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Math 107 Syllabus

Course Syllabus for Math 107: Intermediate Algebra, Spring 2012

Mathematics Department - Arts and Sciences Division - Kaskaskia College


"I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost


Instructor:   Jodi Palm

Office Hours: To be announced


Office:   ST - 118         Phone: 545-3360     EXT 3360 or 800-642-0859                         email: jpalm@kaskaskia.edu


  Appointments for extra help with math may be made by contacting the instructor.


eBook: Code for eBook for Introductory & Intermediate Algebra for College Students, 3rd Edition, by Robert Blitzer, Pearson/Prentice Hall Publishing Company, and Copyright 2009. Students will use Pearson's MyMathLab.


Course Description for Math 107           Credit Hours: 4.0

This course considers an introduction to the real number system, linear equations, and equalities, systems of equations, polynomials, fractional equations and expressions, exponents, roots and powers, quadratic equations, and functions


Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math 102


Materials Required:

                      Textbook, loose-leaf paper, pencils

                      Suggested: Scientific calculator to be used following chapter two, notebook/folder


Grading Policy:


Grades will be based on papers, quizzes, homework, tests, and a comprehensive final exam.


                      Papers = two at 20 points each (about 2 % final grade)

                      Quizzes = approximately 40 points each chapter (about 20% final grade)

                      Homework = approximately 10 points per chapter (about 5% final grade)

                      Tests = 100 points per chapter (about 55% final grade)

Final Exam = Comprehensive Final Exam - 200 points (about 18% of final course grade)



                      Grading Scale

                      A = 90%- 100%

                      B = 80% - 89%

                      C = 70% - 79%

                      D = 60% - 69%

                      F = Below 60%


Note: When there is a question concerning the point value given on a graded quiz or exam, please write a response to the instructor and submit this within a week of receiving the paper. Class time is not the appropriate place to discuss this issue.



Cell Phones:

                      For the integrity of this class, cell phones may not ring or be used during quizzes or tests.



Plagiarism or Cheating :

This item is especially important when submitting Discovery Papers. A failing grade will occur in the event of plagiarism or cheating. Plagiarism occurs if you submit work of someone else or take credit for words of another. Cheating occurs if you use someone's work or allow another student to use your work. In the event of sharing work, the integrity of both students is in question.


Violations of Academic Honesty


Submitting the work of another as your own--with or without his or her knowledge.

Stealing parts of or the entirety of a web site source, an article or a book for use in your paper.

Using the ideas and/or exact words of a professional writer (or internet source) without giving that person credit and without putting quotation marks around his or her words.

Sharing your paper with another student that he or she may use some or all of your ideas.

Submitting an essay in this class that has also been submitted in another class, or submitting an essay that contains a substantial amount of material taken from an essay submitted in another course.





Attendance is expected and is beneficial for successful completion of this course. Students are expected to attend ALL scheduled class periods. If more than two weeks of classes are missed without a valid excuse, a student may be withdrawn from the class with an F. Students will not be allowed to make up homework, quizzes, or tests. For emergency situations, approval MAY be given for a missed class. Arrive on time and sign the attendance sheet for each class to receive full credit for course work that day. If you plan to withdraw from the course, it is your responsibility to make these arrangements!


If you miss less than 2 classes prior to midterm, you may retake a test if all homework is complete at 85% accuracy. If you miss less than 2 classes from midterm to April 26, you may retake another test if all homework is complete at 85% accuracy.




It is disrespectful to others to interrupt a scheduled class. Arriving late for class will affect your grade. Homework may not be accepted, and extra time will not be given to complete quizzes or tests.


Make-Up Policy:


To reduce the number of make-up homework, quizzes, and tests, each student's grade will reflect the lowest quiz score and lowest homework score dropped.


As stated earlier, for emergency situations, approval MAY be given for a missed class. At the discretion of the instructor, if the opportunity for a make-up quiz or test is given, this quiz or test will be more difficult than the scheduled quiz or test. If possible, students must meet with the instructor before missing a class to discuss the extreme circumstance. If this is not possible, students must meet with the instructor prior to the next class meeting.





                      Observe the campus maps in each room to locate fire exits, first aid kits, and evacuation meeting areas. Also discuss in each class the appropriate steps to follow in emergency situations. From any campus phone, dial 9 then 911. To reach security on campus, from any campus phone, dial 3199.

