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Dr. Malinni Roeun
Fall 2015

                          El Camino College Compton Center
Math 73
Intermediate Algebra (For General Ed.) 
Course Syllabus

Course Information:

Professor: Dr. Malinni Roeun
Course: Math 73, Intermediate Algebra
Course Dates: 8/22-12/11 Section: # 9779
Class Meets: TTH- 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm, Room: MS-209
Office Hours:
 MS-204, Tuesday & Thursday 12:00-2:00pm, Saturday, 2:00pm-3:00pm


Book: Intermediate Algebra (9th edition) by McKeague, Access code to Webassign is required. Go to > Click on I have a class key > elcamino 9152 1036

Math 40 or Math 43 with a minimum grade of C 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.

Note: 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).  
Credit: Degree applicable 


Course Objectives and Methods of Evaluation:

Course Objectives:

1.      Carry out numerical operations and manipulate algebraic expressions, including expressions with rational and negative exponents.

      Recognize functional relationships in the form of graphs, data or symbolic equations.

      Solve problems involving a variety of function types, including linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational and radical functions, as well as the absolute value function.

      Graph a variety of functions and relations and draw connections between these graphs and solutions to problems.

      Solve a variety of equations and inequalities, as well as systems of equations and inequalities, using algebraic and graphical methods. Types of equations include linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational and radical equations, as well as absolute value equations.

      Using numerical, symbolic and graphical methods, model application problems, solve them and interpret the results in the context of the problem.

SLO Statements:

SLO #1 Application Problems- Students will be able to recognize and apply appropriate mathematical concepts and models involving a variety of functions to contextualized problems (authentic, real-world applications).

SLO #2 Solving Equations and Manipulating Expressions- Students will be able to symbolically (algebraically) solve a variety of equations, inequalities and linear systems and manipulate symbolic (algebraic) expressions that arise in contextualized problems.

SLO #3 Visual and Graphical Methods- Students will use visual and graphical methods to represent, analyze and solve contextualized problems.

SLO #4 Articulating Mathematical Reasoning- Students will be able to articulate the mathematical reasoning used in solving a variety of contextualized problems, both orally and in writing.

Methods of Evaluation:

Students with THREE consecutive absences MAY be dropped from the class! Any student who misses two exams will be dropped from the class. Students are responsible for any material/announcements missed in class regardless of their presence including being aware of your status in the class. You are expected to be present on time at all class meetings and to actively participate! You are expected to be at all class meetings on time!! Taken this class seriously is the first step to your success. Students will not be permitted to attend classes in which they are not enrolled.Withdrawal from the class through the Admissions Office is the student's responsibility. If you have any concerns regarding your attendance, please contact me immediately via email, telephone or during my office hours.

Academic Integrity:

Students are responsible to inform themselves of College policies regarding the Code of Academic Integrity incident of cheating will be brought to the immediate attention of the Academic dean and appropriate actions will be taken including receiving an F grade for the course. A report will be filed with the Campus Disciplinarian. CHEATING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!


Graphing Calculator is allow. No cell phones use will be allowed in class! Cell phones must be completely off otherwise you will be asked to leave the class and one absence will be granted to you. Cell phones may not be used as calculators!!


Success in any math class is dependent upon completing and understanding all assignments. Most homework will be given on-line. The work you need to do to complete your on-line homework should be neatly written in your notebook together with the title, section and the grade you earn. Absolutely no late homework will be accepted! It is the student's responsibility to obtain the assignment during an absence.

Class work:
You will often be given class work and it may be collected at any time during class. No makeup work is possible for missed class work.

There will be 10 class quizzes. There are no make-ups on quizzes. The work you do to complete online quizzes should be neatly written in your notebook together with the assignment title and the grade you earned.


All homework (online) will be done in a notebook neatly and organized by the chapter and section title. It will be collected on the day of the exam.

