This course provides students with a strong grounding in intermediate algebra. Topics include linear equations and inequalities, graphs and functions, systems of equations and inequalities, polynomials and factoring, rational equations and functions, radicals, quadratic equations and functions, the conics sections, and applications. Computer assisted including lecture, individual and small group tutoring in Mathematics Computer Laboratory.
Accessing the Course
- To access the course from outside the lab go to montclair.mylabsplus.com
- To log in use your NetID for your user name and six digit birthdate for your password (mmddyy). You can change your password once you log in.
- MyLabsPlus is both PC and Mac compatible and works best with Chrome or Firefox.
- For technical assistance please contact Pearson Tech Support by calling 1-800-677-6337.
Required Course Materials
- MyLabsPlus Access Code: HSEMSA-PATIL-INANE-TOGUE-LEWIS-RULES.
- Scientific Calculator. Cellphones are prohibited in the center and may not be used as a calculator. Graphing calculators are not allowed on quizzes or tests.
- Headphones for use in the Red Hawk Math Active Learning Center.
- Notebook devoted to the course and pencil/pen. Paper is only provided during a quiz, test, or final.
In this course, you will be evaluated based on your performance on homework, quizzes, tests, comprehensive final exam, and participation. Zeros will be submitted on all assignments after the due date. Students will not be given an opportunity to make up late assignments.
- Homework – 20% of your grade. Homework is completed through MyLabsPlus during lab time and at home. You will need to spend additional time, approximately 3-6 hours a week, outside of scheduled lab time to meet weekly objectives.
- Quizzes – 15% of your grade. You will be able to take any quiz up to 2 times, as long as you complete the attempts before the end of your lab time on the due date. Quizzes are timed, closed notes assignments.
- Participation – 5% of your grade. Participation grade is based on attendance during your scheduled weekly lab times. Credit will be awarded based on the completion of the check-in and check-out process, but you are expected to actively work on assignments during your lab time. Lack of participation can result in losing attendance credit for the lab period.
- Focus Group – 5% of your grade. You will be graded on attendance and participation during each focus group session.
- Midterm – 25% of your grade. There are two Unit Tests in this course. You are allowed one attempt for each test, which must be completed before the end of your lab time on the due date. Tests are timed, closed notes assignments.
- Final Exam – 30% of your grade. The final exam is administered in the RHMLC during your scheduled time, but may be taken early if completed before your last lab meeting. Date and time will be posted in the lab prior to finals week. Only one attempt is allowed. The final is a timed, closed notes assignment.
- Study Plan – Course Bonus (2%). Bonus points will be awarded based on completion of 135 mastery points in the study plan.
To pass the course with a C- you must score at least a 70% total average and 60% test and quiz average.
- Linear Equations and Inequalities
- Solving linear equations, linear inequalities and their solutions, solving equations involving absolute value, and solving inequalities involving absolute value
- Graphs and Functions
- The rectangular coordinate system, ordered pairs as solutions to equations in two variables, the distance formula, the midpoint formula, graphs of equations, slope and graphs of linear equations, equations of lines, graphs of linear inequalities, relations and functions, and graphs of functions
- Systems of Equations
- Solving systems of equations in two variables by graphing, substitution, and the method of elimination
- Polynomials and Factoring
- Integer exponents and scientific notation, adding and subtracting polynomials, multiplying polynomials, factoring by grouping and special forms (difference of two squares, sum of two cubes, and difference of two cubes), factoring completely, factoring trinomials, and solving polynomial equations by factoring
- Rational Expressions, Equations, and Functions
- Rational expressions and functions, simplifying rational expressions, multiplying and dividing rational expressions, adding and subtracting rational expressions, complex fractions, dividing polynomials and synthetic division, and solving rational equations
- Roots and radicals, rational exponents, simplifying radical expressions, adding and subtracting radical expressions, multiplying and dividing radical expressions, solving radical equations, and applications
- Quadratic Equations and Functions
- Solving quadratic equations by factoring, completing the square, and the quadratic formula; graphs of quadratic functions
- Circles, parabolas, ellipses, and hyperbolas