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Cuyahoga Community College

Western Campus Business, Math & Technology MATH 1200 Intermediate Algebra Summer 2012

Faculty Information
Faculty Office Phone Email or Course Correspondence Office Hours Jennifer Garnes WBT C216 (216) 987 - 5721
*This is the preferred method for class correspondence*

8:00pm 10:00pm Monday **Virtual: See Blackboard for more information** or in person by appointment only

Course Information
Course Title Class time Classroom Prerequisites MATH 1200 Intermediate Algebra CRN 51413/51784 Online only Online only
MATH-0960 Beginning Algebra II; or MATH-0980 Intensified Beginning Algebra; or sufficient score on assessment test; or departmental approval: equivalent coursework. It is your responsibility to make sure you meet the required prerequisite. Please e-mail me immediately if you have any concerns.

Lecture Credit Hours 4 credits

**All Information contained in this syllabus is subject to change with a written notice. **

The preferred method of communication in this course is e-mail. When you send an e-mail, you must include your name, course name, and CRN in the Subject Line of the email. You must check your email regularly throughout the semester. If you do not know how to access your Tri-C Email account, visit for a quick tutorial on accessing it through My Tri-C Space. All official announcements and communication regarding this course will be made via Blackboard Announcements.

Technology & Technology Skill Requirements

You will need basic computer skills and should be comfortable using a word processing program, browsing for files, and copying and pasting between programs. You will need a computer that connects to the Internet. Your student ID number and password are required for access. If you do not own a computer OR if your computer malfunctions during the semester, you will be expected to identify a computer to use. Computers are available at the Public Library and in the Tri-C Technology Learning Centers (TLC) on each campus. Technology problems are not an excuse for missed or late work. The Office of eLearning and Innovation offers Blackboard Student Orientations during the beginning of every semester. Visit for more information. Computer hardware and software specifications for Blackboard can be found at:

Technical Help
If you experience a technical problem, you should call the 24/7 Customer Care Technical Support at 216-987-HELP to receive technical phone support in the following areas: Blackboard Internet Explorer Login issues (password resets) for My Tri-C Space Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Navigation of My Tri-C Space Tri-C email Some technical support issues may not be able to be resolved over the phone. While the Customer Care Technical Support team will work diligently to assist students, it is possible that personal computer problems may require the student to contact outside technical support for assistance. There are computers available for student use at each Campus Technology Learning Center (TLC) and your local public library. These resources should be used to keep up with your coursework while you work to resolve a computer problem.

Blackboard Website
All of the information for this course will be posted on the Blackboard Website. To access this website go through the My Tri-C Space Portal (, log in to your account and then locate the My Blackboard tab. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are not able to access this website. It is your responsibility to check for announcements and other postings on blackboard on a regular basis.

Course Catalog Description

Algebraic operations; solving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities; lines, inequalities, and their graphs; introduction to conic sections; introduction to functions; systems of linear and non-linear equations; exponential and logarithmic functions; applications and activities to build skills in problem solving; calculator/computer applications.

Course Outcomes & Objectives

Upon successful completion of MATH-1200 Intermediate Algebra, the student should be able to: A. Simplify algebraic expressions. B. Demonstrate an understanding of and simplify exponential and radical expressions. C. Solve equations and inequalities in one variable of degree greater than or equal to one. D. Find and sketch the graph of the solution set for linear equations and inequalities. E. Identify graphs and equations of the parabola, circle, ellipse, and hyperbola; graph parabolas and circles. F. Evaluate functions and sketch their graphs. G. Use the relationship between exponential and logarithmic functions to solve equations and applications. H. Find the solution set for systems of linear and quadratic equations algebraically and graphically. I. Sketch the graph of the solution set of systems of linear inequalities. J. Explain ways that the calculator/computer may be used to solve algebraic problems

Required Text and Supplies

Intermediate Algebra with MyMathLab, by Blitzer, 5 ed., Prentice Hall, 2009 A Scientific Calculator, such as the TI-30 or TI-36 will be useful but is not required. You may use any scientific, graphing or four function calculator on all tests. Cell phone calculators are not permitted. If you are using a cell phone during an exam you are presumed to be cheating and will, at a minimum, receive a 0 on the test.

