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MATH 40 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA Your Prof: Hao-Nhien Vu Email: MyMathLab Course ID: vu51067



Cypress College, Fall 2014 CRN: 10431 MW, 5:15-7:20pm, room SEM-209

MATH 020 C or Algebra I with a grade of "C" and the assessment process.

Description This is a second course in algebra that includes the topics of sets, axioms for the real number system, polynominals, solutions of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, exponents and radicals, linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions and their graphs, and systems of equations. This course requires the use of a non-graphing scientific calculator. Students may not receive credit for both MATH 040 C and MATH 041 C.

Contacting me I do not have an office on campus. The best way to get hold of me is by email at the address above. When emailing me, remember to start the subject line with “MATH 40.” If you don’t, I may think it’s spam and delete it.

Textbook All homework is done online at, using the Course ID shown above. Our text is Elayn Martin-Gay, Intermediate Algebra (6th Edition), but I don’t require the printed book. You need to buy an online access code, which will include an ebook online.

Calculator This course requires the use of a non-graphing scientific calculator. Graphing calculators are not allowed.

You cannot use your phone calculator during exams and in-class quizzes. In general, any device that can send/receive messages or otherwise connect with others will not be allowed.

Additional Supplies You need reliable access to a computer and the Internet. You also need some graphing paper, a notebook (or notebook paper with a loose-leaf binder), pens, no.2 pencils, erasers.

For exams, you will also need the Scantron 882-E form. These machine-graded forms are available in the bookstore and in vending machines around campus.

The use of all electronic devices other than approved calculators (such as cell phones, electronic dictionaries, PDAs, etc.) during class tests and exams is PROHIBITED, even if you’re just using them as calculators.

Student Services All Student Support Services and contact information can be found in the 2012-2013 College Catalogue on pages 32-38.

Make-up Policy

Homework: Late homework loses 10% of the grade for each day late.

Quizzes: No make-up quizzes allowed.

Exams: No make-ups will be given unless you have an extreme extenuating circumstance that is agreed to by the instructor BEFORE the scheduled time of the exam. Contact me by email BEFORE the exam. If a make-up exam is not warranted, then you will receive a zero for the exam. No make-up allowed for the Final Exam.

Instructional Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Translate between phrases written in English and equivalent expressions written in mathematical symbols.

2. Solve linear, quadratic, logarithmic, and exponential equations. Solve linear and quadratic inequalities.

3. Graph linear, quadratic, logarithmic and exponential equations and functions on a rectangular coordinate system. Graph linear inequalities on a rectangular coordinate system. Graph the conic sections on a rectangular coordinate system.

4. Analyze and solve word problems.

5. Utilize a scientific calculator whenever appropriate.

6. Demonstrate the use of intermediate algebra skills and manipulative techniques involving the use of equations and graphing.

Student Learning Outcomes SLO1. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to evaluate and simplify linear, quadratic, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic expressions using the properties and rules of algebra at a proficient level.

SLO2. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to solve linear, quadratic, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic equations and distinguish between actual and extraneous solutions at a proficient level.

SLO3. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to graph and analyze linear and quadratic functions at a proficient level.

SLO4. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to solve application problems using an appropriate equation or system of equations and interpret the answer in the context of the problem at a proficient level.

Academic Accommodations A student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact Disabled Students Program & Services at 714-484-7104 or visit DSPS on the first floor of the Cypress College Complex, Room 100. For students who have already been determined eligible for DSPS services, please provide the instructor with the proper form from DSPS in a timely manner, at the beginning of the semester and at least one week prior to the verified and identified need.

Sexual Harassment/Discrimination Policy Information on sexual harassment/discrimination policy can be found in the 2012-2013 College Catalogue on page 46.

Classroom Standards

1. Arrive on time. To arrive late is disruptive and rude.

2. Unless you use your electronic device to take notes, you must turn off and put away all electronic

devices including cell phones, ipods, mp3 players, PDAs, and laptop computers. Do not text message

during class or you may be asked to leave.

3. Participate with the instructor in the activity of working problem solutions as they are presented.

4. No food or drink in the classroom (exception: bottled water with cap on).

5. Regular attendance is necessary and expected. Students who do not attend class and participate in

lecture on a regular basis tend to fail the course on a regular basis. You are responsible for all instruction and announcements given in lecture whether you are present or not. Four (4) absences may warrant an instructor-initiated drop.

