Anne Arundel Community College

Intermediate Algebra

MAT012 Sections 022 Fall 2015


Class: TTh @ 16:00-18:10 in Schz-105

Professor: James Freeman

Office: Mathematics 231-I

Hours: MW @ 16:00-19:00 & TTh @ 15:00-16:00

Phone: (410) 777-2557 




Course Description: This course covers various topics essential for intermediate algebra, including:

a) the laws of algebra for real numbers;

b) polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic expressions;

c) factoring and solving linear and polynomial equations and inequalities;

d) functions and their graphs (linear, quadratic, rational, radical, exponential & logarithmic);

e) and problem solving.

You must earn at least a "C" in this course to be eligible to take general education, credit mathematics courses.  You must earn at least a "B" to be eligible to take MAT151, Pre-Calculus, aka, Introductory Analysis.


Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

(i) Perform basic algebraic operations, including factoring;

(ii) Manipulate polynomial, rational, radical, exponential & logarithmic expressions;

(iii) Solve linear equations, inequalities and systems (algebraically and graphically);

(iv) Solve quadratic, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic equations;

(v) Understand functions and use them to model certain applications.


Text: "Beginning and Intermediate Algebra" (5th edition) (It need not be the AACC customized edition.) by Elayn Martin-Gay, Pearson, 2013. The text may come packaged with a Student Solution Manual and MyMathLab,  although neither is required for the course and need not be purchased.


Computer/Calculator: A graphing calculator is required for the course - a TI-84+ or TI-84-Inspire is recommended (A TI-84 or TI-83+ will sufffice.).  Calculators that perform symbol manipulation, such as the TI-89 or TI-92, may NOT be used during examinations Some work on a computer is optional in this course.  Computers are available in both the Mathematics Building and the Library. 


Attendance Policy: Regular class attendance is expected and will be recorded.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what occurred with respect to both announcements and course work.  If you email me, I will respond with that information.  I will maintain an online version of this syllabus on my website with any changes in dates or homework assignments.  But even one absence means a lost opportunity to learn.


Class Activity: Prepare for class by reading the text (either before or after we cover the material).  If you do not understand something, ask questions in class.  Ask questions even if it concerns material from a prior class or chapter.  Asking and answering questions is the main purpose of class.  During class we will review the major points in each chapter and solve sample problems.


Homework:   Homework will consist of selected problems from the end of each chapter section in the text.  The homework will be collected and graded.  Late homework loses 10% credit.  Your homework problem solutions should be neatly prepared (they need not be typed), with multiple pages either stapled or otherwise bound together. Answers to the homework are in the back of the book, so there is no reason for a wrong answer.  The homework will not be graded in detail, but will be reviewed for completeness.  You must show your work and not just give the answer.  If you cannot do or do not understand a homework problem, ask about it in class.  Do the relevant homework as soon as possible after the material is covered in class to allow an opportunity for questions.


Attendance will comprise 5% of your grade.


Homework assignments will comprise 16% of your grade.

(NOTICE:  You CANNOT receive an "A" for the course if you do NOT do the homework.)


Examinations: There will be three mostly chapter specific tests and a cumulative final exam. 


The three tests will comprise 54% of your grade - 18% each.


The final will comprise 25% of your grade.


The tests may not be made up (without prior approval).  If you miss a test, the total possible points that the test was worth will be added to the total possible points that the final is worth.  Thus, if you miss a test, your final exam will be worth a larger proportion of your course grade.  I give generous partial credit when I grade, but you must show your work neatly to earn it.  It is your responsibility to show me what you know in a neat and orderly fashion.


Grading Scale: 90 - 100% A; 80-89% B; 70 - 79% C; 60 - 69% D; below 60% F.


Additional Help: Do not hesitate to visit me during my office hours.  If my hours conflict with your free time, I will gladly arrange additional times to meet with you.  I am in my office other times during the week so you can always stop by to see if I am in.  Additionally, free tutoring is available in the Library.


Academic Integrity: The Anne Arundel Community College Catalog states, "All students are required to exhibit academic honesty in all academic exercises and assignments." This includes cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, and plagiarism.  The instructor has the right and obligation to impose a reasonable academic sanction including, but not limited to, the following:


A) Assign a failing grade for the assignment;

B) Assign a grade reduction for the course;

C) Assign a failing grade for the course;

D) Assign an alternative assessment.