Academic Credit
In order to award one (1) semester hour of college credit, the Ohio Board of Regents requires two hours of significant student study outside of class for each one hour in class for the equivalent of an academic semester (16 weeks). This is a 4 credit hour, 10 week online course, so you are expected to spend an additional 18 hours outside of the classroom in a given week. Make sure you can prioritize your time accordingly. Proper planning, prioritization and dedication will enhance your success in this course.

Accessibility (ADA) Policy

If you need accommodations because of a documented disability, or issues of accessibility to online, hybrid, or web-enhanced classes, please contact the ACCESS office at one of the campuses listed below as soon as possible. Visit on the web at

Eastern (216) 987-2052 TDD (216) 987-2230* Metropolitan (216) 987-4344 TDD (216) 987-4048* Western (216) 987-5079 TDD (216) 987-5117* If you have emergency medical information to share, or if you will need assistance in the event of an evacuation, please discuss this with me in private or contact the Access Office.

Course Expectations
Students are expected to 1. Have strong organizational and time management skills to be effective in an online course. 2. Log-in to Blackboard/MyMathLab at least twice per week. 3. Ask the instructor questions, ask others questions, or visit the tutoring center to ask questions. 4. Keep pace during the semester according to the course schedule. 5. Complete all online homework assignments. 6. Prepare for and take all online quizzes. 7. Prepare for and take all tests in the TLC during the specified time period. 8. Participate in the Blackboard discussion boards in a respectful and professional manner. 9. Devote, on the average, 18 hours outside class time on this course each week. As your instructor you can expect me to 1. Be available during my scheduled office hours. 2. Try to answer every question you have to the best of my ability. 3. Follow the course schedule that I have set forth. 4. Grade all tests in a timely manner. 5. Reply to all e-mail you send within 24 hours during the work week.

This is a structured online course which means that students can determine their own work pace within the confines of the timelines listed on the course schedule. There are not specific times you have to be in a classroom, but there are participation expectations. Students are expected to access the Blackboard/MyMathLab website a minimum of two times per week. Blackboard/MyMathLab is capable of tracking the days and time of your participation on the course sites. Students must inform the faculty member as soon as possible if they will be unable to actively participate online for any week. The instructor will decide if the reason for the absence is excusable. Regular class attendance is expected. Tri-C is required by law to verify the enrollment of students who participate in Federal Title IV student aid programs and/or who receive educational benefits through other funding sources. Tri-C is responsible for identifying students who have not attended or logged into a class for which they are registered. At the conclusion of the first two weeks of a semester, instructors may report any registered students who have Never Attended a class so that those reported students will be administratively withdrawn from that class. However, it is the students responsibility to withdraw, 3

using the appropriate Tri-C form, from any class which she/he is no longer attending or risk receiving a failing grade in that class. Students wishing to withdraw must complete and submit the appropriate Tri-C form by the established withdrawal deadline. If illness or emergency should necessitate a brief absence from class, students should confer with instructors upon their return. Students having problems with class work because of a prolonged absence should confer with the instructor or a counselor.

MyMathLab Homework System

It is necessary that you obtain an access code for the MyMathLab (MML) website. If you have not already purchased an access code for MML with your text book, a code may be purchased at the Tri-C bookstore for a reduced cost, or through the MML website. The MML website can be found at or through the link on the Blackboard supplemental website. This website will be used for all graded homework assignments and quizzes, all of which must be submitted before the due date and time through MML. For a more detailed description please refer to the document How to Use MyMathLab located on the Blackboard site. MML offers 24/7 customer service and technical support through the website. The MML course ID is garnes39603

