MAT1033
Intermediate Algebra

Instructor Information

Name:
Elizabeth Drake
E-mail:
elizabeth.drake@sfcollege.edu
Office Location:
Northwest Campus
Office Number: N-215
Phone:
(352) 381-3829
Office Hours:
See Instructor's website

Course Information

Course Title:
Intermediate Algebra
Course Number and
Meeting Times
MAT1033.022 MW 2-3:15
MAT1033.040 TH 2-3:15
Course Description

The course includes the study of quadratic equations; rational exponents and their properties; radicals; rational expressions and equations; factoring (review); graphing linear and quadratic functions and interpreting graphs; solving systems of linear equations and inequalities; and applications.

This course is a prerequisite for MAC1105, MGF1106, MGF1107, MGF1121 & STA2023, and as well as other science, nursing, and business courses.

This course carries only elective credit. The general education requirements in Mathematics for the AA degree stipulate six hours with a grade of C or better, at least three of which must be in Group A. A course grade of D or D+ will allow the course to count as an elective, but neither Gordon Rule nor General Education credit will be given.

Group A:   MAC1105, MAC1114, MAC1140, MAC2233, MAC2311, MAC2312, MAC2313, MAP2302, MGF1107
Group B:   MGF1106, PHI1100, STA2023
Prerequisite
MAT0024 or MAT0020 or its equivalent (CPT Elementary Algebra score >= 72)

Textbook (required) / Materials


Intermediate Algebra w/Applications & Visualization (3rd ed.)
(with “Hints on the Web” booklet and code for WebTutor)
Author: Rockswold and Krieger
Publisher: Pearson, Addison/Wesley
ISBN: 0-321-56682-3 (Traditional PLUS MyMathLab)
ISBN: 978-0-321-65251-5 (Student access kit ONLY for MyMathLab)
A graphing calculator will be required for this course. Either the TI-83 or the TI-84 lines of calculators are recommended. The TI-84 plus will be used in class for demonstrations, and directions for the TI-84 are provided, so it is the recommended model. The directions for the TI-83 are almost identical, so it is also acceptable. If you have any calculator besides the TI-83 or TI-84, regular, plus, or silver editions, please check with your instructor. You may use your calculator on all assignments unless directed not to. Below are a few calculator help links to get you started. Well-equipped computers are available in the Math Lab, G-014. For any online course you are expected to have access to a working computer with a fast Internet connection.

Open Campus: Angel

Go to the Santa Fe homepage, click Open Campus, and follow the login instructions (you can also access open campus through your esantafe account). We will be using the following items:
  1. Lessons (tab at top): click to find handouts (syllabus, practice tests, answer keys, etc)
  2. Announcements: if any changes are made, posted here
  3. Discussion Forums: post additional questions and answers, set up study groups with your classmates
  4. Class Mail: use to email your classmates or your instructor
  5. Calendar: after each class I will post what we covered and what you are expected to do before the next class.

Course Evaluation

To pass this class, you must successfully satisfy each of the following five requirements:
  1. Attendance: Attendance will be taken daily. Your Attendance grade is based on days attended divided by total days of class time (a simple percentage).
  2. Homework: You will be assigned homework on MyMathLab that corresponds to homework exercises in the textbook. You have an unlimited number of attempts at the MyMathLab homeworks, within a window of opportunity. Your Homework grades will be recorded at the end of this window of opportunity. However, Homework on MyMathLab will be available for you throughout the semester so you can continue to practice, even after the grade has been recorded. Working together on homework assignments is encouraged. Any changes to the homework schedule will be announced each class and posted on Angel; it is your responsibility to get the assignment each day.
  3. Tests: Three unit tests will be given during the semester. The questions on the tests will be similar to those assigned for Homework. There are no makeups but you may replace a low or missing test score with your score on the Common Final Exam. The test dates are listed on the tentative schedule but may be changed if necessary. Before each test, you may prepare your own study guide for 5 bonus points on that test. A study guide is a complete, organized summary of your notes on the material to be covered on the test. I will be looking for formulas, definitions, explanations, and any how-to steps. The study guide must be handed in on the day of the test. Keep your study guides! They will provide you with a summarized version of the material that you can use to study for the final. You may not turn in your original class notes as a study guide.
  4. Final Exam: The final exam will be on the date and at the time regularly scheduled for this class. See http://www.sfcollege.edu/information/finals.php for more information. The final exam is cumulative and everyone must take it. The final cannot be dropped or replaced, but may replace your lowest test grade. This is not a state exam and you do not need a certain score on the final to move on. The final is 25% of course grade.

Your grade will be determined as follows:

Grading

Grading Composition

Attendance
10%
Homework
25%
Tests (including instructor final)
40%
Final Exam       
25%
Total
100%

Grading Scale

90.0 - 100.0 A
87.0 - 89.9 B+
80.0 - 86.9 B
77.0 - 79.9 C+
70.0 - 76.9 C
67.0 - 69.9 D+
60.0 - 66.9 D
00.0 - 59.9 F

Attendance

Attendance (in an online class, this means logging in, responding to emails and posting messages on the Discussion Board) is important not only to your success but to the success of others in this course. Work together collaboratively to maximize your potential for success. Be prepared to help others when they have need and/or to receive help from others when you have need.

