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Administrative Unit: Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: MATH 106
Course Title: Intermediate Algebra
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Second course in a three-course sequence in algebra. Review of graphing lines. An introduction to solving systems of linear equations, exponents, polynomial expressions, square roots, zeros of polynominals, quadratic equations, and graphs of parabolas.Prerequisite: A passing score on the Columbia College math placement exam or a grade of C or higher in MATH 104 or a score of 19 or higher on the math portion of the ACT or a score of  460 or higher on the math portion of the SAT.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

A passing score on the Columbia College math placement exam or grade of C or higher in MATH 104 or a score of 19 or higher on the math portion of the ACT or a grade of 460 or higher on the math portion of the SAT.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

A TI-84 calculator is required for this course. This calculator will be allowed on most assessment opportunities in this course.

A variety of textbooks deal with the subject of beginning intermediate algebra.  Most are satisfactory if they cover the areas under the Topical Outline. Examples include:

Introductory Algebra for College Students
By Blitzer, R. (Prentice-Hall)
Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
By Bittenger, et al. (Addison-Wesley)
Course Objectives

  • To communicate mathematically in both written and verbal forms.
  • To reason with symbolic and graphical representations.
  • To use mathematics to solve real-world problems.
  • To use technology, such as graphing calculators and computers, to enhance mathematical understanding.

    Measurable Learning Outcomes:
    • Graph lines and parabolas in the plane.
    • Find and interpret the slope and intercepts of a line.
    • Solve systems of linear equations by graphing, substitution and elimination.
    • Solve real-world problems using equations and systems of equations.
    • Apply rules of exponents to simplify algebraic expressions.
    • Use scientific notation.
    • Evaluate and simplify square roots.
    • Add, subtract, multiply and divide polynomials.
    • Use factoring to find the zeros of polynomials.
    • Solve quadratic equations using factoring and the quadratic formula. 
    • Solve real-world problems using polynomial equations.
    Topical Outline:
    • Connections to real-world applications should be incorporated throughout the coverage of the following topics:
    • Review of lines: graphs, slope, intercepts, finding equations
    • Solve systems of linear equations by graphing, substitution and addition methods
    • Rules of exponents, negative exponents, and scientific notation
    • Square roots and their simplification
    • Introduction to polynomials
    • Polynomial addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
    • Factoring and zeros of polynomials
    • Introduction to quadratic equations and functions
    • Solve quadratic equations using factoring and the quadratic forumula
    • Graph parabolas

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Kenneth Felts Date: November 6, 2013
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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