Methods of Evaluation/Grading Policy

MyMathLab Homework: There are going to be a total of 47 homework assignments completed, submitted, and graded through the MML website, There is one homework assignment for each section of the book that we cover. Each MML homework assignment will be worth 2 points, and the lowest two scores will be dropped from the final grade. You will have unlimited attempts for each homework question, so you may rework each problem to find the correct response. There will be no make-up MyMathLab assignments allowed and all due dates are included on the course schedule. I will answer questions you have on a problem from MML during my office hours or through e-mail. Quizzes: Throughout the semester there will be 10 MML quizzes. Each quiz will contain questions covering topics from the chapter covered in the previous weeks. In order to begin each quiz you must achieve a score of 70% or higher on all of the homework from the chapter the quiz covers. Quizzes will be worth 15 points, and the lowest one quiz score will be dropped from the final grade. You will have an unlimited number attempts and 60 minutes for each quiz; the highest score will be counted for credit. There will be no make-up quizzes given. All due dates are included on the course schedule. Tests: There will be a total of 3 tests, each worth 100 points. The dates for each of the tests are listed on the course schedule. All tests will take place in the TLC testing center and you will be given a 1 week time window when you can take the test. You are permitted to use a non cell-phone calculator. You will be given a time limit of 2 hours for each test. There will be no make-up tests given, so I suggest that you do not wait until the last day to take the test. All test scores will be included in the overall grade for the course. Discussion Board: Each week you will be asked to participate in one discussion question. You should post one initial response and then respond to two of your classmates responses in a critical and meaningful manner. Posts such as I agree or Wow. Great idea! are not acceptable posts. Participating in each weekly discussion will be worth 3 points toward your overall score. Please keep this a positive online environment. Keep in mind that all policies in the student code of conduct also apply to online communication. Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive so it will cover material from the entire semester (Chapter 1 through Chapter 10). The test will be worth 250 points. You must take the final exam during the week of th nd Tuesday July 24 Thursday August 2 .

EVALUATION METHOD Final Exam Homework (45 homeworks) Quiz (9 quizzes) Discussion Board (10 weeks) Tests (3 not including final)

Points 250 points 90 points 135 points 30 points 300 points


Points 724 - 805 644 - 723 563 - 643 483 - 562 Below 482

SCALE 90 -100% 80 - 89% 70 - 79% 60 - 69% Under 60%

Make-up Work
There will be no make-ups permitted on any homework or quiz due to the lowest scores being dropped from the overall grade. If an emergency arises and you are unable to take a test during the designated time, you must contact me within 24 hours and we will discuss options for the missing score. If you are out of town and will be unable to take a test during the allotted one week window, you must notify me ahead of time so we can make testing arrangements.

Testing Center
You are permitted to take your tests and final at the campus of your choosing and you will have a 2 hour time limit. You must take your tests at the same campus for the entire semester. All tests are administered on a walk-in basis during testing hours so no appointment is necessary. A photo ID is required by the testing center for all tests. West: WTLC 115 (216-987-5256) East: ESS 1202 (216-987-2256) Metro: MSS 103 (216-987-4311) Mon-Thur: 9:00am 7:30pm Mon-Thur: 9:00am 7:30pm Mon-Thur: 9:00am 7:30pm Fri: 9:00am 2:00pm Fri: 9:00am 2:00pm Fri: 9:00am 2:00pm **Sat: 9:00am - 1:00pm **Sat: 9:00am - 1:00pm **Sat: 9:00am - 1:00pm **The testing centers are only open on specific Saturday's throughout the semester. June 16th, June 30th, July 14th, and August 4th

Supplemental Help
Free tutoring is available in the Math Lab on a walk-in basis. For the location and hours please refer to the campus of your choosing: East (216) 987-2256, Metro (216) 987-4311, and West (216) 987-5257. Please take advantage of this invaluable resource! Free online tutoring is available 24/7 through Smart Thinking. For more information please visit the site:

Incomplete Grades
Instructors determine grades, subject to the Colleges policies and procedures. A notation of I indicates that a student has not completed all course requirements as a result of circumstances judged by the instructor to be beyond the students control. Failure to complete such requirements no later than the end of the fifth full week of the next semester will result in an F (Failing) grade. For this course a notation of an I will only be given consideration if at the time you are earning a grade of 70% or higher for the course.

WF (Withdrawal for Stopped Attending):

A grade notation of WF noted with a specific date, determined by the instructor that indicates that a student stopped attending class on the noted date. WF will count in attempted hours, carries a weight of zero quality points and will be calculated into GPA as such. It indicates a students failure of the course due to stopped attending. In an online class, your attendance will be noted according to your frequency of logging into Blackboard and MyMathLab.

