MATH 0303
Intermediate Algebra

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description:   Designed for students requiring remediation in intermediate algebra skills.  Topics for this course include exponents and polynomials; factoring; rational expressions and functions; and roots and radicals.  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.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Students will be able to organize and consolidate their mathematical thinking through communication. Success will be measured using a variety of formative assessment strategies in a collaborative learning environment.
    2. Students will be able to analyze and evaluate the mathematical thinking and strategies of others.Success will be measured using a variety of formative assessment strategies in a collaborative learning environment.
    3. Students will apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to solve problems.  Success will be measured using a variety of formative and summative assessment strategies.
    4. Students will monitor and reflect on the process of mathematical problem solving.  Success will be measured using a variety of formative and summative assessment strategies.
  3. Testing Requirements – Online Students Only
    1. All chapter tests and the comprehensive final exam must be proctored by an approved testing organization.  (Ask you instructor for more details.)
    2. Students are NOT allowed to use their book or notes of any kind while taking their proctored tests and exam.
    3. Students are allowed to use a calculator.  However, the TI-89, TI-Inspire with CAS or any other calculator with CAS capability are not permitted
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Major Requirement – Tests (30%), Final Exam (25%)
    2. Major Requirement – Lessons (20%), Quizzes (10%), Attendance (5%), Labs (10%)
  5. 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.    
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    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
  7. 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.

Topics

Exponents
Operations on Polynomials
Factoring
Solving Quadratics by Factoring
Applications of Quadratics
Radical Expressions
Simplifying Radical Expressions
Rational Exponents
Operating with Radicals
Solving Radical Equations
Rational Expressions
Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
Solving Rational Equations

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

 

 

Last Modified: August 19, 2015