I will choose A for most situations involving academic dishonesty. Do not leave the classroom without permission during a test.  If you do, I will collect your test and grade it based upon what you have already finished.  Do NOT use your cell phone during a test.


Student Conduct: The Anne Arundel Community College Catalog states; "All students while engaged in college activities shall comply with all college policies and procedures. Students shall conduct themselves in accordance with accepted standards of behavior, respect the rights of others, refrain from conduct or activity which obstructs the work of the college and is damaging to the welfare of the college community or the college." It continues to describe Acts of Misconduct.


Cell Phones: Put cell phones on a silent mode during class.  Do not surf or text during class (unless requested to by the instructor).  If you take a call, I trust that you will leave the room to talk.  Do NOT use your cell phone during tests.


Notice of Nondiscrimination: AACC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, Title IX, ADA Title 504 compliant institution. Call Disability Support Services, 410-777-2306 or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance to request most accommodations. Requests for sign language interpreters, alternative format books or assistive technology require 30 days' notice.  For information on Anne Arundel Community College's compliance and complaints concerning discrimination or harassment, call Kelly Koermer, J.D., AACC's federal compliance officer, at 410-777-2607 or Maryland Relay 711.


Course Schedules (All dates are tentative and subject to revision.)

Dates                      Assignment 

Sep 08                     First Class (Review graphing, algebra, exponents and factoring)

Sep 15                     Review Homework Due (A MUST - 10% of Homework grade)

Sep 22                     Chapter 7 Homework Due

Sep 29                     Chapter 8 Homework Due

Oct 01                     Examination on Chapter 7&8


Oct 20                    Chapter 9 Homework Due

Nov 03                   Chapter 10 Homework Due

Nov 03                    Examination on Chapters 9 & 10


Nov 17                   Chapter 11 Homework Due

Nov 24                   Chapter 12 Homework Due

Nov 24                   Examination on Chapters 11 &12 (Take Home)


                                Review and additional topics as time allows


Dec 08 (Tue)          Final Examination 16:00-18:00


Sep 12                     Last day to drop with full refund

Nov 26-27              Thanksgiving

Nov 20                    Last day to withdraw



Homework Assignments


Homework assignments from the text to be submitted for grading include only odd numbered exercises.  The abbreviation "eoo" stands for "every other odd" and "eto" stands for "every third odd". For example, "13-33 eoo" means do problems 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 33;  and "13-33 eto" means do problems 13, 19, 25, 31.  While only some of the exercises are required to be submitted for grading, you are encouraged to do all of the exercises and to ask questions about any of them.


Elementary Algebra Review from MAT-011

This MUST be submitted on time.  It is like an open book test but will be graded like homework.


Rational Expressions and Equations

7.1: 1-49 eoo, 57, 61                                       7.2: 1-41 eoo, 67, 71

7.3: 1-49 eoo, 85                                             7.4: 1-49 eoo

7.5: 25-49 eoo                                                 7.6: 1-17 eoo, 23, 27, 47

7.7: 1-19 eoo, 31, 37, 59                                  


Functions and Graphs (see also Chapter 3.6)

8.1: 1-45 eoo, 51, 53, 59                                  8.2: 1-29 eoo, 31-41 odd, 51, 65, 67

8.3: 1-45 eoo                                                    8.4: 1-25 eoo, 43, 51, 53


Inequalities and Absolute Value

9.1: 1-49 eoo, 63, 81                                      9.2: 1-61 eto, 69, 71

9.3: 1-73 eto, 83                                             9.4: 1-61 eto, 89


Rational Exponents, Radicals and Complex Numbers

10.1: 1-85 eto, 115                                         10.2: 1-97 eto, 113

10.3: 1-67 eto, 81,83,91,95                            10.4: 1-67 eto, 85

10.5: 1-67 eto, 89                                           10.6: 1-43 eto, 69, 75

10.7: 1-91 eto (DUE WITH CHAPTER 11)


Quadratic Equations and Functions

11.1: 1-49 eto, 81                                            11.2: 1-49 eoo, 59, 63, 89

11.3: 1-61 eto                                                  11.4: 1-49 eto

11.5: 1-67 eto                                                  11.6: 1-61 eto, 87


Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

12.1: 1-49 eto, 53                                          12.2: 1-45 eoo

12.3: 1-33 eoo, 37, 45                                   12.4: 1-11 odd, 17, 19

12.5: 1-67 eto