Welcome to Intermediate Algebra!

MAT 104 – Intermediate Algebra

Fall 2005

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Scott D. Johnson, Associate Professor

Physical Sciences and Engineering


PHONE NUMBERS: 301-386-7536

301-322-0421 (Department of Mathematics)


To facilitate e-mail communication with me, please include the following code: NM231 along with the course designation (MAT 104) in either the Subject or the First Line of any e-mails to me during the fall 2005 semester.


OFFICE HRS: MW 7-8pm, TTh 1:15-4:00pm, by appointment all other times


A study of intermediate-level algebraic skills and problem solving including: solving, applying, and graphing of linear equations and inequalities in one and two variables, including absolute value; determining the slope and the equation of the line; solving and applying systems of equations and inequalities in two and three variables; understanding, interpreting, and applying functions and functional notation; simplifying polynomial and rational expressions, complex fractions, expressions involving radicals, expressions involving negative and fractional exponents, expressions involving exponentials and logarithms, and complex numbers; solving and applying polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic equations, and equations involving radicals; variation; solving, interpreting, and applying quadratic equations in one variable using factoring, completing the square, and the quadratic formula; using problem strategies of physical representations, guess and check, systematic list, unit analysis, draw a diagram, and patterns to solve applications.


Successful completion (grade of P4) of DVM 007 or DVM008


Elementary high school algebra and Accuplacer score of 82 or above on the Elementary Algebra test AND a reading placement score DVR 006 completed or concurrent.


Upon successful completion of the 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:

  1. Simplifying real and complex numbers, integer and rational exponents, complex fractions, and absolute values as well as polynomial, rational, radical, and exponential expressions.

  2. Solving linear, quadratic, absolute value, rational and radical equations in one variable symbolically, as well as numerically and graphically using the graphing calculator.

  3. Solving linear inequalities in one variable.

  4. Solving linear systems of equations with two variables with applications.

  5. Graphing linear equations and inequalities in two variables including determining slope.

  6. Recognizing, evaluating, and graphing functions– linear, quadratic, polynomial, absolute value, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic.

  7. Using the graphing calculator for curve fitting in linear and quadratic cases

  8. Using problem solving strategies (physical representations, guess and check, systematic list, draw a diagram, patterns, and unit analysis) to solve applications.

TEXTBOOK: Intermediate Algebra, Fifth Edition, Wright, Hawkes Publishing, 2004.


Problem Solving Strategies Pamphlets, Wojciechowicz, PGCC, 2002 (Distributed in class)

SOFTWARE: Intermediate Algebra, Hawkes Learning Systems. Running software is not disk dependent. Bring a 3.5” floppy to save your code and certifications. Web Site:

CALCULATOR: A graphing calculator is required for this course.
Either TI-83, TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus is recommended and a TI-82 is acceptable.


As with any class an amount of time at least equivalent to two times the credit hours is expected to be performed for homework and labs. Please allot sufficient time for homework.


Your grade will be determined by your total score on submitted homework, computer assessments, tests, calculator/computer projects, final, and participation. Remember you need at least a "C" average to move to the next course.

A = 90%, B = 80%, C = 70%, D = 60%


Regular attendance is expected for everyone in this course. If absent, it is your responsibility to determine the material covered and the work assigned.

Tests: There will be no more than 5 tests and a final exam. The tests will be taken in the Campus Assessment Center in Bladen 100. Each test will be 100 points and the final will be 300 points. The final is in this classroom. All tests count toward your final course grade.


Exact date and time will be announced.


There will be calculator or computer projects that will be announced later. The point value will be announced with the project. Projects will have a total value of 100 points.


Practice working problems is an essential portion of this course. Problems in the text as well as the supplement will be assigned. Specific problems will be assigned and turned in for grading. Each collected assignment will be 10 points. Homework will also be supported by the software package. Assignments will be given weekly to correspond with lesson. All word problems are assigned automatically (if you wish to get a head start).

Late/make-up Work:

Students are expected to turn in work at the time it is due. No late assignments will be accepted. If you believe you will unable to turn in work on the assigned day, you may turn it in early. No penalty is given for work turned in early.

Students are expected to take the tests at the time they are given. There are no make-up exams. If you believe you have a circumstance that warrants special consideration, you must see me or contact me BEFORE the exam with written verification of a medical illness, jury-duty, or other court ordered appearance. The score received on the final will then be substituted for the missing exam. This policy will apply to no more than one exam.

COURSE OUTLINE: See attached sheet

The Blackboard Login Procedure Has Changed For ALL Students

HOW TO LOG IN TO BLACKBOARD (required for online and other classes using Blackboard – Departments may decide to put on a separate sheet with other common information.)

Blackboard is a web-based program that serves as the college’s online classroom. You will use Blackboard to communicate with your instructor, to see your course materials, to submit assignments and to discuss course ideas with your classmates.

To login to your Blackboard course, please follow these steps:

Go to to create a myPGCC account. You will use your myPGCC username and password to login to Blackboard.

The first time you access Blackboard using your myPGCC account, you must change your myPGCC password to access Blackboard. When you change your myPGCC password, the Blackboard system is updated with the myPGCC account information.

Go to to reset your myPGCC password. Blackboard will be updated 1-2 minutes after you reset your password.


Students requesting academic accommodations are required to contact the Disability Support Services Office (M-1042) 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.


The Prince George's Community College Code of Conduct defines the rights and responsibilities of students and establishes a system of procedures for dealing with students charged with violations of the code and other rules and regulations of the college. A student enrolling in the college assumes an obligation to conduct himself/herself in a manner compatible with the college's function as an educational institution. Refer to the 2005-2006 Student Handbook, beginning on page 41, for a complete explanation of the code of conduct, including the Code of Academic Integrity and the procedure for dealing with disruptive student behavior.


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 2005-2006 Student Handbook (pages 42-45) and posted on the college's website.


Common courtesy is to apply at all times.


Labor Day – College closed Saturday, September 3 - Monday, September 5

Last day to apply for fall graduation Thursday, September 15

Last day to change from "audit" to

"credit" or "credit" to "audit" Friday, September 30

College Enrichment Day - No classes Tuesday, October 25

Last day to withdraw from full-semester classes Tuesday, November 22

Thanksgiving break – No classes Wednesday, November 23 – Sunday, November 27

Final exam period/last week of classes Monday, December 12 – Sunday, December 18


When the college announces a delayed opening, all classes with at least 45 minutes of class time remaining at the time of the opening will be held. For example, in the event of a 10 a.m. opening, a 9:30-10:45 a.m. class will be held. This procedure applies to all credit classes.

LAB INFORMATION: 10-10:50am after class in M3104


Student Assessment Services Center (Testing Center)

Bladen Hall, Room 100 301-322-0090


Check the web site for hours and policies and procedures.

Mathematics Learning Center (π Shop)

Marlboro Hall, Room 3104

Walk-in unscheduled tutoring for Mathematics and mathematical software such as MATLAB.

Tutoring and Writing Centers (

Bladen Hall, Room 107 Stop by or call 301-322-0748 to make an appointment.

The Tutoring Center can help you in many courses with free one-on-one or group tutoring.

The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring for all students who are working on a writing assignment in any course.

Student Development Services 301-322-0886


Student Development Services has various programs that provide students with mentoring, advising and individual counseling. Call or check the website for more information.

Library (

Accokeek Hall General information: 301-322-0105

Circulation services: 301-322-0475

Reference services: 301-322-0476

The Library provides a range of library and media services.

Refer to the web site for hours and more information about the services.

Campus Bookstore (

Largo Student Center, Room 116 301-322-0912