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Updated 5/11/12 I.

Course and Instructor: Intermediate Algebra/Aggie Ramos-Doyle Format: Classroom

Course Information:
Synonym Number: 66150 Credits: Four (4) Prerequisite: MAT 090 or Accuplacer score of 61-84. Meeting Times and Days: 2:00 3:50 PM, Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays Class Location: Room 114, Edwards Campus Start Date: Monday, 6/4/12 End Date: Friday, 8/10/12 Refund Date: Thursday, 6/14/12 Withdraw Date: Wednesday, 7/25/12 Course Title: Intermediate Algebra Course Code: MAT 099 VE25 Semester: Summer, 2012

Instructor Information: Office Phone: (970)569-2931 (Office) Cell Phone: (970)618-6163 CMC Fax: (970)569-3309 E-Mail: Office Hours: Mondays, 12:00 to 2:00 PM; Wednesdays, 12:00 to 2:00 PM; and Fridays, 12:00 to 2:00 PM.
II. Course Description:
Emphasizes problem solving with further study of equations, slope, inequalities, systems of equations, polynomials, quadratic equations, rational expressions, rational exponents, radical expressions, graphing and applications. A graphing calculator or equivalent software may be utilized.

III. Course Competencies and Objectives: I. Demonstrate knowledge and usage of elementary algebra and problem solving. (II) II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. IX.
(Optional) Demonstrate (III) Demonstrate Demonstrate Demonstrate Demonstrate Demonstrate Demonstrate Demonstrate knowledge and usage of functions, graphing linear equations and inequalities. knowledge knowledge knowledge knowledge knowledge knowledge knowledge and and and and and and and usage usage usage usage usage usage usage of of of of of of of systems of equations in two and three variables. (IV) inequalities and absolute value. (V) polynomials. (VI) rational expressions. (VII) exponents and radicals. (VIII) quadratic equations and functions. (IX) exponential and logarithmic functions. (X) (Optional)


IDEA Objectives
1. 2. 3. 9. Gaining factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends). Learning fundamental principles, generalizations, or theories. Learning to apply course material (to improve thinking, problem solving, and decisions). Learning how to find and use resources for answering questions or solving problems.


Evaluation Methods and Class Management:

Students will prepare and present an individual Student-Learning Facilitator contract by the end of the second class. Students will prepare and present an individual Learning Log and the end of each class session and/or submit a Homework Submission Sheet. A more specific grading matrix will be established by the class during its first session. A percentage breakdown will be developed for attendance, homework, quizzes, and tests.

Class Websites
During the first class session, students will be introduced to the EDU 2.0 Learning Management System at Students will be able to check assignments, grades, class notes, etc.

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Tentative Course Schedule NOTE: This schedule is subject to change at any time, depending on instructor evaluation of student skills/understanding/knowledge
Week 1 6/4/2012 6/6/2012 6/8/2012 6/11/2012 6/13/2012 6/15/2012 6/18/2012 Week 3 6/20/2012 6/22/2012 6/25/2012 6/27/2012 6/29/2012 7/2/2012 7/4/2012 7/6/2012 7/9/2012 7/11/2012 7/13/2012 7/16/2012 7/18/2012 7/20/2012 7/23/2012 7/25/2012 7/27/2012 7/30/2012 8/1/2012 8/3/2012 8/6/2012 8/8/2012 8/10/2012 7.1 7.2 7.4 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Week 4 Orientation 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 Multiplication with Exponents Division with Exponents Operations with Monomials Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials Multiplication with Polynomials Binomial Squares and Other Special Products Dividing a Polynomial by a Monomial Dividing a Polynomial by a Polynomial The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping Factoring Trinomials More Trinomials to Factor The Difference of Two Squares The Sum and Difference of Two Cubes Factoring: A General Review Solving Equations by Factoring Fourth of July Midterm Completing the Square The Quadratic Formula More Equations Basic Properties (of Rationals) and Reducing to Lowest Terms Multiplication and Division of Rational Expressions Addition and Subtraction of Rational Expressions Complex Fractions Equations with Rational Expressions Radical Expressions Simplified Form for Radicals Addition and Subtraction of Radical Expressions Multiplication and Division of Radical Expressions Equations Involving Radicals Complex Numbers Review Final

Week 10

Week 9

Week 8

Week 7

Week 6

Week 5

Week 2

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A student judged to have engaged in academic misconduct as defined in the Academic Policies and Requirements section of the Colorado Mountain College Student Handbook will, at a minimum, receive a zero for the work in question. The student may also be removed from the class, resulting in a failing grade. All student course material may be submitted to (or another anti-plagiarism program) at the instructors discretion. Academic Expectations, the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Process and more information about academic misconduct can be found in the Student Handbook. Students are responsible for course materials from assigned text(s) and reading, lectures, labs, and other assignments as required. The instructor may alter any, or all, of this syllabus during the semester as the learning environment requires. Students will be notified in writing of changes. Attendance at all class meetings is expected. If you have a disability protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and feel you may need classroom accommodations based on the impact of your disability, please contact the Disability Services Coordinator on your campus. Alpine and Vail-Eagle Valley Campuses: Deb Farmer at 970-870-4450 Aspen, Rifle, and Roaring Fork Campuses: Cheri E. White at 970-947-8256 Summit and Timberline Campuses (including Chaffee County): Sandi Conner at 719-4864200 Students wishing to withdraw from this course must INITIATE the course withdrawal/drop process at the site Registration Office. This class could be cancelled one week prior to the census date if a sufficient number of students are not enrolled by that date.


