Meeting Time and Location
Meeting Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10:30 - 12:10
Location: Hirt 209
Office Hours: Mon 9:30 - 10:15, Thurs 12:30 - 1:30, Fri 9:30 - 10:15, and by appointment
This is a course in algebra, similar to high school courses in algebra except that the pace will be faster. We will begin with some review of real-number concepts, and proceed into linear equations in one variable, mathematical modeling, polynomials, rational expressions, functions, lines, exponents, and radicals, equations, inequalities, and polynomial and rational functions.
By the end of this course, you will have acquired many mathematical tools which include the ability to:
- identify, distinguish, perform algebraic operations and find solutions to equations using the integer, rational, real and complex number systems.
- use common algebraic methods to solve linear, quadratic, polynomial, radical, and absolute value equations and inequalities.
- translate the written problem and create algebraic models to solve real-life problems.
- use and create algebraic functions.
- demonstrate your understanding of introductory language of mathematics through the use of proper mathematics notation.
Intermediate Algebra for College Students, 7 Edition, by Robert Blitzer. Be sure to check the edition when purchasing your textbook; other editions have similar material, but the assigned problems may be different. No other materials are required for this class. You do NOT need to purchase a subscription to MyMathLab or pay to access any other online resources. You will not be expected to bring your textbook to class. If you prefer to purchase an electronic version of the text, you're welcome to do so.
You are not required to purchase a calculator for this course, and you will not be permitted to use a calculator or other electronic device on any quizzes or exams. You are strongly encouraged to avoid using a calculator while working on homework.
Quizzes and Exams
Every Friday, we will have either a quiz or an exam. Both will be based on the suggested homework problems. All exams are cumulative; each exam will include some material from the previous exams. Use of notes, textbooks, calculators, electronic devices, or other materials will not be permitted during an exam. The exact topics on each quiz and exam will be announced in class.
If you need to miss class during a scheduled exam for a documented, excused reason (illness, family emergency, athletics), you must schedule a time to retake any exam within one week of the day the exam was given in class.
Basis of Final Grade
- 75%: Average of exam grades
- 25%: Average of quiz grades
In keeping with college policy, any student with a disability who needs academic accommodations must call Learning Differences Program secretary at 824-3017, to arrange a confidential appointment with the director of the Learning Differences Program during the first week of classes.
This course supports the mission of Mercyhurst University by creating students who are intellectually creative. Students will foster this creativity by: applying critical thinking and qualitative reasoning techniques to new disciplines; developing, analyzing, and synthesizing scientific ideas; and engaging in innovative problem solving strategies.