Montgomery County Community College


MAT 100 JW Intermediate Algebra (3 credits)

Spring 2008

Class meetings: Tuesday, Thursday  11:10 am - 12:35 pm


Instructor: Richard Herbst


Office: Room 227   Phone: 610 - 718 - 1888            

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


BlackBoard: then click on E-tools    Course Compass:


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


Textbook: Intermediate Algebra Graphs and Models, 3rd 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



1.1 - 1.7


2.1 - 2.3


2.4, 3.1 - 3.3


3.8, 5.1, 5.2


5.3 - 5.5


5.6 - 5.8


6.1 - 6.3


6.4, 6.5, 6.8


7.1 - 7.4


7.6 - 7.8


8.1 - 8.3


8.8, 9.1, 9.2


9.3, 9.5


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   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:  Montgomery County Community College has established an

                           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   215 - 641 - 6495

(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



Course Compass Tutoring  1 - 888 - 777 - 0463


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



Important Dates:   


Thursday, January 24                                                  First Day of Class

March 17 - 21                                                              Spring Break

Tuesday, May 6                                                          Last Day of our Class

Wednesday, May 14 (8:00 am – 10:00 am)                Final Exam                                             



Tuesday, May 6th 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.


Academic Calendar

Final Exam Schedule