# Intermediate Algebra Syllabus

**5. Catalog Course Description: **This course is a
study of intermediate algebra and geometry.

Topics include factorization of polynomials , operations on rational expressions,
solving rational

equations, radical expressions , rational exponents , quadratic equations and
inequalities and their

graphs, application problems involving quadratic models, functional notation,
and application

problems on geometry. The focus of lab instruction is content reinforcement.

**6. Course Goals:**

• Help students become TSI complete and/or College Ready.

• Prepare students for College Mathematics/ College Algebra .

**7. Course Competencies/Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion, the
student
will be able to:**

• factor polynomials.

• simplify rational expressions.

• multiply and divide rational expressions.

• solve rational equations.

• simplify radical expressions.

• perform operations on radical expressions.

• solve applications involving right triangles.

• solve quadratic equations and problems involving quadratic models.

• graph quadratic equations and inequalities .

• evaluate expressions in functional notation.

**8. Departmental Course Requirements**

• Prerequisite: Math 85 with a “C” or better or placement based on assessment
scores.

• Attendance is required. According to STC policy, a student who does not meet
the College

Readiness Standard for Texas Success Initiatives (TSI) must attend a
developmental class in

order to earn credit in any academic course(s) in which s/he may be enrolled. **
Any student
who accumulates the equivalent of four (4) hours of absences, excused or
unexcused, in
a developmental class will be referred to the Retention Specialists. Any student
who
accumulates the equivalent of eight (8) hours of absences, excused or unexcused,
may be
withdrawn from the course by the instructor. A student may also be withdrawn
from
the course for non-participation in the class.** Any student who is taking
Math 90 as his/her

only developmental course, and is withdrawn from the course, will be withdrawn from all

college courses.

• Three (3) tardy will be counted as one absence. A tardy is defined as entering class after the

starting time OR leaving the class early.

**Time lost from a quiz or test due to tardiness will**

not be made up.

not be made up.

• The last day to withdraw with a “W” is

**November 14 2008**. A student who has not

withdrawn by the said date and has stopped attending class will receive a grade of “F” for the

term.

• If you are repeating this course, please make an appointment with your instructor.

**P Grade Policy**

Students who pass the math section of the THEA/ACCUPLACER

**during**the term may

receive a grade of "P" for that course. A grade of "P" will count as a successful completion

of the course, but it will not be included in calculating the Current Semester GPA. In order

to be eligible for a "P” grade, students must provide the instructor with assessment scores

demonstrating that they have met the passing standard for college readiness (THEA – 250,

ACCUPLACER EA – 68). Students also have the option of completing the course and

receiving a letter grade, which will be included in calculating the Current Semester GPA.

Students are encouraged to continue attending the class and complete the course in order to

be better prepared for college-level courses.

**Note: P grades are not awarded**

automatically and are upon instructor discretion. It is important that you bring to your

instructor a P Grade form signed by the Retention Specialist before you are awarded

the P grade.

automatically and are upon instructor discretion. It is important that you bring to your

instructor a P Grade form signed by the Retention Specialist before you are awarded

the P grade.

**9. Technology:**

• MyMathLabis

• MyMathLab

**required**and is an online based interactive software that allows students to

access practice problems, supplemental instructional material such as videos and/or tutorials,

and online assignments with immediate feedback. Students can also benefit from

**free**

personal tutoring

personal tutoring

**services**offered through MyMathLab either via phone, chat, or electronic

whiteboard. Students are scheduled to meet 1 hour a week in a computer lab working on

their online assignments.

**10. Evaluation Methods:**

See individual instructor's attachment.

**11. Grading Criteria:**

• Homework/Quizzes/Projects/Tests (as determined by instructor)
75%

• Departmental Comprehensive Final Exam **(Mandatory)**
25%

• Course grade is determined as follows:

below 60%

**12. Textbook & Resources:
Required for all Developmental Math Courses:**

1. Text: M. Bittinger, D. Ellenbogen. Prealgebra and Introductory Algebra, 2/E

2. Software: MyMathLab

3. Worksheets: J. Penna, L. Hurley, B. Johnson.Worksheets for Classroom or Lab Practice.

**Recommended:**

1. Any standard 4-function calculator.

2. A binder/notebook/folder to hold the textbook.

• The required items are sold as a package at the bookstore to help save you money. This

is a

**one-time purchase only**for the entire developmental math sequence.

• The textbook is currently only being sold as loose-leaf at the bookstore to help save you

money. You are encouraged to put the book in a binder/notebook/folder. You will NOT

be able to sell the textbook back to the bookstore at the end of the semester. It is yours 4

EVER ☺.

• The MyMathLab account in the bundle will be good for the life of the book at STC.

**13. Written Project ( Two pages type written):**

Write a paper on any topic suggested by your instructor.

**Secretaries Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) Information:**

Departmental Foundation Skills:

Departmental Foundation Skills:

**A. Basic Skills**

**Reading:**Read, understand and interpret written mathematical information.

**Writing:**Write a report on a topic related to mathematics.

**Arithmetic and Mathematical Operations:**Use arithmetic in computations and

solving problems involving real-life situations.

**Speaking**Participate in class discussions, solve problems and explain the solution

process to the teacher and the peers.

B. Thinking Skills:

B. Thinking Skills:

**Creative Thinking:**Demonstrate creative thinking by solving problems.

**Decision Making:**Decide which method to use to solve a particular equation given a

set of different methods from which to choose.

**Problem Solving:** Generate a plan to solve
application problems; set pieces of

information into an equation. Apply previously learned skills and combine them
with

newly learned skills to solve new problems.

**Visualize:** Organize and process symbols, pictures and graphs to solve
mathematical

problems.

**Reasoning: **Recognize if the solution to a problem is reasonable or not.

C. Personal Qualities:

**Responsibility:** Students will exert a high level of effort.

**Self-Esteem: **Students will maintain a positive view of themselves.

**Sociability: **Students will work in groups.

**Self-Management: **Students will assess themselves.

**Integrity and Honesty: **Students will be honest and trustworthy.

Developmental Studies Policy Statement:

• Failure to remain in at least one Developmental Studies course for students
who have not

met the passing standard on an approved assessment instrument in reading,
writing,

and/or mathematics may result in the student's withdrawal from ALL college
courses.

• All developmental courses including the College Success course will be
included in the

Semester Grade Point Average (GPA) for all students at STC.

• Students in Developmental Studies will be limited to a maximum of 13 credit
hours of

course work per semester and 7 credit hours per summer session .

• Students taking 12 or more credit hours per semester who have not met the
passing

standard on an approved assessment instrument will be required to take two or
more

developmental courses every semester if they are deficient in more than one
academic

skill (reading, writing, and mathematics).

**Student Code of Conduct**

All students are expected to behave in a manner consistent with the College’s
function as an

educational institution. As stated in the student catalog, any student that
engages in disruptive

activities which interfere with classroom instruction will be warned on the
first occurrence, and

may be withdrawn if the disruptive activities continue.

ADA Students with Disabilities Statement:

Reasonable accommodations may be made that allow disabled students to be
successful at STC.

Accommodations may be provided for those students who submit the appropriate
documentation

by an outside/independent professional evaluator or agency. Contact an STC ADA/DSS

Counselor in the Annex (Pecan) or call (956) 688-2006. Students may volunteer to
inform the

Instructor about their disability and associated classroom limitations, if
applicable.

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