MATH 0303
Intermediate Algebra
Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description:  A study of relations and functions, inequalities, algebraic expressions and equations (absolute value, polynomial, radical, rational), with a special emphasis on linear and quadratic expressions and equations.  This course will not apply toward graduation requirements and will not transfer.
    2. Any required prerequisites:  Students must have a C or higher in Math 0302 or the appropriate placement test scores.
    3. Online course content is administered through the college’s learning management system (LMS), Moodle, also called eCampus.  A link to eCampus can be found on and to Moodle (the big M with a graduation cap) on the college’s home page,
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Students will be able to define, represent, and perform operations on real and complex numbers.
    2. Students will be able to recognize, understand, and analyze features of a function.
    3. Students will be able to recognize and use algebraic (field) properties, concepts, procedures (including factoring), and algorithms to combine, transform, and evaluate absolute value, polynomial, radical, and rational expressions.
    4. Students will be able to identify and solve absolute value, polynomial, radical, and rational expressions.
    5. The student will be able to identify and solve absolute value and linear inequalities.
    6. The student will be able to model, interpret, and justify mathematical ideas and concepts using multiple representations.
    7. The student will be able to connect and use multiple strands of mathematics in situations and problems, as well as in the study of other disciplines.
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. Major Requirement – Tests (45%), Final Exam (25%)
    2. Major Requirement – Homework/Quizzes (20%), Labs (10%)
    3. Grades:  A = 93 – 100, B = 83 – 92, C = 76 – 82, D = 60 – 75, F = 59 and below
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Book:  Prealgebra and Introductory Algebra by Franklin Wright.  (NOT REQUIRED)
    2. Required Access Code:  Students must have a Hawkes Learning access code.
    3. Calculators:  Calculators are allowed in this course. 
  5. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates - See the Western Texas College Catalog.
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class.
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
  6. Course Topics - Below are the main topics covered in this course. Each topic requires prerequisite knowledge; therefore other topics may also be covered to ensure student success. Topics are subject to change.


Solving Linear Inequalities
Functions and Functional Notation
Factoring Polynomials
Solving Quadratics by Factoring
Applications of Quadratics
Radical Expressions
Simplifying Radical Expressions
Rational Exponents
Operations with Radicals
Solving Radical Equations
Complex Numbers
Solving Absolute Value Equations
Rational Expressions
Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
Solving Rational Equations

Various Lab activities exploring the application of the mathematics learned will included.

Disclaimer:  Content is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.



Last Modified: May 30, 2017