Johnson County Community College

Course Syllabus
Mathematics Division

Math 116: Intermediate Algebra
Section 950 (Self-Paced)
Fall 2011 (CRN 81030)


Instructor Information

Primary Instructor:

Vivian Reinhard

Campus Phone:

913-469-8500, ext. 4959

Campus Office:

CLB 237

Campus E-mail:

mailto:vreinhard@jccc.edu

Web Site:

http://web.jccc.net/academic/math/selfpaced.htm

Division Office:

CLB 243 (Our mailboxes are located in this office area.)

Division FAX:

913-469-2537 (delivery to our mailboxes is not instantaneous)

Office Hours:

ATTENTION:  Posted office hours are often preempted between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. due to other campus responsibilities. Times other than posted office hours are available by appointment.  Appointments are strongly recommended with your primary instructor.

Monday

12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Wednesday

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Thursday

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Friday

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Other instructors:

Mary Deas, CLB 234, ext. 4215, mailto:mdeas@jccc.edu
Phil Veer, CLB 235, ext. 4700, mailto:pveer@jccc.edu


Course Information

Credit Hours:

3

Prerequisite:

A grade of C or higher in Math 115 (Introduction to Algebra), or an appropriate score on COMPASS test.

Textbook:

Intermediate Algebra:, 3rd edition, by Carson, Gillespie, Jordan, (pub. Pearson-Addison Wesley, 2007). A license for MyMathLab is required while the textbook is optional.

Supplies:

A scientific calculator is required.  Forbidden calculators include those with computer algebra systems (e.g. TI-89, TI-92), computers (laptops, pocket PCs, Palm Pilots, PDAs), and cellphones.  MYMATHLAB does require a high-speed internet connection.  If you do not have access at home, you can use the MRC computer lab for these exercises.

 

Description:
This course focuses on arithmetic and algebraic manipulation, equations and inequalities, graphs, and analysis of equations and graphs. Students will simplify arithmetic and algebraic expressions including those containing rational expressions, rational exponents, radicals, or complex numbers; solve equations and inequalities including linear, quadratic, quadratic in form, and those containing rational expressions, radicals, or absolute value; graph linear equations, linear inequalities and basic conics; and analyze functions and non-functions.

Course Objectives:
After completing this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Factor algebraic expressions.
  2. Simplify arithmetic and algebraic expressions including those containing rational expressions, rational exponents, radicals, or complex numbers.
  3. Evaluate functions.
  4. Solve equations in one variable including quadratic, quadratic in form, and those containing rational expressions, radicals, or absolute value.
  5. Solve equations in more than one variable including systems of linear equations and literal equations.
  6. Solve equations developed from applications.
  7. Solve inequalities in one variable including linear, quadratic, and those containing rational expressions.
  8. Graph linear equations, linear inequalities and basic conics on a coordinate plane.
  9. Construct equations of lines and circles.
  10. Identify shapes of conics and characteristics of functions and non-functions.

Content Outline and Competencies:
Available on the JCCC web site at http://www.jccc.net/home/course_outline/current/MATH116.


 

Caveats

To successfully complete the pre-requisite(s) for this course, a student must earn at least a “C” or better in the pre-requisite course(s) or earn an appropriate score on a placement exam.  If a student is found not to have successfully fulfilled the prerequisite(s) for this course, the student will not be allowed to enroll in a self-paced course.

Important Dates

http://staff.jccc.net/pveer/blueball.gif  August 15, 2011:

Last day to pay without being dropped.
(After this date, you must enroll and pay on the same day)

http://staff.jccc.net/pveer/blueball.gif  2 weeks from enrollment waiver date:

Last day to drop with 100% refund.

http://staff.jccc.net/pveer/blueball.gif  6 weeks from enrollment waiver date:

Last day to drop with no refund and without a withdrawal “W” on transcript (no grade).

http://staff.jccc.net/pveer/blueball.gif  December 16, 2011:

Last day to complete course without an incomplete.
(Caution:  Incompletes can affect financial aid.)

http://staff.jccc.net/pveer/blueball.gif  6 months from enrollment waiver date:

Last day to drop with a withdrawal “W” on transcript or request a Pass/Fail grade option.

http://staff.jccc.net/pveer/blueball.gif  9 months from enrollment waiver date:

Length of time to complete a self-paced math course.
(Extensions require extenuating circumstances, substantial completion of the course, and the approval of the Dean.)

There is no attendance in a self-paced course.  Students will be required to set up a reasonable testing schedule with the instructor. Students are encouraged not to procrastinate and begin the course immediately. By completing the first 2 unit exams within 10 weeks after the enrollment date, you and your instructor can then re-evaluate if self-paced (independent study) is right for you. Your success is important. This course begins as soon as the paperwork is signed and the student enrolls.


Course Requirements

Five unit exams, forty-two homework sections (MYMATHLAB), and a comprehensive final exam are required.  No grade for the course is possible until you have completed all of the work, including the final exam.   The final exam is the last graded activity for this course.

Approved calculators are allowed on exams.  Books, and notes are not allowed.  Formulas should be memorized.

Show your work on your unit and final exams. Incorrect answers cannot receive partial credit without your accompanying work.  Some questions may request a specific process, and no partial credit will be awarded without that particular process.

The five individual Unit exams and the Final exam are taken in the JCCC Testing Center (SC 334), or in another approved location.  When using the Testing Center, a photo ID and JCCC ID number are required.  Typically, only one exam is available at any time.  Usually within 48 hours, your grade will be posted online and your next exam will be available.  Weekends and holidays will have a longer response time.

