Catalog Description: Topics include factoring techniques, radicals,
algebraic fractions, complex
numbers, graphing linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, systems of equations,
graphing quadratic equations and an introduction to functions. Emphasis is placed on algebraic
techniques in order to successfully complete Math 1314 College Algebra. A departmental final
examination must be passed with a score of 60% or more in order to pass this course.
Intermediate Algebra, 10th Edition. Margaret Lial, John Hornsby, & Terry
Pearson / Addison Wesley: Boston, 2008. ISBN: 0321443624
Prerequisite: Math 0306 and Math 0308 or equivalent placement test score
Placement: ASSET Elem Alg Raw Score: 14-25, Scaled
Score: 45-55 ASSET Int Alg Raw
Score: 0-15, Scaled Score: 23-45 A grade of "C" or better in Math 0308
Course Intent: This course is the final course in
the developmental mathematics sequence. Its
purpose is dual in nature: (1) to complete the final phase of TASP readiness; and (2) to prepare
students for College Algebra.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course,
a student should be able to perform the
following mathematics skills:
1. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide polynomials.
2. Factor polynomials.
3. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational expressions.
4. Simplify complex fractions.
5. Solve equations involving rational expressions.
6. Graph linear equations and linear inequalities in two variables.
7. Find the slope of the line and write its equation.
8. Simplify radicals and solve equations involving rational exponents.
9. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide expressions involving radicals.
10. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide complex numbers.
11. Solve quadratic equations by factoring, completing the square, quadratic formula, and square root property.
12. Graph quadratic functions and inequalities in two variables.
13. Solve systems of linear equations in two variables.
14. Solve word problems.
15. Recognize functional notation and evaluate functions.
Calculators: No calculators are to be used during class and definitely not on exams.
Attendance is checked during every class. When you have accumulated 12.5% or 6 hours of
absences, the instructor is obligated to drop you from the class. You benefit for attending class
regularly. I strongly discourage coming to class late. It is extremely difficult to understand a lesson
when you catch it midway, not knowing how it began. You cannot make up lost time from a test
due to tardiness.
Homework (MyMathLab…REQUIRED WORK)
All homework must be completed online using MML. This online course solution work will be
averaged in along with your other grades. You are responsible for taking 6 quizzes via MML that
are 10 problems each. All students can attempt each quiz 2 times and the quizzes can be printed
and reviewed before the second attempt is made. Questions on the second attempt will not be
identical to the questions on the first attempt of a quiz. Your homework grade and your quiz grade
will combine to form one test grade.
Scantron FORM NO. 882-E (green in color) is needed for all exams including the Final Exam.
You are responsible for all material covered in class especially where the Final Exam is concerned.
There are four (4) major tests. Only 3 of the 4 exams will
count towards your grade. Since one
exam will be dropped, THERE IS NO MAKE-UP OF ANY EXAM. You will take a
comprehensive departmental final exam at the end of the term.
All exams are equally weighted. To compute your grade, take a simple average of all your grades.
(Sum of best 3 of 4 exams grades + (MML HW & quizzes) + final exam grade)_ = Final Avg.
Letter grades will be computed as follows:
NOTE: You must make 60 or better on the departmental final exam to pass this course.
All students are required to exercise academic honesty in completion of all tests and assignments.
Penalties for academic dishonesty (cheating on a test, collusion on an assignment, etc.) include, but
are not limited to, a reduced grade, a “0” on that test or assignment, a “W” in the course, or an “F”
in the course. The use of recording devices, including camera phones and tape recorders, is
prohibited in all locations where instruction, tutoring, or testing occurs. Students with disabilities
who need to use a recording device as a reasonable accommodation should contact the Disability
Services Office for information.
Resources and Supplemental Instruction
Any student enrolled in Math 0308 at HCC has access to the tutoring labs where additional help is
available. The math tutoring labs are staffed with student assistants who can aid students with
math problems and offer help with MYMATHLAB. Another helpful resource is the student
solutions manual that may be purchased in the bookstore.
Students should not engage in disruptive activities while in the classroom. Any conduct that is
deemed detrimental to the academic atmosphere, such as cell phone use or consistently talking
during instructional delivery, will not be tolerated. Any student found guilty of such conduct will
be asked to leave the classroom until further notice.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
Any student with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.)
who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the Disability Support Services
Office at this college at the beginning of the semester. To make an appointment, please call 713-
718-7910. Professors are authorized to provide only the accommodations requested by the
Disability Support Office.
Course Outline (Subject to Change) 0312 MW
|Linear Inequalities in One Variable
The Rectangular Coordinate System
|The Slope of a Line
Linear Equations in Two Variables
|Linear Inequalities in Two Variables (Omit
Introduction to Functions
Quiz 1: Chapter 2&3
|Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables
Greatest Common Factors; Factoring by Grouping
Quiz 2: Chapter 3-5
|Feb. 11||Review for Exam I|
|Feb. 16||EXAM I|
|A General Approach to Factoring
Solving Equations by Factoring
|Feb. 23||7.1||Rational Expressions and Functions; Multiplying and Dividing|
|Feb. 25||7.2||Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions|
|Mar. 02||7.3||Complex Fractions|
|Mar. 04||7.4||Equations with Rational Expressions and Graphs|
|Mar. 09||Review for Exam 2|
|Mar. 11||EXAM 2|
|Mar. 16||President’s Day Holiday|
|Mar. 18||Spring Break (March 16-20)|
|Mar. 23||7.5||Applications of Rational Expressions|
|Mar. 25||8.1||Radical Expressions and Graphs (Omit graphs of rational expressions)|
|Mar. 30||8.2||Rational Exponents (Include a review of exponents)|
|Apr. 01||8.3||Simplifying Radical Expressions|
|Apr. 06||8.4||Adding and Subtracting Radical Expressions|
|Apr. 08||Review for Exam 3|
|Apr. 09||No Class||Last day for Administrative/Student Withdrawals until 4:30pm|
|Apr. 13||EXAM 3|
|Apr. 15||8.5||Multiplying and Dividing Radical Expressions|
|Apr. 20||8.7||Complex Numbers|
|Apr. 22||9.1||The Square Root Property and Completing the Square|
|Apr. 27||9.2||The Quadratic Formula
Download Final Review
|Apr. 29||Review for Exam 4|
|May 04||EXAM 4|
|May 06||REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM|
|May 11||FINAL EXAMINATION|
FINAL EXAM: (2hrs. long) Monday, May 11, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.