MATH 101 Intermediate Algebra

Tuesdays 3:45 – 5:00 pm Thursdays 3:45 – 5:00 pm


Prerequisite: SAT Math score, placement examination or a grade of C– or higher in MATH 099.

Course Description: MATH 101 is the second in a two-course sequence in elementary and intermediate
algebra (MATH 099/MATH 101) designed to provide students with a foundation to study college level
mathematics. MATH 101 carries three credits that count toward meeting the minimum number of credits
required for graduation but do not satisfy the general education requirement. Mastery of material in this
course is necessary for success in mathematics and statistics courses with numbers greater than 100 and for courses in the natural and social sciences. You must earn a C– or higher in MATH 101 to meet the prerequisite for any Skill Area II general education course.

The major goals of this course are:
a. to gain an appreciation for the role variables play in constructing mathematical models;
b. to use tables, graphs, and equations to model mathematical situations;
c. to gain facility in using the symbolism of algebra to solve equations and find equivalent expressions;
d. to gain facility in solving word problems; and
e. to gain an appreciation for the applications of algebra to a wide variety of “ real world ” situations.

Instructor: Allison Stotz

Office Phone: (860) 832-1941

Office location: Marcus White 117

Office Hours:

 Tuesdays 8:00 am – 9:10 am and 11:05am – 12:20pm
Thursdays 8:00 am – 9:10 am and 11:05am – 1:40pm

If you need further assistance:

Get help from FREE tutors M – F in 241 Copernicus.

EMAIL me your questions.

Work with other students in the class.

Textbook: Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: A Practical Approach by T. Craine, J. McGowan, and T. Ruben, published by Houghton Mifflin (ISBN 0-618-10337-6). Note: This textbook is used for both
MATH 099 and MATH 101.

Coverage: In MATH 101 you are responsible for all of the material in Chapters 7-12 except for the
optional sections marked with an asterisk (*). The six chapters will be covered in the order they appear
in the text. Each section has 25 problems at the end, 15 new problems and 10 skill and review problems
and you are expected to work all of them. Whether or not you took MATH 099 here at CCSU, it is a good idea to review Chapters 1 through 6 to be sure that you remember the main ideas of elementary algebra. A guide for doing this is found on pages 503-508 the textbook.

Course Requirements: Attend and participate in class regularly; complete homework assignments; take quizzes and tests, as scheduled. Familiarize yourself with our Blackboard VISTA course page as I will be posting material online for you throughout the term. A general rule for any college course is that you are expected to put in at least 2 hours of work outside of class for every hour in class. For MATH 101, the expectation is at least 6 hours per week outside of class.

Calculator Use: Graphing calculators are REQUIRED for MATH 101. The textbook is based on the TI- 82, TI-83, and TI-84, and I will be using one of these in class. Please let me know if you are using some other calculator, and I can help you make adjustments.

Electronic Devices Policy: Cell phones, laptops, MP3 players, PDA’s, or any form of personal electronic or communication devices, are not to be used during class, exams, or quizzes unless special
accommodations are necessary. You MAY NOT use cell phones as calculators in class. If you appear to be texting during class or if your cell phone makes any noise during class (vibrating, ringing, beeping, etc.), I will hold your phone at the front of the room during future classes.

University Policies:

You must take the final examination at the time specified in the course selection book: Tuesday
December 16, 2008 at 2:00pm.

Please contact me privately to discuss your specific needs if you believe you need course
accommodations based on the impact of a disability, medical condition, or if you have emergency medical information to share. I will need a copy of the accommodation letter from Student Disability Services in order to arrange your class accommodations. Contact Student Disability Services, room 241, Copernicus Hall if you are not already registered with them. Student Disability Services maintains the confidential documentation of your disability and assists you in coordinating reasonable accommodations with your faculty.

In the event of a weather emergency which requires curtailment or cancellation of classes, listen to WTIC
(1080 AM) or call (860) 832-3333 for the “general snow message.”

