Montgomery

**MAT 100 GW** Intermediate Algebra (3 credits)

**Class meetings**: Monday,
Wednesday 5:00 - 6:25 PM

**Instructor**: **Richard Herbst**

**Email**: rherbst@mc3.edu

**Office**: Room
227 **Phone**:
610 - 718 - 1888

**Office Hours**:
Monday & Wednesday 3:05 - 4:05, Tuesday 12:45 - 1:45 (also by appointment)

**BlackBoard**: www.mc3.edu then click on E-tools **Course Compass: **www.coursecompass.com

**Prerequisite: **Math placement test recommendation
“UND116” (under MAT 116) or MAT 011, with a minimum grade of “C.”

**Textbook**: __Intermediate
Algebra Graphs and Models__, 3^{rd} edition, Bittinger,
Ellenbogen, Johnson, Addison-Wesley.

**Materials**:
TI-84, TI-83/83+, graph paper

**Catalog Description: ** An intermediate algebra course, which reviews and
extends the material taught in MAT 011. It is appropriate for students who have
taken MAT 011 or who have had an elementary algebra course in high school. It
will prepare students for MAT 125, MAT 131, MAT 140 and/or MAT 161. Topics
include a brief review of introductory algebra, introduction to functions,
factoring, algebraic fractions, radicals, fractional exponents, the Pythagorean
theorem, functional notation, graphing, quadratic equations, logarithms,
systems of linear equations, and word problems applications. A graphing
calculator is required. Instruction will be presented using a TI-84/83/83+.

This course is designed to bring the student’s background up to proficiency sufficient to enter more advanced math courses. Upon completing this course, students should:

1. Obtain knowledge of basic algebraic operations.

2. Understand the concepts of function, domain, range, inverse function.

3. Be able to graph linear functions and vertical lines.

4. Be able to evaluate function notation.

5. Be able to factor and apply this technique to simplifying expressions and solving equations.

6. Be able to simplify rational expressions and solve rational equations.

7. Be able to solve quadratic equations and graph quadratic functions.

8. Be able to simplify radicals and interpret i-notation.

9. Be able to solve systems of linear equations.

10. Be able to graph exponential and logarithmic functions.

11. Be able to solve word problems involving distance, rate, time, variation, investment, Pythagorean’s Theorem, and regression.

12. Be able to use the TI-83/84 graphing calculator in relevant intermediate algebra concepts.

**Chapters Covered**:
1 - 3, 5 - 9

The following is a tentative schedule for the semester subject to change.

Week Number |
Sections |

1 |
1.1 - 1.7 |

2 |
2.1 - 2.3 |

3 |
2.4, 3.1 - 3.3 |

4 |
3.8, 5.1, 5.2 |

5 |
5.3 - 5.5 |

6 |
5.6 - 5.8 |

7 |
6.1 - 6.3 |

8 |
6.4, 6.5, 6.8 |

9 |
7.1 - 7.4 |

10 |
7.6 - 7.8 |

11 |
8.1 - 8.3 |

12 |
8.8, 9.1, 9.2 |

13 |
9.3, 9.5 |

14 |
9.6 - 9.7 |

**Evaluation: **There
will be approximately 4 exams. Each exam will be announced a minimum of 1 week
in advance. A comprehensive final exam will be given at the end of the
semester. Approximately 10 problems from each section will be graded online
(Course Compass). All of these problems will be due the date of the chapter
exam. You may complete the section problems multiple times to improve your
grade. Only the highest grade will be counted.

Exams: 70 %

Course Compass Assignments: 15 %

Final Exam: 15 %

A: 90 - 100%
B: 80 - 89% C: 70
- 79% D: 60 - 69% F: < 59%

**Homework: **The organization of this class is as follows. Homework
will not be required to be handed in. Any student should not expect to pass the
course on the basis of attendance alone. The beginning of each class will be
used for questions on previous homework assignments. **It is expected that the student will come into class with specific
questions to ask on these given assignments.**

**Attendance:** A student is expected to attend all classes. Attendance
will be taken at all class meetings. **Five** **absences of any kind will
lower your FINAL GRADE by one letter grade.** Arriving after attendance
counts as 1/3 of an absence. ** If a student misses an exam, the student
will receive a "0" unless the student contacts me BEFORE the exam is
given.** A written excuse must be
provided to me in order to take a missed exam. It is then the prerogative of
the instructor to determine whether or not a make-up exam will be given. There
will be no exceptions to this policy.

**Further Notes: **School Closings: Go to www.mc3.edu or call **610
-718 -1800** and listen for

message or you may choose a text message alert to your cell phone.

Students with disabilities may be eligible for accommodations for this

course. Contact **Ruth Ann E. Hebble, M.Ed. **Coordinator of Services for

Students with
Disabilities **Room 151** or call **610
-718-1839**

Cheating of any kind will result in a zero for that exam or assignment.

Tutoring help is available in the **Learning Assistance Lab**
(located in the library area)

**CODE OF ETHICS**:

Academic Code of Ethics. It is important that you read this document. Realize that

violations of this code of ethics will be indicated on your MCCC transcript. Go to

the following web site for further information:

**Cell Phone Policy: **All
cell phones are to be **TURNED OFF**
once you have entered the classroom and not just to vibrate as this is a
distraction to the class as well.

**Important Phone Numbers: **

__Montgomery____ County
Community College__

**(technology/password/userID help) **

Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

** Course Compass:** 1 - 8 00 - 677 - 6337

**(technology help)**

Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Sunday 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Sunday - Thursday 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM

**Important Dates:**

Wednesday, January 23 First Day of Class

March 17 - 21 Spring Break

Monday, May 5 Last Day of our Class

Wednesday, May 14 (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm) Final Exam

Monday, May
5^{th} is the last day of our class and the last day to withdraw.

If you stop attending you will be given a final grade of F.

Please complete an online faculty evaluation form before the end of the course. At approximately week 8 of this course, you will receive an e-mail through your College e-mail account with directions and a link to the student evaluation form. Please be assured that it is not possible to identify a specific student’s response to the survey. In addition, faculty will not receive survey results until after grades have been posted. Your input is important.