Introductory and Intermediate Algebra

MTH 101 Intermediate Algebra

Fall 2016 - Course Webpage
Definition of Algebra

Introductory and Intermediate Algebra


MTH 101 Syllabus

MTH 101 Fall 2016 Course Calendar

Detail instructions from Pearson MyMathLab Detail Login Information

Exam 2 on Chapter 6
6pm to 7:30 pm Tuesday October 18
section 3 (Dr. Denette) CBLS 100. All other sections in BURP 100

Direct all questions about MyMathLab to Joe Erickson

Prerequiste requirement for MTH111. C- or better in MTH 101.

MTH 101 course title change from College Algebra (2012 - 2016) to Intermediate Algebra (2016 - )

CourseSection Day(s)TimeLocation Instructor Exam Locations
MTH 101 section 03 MWF 12:00pm - 12:50pm WHTE 113 Erin DenetteCBLS 100
MTH 101 section 04 MWF 10:00am - 10:50am WASH 316 Eric PetersonBUPR 100
MTH 101 section 05 TTH 9:30am - 10:45am SWAN 311 Ruqayya El-AsmarBUPR 100
MTH 101 section 06 TTH 12:30pm - 1:45pm BUPR 100 Nicole HerseyBUPR 100
MTH 101 section 0200 T 7:00pm - 9:45pm PROV 319 Laura BarnesBUPR 100

Cumulative Final Exam (7pm - 10pm) Wed. Dec. 14 Edwards Aud.

Sakai is being used in part for this course. All instructors have a Sakai site for their section. The Sakai site will contain your grades and details on class activities (e.g. projects, quizzes). Your instructor might place other important class material in the Sakai course shell. Check with your instructor. You can access Sakai at the following web address: Use your e-campus id and your URI Webmail password.



Course Description: LEC: (3 crs.) Introduction to algebraic manipulation, solving equations and Inequalities in one variable. Plotting points and graphing elementary functions. Interpreting and expressing mathematics. Intended for STEM majors who are not prepared to take MTH 111. (Lec. 3) Pre: S in MTH099. Not for credit for mathematics majors, not for general education credit, and not open to students with a C- or better in MTH131 or MTH141.

Prerequisite(s): S in MTH099

General Education Area(s) and Outcome(s): None

Credit Hours: 3

Required Textbook(s): Introductory and Intermediate Algebra Fifth Edition by Lial, Hornsby and McGinnis

Other Required Material(s): MyMathLab Access Code (packaged with textbook).
This course will use an on-line system, called MyMathLab by Pearson publishing for the textbook. The MyMathLab homework assignments will start on the first day of classes with the first assignment due on 9/14. MyMathLab Online Homework Schedule

  • Detail instructions from Pearson MyMathLab Detail Login Information for MyMathLab login. Brief instructions given below.
  • Please navigate to and click on "Student" under "Register".
  • Direct all questions about MyMathLab to Joe Erickson
  • You have to enter the course id math93283 in the next window.
  • Next set up a Pearson account. Use your URI email for email address and this will be your username by default. (If you use Pearson software for another class you may be using a different login, so please remember that your URI email is your username for MyMathLab).
  • Fill the remaining fields and "Create Account".
  • On the next window click on "Access Code" and enter the access code that you got with the text book packet. If you are using an old/used book, you can also purchase an access code on the same page to complete your registration.
  • Click on "Do your homework" and you will see all the homework sets for this semester including deadlines once you sign in.
  • If you face any technical difficulties (e.g. setting up account or logging in) with MyMathLab, do NOT ask your instructor. MyMathLab is a Pearson product and ALL technical questions (including purchasing) must be discussed with them.

Course Goals: This course is intended for students to become proficient in algebra, in order to build a firm foundation in preparation for MTH 111 Precalculus. