MATH 090 (CRN 80421/80422) COURSE SYLLABUS
Fall 2016


Course Code & No. - Section:

MATH 090

Course Title (Credits):

Intermediate Algebra (3)

Term & Year:

Fall / 2016

Course Ref. No. (CRN):

Sections AD1/WA1: 80421/80422




Bary W Pollack





TCES 2nd floor

Office Hours:

By appointment



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Prerequisites (from Catalog):


Corequisites (from Catalog):




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Course Description (from the catalog)

Review course of basic algebra and a preparation for Math Reasoning (MATH 101) and higher mathematics courses. Basic concepts of geometry, roots, radicals, exponents, factors, polynomials, quadratic equations are covered. Use of a calculator or computer is encouraged, where applicable, to solve problems. Emphasis on graphing and word problems. Is not a college-level course. (Does not count toward graduation and does not fulfill Math requirement for the Core curriculum.)


Student Outcomes

Upon The course is designed to guide SNC students towards mathematical proficiency by providing opportunities where learners may practice and demonstrate:


1.       A sense of number and the ability to discern whether a proposed numerical answer to a problem is reasonable – the ability to think correctly about numbers and to use data to make intelligent decisions in life.

2.       The ability to use mathematical knowledge to confront unfamiliar problems both in concrete and abstract situations – modeling a mathematical problem in several ways to facilitate a solution.

3.       The ability to discuss the mathematical ideas involved in a problem with other people and to write coherently about mathematical topics and their interrelations.

4.       General reasoning powers – understanding of mathematical implication and knowledge of why various mathematical statements follow from more basic ideas.

5.       General algebraic proficiency – the ability to manipulate algebraic expressions – an understanding of the interrelationships between the symbolic, numeric, and graphic representations of real-world phenomena.

6.       The ability to visualize, compare, and transform problems geometrically – an understanding of the connections between algebra and geometry.

7.       An understanding of the uses of mathematics in other disciplines and the use of technology in the solution of mathematical problems.

8.       The ability to gather, organize, display, and summarize data – the ability to draw conclusions or make predictions from data.


The Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA) Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics (CUPM) in developing future mathematics curriculum has made the following preliminary recommendations:


·         Students should achieve mastery of rich and diverse set of mathematical ideas and should experience mathematics as an engaging field with contemporary open questions.

·         Students should be able to think analytically and critically, to formulate and solve problems, and to interpret their solutions. They should understand and appreciate the value and validity of careful reasoning, precise definition, and close argument.

·         Students should have experience applying knowledge from one branch of mathematics to another and from mathematics to other disciplines.

·         Students should be able to use a variety of technology tools.

·         Students should be able to communicate mathematics both orally and in writing; they should be able to read mathematics.


Methods of Assessing Student Outcomes

Homework problem solving assignments.


Instructional Strategies

This course will use Content Area Reading, Lectures, Conferences, Modeling, Demonstrations, Examples, Seminars, Practical Exercises, Active Participation, Cooperative Learning, Case Studies, Oral and Written Student Presentations, Homework, Examinations.


Required Texts and Materials

1.       Intermediate Algebra, 6/E, Elayn Martin-Gay, ©2016, Pearson; ISBN-10: 0-321-78504-5,
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-78504-6.

2.       A fully functional laptop computer, including wireless capability, AC power adapter, optional mouse.


Recommended Texts and Materials



Research Project: none


Prim Library Resources

Using the library’s resources effectively (not just Internet resources) contributes to developing each of SNC’s core themes by exposing students to high quality academic resources, diverse opinions, new ideas, and a future that includes building on a liberal arts education.


Sanctions for Cheating and/or Plagiarism


The Honor Code

The faculty of SNC believes students must be held to high standards of integrity in all aspects of college life in order to promote the educational mission of the College and to encourage respect for the rights of others. Each student brings to the SNC community unique skills, talents, values and experiences which, when expressed within the community, contribute to the quality of the educational environment and the growth and development of the individual. Students share with members of the faculty, administration and staff the responsibility for creating and maintaining an environment conducive to learning and personal development, where actions are guided by mutual respect, integrity, responsibility and trust. The faculty and students alike must make diligent efforts to ensure high standards are upheld by their colleagues and peers as well as themselves. Therefore faculty and students accept responsibility for maintaining these standards at Sierra Nevada College and are obligated to comply with its regulations and procedures, which they are expected to read and understand.


