Yuba Community College District

Yuba College Course Outline

Course Information

Course Number: MATH 52A
Full Course Title: Intermediate Algebra First Half
Short Title: Interm Algebra I
TOP Code: 1701.00 - Mathematics, General
Effective Term: Fall 2009

Course Standards

Course Type: Credit - Degree Applicable
Units: 3.0
Lecture hours: 54.0
Repeatable: No
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only

Course Description

Intermediate algebra. Topics include: factoring polynomials, rational expressions, radicals, rational exponents and complex numbers. Designed for a variety of students, including those who have been unsuccessful in Math 52, are math anxious, or desire a slower paced, year-long version of Math 52. Intended to provide students with additional exposure to algebraic concepts and additional time to practice them. This course is the first half of Intermediate Algebra. Math 52A and 52B must both be taken to be equivalent to Math 52 for courses that require Math 52 as a prerequisite, or to meet a degree requirement.

Conditions of Enrollment

Satisfactory completion of: MATH 50 or EQUIVALENT -



Course Lecture Content
  1. Introduction
    1. Sets of numbers
    2. Exponents and polynomials
    3. Rational expressions
    4. Radical expressions
  2. Solving Equations.
    1. Solve quadratic equations by factoring.
    2. Solve rational equations
    3. Solve radical equations (including rational exponents)
  3. Applications
    1. Time and distance
    2. Proportion.
    3. Pythagorean Theorem.


  1. Factor and simply polynomials.

  2. Solve quadratic equations by factoring. **Requires Critical Thinking**

  3. Manipulate and simplify rational functions and expressions. **Requires Critical Thinking**

  4. Perform basic operations with rational functions.

  5. Solve rational equations. **Requires Critical Thinking**

  6. Manipulate and simplify radical functions and expressions. **Requires Critical Thinking**

  7. Solve radical equations.

  8. Understand and perform operations with rational exponents.

  9. Understand and perform operations with complex numbers.

  10. Solve application problems involving quadratics, rational expressions and radicals.

Student Learning Outcomes


Methods of Instruction


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Methods of Evaluation

Course Materials

  1. Martin-Gay. Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, 4th ed. Pearson/Prentice Hall, 0, ISBN: -
    Equivalent text is acceptable