PRINCE GEORGE'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Welcome to Intermediate Algebra!
MAT 104 – Intermediate Algebra
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Scott D. Johnson, Associate Professor
Physical Sciences and Engineering
PHONE NUMBERS: 301-386-7536
301-322-0421 (Department of Mathematics)
EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
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.
WEB PAGE: http://academic.pgcc.edu/~sjohnson
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.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:
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:
Simplifying real and complex numbers, integer and rational exponents, complex fractions, and absolute values as well as polynomial, rational, radical, and exponential expressions.
Solving linear, quadratic, absolute value, rational and radical equations in one variable symbolically, as well as numerically and graphically using the graphing calculator.
Solving linear inequalities in one variable.
Solving linear systems of equations with two variables with applications.
Graphing linear equations and inequalities in two variables including determining slope.
Recognizing, evaluating, and graphing functions– linear, quadratic, polynomial, absolute value, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic.
Using the graphing calculator for curve fitting in linear and quadratic cases
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: www.hawkeslearning.com
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.
OUTSIDE CLASS REQUIREMENTS:
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).
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 the Prince George's Community College Blackboard web site which is located at http://pgcconline.blackboard.com. NOTE: There is no “www” in the Blackboard address.
ALL STUDENTS must use their myPGCC username and password to login to Blackboard. The Blackboard account login information has changed for students. You will not be able to login using your “old” Blackboard username and password
If you do not have a myPGCC account, you will need to create one:
Go to http://my.pgcc.edu to create a myPGCC account. You will use your myPGCC username and password to login to Blackboard.
If you already have a myPGCC account, reset your password, if necessary:
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 http://my.pgcc.edu to reset your myPGCC password. Blackboard will be updated 1-2 minutes after you reset your password.
Once you have your myPGCC account information, type it in the Blackboard login box at the http://pgcconline.blackboard.com. (Write down your account information so you can refer to it if you forget.)
If your login is successful, you will see the Blackboard “Welcome” screen. In the box labeled “My Courses”, you will see the course or a list of courses in which you are enrolled. Click on the course name to enter your Blackboard course.
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
DELAYED COLLEGE OPENINGS
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
COLLEGE RESOURCES and SERVICES
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 (www.pgcc.edu/students/tutoring_writing_grammar)
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.
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 (www.pgcc.edu/pgweb/pgdocs/bookstore.html)
Largo Student Center, Room 116 301-322-0912