# Intermediate Algebra

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

MAT 1033 or its equivalent (2 years of HS algebra) is a prerequisite for all
credit mathematics courses.

This course reviews elementary algebra, linear equations and functions,
factoring, rational expressions,

radicals and exponents, and introduces systems of equations and quadratic
equations. See below for

specific topics covered.

TESTS AND GRADING:

A: 90 – 100

B: 80 – 89

C: 70 – 79

D: 60 – 69

F: 0 – 59

Four major tests will be given during the semester,
leading up to a cumulative final exam. Tentative test

dates are given below. Expect weekly quizzes, which may be in-class assignments,
take-home tests, or

attendance checks.

Quizzes count for 25% of your final grade, tests for 50%, and the final exam for
25%. In other words, your

final grade is (25Q + 50T + 25X)/100, where Q is your quiz average, T is your
test average, and X is your

final exam score.

There are no makeup quizzes, although your lowest quiz grade will be dropped.

Tests can only be made up if prior arrangements are made with the instructor.
Unexcused test absences will

count as a zero. If you will have to miss a test due to illness, family
emergency, or school function, let me

know as soon as possible. The makeup test will necessarily be more difficult
than the normal test.

TENTATIVE TEST DATES:

Test 1 (1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5a): Sept. 12 (MW), Sept. 13 (TR)

Test 2 (3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4): Oct. 10 (MW), Oct. 11 (TR)

Test 3 (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4a, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5, 6.6): Nov. 14
(MW), Nov. 13 (TR)

Test 4: (7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 8.1, 8.2): Dec. 5 (MW), Dec. 6 (TR)

Final Exam:

MW 8.00am: Dec 12, 8.00am – 10.00am

TR 2.00: Dec 13, 12.20pm – 2.20pm

HCC: final class meeting (Dec 12)

CLASS POLICIES:

Please turn off cell phones during class. I will deduct points for
interruptions.

Attendance is mandatory. There are no excused absences. You are responsible for
all work and material

you miss. See “NFCC Attendance Policy” on the Postscript for more info.

Academic dishonesty in any form (cheating, unauthorized notes, plagiarizing,
collusion, etc) will not be

tolerated.U See the Student Handbook for more information.

TOPICS COVERED

I. Introductory Algebra Review

a. The real number system and properties thereof

b. Variable expressions

c. Converting verbal to variable expressions and vice versa

II. First-Degree Equations and Inequalities

a. Solving degree 1 equations w/ applications

b. Degree 1 inequalities

c. Absolute value equations

III. Linear functions

a. Introduction to functions

b. Linear functions and graphs: slopes, parallel and perpendicular

lines

c. Inequalities in two variables

IV. Systems of Linear Equations

a. Solving systems of equations

b. Applications of systems of equations

c. Systems of Linear Inequalities

V. Polynomials

a. Exponential expressions

b. Polynomial functions

c. Multiplication of polynomials

d. Division of a polynomial by a monomial

e. Factoring polynomials

VI. Rational expressions

a. Arithmetic of rational functions

b. Compound Fractions

c. Rational Equations

d. Variation

VII. Radicals

a. Rational exponents

b. Operations on rational exponents

c. Solving equations with radical expressions

d. Complex numbers

VIII. Quadratic Equations

a. Solving quadratic equations by factoring

b. Completing the square

## SYLLABUS POSTSCRIPT

Disabilities

NFCC is dedicated to the concept of equal opportunity. Students with documented
disabilities are

encouraged to arrange for needs before the beginning of each semester.
Accommodations and

modifications will be made after the student registers with the Office for
Student Disability

Services and after providing appropriate documentation of a disability. After
registering, the

instructor may be involved in providing accommodations in order to equalize the
educational

experience. Please call 973-9484 (voice) or 973-1682 (voice) or 973-1611 (TTY)
for more

information.

**Student Ombudsman**

The Office of Ombuds/Advocate facilitates understanding, communication, and
conflict

resolution between students and instructors and other members of the college
community without

engaging in the formal grievance procedures. The Ombuds can listen impartially
and

confidentially to complaints, explain policies and procedures, and assist
finding a solution. The

mission of the Ombudsman is to ensure that all students receive fair and
equitable treatment at

NFCC.

NFCC OO/A can be reached at 850-973-9484.

**NFCC Attendance Policy**

Students are encouraged to attend class. A total of two absences per clock hour
of weekly course

meeting time are allowed in a class. The following table is applicable:

MW or TR (1.5 clock hours per meeting each day) : 4 allowed absences

Instructors may withdraw a student from the course after the maximum number of
allowable

absences is exceeded. A written warning is issued prior to withdrawal.

**Library Services**

The Marshall Hamilton Library at NFCC is open for student use according to the
following

schedule:

Monday – Wednesday 8.00am – 5.30pm

Thursday 8.00am – 4.30pm

**Email**

All NFCC students will be provided an email account through D2L, NFCC’s learning

management system, and this will be the official email address used by faculty
and staff for

communication with students. Email addresses and instructions for accessing the
email will be

provided within the first two weeks of classes each semester, and students are
expected to check

this email on a regular basis.