The unit exams may be retaken, but not the final exam.  You may take these exams three times each.  If you score below 70% on your first or second attempt, you are strongly encouraged to review the material and exam with your instructor and then retake the exam.  If you score above 70% or have made three attempts, then your next exam will be on the next unit.  If you score above 70% and want to retake, you should contact your instructor immediately.  When an exam is taken more than once, the highest score for that exam is retained.  All retakes and homework must be completed before the final exam.  The final exam is the last requirement for the class and may be taken only once.

The 42 homework sections contained in MYMATHLAB are the only required homework and is graded within MML. Sections can be retaken any number of times to master the content. Prof. Reinhard will provide instructions for accessing MyMathLab. The course ID for MML is reinhard00364.


Evaluation

TYPE OF WORK

Number

Points each

Total points

Homework

42

Approx. 2.4

100

Unit Exams

5

100

500

Final Exam

1

100

100

TOTAL

700

 

Grade

Total points

Percentage

A

630 - 700

90% - 100%

B

560 - 629

80% - 89%

C

490 - 559

70% - 79%

D

420 - 489

60% - 69%

F

0 - 419

0% - 59%

 

All JCCC Math students are expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct (as described in the Student Handbook), and the Mathematics Division Policies. Grade penalties may be assessed for incidents of academic dishonesty. Further action may be taken based on the severity of the incident.


Motivation

The biggest hurdle in a self-paced math class is having the self-discipline to study on your own.  Set goals for each chapter, and try to stick to them.  Set aside regular times each week to work on your math, and don't let them get bumped by other activities.  Read the textbook, study the examples, and work the suggested problems.  Seek help when you find the going difficult and/or check out and view the appropriate video(s).  The instructor is also available for assistance.  If you feel the urge to put your work off for a week, beware!  Procrastination can easily become a habit.


 

Assistance

  • Your instructor can help you by email or telephone.  Or you may want to set up an appointment to visit in person (necessary to view your previously taken tests).
  • The Math Resource Center, or MRC (CLB 212), is available for extra assistance, including free tutoring, group help sessions, solutions manuals, and computer software; also available for use in the MRC is one set of CD’s corresponding to the textbook; 10 sets available in the library for checkout.

·         MyMathLab is a series of text-specific, rich and flexible set of course materials, featuring free-response exercises that are algorithmically generated for unlimited practice and mastery.  Online tools are also available, such as video lectures, animations, and a multimedia textbook.

  • Printed study guides available for this course include:
    • The Student Solutions Manual, which contains solutions of the odd exercises. It is available for use in the MRC, and also can be purchased in the college bookstore.
    • The Instructor's Manual, which contains solutions to all of the exercises.  It is available for use in the MRC.
  • Electronic assistance available for this course includes:
    • The self-paced Intermediate Algebra web site, which includes the grade book.  Point your browser to  http://dl.jccc.edu and log on using your JCCC email ID and PIN number.  (The site should be available the day after you enroll.)
    • InterActMath.com, a Tutorial Software is available in the MRC computer room.
  • Other assistance available includes:
    • Access Services (SC 292), who provide a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities,. If you desire support services, call 913-469-8500, extension 3521, or TDD 913-469-3885.
    • A list of private tutors, available from the JCCC Career Center.  The list is also available on their web page at http://www.jccc.net/home/depts/5301/site/tutoring.

 

The following is the textbook outline.  It indicates the sections to be covered from the textbook for this course. The homework problems in MYMATHLAB do have aids that may be helpful with more difficult exercises and topics. Only the MyMathLab homework is graded.

 

Section

Topic

1.3

Exponents, and Roots

1.4

Evaluating and Rewriting Expressions

2.1

Linear Equations and Formulas

2.2

Solving Problems

2.3

Solving Linear Inequalities

2.4

Compound Inequalities

2.5

Equations Involving Absolute Value

3.1

Graphing Linear Equations

3.2

Slope of a Line

3.3

The Equation of a Line

3.4

Graphing Linear Inequalities

 

EXAM 1

 

 

 

 

 

3.5

Introduction to Function & Function Notation

4.1

Solving Systems of Linear Equations in 2 Variables

4.2

Solving Systems of Linear Equations in 3 Variables

4.3

Solving Applications Using Systems of Equations

5.1

Exponents and Scientific Notation

5.2

Polynomials and Polynomial Functions

5.3

Multiplying Polynomials

5.4

Dividing Polynomials

 

EXAM 2

 

 

 

 

 

6.1

Factoring by Grouping

6.2

Factoring Trinomials

6.3

Factoring Special Products and Strategies

7.1

Simplifying, Multiplying & Dividing Rational Expressions

7.2

Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions

7.3

Simplifying Complex Rational Expressions

6.4

Solving Equations by Factoring

7.4

Solving Equations Containing Rational Expressions

7.5

Applications with Rational Expressions

 

EXAM 3

 

 

 

8.1

Radical Expressions and Functions

8.2

Rational Exponents

8.3

Multiplying, Dividing and Simplifying Radicals

8.4

Adding, Subtracting and Multiplying Radical Expressions

8.5

Rationalizing Numerators and Denominators of Radical Expressions

8.6

Radical Equations and Problem Solving

8.7

Complex Numbers

 

EXAM 4

 

 

 

 

 

9.1

Completing the Square

9.2

Solving Quadratic Equations with the Quadratic Formula

9.3

Solving Equations that are Quadratic-in-Form

9.4

Graphing Quadratic Functions

9.5

Solving Nonlinear Inequalities

11.1

Distance Formula and Circles

11.2

Ellipses and Hyperbolas

 

EXAM 5

 

FINAL EXAM