MAT-1040-DL02            Intermediate Algebra                 Synonym No. 01705

Fall 2008


INSTRUCTOR:                     Peggy Beck, Professor, Department of Mathematics

OFFICE:                                 Marlboro Hall M3049

PHONE NUMBER:               (301) 322-0458           Math Dept (301) 322-0421

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OFFICE HOURS:                  TTh 10:00-11:00 in M3104 Math Learning Center

                                                TTh 11:00-11:30 in my office M3049

                                                TTh 1:20-2:00 in my office M3049

                                                and by appointment – email to make arrangements


COURSE DESCRIPTION:   Continues development and applications of algebraic, graphing, calculator, and problem-solving skills, with emphasis on linear and non-linear expressions, functions, equations and inequalities.  (“Non-linear” includes absolute value, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic.) Other topics include real and complex numbers, exponents and radicals.  Does not satisfy general education mathematics requirement. 

Prerequisites: Math placement score, DVM 007 completed, or equivalent, AND Reading placement score, DVR 006 completed or concurrent, or equivalent.  First-time college students must have PAS 101. Student must have graphing calculator. 4 CEU


Please Note:  This course is equivalent to intermediate high school algebra.  Its main purpose is to help students who have only completed elementary algebra, and those who have not achieved a satisfactory score on the Accuplacer, to prepare for all PGCC college-level math courses.  MAT 104 does not satisfy the PGCC mathematics requirement for graduation and does not transfer to most four-year institutions.  All students must earn a grade of C or higher in MAT 104 before continuing with their college-level math courses.



Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to use symbolic, numerical, and visual skills to find and verify solutions of algebra problems and algebra applications (of intermediate-level difficulty) in the following areas: 


Solve one-variable linear, quadratic, absolute value, rational, and radical equations symbolically and graphically.

Solve simple and compound linear inequalities symbolically, numerically, and graphically, writing solutions in algebraic, interval, and number-line notation.

Graph linear inequalities in two variables on the coordinate system.

Solve systems of linear equations and linear inequalities in two variables.

Recognize, evaluate, and graph linear, quadratic, cubic, absolute value, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic functions with and without a graphing calculator.

Demonstrate the basics of functions and function notation.

Factor the sum and difference of cubes, expressions with negative exponents, expressions with fractional exponents, and higher order polynomials in quadratic form.

Simplify and perform arithmetic on radical expressions, complex numbers, expressions with negative and fractional exponents, rational expressions, expressions with complex fractions.

Analyze and solve appropriate applications including curve fitting with graphing calculators.

Techniques of algebraic problem solving shall be used throughout the course.


TEXTBOOK:  Sullivan, Struve, and Mazzarella.  Elementary & Intermediate Algebra.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson Prentice Hall, Inc., 2007



Computer Technology:          MyMathLab (CourseCompass) software.  Access provided by new book purchase, or may be purchased online.


Calculator:      Every student is required to have a graphing calculator available for class work, homework, lab, and examinations.  While any graphing calculator may be used, a TI-83, TI-83 PLUS, or TI-84 Plus is highly recommended.  (TI-89 and TI-92 are not recommended.) Instruction on the use of this type of calculator will be provided during class and meetings.  Students who need help learning to use other types of graphing calculators will normally need to seek that help outside of normal class or lab meeting times.




There will be four regular exams, which will be taken in the Student Assessment Services Center (Testing Center) in Bladen Hall. All exams are mandatory. You may take each test at any time the Testing Center is open, during the testing period. See the tentative course schedule for the specific dates.


Make-up exams will be given during the period Wednesday December 3 through Monday December 8 only. Only one make-up exam may be taken. If you miss an exam for any reason, that must be the one you take in the make-up period.

         If you take all exams as scheduled, you may, if you choose, retake one during the make-up period.


Every week there will be computer assignments on the sections covered, due each Monday. The assignment may be submitted as many times as you wish, before the due date ends (11:59 p.m.). No late work will be accepted for any reason.


Every week there will be quizzes on the sections covered, due each Monday. See the schedule for details. The CourseCompass quizzes may be taken only two times, before the due date ends (11:59 p.m. on the due date). No late work will be accepted for any reason.


The Final Exam is comprehensive, covering all material in the course, and will be given in the Testing Center. The deadline is Wednesday, December 10.





Grade ComputatioN:


Exams 4 @ 100 points                                              400             A        90 - 100%

CourseCompass Assignments (average)               100             B        80 - 89.9%

CourseCompass Quizzes (average)                        100             C        70 - 79.9%

Final Exam                                                             200             D        60 – 69.9%

Total possible points                                                  800             F         0 – 59.9%


***Grades are assigned based on the grading policy stated in this syllabus and not the Blackboard gradebook.




Students requesting academic accommodations are required to contact the Disability Support Services Office (B-124) or call (301) 322-0838 (voice) or (301) 322-0122 (TTY) to establish eligibility for services and accommodations.  Students with documented disabilities should discuss the matter privately with their instructors at the beginning of the semester and provide a copy of their Student/Faculty Accommodation Form.



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Room 104


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Sat.:  9 am-5 pm,        Sun.:  Closed

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Bladen Hall

Room 100



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Fri.:  8:30 am – 4:00 pm (4:30 p.m.)

Sat.:  9 am – 3:00 pm (3:30 p.m.)

On the first Friday of every month, the Center closes at 2:30 pm with no admittance after 2:00 pm.

No additional students will be admitted for testing 30 minutes prior to the posted closing time.