Exams:There will be four exams and a comprehensive final at the end of the 16 weeks semester. No make-up exams will be given but your final exam will only replace one missed exam. Contact me immediately if you miss an exam. Students who miss more than one exam will be dropped from the class. Tentative exam dates are noted on the Class Schedule at the end of this syllabus. 

For online assistance with this course 24/7 you can log in to WebAssign.  “Developed by professors based upon their classroom experiences, WebAssign is designed to provide a convenient and engaging way for students to solve math problems and/or submit online homework while receiving immediate feedback and tutorial help.  The math exercises are tied to resources from the textbook – including video, interactive tutorials, and pages of the text – which maximizes the student’s efficiency while studying.  WebAssign is available at all hours of the day, through a variety of web browsers and operating systems.” 

Use the following steps: Go to > Click on I have a class key > elcamino 9152 1036

Students with Special Needs ADA:

Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations in this course are encouraged to contact the Special Resource Center at 310-900-1600 Ext# 2405 at Vocational technology Bldg. Room# 226B as soon as possible to better ensure such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. As well, please contact me privately to discuss your specific needs

Keys to success:

It is expected that students spend a minimum of at least TWO hours outside of class for each hour spent in class. Spending more time on material from class and explaining concepts to other students in class is an excellent way of achieving success. Active participation is very important. Ask questions, answer questions, talk to other students in class, form study groups outside of class, and always remember to ponder beyond what we discuss in class! Next, remember to keep an open mind. A big part of learning and understanding mathematics is believing that you are capable of succeeding. Always remember to have fun!!

Students will be assessed through class participation, their performance on exams, quizzes, and assignments. The completion of the assignments will prepare you for each quiz/exam. You are expected to complete each assignment by the next class meeting so that you are ready to ask questions in class. You should see me for assistance as soon as an exercise is not understood, but not without first seriously attempting to do the problem on your own. It is highly recommended that you also take advantage of the various tutoring services offered on campus. It is your own responsibility to have an interest in your education. 

I look forward to a Wonderful Fall 2015!


HW/Quiz Notebook 50 points
Exams (4): 100 points each
Quizzes (10 pop quizzes)         100 points
Homework (on-line) 104 points
Final Exam: 150 points

Grading Scale: A = 90 - 100%;  B = 80 - 89%;  C = 70 - 79%; D = 60 - 69%;  F = under 60%

Last Day to Add (Full Semester Classes) Friday, September 4th, 2015.

Last Day to Drop and be Eligible for a Refund Friday, September 4th, 2015.
Last day to drop without notation on permanent record is Friday, September 4th, 2015.

Last day to drop with a “W” is Friday, November 13th, 2015. 

Math 73 - FALL 2015

Tentative Class Schedule
Dr. Roeun



Week 1

Intro & Icebreaker Log-in &1.1

1.2, 1.3

Week 2

1.5 & 1.6

1.7, 2.1, 2.2

Week 3

2.3, 2.4

2.5, 2.6

Week 4

Exam#1 (Chps 1&2)

3.1, 3.2

Week 5


3.3, 3.4

3.5, 3.6 

Week 6

3.7, 4.1

4.3,  4.5

Week 7


Exam #2(Chps 3 & 4)

5.1, 5.2

Week 8


5.3, 5.4 

5.4, 5.5

Week 9

5.6, 5.7

5.8, 6.1

Week 10

6.2, 6.3

6.4, 6.5

Week 11

6.6, 6.7

Exam# 3 (Chps 5 & 6)

Week 12


 7.1, 7.3


Week 13

7.6, 8.1

8.2, 8.3

Week 14

8.4, 8.5

Thanksgiving Holiday

Week 15

8.6, 10.1

Exam# 4(Chps 7& 8)

Week 16

Review for Final

Final Exam (ALL) 

Last Day to Add (Full Semester Classes) Friday, September 4th, 2015.

Last Day to Drop and be Eligible for a Refund Friday, September 4th, 20145

          Last day to drop without notation on permanent record is Friday, September 4th, 2015.
Last day to drop with a “W” is Friday, November 13th, 2015.