Pass/No Pass Statement

An alternative to a letter grade called Pass/No Pass grade options allows students who want to explore a discipline and/or course to register without the penalty of a grade impacting their grade point average. A student can elect up to 12 credits taken Pass/No Pass to fulfill degree requirements at Cuyahoga Community College. Whereas, audited courses do not count, students may select up to 12 credits of Pass/No Pass that may transfer to another college or university as electives. Some restricted/selective admission program courses require traditional letter grades for their core requirements. Students are responsible for consulting with their program manager or counselor to determine Pass/No Pass grading options. Once you have registered for a course and select the Pass/No Pass grade options you cannot convert back to a traditional grade option nor can you change a traditional letter grade to a P/NP option for a particular course after the 100% refund period. International students and Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program students are not eligible to utilize the Pass/No Pass option. Courses taken Pass/No Pass count toward financial aid enrollment requirements.

Never Attend/Withdrawal Statement

The withdrawal date for this course is Friday, July 20th. Students may withdraw from any semester course prior to the end of week 12 of the full semester or 80 percent of any instructional part of semester. Specific withdrawal dates are available by semester in any Enrollment Center (formerly Admissions and Records Office) or published in the schedule of courses. Students must submit a completed withdrawal form or follow the approved electronic process when available. The refund schedule for all parts of semester and the Summer Session is determined in proportion to the full semester schedule as established by College procedure. Up to the last day of week 12 of the full semester, a student may withdraw from a course(s) for any reason. Withdrawal from a course prior to the last day of the second week of the semester will have no notation made in permanent records; withdrawal thereafter will be noted with a W. Regular class attendance is expected. Tri-C is required by law to verify the enrollment of students who participate in Federal Title IV student aid programs and/or who receive educational benefits through other funding sources. Tri-C is responsible for identifying students who have not attended or logged into a class for which they are registered. At the conclusion of the first two weeks of a semester, instructors may report any registered students who have Never Attended a class so that those reported students will be administratively withdrawn from that class. However, it is the students responsibility to withdraw, using the appropriate Tri-C form, from any class which she/he is no longer attending or risk receiving a failing grade in that class. Students wishing to withdraw must complete and submit the appropriate Tri-C form by the established withdrawal deadline. Withdrawals related to student conduct are administrative withdrawals processed by the Dean of Student Affairs. All transactions involving withdrawal from courses shall be done in writing and on forms provided by Tri-C or through electronic means. A students failure to attend classes shall not constitute an official withdrawal.
Beyond week 12 or 80 percent of any instructional part of semester, a student who is unable to complete the current semester for reasons beyond her/his control (such as an emergency medical condition) may petition for late withdrawal by completing a Petition for Withdrawal Exception and submitting substantiating documentation to the Enrollment Center (formerly Admissions and Records Office). The Withdrawal Exception Review Committee meets monthly to review petitions. Submission of a Petition for Withdrawal Exception does not guarantee approval. A recommendation by the committee to deny a request is final. A recommendation by the committee to approve a request must also have the appropriate instructor and academic deans approval. Students must submit a Withdrawal Exception Petition by the end of the next academic semester. Conditions approved under past withdrawal petitions may not be approved again.

Petition for Withdrawal (Exception)

All withdrawal requests other than those processed as part of the Never Attended drop periods must be processed through the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs or initiated by the student. 6

Student Conduct and Academic Honor Code

Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit any act of dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty, is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in the Student Judicial System. Refer to the Student Conduct Code 3354:1-30-03.5 and Student Judicial System 3354:1-30-03.6 for more information about violations and College disciplinary procedures. The Student Conduct and Academic Honor code can be accessed via My Tri-C Space on the Student Services tab. The policies are located in the College Guidelines channel located near the bottom of the page.

