Math 233 - Intermediate Algebra - Course Information Sheet - Spring 2013

Instructor: Russell Lee Office: PS 103 408-848-4881 hhh.gavilan.edu/rlee
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.; Thursday: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.; and by appointment.
Textbook: Intermediate Algebra for College Students, 8th ed., 2010. Allen R. Angel, author.
Prerequisite: Math 205 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better is required.
Calculators: This course is an excellent opportunity to learn some of the capabilities of a graphing calculator to assist you in your understanding. It is expected that you will use a calculator when doing homework. However, a calculator is only a tool and successful completion of this course will require a conceptual understanding of the course material. Calculators will not be allowed on exams.
Attendance: Regular attendance is highly recommended. It is the responsibility of the student to drop the course by obtaining a drop card from the registrar.
Honor Code: Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations will result in disciplinary action that may include recommendation for dismissal.
Special Needs: Students requiring special arrangements because of a disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disability Resource Center.
Course Objectives
and Goals:
Upon the successful completion of this course, the student will be proficient in the interpretation and manipulation of polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions and their graphs. The student will also be proficient in factoring, solving equations and systems of equations, roots and radicals, and complex numbers.

We will cover selected topics from the book at approximately one section per day.
Evaluation: Students will receive a letter grade based upon the following:
  1. Quizzes. 20% of grade.
  2. Three midterm exams. 60% of grade.
  3. Comprehensive two-hour final exam. 20% of grade.
90% of the total possible points will be required for an A, 80% of the total possible points for a B, 70% for a C, and 60% for a D.
Homework: Doing homework daily is the most important part of the class. Homework problems will be assigned daily and reviewed briefly at the beginning of each class. It is expected that you will spend at least two hours doing homework outside of class for each scheduled class hour.
Quizzes: Make-up quizzes will not be given. There will be random “pop” quizzes based upon the homework. Partial credit will be minimal.
Exams: The three midterm exams will be given on the following Mondays:
February 25 March 25 April 29
Make-up exams will not be given. Mark these dates in your calendar. The exams will be straightforward for those who complete and understand the homework. Exam problems may require synthesis of more than one concept. All exams are closed book and closed notes, no calculators. Partial credit will be given.
Final Exam: Thursday, May 23, 2013. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Room PS 105. Without exception!
Last update on December 15, 2012