Tests

Test

Sections

1
1.1 - 1.5, 2.1 - 2.4
2
3.1 - 3.4, 4.1 - 4.3, 5.1 - 5.7
3
6.2 - 6.5, 7.1 - 7.3, 7.5, 8.1, 8.3, 8.4
Final Exam
all previous sections plus 7.6
 

SFC Resources for Help

Several offices and student organizations on campus offer free tutoring to SFC students, as well as advice on test-taking and study skills. Here is some contact information you may find useful:
  • Office of Diversity, S-112, 395-5486
  • Student Support Services, B-112, 395-5068
  • Counseling Center, S-254, 395-5508 -- The Counseling Center offers information and workshops on a variety of topics, including math anxiety and test anxiety.
  • Math Lab, NW Campus: 395-4163, Downtown/Blount Center: 395-5858, Starke: 395-5850
  • 24/7 Free Online Tutoring: www.smarthinking.com is accessible through an online tutoring button on your eSantafe account

Course Policies

Make Ups
No make-ups are given during the semester. However, your score on the Common Final exam may replace one missing or lowest test score.
Incompletes
A grade of I (incomplete) will only be given at the instructor's discretion if you have successfully completed most of the course work and shown acceptable evidence that justifies your incomplete work.
Academic Integrity
The very nature of higher education requires that students adhere to accepted standards of academic integrity. See the Code of Student Conduct: http://dept.sfcollege.edu/rules/PDF/Rule_7/7_23.pdf. You are permitted and encouraged to use your book and notes, and to work with each other or a tutor on your homework. You may use your study guides on the Unit Tests. However, no books, notes, or tutors are permitted for the Common Final.
Discrimination/Harassment
SFC prohibits any form of discrimination or sexual harassment among students, faculty and staff. For further information, refer to the SFC Human Resources Policies website at http://dept.sfcollege.edu/rules/PDF/Rule_2/2_8.pdf.
ADA
I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations. Request for academic accommodations should be made during the first week of the semester (except for unusual circumstances). You must be registered with Disabilities Resource Center (DRC) in S-229 for disability verification and determination of reasonable academic accommodations.

Desired Student Results

Specific Learning Outcomes

  1. Review
    • Demonstrate an ability to factor algebraic expressions into primes using techniques of removing common factors, and factoring the difference of squares and trinomials
    • Use the properties of inequalities and equivalent inequalities to solve linear inequalities in one variable and express the solutions graphically or in interval notation
  2. Rational Expressions and Equations
    • Evaluate rational expressions, and use prime factorization to reduce simple rational expressions (decreased emphasis)
    • Use the properties of equalities and equivalent equalities to solve rational equations; apply to word problems involving ratios and proportions
  3. Radicals and Rational Exponents
    • Demonstrate the relationship between exponents and radicals
    • Use the properties of radicals to simplify simple radicals
    • Use the properties of equality to solve equations involving one radical expression
  4. Quadratic Equations
    • Recognize a quadratic equation; choose and apply the most efficient method to solve it
    • Apply skills to word problems involving quadratic equations
  5. Linear Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables
    • Use tables and graphs as tools to interpret expressions, equations, and inequalities
    • Locate the x and y intercepts graphically and algebraically and interpret them in the context of the problem
    • Explain and determine the slope of a line as the ratio of change in the dependent variable with respect to change in the independent variable
  6. Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities and their Graphs
    • Connect the solution set of a system of two linear equations in two variables with the graphs of the two equations
    • Connect the solution set of a system of two linear inequalities in two variables with the graphs of the two inequalities
  7. Introduction to Functions
    • Recognize functions in table, graph, equation or verbal form
    • Understand that for a function one input value results in one output value
    • Determine the acceptability of a value to be used for the independent variable in an equation that defines a function
    • Determine the domain and range of a relation from a graph
    • Use and understand functional notation
  8. Linear Functions and Their Applications
    • Express linear and quadratic functions in table, graph, equation, or verbal form
    • Make connections between the parameters of a function and the behavior of the function
    • Recognize that a variety of problem situations can be modeled by the same type of function
    • Use patterns and functions to represent and solve problems
    • Extract and interpret information presented in a graph

Important Dates

August:
Mon .............. Aug 24 ............................... Fall Full and Fall A classes begin
................................................................... Drop/Add: 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tue ................ Aug 25 ............................... Drop/Add: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wed .............. Aug 26 ............................... Drop: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ( last day to ADD)
Fri .................. Aug 28 ............................... Last day to DROP with no record and receive a refund for Fall Full
September:
Mon .............. Sept 7 .................................. COLLEGE CLOSED – Labor Day Holiday
October:
Thu ................ Oct 1 ..................................... Graduation application deadline
Fri .................. Oct 16 ................................. COLLEGE CLOSED – UF Homecoming
November:
Sun ................ Nov 1 .................................. Daylight Savings Time ends – turn your clocks back one hour
Tue ................ Nov 3 .................................. Last day to withdraw and receive a “W” for Fall Full
Wed .............. Nov 11 ................................ COLLEGE CLOSED – Veteran’s Day Holiday
Wed .............. Nov 25 ................................ NO EVENING CLASSES after 5 p.m.
Thu-Sun ........ Nov 26-29 ........................... COLLEGE CLOSED – Thanksgiving Holidays
December:
Fri ................. Dec 4 ................................... Fall Full and Fall B classes end
Mon-Thu ....... Dec 7-10 ............................. Final Exams for Fall Full and Fall B
Tue ................ Dec 8 ................................... COMMON FINALS (MAT1033/MGF1106) – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m
Thu ................ Dec 10 ................................ Fees due by 4 p.m. for Spring Full and Spring A classes
Fri .................. Dec 11 ................................ GRADUATION
** It is your responsibility to drop or withdraw by the appropriate deadline. **