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 Dr. Jose M Villalobos, Ph.D.

Intermediate Algebra for General Education

Course Information:

Professor:  Dr Jose M Villalobos, Ph.D.

Class: Math 73                                                            Credit Hours: 5

Section: 9958

Course Dates:  August 29, 2009  -  December 18, 2009

Date/Time:      Saturday          12:30p.m – 2:50p.m

Location:         MS 210

Office:  MS 115          

Phone:  (310) 900-1600x2424                       

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Office Hours:  Monday/Wednesday  5:30pm – 7:00pm, 

                          Tuesday/Thursday  3:00 pm -  4:00pm   and 

                                                      6:30pm –   7:00pm      

                         Saturday 11:30am  - 12:30pm  or by appointment.


Course Materials

Textbook:  Intermediate Algebra,  8th edition by Charles P. McKeague .

Calculator: Calculators will be allowed in the class.

Prerequisite:  Mathematics 40 or Mathematics 41B with a minimum grade of C in prerequisite, or qualification by testing (El Camino College Mathematics Placement Test) and assessment.

Course Description:

                    This intermediate algebra course is designed for students who are not considering further study in the sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics. In the context of studying basic functions and their graphs, students strengthen and expand their algebra skills. Functions studied include linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, and radical functions, as well as the absolute value function. Particular emphasis is placed on the operations on functions, solving equations and inequalities, as well as using functions to model real life situations. Other topics include solving systems of equations and applications.

Note1: Mathematics 73 serves as a prerequisite course for all transfer-level mathematics course sequences, EXCEPT the calculus sequence (Mathematics 170, 180, 190, 191 and 220). Students who have passed Mathematics 73 and wish to enter the calculus sequence should consult a counselor. This intermediate algebra course satisfies the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science general education mathematics competency requirement.

Course Policies:

Grades:           Attendance and Class-work                          50

                      Exams (3):                                               300

                      Quizzes            (10)                                  100

                      Homework                                               80                           

                      Final Exam:                                              200

Grading Scale: A 90 - 100%    C 70 – 79%     F under 60%

                        B 80 - 89%      D 60 – 69%