PRINCE GEORGE'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MAT1040DL02 Intermediate Algebra Synonym No. 01705
Fall 2008
INSTRUCTOR:
Peggy Beck, Professor,
Department of Mathematics
OFFICE: Marlboro
Hall M3049
PHONE
NUMBER: (301)
3220458 Math Dept (301)
3220421
EMAIL
ADDRESS: pbeck@pgcc.edu (Include your course
(MAT 1040) and course synonym (01705) in the subject line.)
WEB
PAGE: http://academic.pgcc.edu/~pbeck/
OFFICE
HOURS: TTh
TTh
TTh 1:202:00 in my
office M3049
and by appointment –
email to make arrangements
COURSE
DESCRIPTION: Continues development and applications of
algebraic, graphing, calculator, and problemsolving skills, with emphasis on
linear and nonlinear expressions, functions, equations and inequalities. (“Nonlinear” 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. Firsttime 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
collegelevel math courses. MAT 104 does not satisfy the PGCC
mathematics requirement for graduation and does
not transfer to most fouryear institutions. All
students must earn a grade of C or higher in MAT 104 before continuing with
their collegelevel math courses.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:
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 intermediatelevel difficulty) in the following
areas:
Solve
onevariable 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 numberline
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.
OTHER
REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS:
Computer Technology: MyMathLab
(CourseCompass) software. Access
provided by new book purchase, or may be purchased online. http://www.coursecompass.com/
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 TI83, TI83 PLUS, or TI84 Plus is highly recommended. (TI89 and TI92 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.
GRADING CRITERIA:
There will
be four regular exams, which will be
taken in the
Makeup
exams will be given during the period Wednesday December 3 through Monday
December 8 only. Only one
makeup exam may be taken. If you miss an exam for any reason, that must be the
one you take in the makeup period.
If you take all exams as scheduled, you
may, if you choose, retake one during the makeup 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 (
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 (
The Final Exam is comprehensive, covering
all material in the course, and will be given in the
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.
DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES
Students requesting academic
accommodations are required to contact the Disability Support Services Office (B124)
or call (301) 3220838 (voice) or (301) 3220122 (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.
CODE OF CONDUCT
The
CODE OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
The college is an institution of higher
learning that holds academic integrity as its highest principle. In the pursuit of knowledge, the college
community expects that all students, faculty, and staff will share
responsibility for adhering to the values of honesty and unquestionable
integrity. To support a community
committed to academic achievement and scholarship, the Code of Academic
Integrity advances the principle of honest representation in the work that is
produced by students seeking to engage fully in the learning process. The complete text of the Code of Academic
Integrity is in the 20072008 Student Handbook and posted on the college's
website.
IMPORTANT
DATES:
No
classes – College closed – Labor Day 
SaturdayMonday,
Aug 30Sept 1 
Last
day to apply for fall graduation 
Monday,
September 15 
Last
day to change from “credit to audit” or “audit to credit” 
Friday,
September 26 
No
classes – College Enrichment Day 
Tuesday,
October 28 
Last
day to withdraw from full semester classes 
Friday,
November 21 
No
classes – Start of Thanksgiving Break 
Wednesday,
November 26 
No
classes – College closed – Thanksgiving Break 
ThursdaySunday,
November 2730 
Advance
registration for Intersession and spring 2009 
MondayFriday,
December 15 
Begin
open registration for Intersession and spring 2009 
Monday,
December 8 
College
Closed – Winter Break 
SaturdaySunday,
Dec 20Jan 4 
CAMPUS RESOURCES AND SERVICES:
Open Computer Lab 
Bladen Hall Room 104 
3013220999 
MTh.: Sat.: 
Open Computer Lab 
Rooms 101 and 201 
3013220999 
Mon. – Fri.: Sat., Sun. : Closed 

Marlboro Hall Room 3104 
3015835257
or 5272 
Hours posted after the
first day of class Sun.: Closed 
Distance Learning 
Accokeek Hall Room 313 
3013220463 MF:

Mon.Thurs.:
Fri.:

Tutoring and 
Bladen Hall Room 107 
3013220748 
MTh: F: 
www.pgcc.edu/students/tutoring_writing_grammar 
Testing Center 
Bladen Hall Room 100 
3013220147 
MonThurs.: Fri.: Sat.: 
On the first Friday of every month,
the Center closes at No additional students
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