Math 098
Intermediate Algebra

03: 11:00 - 11:50, MTRF S137
James D. Jones


Intermediate Algebra. Fourth edition. Charles P. McKeague. Copyright 1990, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. (Required)
Student's Solution Manual. Charles P. McKeague. Copyright 1990, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. (Optional)

Student Audience:

Most students going on to advanced courses in Mathematics and those wishing to study technical programs will take this course. This is the RCC entrance course for Math.


The prerequisite is successful completion of both Math 091 (Basic Algebra) and Math 095 (Geometry) or the successful completion of a placement test.

Course Description:

Mathematics 098, Intermediate Algebra, includes instruction in algebraic topics common to the standard college Intermediate Algebra course. General objectives in the course are to increase the student's mastery of the deductive nature of reasoning, to understand the nature of critical thinking, to increase the student's ability in problem solving, and to increase the student's ability to work with others towards a common goal.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion, the student will demonstrate proficiency and understanding in the following topics:

  1. Basic Properties and Definitions
  2. Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable
  3. Exponents and Polynomials
  4. Rational Expressions
  5. Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables
  6. Rational Exponents and Roots
  7. Quadratic Equations
  8. Systems of Linear Equations
  9. Relations, Functions, and Conic Sections
  10. Logarithms

Attendance Policy:

Regular attendance is essential for satisfactory completion of this course. If you have excessive absences, you cannot develop to your fullest potential in the course. Students who, because of excessive absences, cannot complete the course successfully, will be administratively dropped from the class.

The student is responsible for all assignments, changes in assignments, or other verbal information given in the class, whether you are in attendance or not.

If a student must miss class, a call to the instructor (RCC's phone system has an answering system) is to be made. If an exam is to be missed, a phone call is to be made and a written notice given. If the instructor is not contacted, the grade will be zero. If a student misses an exam, and gives written notice, the percent score of the final exam will be used in its place. The student should be careful in exercising this policy, as it is very rare when a student gets a noticeably higher grade on the final exam. This substitution of the final exam percent will be done once, and only once. Any other examination missed will receive a grade of 0. If a student does not give written notice of missing the exam, the option of using the final exam score as a substitute grade will not be done, and the exam grade will be zero.

Grading Policy:

There will be several one hour examinations and a comprehensive final examination. Announced and unannounced quizzes may be given. Various homework exercises (to be announced) may be used in grading. Note: Homework is essential to the study of mathematics.

Letter grades will be assigned to final adjusted scores as follows:

	A  =  90 - 100%
	B  =  80 -  89%
	C  =  70 -  79%
	D  =  60 -  69%
	F  =   0 -  59%
Consideration will be given to such qualities as attendance, class participation, attentiveness, attitude in class, and cooperation to produce the maximum learning situation for everyone.

Any student who stops attending without dropping will receive a grade of F.

A notebook should be kept which contains every problem worked in class as well as any comments that are appropriate. In general, it should contain everything written on the chalkboard. Be sure to bring your notebook if you come to the instructor or a tutor for help.

Type of Instruction:

Lecture, discussion, problem solving, and group work will be used. Students should come to class with a prepared list of questions.

Topics to be covered:

  1. Basic Properties and Definitions (3 days)
  2. Linear Equations and Inequalities (4 days)
  3. Exponents and Polynomials (5 days)
  4. Rational Expressions (5 days)
  5. Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables (5 days)
  6. Rational Exponents and Roots (7 days)
  7. Quadratic Equations (7 days)
  8. Systems of Linear Equations (5 days)
  9. Relations, Functions, and Conic Sections (6 days)
  10. Logarithms (4 days)
    Comprehensive Final Examination (1 day)


Calculators may be used to do homework. Calculators may be used on exams and/or quizzes in class unless otherwise announced. The calculator should be a scientific calculator capable of doing logarithms. A graphing calculator, such as the TI-82, is also a useful tool, but not required.

Additional Supplies:

The student should have a red pen, ruler, graph paper, stapler, and paper punch. The student is expected to bring calculators and supplies as needed to class.

Additional Help:

Office hours will be announced. The student is encouraged to additional help when the material is not comprehended. Mathematics is a cumulative subject; therefore, getting behind is a very difficult situation for the student.

If your class(es) leave you puzzled, the Study Assistance Center is a service that Richland Community College offers you. It is available free of charge to all RCC students.

There are video tapes on reserve in the Learning Resources Center to accompany this course. These are suggested if you miss a lesson, or want additional explanation. Each section is about ten minutes in length.

There is also a video tape on Improving Math Study and Test Taking Skills on reserve in the Learning Resources Center. If you struggle with math tests, watching this video will be well worth the hour it takes.

Be sure to get help before it is too late.