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Master Course Syllabus · Mathematics and Engineering · Mathematics - MATH

Intermediate Algebra for MATH 1414

  • Master Course Syllabus
  • Section ALL
  • 2 Credits
  • 01/01/2018 to 12/01/2018
  • Modified 01/09/2019

Meeting Times


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Contact Information


  • Email: Blinn email address
  • Office: Office Number
  • Phone: (979) XXX-XXXX

Office Hours

  • 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM


A study of relations and functions, inequalities, algebraic expressions and equations (absolute value, polynomial, radical, rational), with a special emphasis on linear and quadratic expressions and equations. 

Note: MATH 0214 does not apply toward a degree or certificate. MATH 0214 is delivered in a face-to-face format with directed review, just-in-time instruction, and an emphasis on math-specific study skills. Students earn a grade of “Pass” or “Fail”.

32 total contact hours. Credit: 2 semester hours.


Prerequisite: A score of 343 or higher on the mathematics section of the TSIA.

Corequisite: MATH 1414

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

1. Define, represent, and perform operations on real and complex numbers. 

2. Recognize, understand, and analyze features of a function.

3. Recognize and use algebraic (field) properties, concepts, procedures (including factoring), and algorithms to combine, transform, and evaluate absolute value, polynomial, radical, and rational expressions.

4. Identify and solve absolute value, polynomial, radical, and rational equations.

5. Identify and solve absolute value and linear inequalities.

6. Model, interpret and justify mathematical ideas and concepts using multiple representations.

7. Connect and use multiple strands of mathematics in situations and problems, as well as in the study of other disciplines.



Ratti, J., McWaters, M. and Skrzypek, L. (2017) Precalculus: A Unit Circle Approach (3rd ed.) with Integrated Review and MyMathLab.  Pearson.

Calculator Policy

Calculators will not be allowed in this class.

Computer and Internet Access

Daily assignments will require computer internet access. 

Students may use their own computer and internet provider or they may complete assignments on campus in one of the Blinn College computer labs.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he/she has appropriate and reliable computer equipment and high-speed internet access.  Furthermore, computer trouble or internet trouble in no way excuses the student from completing assignments by assignment due date.  Blinn College computer labs and Learning Centers have appropriately configured computers and internet access for this course.

Additional Materials and Supplies

Suggested Materials:


Spiral Notebook/Paper

Course Packet Information

Course Requirements

The student should maintain at least a 70% average on all course work covering relations and functions, inequalities, algebraic expressions and equations (absolute value, polynomial, radical, rational), with a special emphasis on linear and quadratic expression and equations.



Course evaluation instruments shall consistent of at least four major grades.  Competency will be measured by a 70% minimum performance level over the entire course.  Class participation will be at least 10% of the final grade and is defined by the individual instructor.

Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Class Participation

What is counted in this category?  How is this graded?

Other Assignments

What is counted in this category? How is this graded?


Grading Scale

Pass: [70, 100]

Fail: [0, 70)

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies

Attendance Details:

Should a student accumulate the equivalent of two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, s/he will be administratively dropped from class.

Fall & Spring


4 absences

For a 2 hour-course meeting twice per week, students will receive a notification via Blinn email after 2 days of unexcused absences and will be dropped after 4 days of unexcused absences

*If you are dropped for non-attendance in this course, you will be dropped from your Math 1414 course. Likewise, if you are dropped for non-attendance in your MATH 1414 course, you will be dropped from MATH 0214.

If a student is dropped from a class prior to the “Q” date, they will receive a “Q” in the class.  You are able to access your student email account in myBLINN.  (New students myBLINN email address is of the form, where ## is the last 2 digits of your Blinn ID.)

This semester’s “Q” drop date is ____________.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

All Blinn College students should know and understand their rights and responsibilities.  Please visit the Student Rights and Responsibilities page at

Makeup Policy

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Electronic Devices in the Classroom

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Section Policies

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Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
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Math 0214 Schedule
Week Topics to be Covered
1 Orientation 
Evaluating algebraic expressions
Simplifying and Rewriting equations for specified variables
Removing fractions and decimals from equations
Generating negative reciprocals
Solving equations by factoring
Special products of polynomials
Clearing equations of denominators
2 Absolute Values
Finding the equations of lines given 2 pts
Review of Rules of Exponents (esp. Power of Products Rule) 
Completing the Square
Function Notation
Creating T-tables and plotting points
3 Area of Circles
Simplifying expressions by combining like terms
Multiplying polynomials
Finding the domain of rational equations and radical expressions
Solving Linear and NonLinear Equations
Vertical Line Test
Domain and Range of a Function
4 Completing the Square
Quadratic Formula 
Solving Linear Equations
Solving Quadratic Equations
Evaluting polynomials functions for specified values of x
Factoring polynomials
5 Multiplying Polynomials
Factoring Polynomials
Complex Numbers
Operations on Complex Numbers
6 Quadratic Formula
Graphing vertical and horizontal lines
Evaluating rational equation for given values of x
Determining when rational equations equal 0 or are undefined
Simplifying rational equations
Solving quadratic and rational inequalities
7 Integer Exponents
Rational Exponents
Multiplying Polynomials
Factoring Polynomials
8 Review of Rules of Exponents
Product & Quotient rule for Radicals
Review of operations (+, -, x, /) on numbers in scientific notaton 
Review of Rules of Exponents esp. defintion of 0 exponent and Multiplication of Like bases
Use of substitution to transform nonquadratic equations to quadratic equations
9 Review of the addition and multiplication properties of equations
10 Finding slope of line by rewriting equation in slope-intercept form
Solving linear equations (review of 5 step approach) 
11 Clearing denominators from equations with rational equations
Factoring polynomials
Solving equations for specified variable
Finding the vertex, axis of symmetry
x- & y- intercepts  and graph characteristics of a parabola
12 Finding the vertex, axis of symmetry
x- & y- intercepts  and graph characteristics of a parabola
Finding the intercepts of equations
Completing the square 
13 The Number Line
Pythagorean Theorem
Equivalent Equations
Completing the Square
Interval Notation
Writing equations of lines
Applying the square root property
Identifying when rational equations are undefined
14 Simplifying algebraic expressions
Evaluating functions for specified values of x 
15 Cumulative Review of MATH 0214

MCS Background Info


  • ACGM Approval Number: 32.0104.54 19
  • CIP Area: Mathematics
  • CIP Code: 32.0104
  • Course Type: Academic
  • Core Course: No


MATH 0214 is delivered in a face-to-face format with directed review, just-in-time instruction, and an emphasis on math-specific study skills.


Students earn a Pass or Fail.


Summary of dedicated instructional hours
Credit Lecture Lab Clinical Practicum Experiential
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