friday testing hours: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Week 15 Review for Final 5/7 - Retake for Exam 5

FINAL EXAM - May 14

4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location to be announced in class.
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