Consequences of Violating the Student Honor Code

SNC students and faculty share the responsibility for maintaining an environment of academic honesty.  Thus, all are responsible for knowing and abiding by the SNC Faculty/Student Honor Code published in the current SNC Catalog.  Faculty are responsible for presenting the Honor Code and the consequences of violating it to students at the start of their classes AND for reporting all incidences of academic dishonesty to the Provost.  Students are responsible for knowing what constitutes CHEATING, PLAGIARISM and FABRICATION and for refraining from these and other forms of academic dishonesty.  Violations of the Honor Code become part of a student’s academic record.

1st Offense: Student receives a zero for assignment/exam and  counseling with faculty on the honor code, consequences for violating the honor code, and the value of academic honesty in learning.

2nd Offense: Student fails course and receives counseling with faculty on the honor code, consequences for violating the honor code, and the value of academic honesty in learning.

3rd Offense: Student is expelled.


Grading Policy

Your final grade is based on the number of points you earn according to the information given in our online classroom.

The letter grade that you receive in this class is based on the percentage you achieve. Your grade is a measure of your achievement/performance on the assignments, tests and the final exam – you are not “competing” with other members of your class. There is no “class curve.”

There are no replacement assignments, alternative assignments, extra-credit, makeup assignments, re-dos, do-overs, or resubmissions in this course.

You may assume the following “grade breakpoints.” Generally, I do not give plus or minus grades.


90% - 100%


80% - 89.9%


70% - 79.9%


60% - 69.9%


  0% - 59.9%


Incompletes and In-Progress

No incompletes or in-progress grades (I/IP) will be awarded. If you must drop, please do so before the official withdrawal date.


ADA Accommodations

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, students with a documented disability are eligible for support services and accommodations. If a student wishes to request an accommodation, please contact the Director of Academic Support Services, Henry Conover, at (775) 831-1314 x7534,, office in Prim Library: PL-304.


The SNC Email System

The SNC email system is the official communication vehicle among students, faculty members and administrative staff  and is designed to protect the confidentiality of student information as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 Act (FERPA).  Students should check their college email accounts daily during the school year.

Students have a right to forward their SNC email to another email account (for example, @hotmail or @gmail). However, confidentiality of student information protected by FERPA cannot be guaranteed for SNC email forwarded to an outside vendor. Having email redirected does not absolve a student from the responsibilities associated with official communication sent to his or her SNC email account.


The Sierra Nevada College Mission Statement:

Sierra Nevada College graduates will be educated to be scholars of and contributors to a sustainable world. Sierra Nevada College combines the liberal arts and professional preparedness through an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking and environmental, social, economic and educational sustainability.


The Core Themes:

Liberal Arts                          Professional Preparedness

Entrepreneurial                    Thinking Sustainability


Policies and Procedures

These policies are presented in an effort to provide you with as much guidance as possible regarding how to deal with this course. Learning any new skill, like programming, requires the investment of a significant amount of time, energy, effort, and dedication. These policies will “level the playing field” so that all students have an equal opportunity to excel.

Contacting your Instructor

I pick up telephone voice mail at most once each month – so email is preferred. I will respond as promptly as possible. You MUST place MATH090 first in the Subject line of every email message. Otherwise your email may well be treated as “spam.”

Official Course Announcements and Notices

Official information about lectures, assignments, tests and other class matters will be promulgated by posting them on our class Home Page. You are required to check our class Home Page regularly. You also should check your SNC campus email regularly. You are responsible for keeping yourself apprised of any changes and corrections to assignments or other course materials.

Extra-Credit and Makeup Policies

It is my policy not to allow students to submit “extra-credit” work. Your grade is based on the class assignments available to all students in the course. Similarly, my policy is not to provide “makeup” work for students who neglect to submit their assignments.

Technical Skills - Prerequisites

Student Success

The prerequisites for MATH 090 are mastery of arithmetic and mathematics skills covered in high school.

In ALL my courses, I assume that you know how to work with personal computers, Microsoft Windows, the Internet, and email. If your background is deficient, you should remedy this situation immediately.


This course will require your time and effort to succeed. There is no “class curve” for this course – you are evaluated on your individual efforts. My goal is to give everyone an “A” – and to feel comfortable that everyone here has mastered the subject matter.


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