Syllabus (70341) – M/W

Ventura College Course Name: Intermediate Algebra

Ventura College CRN: 70341

Format:  Computer Mediated

Meeting Times: Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00-6:15pm in Sci-226


Last Day to Add Class:  8/25/2017

Last Day to Drop with Refund:  8/25/2017

Last Day to Drop without “W”:  8/27/2017

Last Day to Drop with “W”:  11/17/2017

Course Description:  This course covers equations and inequalities, systems of equations using matrices, exponents and radicals, complex numbers, functions and graphs, quadratic equations, conic sections, exponential and logarithmic functions.

Student Learning Outcomes: Students will identify and organize algebraic information in order to analyze, graph, interpret, or evaluate it using mathematical skills.  Students will identify algebraic problems, examine them from one or more approaches, and come to conclusions that are supported by well-reasoned mathematical arguments.

Course Objectives:  Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the following measurable skills and abilities:

1. Solve linear equations involving absolute values

2. Solve and graph compound inequalities

3. Solve systems of equations in three variables by matrix row reduction

4. Solve word problems involving systems of equations

5. Graph systems of inequalities in two variables

6. Simplification of expressions involving positive, negative and fractional exponents

7. Perform mathematical operations on radical expressions

8. Solve radical equations

9. Perform algebraic operations on complex numbers

10. Solve quadratic equations and equations reducible to quadratic form

11. Graph solutions to quadratic inequalities

12. Solve word problems involving quadratic equations

13. Graph quadratic functions and conic sections

14. Introduction to functions: definitions, domain and range, algebra of functions, composite functions, inverse functions

15. Solve logarithmic equations and exponential equations

16. Solve word problems involving logarithmic and exponential equations

Prerequisite(s): MATH V01 or 1 year of high school beginning algebra (Algebra I) with grade of C or better or placement as measure by the college assessment process.

Materials: ?????????? (optional),  Hawkes Learning Courseware Access (required – $100), paper, pencils, ruler, graph paper, scientific calculator

Hawkes Learning Courseware:  We will be using an on-line educational system called Hawkes Learning.  To access it, navigate  The program is entirely on-line and can be accessed from nearly any computer with Internet access.   There is free 20 day temporary access .  You may be dropped from the class if you are not registered into it by the end of the first day of class.  Everyone should sign up with free temporary access to get going as soon as possible and then pay later.   To get registered into Hawkes, follow the instructions here:

Attendance:   I will be taking attendance once at the beginning and end of class.  It is important that you are not late to class.  It is vital that you see me during or after class so I can mark you in attendance but late.  If a student misses the first day of class, they may be dropped as per college policy.  If at any point during the semester, a students absences exceeds 1/9 of the total class contact hours (4 class days), they may be dropped.  Upon missing any day of class for any reason, it is the students responsibility to find out what material and or announcements they missed by asking fellow students.  Every student should have a contact list of fellow students specifically for this reason.

Assignments:  Assignments will be completed on Hawkes Learning.  I advise that you keep a written notebook of coursework as we work through the material for review purposes.  It may help to keep it organized in a binder.  You have an unlimited number of attempts on each question.   Due dates are posted in Hawkes Learning.

Tests: There will be a total of 4 tests and a final.  You are required to show your worked out solution to every problem.  Your work must be labeled and every problem numbered and all work must be shown for credit.  You run the risk of losing a significant amount of points if you do not label and show your work. Note-cards are not allowed.  A scientific or graphing calculator is allowed.  All bags will be placed at the front of the classroom with your cell phones inside and turned off.  Bathroom breaks are not permitted barring emergency, so please use the bathroom beforehand.

In-Class Grade:  You will be graded on something you do in class every day of the semester. Some days you will be graded on independent sir group work or quiz.  Pop quizzes on material from the previous lecture are also fair game.  So be ready.  Some days just your attendance will be used to determine your grade for that day and some days you will be graded on whether you are prepared for class with the appropriate materials like a pencil, paper and calculator.  Or you may be asked to work a problem and submit it to me for your In-Class Grade for the following class day.  For this reason it is extremely important you attend class and be prepared every day.  If you miss class, find out what you missed by contacting your fellow students as soon as possible.  Your class grade may be zeroed on any day you fail to follow these classroom rules of conduct below.

Classroom Conduct:  Please be cognizant of your peers on campus test days.  Arrive on time.  If you have a question for me during a test, please do not interrupt others.  Quietly come up to me and ask me your question.  Also, please turn your cell phones off when entering the classroom.

Math Help:  I am available for help during my office hours and by appointment.   In addition, the college offers free math tutoring on campus.  Please click here for more information.


Assignments – 40 %

In-Class Grade – 10%

Tests – 30 %

Final – 20%