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Blinn College • Master Course Syllabus • Mathematics and Engineering • Mathematics - MATH

Intermediate Algebra for MATH 1325 MATH-0225

  • Master Course Syllabus
  • Section ALL
  • 2 Credits
  • 01/01/2018 to 12/01/2018
  • Modified 08/06/2018

Meeting Times


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Contact Information


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

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 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.

MATH 0225 does not apply toward a degree or certificate. MATH 0225 is delivered in a face-to-face format with directed review, just-in-time instruction, and an emphasis on math-specific study skills.  

32 total contact hours. Credit: 2 semester hour. 


Prerequisite: MATH 1332 or MATH 1324

Corequisite: MATH 1325

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.



Lial, M., Greenwell, R., and Ritchey, N. (2016). Finite Mathematics and Calculus with Integrated Review and MyMathLab.  Pearson/Addison-Wesley.

Calculator Policy

A calculator is required for this class and a TI 83/84 or TI-Nspire is highly recommended.  The type of calculator allowed and the use of a calculator on any assignment in this class may be restricted.  This includes both in class and out of class assignments, such as, but not limited to homework, projects, quizzes, and exams.  Calculators capable of symbolic manipulation, such as TI-89, TI-92, HP-48 models, and TI-Nspire CAS models, are not allowed.  Additionally, cell phones, computers, and PDA’s cannot be used as calculators.  Students are responsible for learning how to operate their calculators.

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 1325 course. Likewise, if you are dropped for non-attendance in your MATH 1325 course, you will be dropped from MATH 0225.

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 0225 Schedule
Week Topics to be Covered
1 Introduction
Properties of Exponents
Evaluate Functions
Multiply Polynomials
Factor Quadratics
Simplify Rationals
2 Factor Quadratics
Graphing Piece-wise Functions: may include
a. Graphing Inequalties
b. Interval Notation
c. Slope
3 Average Rate of Change
Difference Quotient
Equations of Lines
4 Negative and Rational Exponents
Solving Equations by Factoring
a. Factor by Grouping
b. GCF Factoring
Simplify using Factoring
Add, Subtract, Multiply Polynomials
5 Factor Binomial Common Factors in Polynomial and Rational Expressions
Factor eu as a Common Factor
6 Domain of y = ln(x)
Properties of Logarithms (Natural Logs)
a. Power Rule of Logs
b. Definition of Logs
7 Determine Intervals of Increasing and Decreasing from a Graph
Determine Zeros of Functions
Find Vertical Asymptotes of Rational Functions
8 Identify Minimum and Maximum Values on a Graph and with a Calculator
Find Zeros using Quadratic Formula
Find Zeros of a Function on a Graphing Calculator
9 More practice on Evaluating Fuctions and Determining Minimum and Maximum Values
Identify Vertical and Horizontal Asymptotes
10 Solve for One Variable in a Multi-Variable Equation
Simplify Rational Expressions
Word Problems
11 Simplify Complex Fractions
Using u-substitution to Factor
12 Area of Rectangular Figures
Evaluate and Subtract Functions
13 Find the intersection points of two functions
14 Operations with Fractions
Simplifying Expressions
15 Review Early Material for Final

MCS Background Info


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


MATH 0225 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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