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, yearlong 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

Advisories

Language  recommended eligibility for English 1A

Mathematics  recommended eligibility for Math 52
Content
Course Lecture Content
 Introduction
 Sets of numbers
 Exponents and polynomials
 Rational expressions
 Radical expressions
 Solving Equations.
 Solve quadratic equations by factoring.
 Solve rational equations
 Solve radical equations (including rational exponents)
 Applications
 Time and distance
 Proportion.
 Pythagorean Theorem.
Objectives

Factor and simply polynomials.

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

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

Perform basic operations with rational functions.

Solve rational equations.
**Requires Critical Thinking**

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

Solve radical equations.

Understand and perform operations with rational exponents.

Understand and perform operations with complex numbers.

Solve application problems involving quadratics, rational expressions and radicals.
Student Learning Outcomes
NoneMethods of Instruction

Lecture/Discussion
Assignments
Reading Assignments
Writing Assignments
Other Assignments
Methods of Evaluation
 Exams
 Homework
 Quizzes
Course Materials
Textbooks:

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