Academic Honesty Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following: Cheating, Plagiarism, Collusion, and/or other dishonest conduct. Students are expected to abide by ethical standards in preparing and presenting material which demonstrates their level of knowledge and which is used to determine grades. Such standards are founded on basic concepts of integrity and honesty. Students share the responsibility for maintaining academic honesty and are expected to:

1. Refrain from acts of academic dishonesty.

2. Refuse to aid or abet any form of academic dishonesty.

3. Notify instructors and/or appropriate administrators about observed incidents of academic dishonesty.

Any act of academic dishonesty will result in an “F” on the assignment and referral to the dean. The school’s academic honesty policy can be found in the Cypress College catalog or online at You will be held responsible for knowing and adhering to this information about cheating and plagiarism.

Show your work Except for multiple-choice questions and online assignments, in all homework, quizzes, exams, final exam, you MUST SHOW HOW you got the answer. If you got it off a calculator, write down what you did on the calculator. Getting the correct answer without showing how you got there will not receive full credit.

Homework All homework for this class are expected to be done online, on Homework is generally due 4 days from class, at 11:59pm. Any homework problem that’s submitted after the due time will lose 10% of the points for each day late.

Homework is essential to your success in the class. Homework grades count for toward your course grade obviously – but that’s not the whole story. Chances are, if you don’t do your homework, you probably won’t be able to do your quizzes, exams, or finals.

Directed Learning Activities and Workshops You are required to complete at least four MATH 40-related DLA’s in the Math Learning Center. Each eligible DLA is worth 10 points for a total of 40 points. You can attend MATH 40-related workshops and earn additional points at 10 points each up to an additional 20 points.

Quizzes There will be quizzes given from time to time. Quizzes may be unannounced (“pop”). If you miss class when a quiz is given, you will get zero for that quiz. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP QUIZZES.

Many quizzes in this class will be over materials from Basic Algebra related to our class. Be ready for those!

Exams There will be 4 exams given on the dates indicated in this syllabus. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP TESTS except for extreme extenuating circumstances.

Final Exam Final Exam will be given on the last day of class. THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP FINAL, so do not plan on missing class on that day.

Drops/Withdrawal It is the student’s responsibility to confirm a drop with Admissions and Records. If you have not dropped by the last date to drop with a “W,” you will be issued a grade for the course. However, four (4) unexcused absences may result in an instructor-initiated drop. Being tardy and/or leaving class early may be counted as ½ an absence.

Tips for Success

Summer classes are vicious ! Plus Intermediate Algebra is the hardest class of the whole transfer math sequence. That means, study EVERY DAY, set aside LOTS of hours for this class.

Look over the materials BEFORE coming to class. You don’t need to understand everything; just get an idea of what it is we will be learning. That way, you set your mind and won’t be surprised or frustrated.

Do your homework. Do your homework. Do your homework.

Ask questions and participate in class. As you do your homework, anything you don’t quite understand or have trouble figuring out, write a note so you remember to ask about it in class.


My Gateway:

Blackboard for quizzes and handouts:

MyMathLab for homework: (Course ID: vu51067)


Potential maximum grades for each category are as follows. Any assignment that may go over the maximum will count as extra-credit and can help raise your semester percentage.


20pts each set for 24 sets

480 points


4 required at 10 pts each

40 points


Varying point varlues

up to 120 pts


100 pts each, 4 exams

400 pts

Final exam

100 pts

For your semester overall percent, quiz and exam grades are multiplied by 2 and final exam grades are multiplied by 3.

You need 90% for an A, 80% for a B, 70% for a C, 60% for a D. Below 60% is F.


This schedule is TENTATIVE and may change as the class progresses. In particular, that includes: EXAM DATES MAY CHANGE, AND MATERIALS TESTED IN THE EXAMS MAY ALSO CHANGE. You are responsible for coming to class and keeping up with any changes.



Sections covered


Sections covered


1 8/25

1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1


2.2, 2.3, 2.4


2 9/1



2.4, 2.5, 2.6


3 9/8

2.7, 3.1




4 9/15

3.2, 3.3


3.4, 3.5


5 9/22

3.7, 4.1


4.3, 5.1, 5.2


6 9/29

5.3, 5.4, 5.5


5.6, 5.7


7 10/6



5.8, 6.1


8 10/13

6.2, 6.3


6.4, 6.5


9 10/20

6.6, 6.7


7.1, 7.2


10 10/27

7.3, 7.4


7.5, 7.6


11 11/3

7.7, 8.1




12 11/10



8.2, 8.3


13 11/17

8.4, 8.5


8.6, 9.3


14 11/24

9.5, 9.6


9.7, 9.8


15 12/1

10.1, 10.2




16 12/8