Campus Security
Campus Police and Security Services are dedicated to protecting life and property, while detecting and preventing crime. The department includes police officers, detective bureau, K-9 patrol, security officers, dispatchers, administrative staff, and student patrols. FOR ASSISTANCE OR TO REPORT A CRIME CALL: Non-emergencies Emergencies 216-987-4325 216-987-4911

Course Schedule
Attached you will find the schedule that we will be following for this course. All MML quizzes and homework assignments are due at 11:59pm on their due date. Please be aware that this schedule is tentative therefore it may change throughout the semester.

Summer 2012 - MATH-1200 ONLINE INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA Date (Mon Sun) Section Week 1: 5/29 6/3 Chapter 1 Review Week 2 2.1 Introduction to Functions 6/4 6/10 2.2 Graphs of Functions 2.3 The Algebra of Functions 2.4 Linear Functions and Slope 2.5 The Point-Slope Form of the Equation of a Line Week 3 3.1 System of Linear Equations in Two Variables 6/11 6/17 3.2 Problem Solving Using Systems of Equations 3.3 Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables Week 4 6/18 6/24 Test 1 (Chapters 1, 2, & 3) - available 6/12-6/18 4.1 Solving Linear Inequalities 4.2 Compound Inequalities 4.3 Equations & Inequalities Involving Absolute Value 4.4 Linear Inequalities in Two Variables 5.1 Intro to Polynomials and Polynomial Functions 5.2 Multiplication of Polynomials 5.3 GCF and Factoring by Grouping 5.4 Factoring Trinomials 5.5 Factoring Special Forms 5.6 A General Factoring Strategy 5.7 Polynomial Equations and Their Applications 6.1 Rational Exps and Functions: Multiply and Divide 6.2 Add and Subtract Rational Expressions 6.3 Complex Rational Expressions 6.4 Division of Polynomials 6.5 Synthetic Division and the Remainder Theorem 6.6 Rational Equations 6.7 Formulas and Applications of Rational Equations Test 2 (Chapters 4, 5, & 6) - available 7/3 7/9 7.1 Radical Expression and Functions 7.2 Rational Exponents 7.3 Multiplying and Simplifying Radical Expressions 7.4 Adding, Subtracting, and Dividing Radical Exps 7.5 Multiply with More than one Term & Rationalizing 7.6 Radical Equations 7.7 Complex Numbers 8.1 The Square Root Prop. & Completing the Square 8.2 The Quadratic Formula 8.3 Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs 8.4 Equations Quadratic in Form 9.1 Exponential Functions 9.2 Composite and Inverse Functions 9.3 Logarithmic Functions 9.4 Properties of Logarithms 9.5 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations Test 3 (Chapters 7, 8, & 9) - available 7/24 7/30 10.1 Distance and Midpoint Formulas; Circles 10.2 The Ellipse 10.3 The Hyperbola 10.4 The Parabola; Identifying Conic Sections Final Exam (Chapters 1 - 10) - available 7/24 -8/2 8

Credits: 04 MyMathLab Assignments Quiz 1 (Ch1) - Due 6/3 @ 11:59pm

Quiz 2 (Ch2) - Due 6/10 @ 11:59pm

Quiz 3 (Ch 3) - Due 6/17 @ 11:59pm HW (Ch 1, 2, & 3) Due 6/18 @ 11:59pm

Quiz 4 (Ch 4) - Due 6/24 @ 11:59pm

Week 5 6/25 7/1

Quiz 5 (Ch 5) - Due 7/1 @ 11:59pm

Week 6 7/2 7/8

Quiz 6 (Ch 6) - Due 7/8 @ 11:59pm HW (Ch 4, 5, & 6) Due 7/9 @ 11:59pm

Week 7 7/9 7/15

Quiz 7 (Ch 7) - Due 7/15 @ 11:59pm

Week 8 7/16 7/22

Fri. July 20th- Last Day to Withdraw Quiz 8 (Ch 8) - Due 7/22 @ 11:59pm

Week 9 7/23 7/29

Quiz 9 (Ch 9) - Due 7/29 @ 11:59pm HW (Ch 7, 8, & 9) Due 7/30 @ 11:59pm

Week 10 7/30 8/5

Quiz 10 (Ch 10) - Due 8/5 @ 11:59pm HW (Ch 10) Due 8/5 @ 11:59pm