Math 098 - Intermediate Algebra
Spring Semester, 1996
Section 04: 2:00 - 2:50 am, MTRF, S137
Instructor: James Jones
Phone: 875-7211, ext 490
Intermediate Algebra with Early Functions. Second edition. James W. Hall. Copyright 1995,
International Thomson Publishing. (Required)
Student's Solution Manual. (Optional)
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.
Mathematics 098, Intermediate Algebra, includes instruction in algebraic topics common to the
standard college Intermediate Algebra course. General objectives in the course are to: identify,
develop, and solve problems related to real world situations; identify and use various problem
solving strategies; interpret tabular and graphical data to solve physical problems; manipulate
mathematical sentences numerically, symbolically, and graphically; compute with radicals,
exponents, and complex numbers; use technology appropriately in problem solving and in
exploring and developing mathematical concepts; use the process of mathematical discovery
(conjecture, testing, refinement, more testing, and final statement of results).
Upon successful completion, the student will demonstrate proficiency and understanding in the
following topics: Review of real number operations and properties; First degree equations and
inequalities; absolute value equations and inequalities; Elementary operations with polynomials
and factoring; Operations with algebraic fractions and solving fractional equations; Integer and
Rational exponents; Simplification of radicals; Operations with complex numbers; Addition,
subtraction, multiplication, division, and whole number powers of I; Second degree equations and
inequalities; Graphing lines, other graphs, distance formula and circles; Functions - definition,
linear functions, other functions; Systems of linear equations and inequalities (using elimination
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.
There will be several one hour examinations and a comprehensive final examination. Announced
and unannounced quizzes may be given. Various homework exercises 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=90-00%; 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. Review of Beginning Algebra; 2. Graphs, Relations, and Linear Functions; 3. Systems of Linear
Equations and Inequalities; 4. Integer Exponents and Polynomials; 5. Factoring Polynomials; 6.
Rational Expressions; 7. Exponents, Roots, and Radicals; 8. Quadratic Equations and Inequalities;
9. Introduction to Conic Sections; 10. Inverse, Exponential, and Logarithmic Functions.
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.
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. There will be a stapler and paper
punch available in the classroom.
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.
Be sure to get help before it is too late.