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LAKELAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE  COURSE OUTLINE FORM
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ORIGINATION DATE:
APPROVAL DATE:
LAST MODIFICATION DATE:
EFFECTIVE TERM/YEAR: FALL 2007
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PRINTED:
COURSE NUMBER: MATH0950
COURSE TITLE: Intermediate Algebra
PREREQUISITES:
MATH0850 or placement test.
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PROGRAMS & CERTIFICATES FOR WHICH THIS COURSE IS REQUIRED:
NONE
PROGRAMS & CERTIFICATES FOR WHICH THIS COURSE IS AN
ELECTIVE:
NONE
COURSE ACCEPTED AS TRANSFER CREDIT BY:
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RECOMMENDED CLASS SIZE: 30
RATIONALE: DEPARTMENT STANDARD
FREQUENCY OF OFFERING: 3 X YEAR
TERMS NORMALLY OFFERED: FALL SPRING SUMMER
LAB FEE: NONE
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RATIONALE FOR COURSE:
This course continues to develop basic algebra concepts
for application in college level mathematics courses. In addition, problem
solving skills are continued to be developed that are useful in other
disciplines.
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COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course continues the development of basic algebra
concepts. Topics include factoring polynomials, solving polynomial equations,
rational expressions, rational equations, radical expressions, radical
equations, solving quadratic equations, graphing quadratic equations, and an
introduction to the complex number system. This course is offered Satisfactory /
Unsatisfactory only.
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GENERAL COURSE GOALS:
1. Further students’ knowledge of mathematics as a
symbolic language and
structure that is useful in solving realworld problems.
2. Develop a basic understanding of how to use algebraic
skills to model
and solve realworld problems.
3. Develop students' ability to translate between English and Math.
4. Develop students' confidence to solve problems analytically.
5. Develop algebraic, graphical, and numerical techniques
for solving
problems.
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COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
1. Factor a polynomial by using appropriate methods: factoring out a common monomial factor, difference of two squares, difference and sum of two cubes, perfect trinomial square, other trinomial methods, and grouping.
2. Solve polynomial equations by factoring.
3. Use polynomial equations to solve appropriate application problems.
4. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational expressions.
5. Simplify complex rational expressions.
6. Solve equations involving rational expressions.
7. Use equations involving rational expressions to solve appropriate application problems.
8. Simplify expressions involving radicals and rational exponents.
9. Solve equations involving radicals and rational exponents.
10. Use equations involving radicals to solve appropriate application problems.
11. Simplify expressions involving complex numbers.
12. Solve quadratic equations in one variable using an appropriate method: extracting the square root, factoring, completing the square, or applying the quadratic formula.
13. Use the discriminant of a quadratic equation to determine the nature of solutions.
14. Complete the square as a means to transform a quadratic equation in two variables into standard form.
15. Graph a quadratic equation in two variables using the vertex, axis of symmetry and end behavior.
16. Use quadratic equations to solve appropriate application problems.
17. Solve equations that are quadratic in form. (As time permits.)
18. Solve quadratic inequalities analytically and interpret graphically. (As time permits.)
19. Communicate about algebra/mathematics both orally and
in writing.
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COURSE OUTLINE:
I. Polynomials
A. Factoring
a. Greatest Common Factor
b. Factoring trinomials
1. Guess and check
2. Special forms
i. Perfect square trinomials
ii. Difference of squares
iii. Sum and difference of cubes
c. Factoring by grouping
B. Solving polynomial equations by factoring
C. Applications involving polynomials
II. Rational expressions
A. Arithmetic of rational expressions
a. Multiplication and division
b. Addition and subtraction
1. "Like" denominators
2. "Unlike" denominators
B. Solving equations involving rational expressions
a. Identifying extraneous solutions
C. Simplifying complex fractions
D. Applications involving rational expressions (including ratio, proportion, and variation)
III. Exponents and radicals
A. Definition of nth root
B. Simplifying expressions involving radicals
a. Product rule
b. Quotient rule
c. "Like" terms
d. Rationalizing numerators and denominators
C. Solving equations involving radical expressions
a. Identifying extraneous solutions
D. Definition and properties of rational exponents
E. Solving equations involving rational exponents
a. Identifying extraneous solutions.
F. Applications involving radicals and rational exponents
IV. The complex number system
A. Definition and standard form of a complex number
B. Arithmetic of complex numbers
a. Addition and subtraction
b. Multiplication
c. Division
1. Rationalizing the denominator
V. Quadratic equations
A. Solving quadratic equations
a. Extracting the square root
b. Factoring
c. Completing the square and the quadratic formula
1. Using the discriminant to determine the nature of solutions
2. Complex number solutions
B. Graphing quadratic equations in two variables
a. Finding the vertex, axis of symmetry, and determining end behavior from
standard form
b. Completing the square to write a given quadratic in standard form
c. The vertex formula
C. Applications involving quadratic equations (including optimization problems)
D. Solving equations which are quadratic in form (as time permits.)
E. Solving quadratic inequalities (as time permits.)
a. Using a sign diagram
b. Graphical interpretation
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INSTRUCTIONAL PROCEDURES THAT MAY BE UTILIZED:
1. Lecture/discussion sessions.
2. Collaborative/group activities.
3. Laboratory activities with worksheets, graphing calculators or computer.
4. Modeling a problem situation with data from the Internet or other source.
5. Problem solving sessions at the blackboard.
6. Video tapes and tutorial instruction.
7. Student projects and presentations and written reports.
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SUGGESTED GRADING PROCEDURES:
1. Satisfactory / unsatisfactory course grade only. Satisfactory is issued if student earns at least 75%.
2. Instructors must abide by the following departmental
guidelines:
a. 80% or more of any test, midterm or final exam must be without the aid of
books, notes, cheat sheets, other people, etc.
b. 80% or more of every student’s final grade is based on exams and quizzes that
were conducted in class without the use of notes, books, cheat sheets, other
people, etc.
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SUGGESTED COURSE EVALUATION PROCEDURE:
1. Formal and informal feedback from students and faculty.
2. Review of student performance in subsequent mathematics courses.

COURSE OUTLINE  GENERAL EDUCATION OUTCOMES

COURSE ID: MATH0950
TITLE: Intermediate Algebra
General Education  Methods of Assessment 

*** KNOWLEDGE ***  
1. Arts and Literature
2. Complexities of Human Behavior 3. Complexities of Social Institutions 4. Math and Science 5. Past and Present Cultures 6. Technology 

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*** KNOWLEDGE ***  
7. Identify Personal
Assumptions
8. Identify Ethical Dimensions 9. Examine Issues by Suspending/Challenging Assumpt 10. Evaluate Issues from Various Perspectives 11. Collect, Analyze, Interpret Information 12. Support Hypotheses 13. Synthesize Information 

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*** COMMUNICATION SKILLS ***  
15. Speak Clearly and
Effectively 16. Read with Comprehension 17. Write Clearly & Effectively in Standard English 18. Work Effectively in Groups 20. Practice Effective Interpersonal Skills 22. Use TechnologyBased Communication 

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Methods of Assessment codes:  
1. Test/Examination  4. Collaborative Writing  7. Portfolio 
2. Homework/Written Assignment  5. Oral Presentation  8. Demonstration of skills 
3. Research Paper  6. Lab Project  9. Other (specify) 