The last day to withdraw from a course and receive the grade of “W” is Tuesday, October 28.
Approvals for withdrawal prior to this date are not required; however, it is strongly recommended that
students consult with their academic advisors prior to deciding to withdraw. Cessation of attendance,
notice to the instructor, or telephone calls to the Enrollment Center are not considered official notice of a
student’s intention to drop the course. After October 28 withdrawals are allowed only under
extenuating circumstances and require approval of the course instructor, department chair and dean of
the School of Arts and Sciences.

You are responsible for understanding and abiding by the University’s policy on academic integrity.
Information on the policy may be found at This policy is rigorously
enforced by the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Resources Available:
1. If you need help, take advantage of your instructor's office hours. Do not wait until just before the first
test to do so.
2. The Learning Center is located in Room 241, Copernicus. Free tutoring is available in Room 242,
Copernicus, and at other locations on campus. A schedule for hours the Center is open will be posted
soon after the beginning of the semester.
3. Form a study group with other students in your section. Explaining solutions to homework problems
to each other is a good way to learn.
4. A list of private tutors for hire is available in the math department office, Room 107 Marcus White,


Minimum averages have been established for each of these grades:

A 93% A– 90% B+ 87% B 83% B– 80% C+ 77% C 73% C– 70% D+ 67% D 63% D– 60%

The average for the course will be based on the following weights:

Tests 40%
Quizzes 15%
Collected Homework 15%
Attendance 5%
Department Final Examination 25%
Total 100%

The final exam is set by the Department of Mathematical Sciences and consists of 30% skills and 70%
graphs and problem solving.

Note: In order to receive the grade of C- or better for the course, it is departmental policy that
your grade on the final exam should be at least 60%.

Tentative Quiz and Test Schedule ( subject to change )

Quiz 1: Tuesday, September 16th Test 1: Thursday September 25th
Quiz 2: Tuesday, October 7th Test 2: Thursday October 16th
Quiz 3: Tuesday October 28th Test 3: Thursday November 6th
Quiz 4: Tuesday November 18th
Quiz 5: Tuesday November 25th Test 4: Thursday December 4th
There may be additional quizzes throughout the term
first part of Final Exam: in class on Thursday December 11th
second part of Final Exam: Tuesday December 16, 2008, 2:00pm

Some comments about grading:
Your lowest quiz grade will be dropped and the remaining quiz grades will be averaged. If you miss a
quiz, your grade for that quiz will be a zero.

You will be assigned sections of the book and worksheets every class. Much of the homework that you are
assigned will not be collected. However it is your responsibility and it is in your best interest to complete
ALL assignments. If you do not complete the homework you will not be prepared for tests and quizzes.
Answers to homework assignments that are not collected will be available to you either online, in the
back of the book, or from your teacher. Completing the homework is not enough, you need to check your
answers to make sure you are completing the work successfully and seek help for any problems that you
have trouble with.

Out of the homework assignments that I collect, your lowest homework grade will be dropped and the
remaining grades will be averaged. Points will be deducted if you hand a homework assignment in late. If
you do not hand a homework assignment in by the beginning of the class period immediately following
its due date, it will not be accepted and you will receive a zero for that assignment .

Attendance will be taken every day. If you do not miss more than 2 classes (for any reason) over the
entire term, you will receive a 100% for your attendance grade. After 2 absences, 7% will be deducted
from your attendance grade for each additional absence. Do NOT skip class.

No test scores are dropped! Study for the tests. You will have more than enough resources to do so.

Topics Covered

Solving Quadratic Equations
Algebraic Techniques for Solving Quadratic Equations
Applications that Lead to Quadratic Equations

What is a Function?
Graphs of Functions
Important Functions
Modifying Basic Functions

Rational Exponents and Radicals
Power Functions and Their Graphs
Direct Variation

Exponential Growth
Exponential Decay
Logarithmic Scales

Rational Expressions
Rational Functions and Their Graphs
Solving Rational Equations

Indirect Variation
Inequalities and the Number Line
Solving Nonlinear Inequalities by Graphing
Inequalities in Two Variables ; Systems

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