Grading System & Options

Information about grading is available in the Colorado Mountain College catalog. You will receive a grade report for current semester courses at the end of each term. This grade report is mailed to your permanent mailing address. Reports are mailed approximately two weeks after the end of the academic term.


Required Course Materials

McKeague, Charles. Essentials of Elementary & Intermediate Algebra. XYZ Textbooks. San Luis Obispo, CA. ISBN 978-1-936368-25-9. Purchase at

VIII. Virtual Library Information

You will find online articles, books and other library resources on the following web site:

Virtual Library Help Desk

If you need help with the Virtual Library, email or call Yuliya Lef at 800-621-8559, extension 2804.

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Evaluation Methods and Class Management (Further Information)

On the first day of class, students will negotiate the following grading criteria:
Percentage value of grading categories; Percentage loss for late turn-ins; Cut-off times for late assignment turn-ins; Cut-off times for make-up quizzes and exams Cost of the take-home portions of the exams; Cost for make-up quizzes and exams; Cost of Zombie Day (Each student is allowed to purchase one (1) per semester.); and Cost of Extra Credit submission.

Average of Attendance Scores

Being there is important ! Points for Attendance: On-Time 10 Arrived Late / Left Early 8 Excused Absence 5 Unexcused Absence 0

Average of Assignment Scores

The attached rubric explains the grading system for all assignments. No late turnins will be allowed during the last two (2) weeks of class. Points Time allowed for late turn-ins (days) % Lost for Make-up Cost of Make-Up*


Average of Quiz Scores

Each week we will have a quiz to assess where we're at. No quiz will have more than five (5) questions and will take place after we have a chance to review homework. Points / Question

Quiz Day: Time allowed for Make-Up (days)

% Lost for Make-up

Cost of Make-Up*

Average of Exam Scores

All Exams will be in two (2) parts: one take-home and one in-class (proctored). No make-up will be allowed on the final exam. Number of Exams

Take-Home Cost: Time allowed for % Lost for Make-Up Make-up (days)

Cost of Make-Up*

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Homework Assignment Grading Rubric

Not Applicable Criteria 100% Unacceptable 20% Poor 40% Fair 60% More than one conceptual error. (Correctable) Good 80% One conceptual error. (Correctable) Made a couple of similar errors, but demonstrated understanding of the rules. Understands the tools but made a few errors. Excellent 100%

Concepts (5 points)

No clue

We need to start over.

Demonstrated understanding of the concepts

Rules (5 points)

No clue

Does not demonstrate understanding, but attempt is there. Has no idea of how to use the tools, but made a valiant effort. (Correctable)

Makes many

Followed the rules correctly

Tools (5 points)

No clue

Understands the tools, but not how to use them correctly.

Used the appropriate/requested tools correctly.

Task (25 points)

Less than 40% of the assignment was submitted

Submitted more than 40% of the assignment

Submitted more than 60% of the assignment Difficult to follow, but capable of being corrected. The work is there.

Submitted more than 80% of the assignment

Completed the assignment in its entirety

Presentation (5 points)

Impossible to follow.

Difficult to follow and correct


Well organized, easy to read and correct. (Delightful)

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1. Yes 2. Yes 3. Yes 4. Yes 5. Yes 6. Yes 7. Yes 8. Yes 9. Yes 10. Yes

No No No No No No No No No No

Are you passing your class? Answer these ten questions to find out: Have you read your class syllabus? Have you purchased and received your textbook? (If applicable) Have you attended all of the classes? Have you arrived on time to each class you have attended? Have you completed your reading assignments? (If applicable) Have you completed your homework assignments? (If applicable) Have you been attentive in class and taken organized notes? Have you engaged in class discussions? Do you understand the material being presented? Have you scored a 70% or higher on tests and /or quizzes? (If applicable)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

If you answered no to three or more questions, you may need help to pass. Heres what you can do: Communicate .Talk about your difficulties with your instructor. Get organized. Write dates in your free student daytimer, set alarms, leave yourself notes. Get caught up. Do your reading, submit your assignments. Visit the learning lab. If you are struggling with the material this is a great resource. Visit a counselor. They have big ears and big hearts. If life is getting in the way of learning, they may be able to offer resources to help. Make an appointment at the Learning Services Desk. Drop the class. If you drop before the refund date, you will get your money back. If you drop after the refund date and before the withdraw date, you will not get your money back, but you will not have an F on your transcript.

Why is it important to do well in this class? Circle the reasons that are important to you: 1. You committed money to pay for it. 2. You committed time to register for it and participate in it. 3. You need it to graduate. 4. Its a stepping stone on which to build future skills and concepts. 5. A good GPA makes you eligible for many scholarships. 6. Good grades help in applying to other degree programs. 7. Doing well builds constructive habits that relate to good job performance. 8. Helps you earn higher wages in the job market. 9. Personal accomplishment. 10. Builds positive relationships with peers and instructors.

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