Chapters to Be Covered:

                      Chapter 6:   Factoring Polynomials

                      Chapter 7:   Rational Expressions

                      Chapter 8:   Basic Functions

                      Chapter 9:   Inequalities and Problem Solving

                      Chapter 10: Radicals, Radical Functions, and Rational Exponents

                      Chapter 11: Quadratic Equations and Functions

                      Chapter 12: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions


Math 107 Elementary Algebra Outcomes:

After successful completion of Math 107 a student should be able to perform the following at a 70% success rate. (C or better)


  1. Simplify rational expressions.
  2. Know the properties of rational numbers and be able to perform the basic operations with rational numbers including exponents.
  3. Simplify complex numbers.
  4. Know the properties of complex numbers and be able to perform the basic operations with complex numbers.
  5. Solve rational equations.
  6. Solve application problems involving motion, work, proportions, and similar triangles.
  7. Solve problems involving direct variation, inverse variation, combined variation, and joint variation.
  8. Know the properties of functions and evaluation functions.
  9. Analyze the graphs of functions and use the vertical and horizontal line tests. Find the domain and range of a function and display in interval notation.
  10. Solve linear inequalities and problems involving revenue, cost, and profit.
  11. Find the intersection and union of sets and solve compound inequalities using "and" and "or".
  12. Solve absolute value equations and inequalities. Solve application problems using absolute value.
  13. Graph a linear inequality in two variables.
  14. Graph a system of linear inequalities.
  15. Solve a linear programming problem.
  16. Simplify radical expressions.
  17. Know the properties of radicals and be able to perform the basic operations with radicals.
  18. Convert radical notation to exponential notation and simplify.
  19. Rationalize denominators with one term, two terms, and complex numbers.
  20. Solve radical equations that have one radical. Solve radical equations that have two radicals.
  21. Solve quadratic equations using the square root property including completing the square.
  22. Find the distance between two points and the midpoint of a segment.
  23. Solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula.
  24. Write quadratic equations given the solutions.
  25. Solve application problems using quadratic equations.
  26. Recognize, manipulate, and graph parabolas.
  27. Solve equations in quadratic form.
  28. Solve polynomial inequalities, rational inequalities, and applications using these.
  29. Evaluate and graph exponential functions and use compound interest formulas.
  30. Evaluate and graph logarithmic functions. Use common and natural logarithms.
  31. For logarithms, use the product rule, quotient rule, power rule, expand, contract, and change the base.

Student Support Services:


                      Student Success Center                                             545-3155

                      Campus Library                                                                   545-3130

                      Counseling Center                                   545-3060



Important Dates:

                                                                  Last day to drop a class and receive full refund

                                                                  Last day to drop a class and receive one-half refund

                                                                  Last day to withdraw with a W


NOTE: Following midterm, please know that it is your responsibility to withdraw from this class if you desire a W on your transcript. Failure to withdraw and not attending will result in an F for you transcript grade. Do not assume that I will withdraw you with a W for not attending.




Helpful Web Sites:

                      Coolmath.com     (www.coolmath.com/lessons/index.html)

                      Purplemath.com (http://www.purplemath.com/modules/index.htm)

                      Expage.com     (http://expage.com/teachermathpage)

                    Amby.com         (http://amby.com/educate/math/)

                      Sosmath.com         (http://www.sosmath.com/algebra/algebra.html)

                      Geocities.com (http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Launchpad/2426/index1.html)




A note of encouragement:

I look forward to working with you during this course. As with any math course, a dedication is needed toward both the completion of assignments and preparation for quizzes and exams. All odd-numbered problems have the answers in the back of the textbook. This is designed to give you a guide to understanding the concepts presented in each section. We will work several examples together during class; in addition, the text provides sample problems for you to study.


You need to know that this course will not be easy. If you have difficulty understanding a concept, please do not hesitate to ask questions during class; your questions will help the other students! You may also stop by my office, and I will be happy to answer your questions. There are videos and websites to assist your learning. Be sure to take advantage of the CEC lab where math tutoring is available. Please make an appointment in advance.


It is my goal that you will have a good experience with mathematics and leave this class with the confidence to pursue future mathematics courses. We are a team working together to bring you success.




"There are no shortcuts!" - Rafe Esquith



"The game's on the schedule, we have to play it, we might as well win it." - Bill Russell          


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