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Intermediate Algebra Syllabus

Prerequisites: Acceptable placement score or completion of MAT 101 with a grade of "C" or better.

Description: This course includes the following topics: Properties of numbers; fundamental operations with
algebraic expressions; polynomials; systems of equations; ratio and proportion; factoring; functions; graphs;
solutions of linear inequalities; and linear and quadratic equations.

Textbook(s) or Alternative: Algebra: Introductory and Intermediate, 4th edition, Aufmann, Barker, and
Lockwood. Houghton Mifflin Co.

College Wide Competencies: Apply mathematical/computational skills to solve problems.

Learning Outcomes: The student will able to:
1. simplify and solve problems with algebraic expressions, polynomials, systems of equations,
ratio and proportion, and radicals.
2. graph and solve linear and quadratic inequalities, equations, and functions.

(Math Department Policy) Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and are
responsible for all class work, homework, notes, etc., whether or not they are present. In the event of
extenuating circumstances, such as illness, you are allowed to miss up to 8 hours. The student will be
dropped after missing more than 8 hours of scheduled classes. If an instructor drops a student for excessive
absences at any time during the semester, a grade of   will be assigned. If the student withdraws from
the course, a grade of or will be assigned as outlined in the college catalog. THERE IS NO
ABSENCES, YOU WILL BE DROPPED. A student is considered tardy if not present for roll call, which
is taken at the beginning of the class. Three tardies constitute 1 hour of absence.

Academic Dishonesty: Students are expected to do their own work. Please refer to the NETC Student
Code and Grievance Procedure for a definition of academic dishonesty and an outline of the disciplinary
action that may result.

Student Disabilities:
Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Vice-President for Student Services to discuss
needs or concerns as they pursue an academic program and participate in campus life. The Vice-President
for Student Services will provide guidance regarding official documentation of disabilities and/or
accommodation of needs.

Classroom Etiquette:
1. Electronic communication devices (pagers, cell phones, etc.) are NOT allowed in the classroom.
On-call emergency personnel should see the instructor for an exemption.
2. No visible food or drinks are allowed in the classrooms.
3. No radio or headphones are allowed in the classrooms.

ID Policy:
It is mandatory that every student wears his/her ID at all times when on the Cheraw campus .

During the first week of classes, the instructor will issue a reminder to wear the ID. This reminder is a

After the first week of classes, instructors are required to dismiss students without an ID from class. The
student may get his/her ID (or a new one in Student Services for $3.00) and return to class before the
midpoint of the class. If the student cannot get an ID and return to class by the midpoint, the instructor will
record the absence.

Evaluative Methods to Appraise Objectives: Chapter or topical tests and final exam will be used to
compute your grade for MAT 102. Your final grade for the course will be made up of 80% of the test
average plus 20% of the exam grade. A final exam will be given and NO test grades will be dropped.

Make-Up Test Procedure:
No make-up tests are given except in extenuating circumstances. The student is responsible for contacting
the instructor prior to the time the test is scheduled to arrange a meeting to discuss the process of making
up the missed test.

Grading Scale:
The grade point scale that will be used is as follows:
A = 93 - 100
B = 85 - 92
C = 77 - 84
D = 69 - 76
F = below 69

Tentative Class Outline

Week Sect. Description
1 – 2 5.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing and by the Substitution Method
  5.2 A Solving Systems of Two Linear Equations in Two Variables by the Addition Method
    TEST 1 _______
3 5.2 B Solving Systems of Three Linear Equations in Three Variables by the Addition
  5.5 Solving Systems of Equations by Using Determinants
    TEST 2 _______
4 - 5 5.3 Application Problems in Two Variables
  5.4 Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities
    TEST 3 _______
6 - 8 8.1 Multiplication and Division of Rational Expressions
  8.2 Addition and Subtraction of Rational Expressions
  8.3 Complex Fractions
    TEST 4 ______
9 8.4 & 8.5 Rational Equations, Ratio and Proportion
  8.6 Literal Equations
    TEST 5 _______
10 - 11 9.1 Rational Exponents and Radicals Expressions
  9.2 Operations on Radical Expressions
    TEST 6 _______
12 - 13 9.3 Radical Equations
  9.4 Complex Numbers
    TEST 7_______
14 - 15 10.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring or by Taking Square Roots
  10.2 Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square
  10.3 Solving Quadratic Equations by Using the Quadratic Formula
    TEST 8_______