Math 90
Intermediate
Algebra
Course #4451 (4
units)
Course Syllabus
Winter 2005
Instructor: Stephen Toner
Web Page: http://www.stevetoner.com
email: toners@vvc.edu
VVC voicemail: 2454271 ext.
2770
Class Hours: TWTh:
Office: bldg. 30, office U
MyMathLab
ID: toner60792
Jan 27 Last day to drop and receive a W grade
Feb 10 Last Day of Class
Prerequisite: Math 50 with
a grade of "C" or better. Be
sure that you meet this requirement.
Textbook: Intermediate Algebra, 6th edition, by
Bittinger / Ellenbogen. This textbook can be purchased new bundled
with MyMathLab (an online tutorial) at no extra charge. If you purchase a used textbook, MyMathLab
can be purchased online at www.mymathlab.com
for approximately $30. MyMathLab is
strongly recommended for supplemental use by my students.
Course Description: This
course is designed to serve as preparation for the study of college algebra,
statistics, trigonometry and other college mathematics courses. Topics include a review of the real number
system, an introduction to imaginary and complex numbers, the solution of first
degree, quadratic and systems of equations, polynomials, rational expressions,
exponents and radicals, graphs of functions (both linear and nonlinear) and of
relations, and exponential and logarithmic functions.
You are required to attend
class every day. After 4 hours of
absence, you may be dropped from this class. It is your responsibility to
keep your enrollment status current. You
risk an F if you stop attending without officially withdrawing. Do not bring friends or children to
class. Please turn off any cell phones or pagers during class time (or
switch them to silent mode). No cell
phones will be allowed on your desk during exams.
Homework Policy: Practice
is essential. Each student is expected
to spend at least 2 hours doing homework for each hour this class meets. Homework will be checked on exam days while
you are taking your exams. I expect you
to practice at least everyotherodd
exercise in your text (#1, 5, 9, 13, etc.) unless otherwise directed.
Grading Policies: Grades will be based on the
three exams (100 points each) and homework (15 points for each 3chapter unit). No calculators, notes or cheat sheets will
be allowed on any exam. Any exam not
taken will be regarded as a zero.
Students are expected to complete all exams during class on the dates
and times scheduled. No makeup or retake exams will be given.
Grading Scale: A=90% or above; B=80%89.9%; C=70%79.9%; D=65%69.9%; F=below
65%
Tentative Class Schedule
An
effort will be made to adhere as closely as possible to this schedule. If we can ever get ahead of the pace, we
will take the opportunity to do so, just in case we need extra time on other
material, later in the course. Test
dates are fixed,
however. They will not change,
regardless of our progress through the course.


Sections to be Covered In Class 



Sections to be Covered In Class 
M 
1/4 
Intro, 1.1  1.7 

M 
1/25 
Review, 7.1 7.4 
T 
1/5 
2.1 2.5 

T 
1/26 
7.5 7.6, Test Chapters 46 
W 
1/6 
2.6, 3.1 3.3 

W 
1/27 
7.7 7.8, 8.1
8.2 
M 
1/11 
3.4 3.7 

M 
2/1 
8.3 8.5 
T 
1/12 
Review, 4.1 4.2 

T 
2/2 
8.6 8.9 
W 
1/13 
4.3 4.4, Test
Chapters 13 

W 
2/3 
9.1 9.4 
M 
1/18 
5.1 5.5, 

M 
2/8 
9.5 9.7 
T 
1/19 
5.6 5.8, 6.1 6.3 

T 
2/9 
10.1, catchup,
review 
W 
1/20 
6.4 6.8 

W 
2/10 
Test Chapters 79, 10.1 
Attendance
Policy: Class attendance is not a
measure of performance or proficiency.
Whether a student is just physically present in the class is not a valid
basis for grading. Reference Title 5
Section 55002 of the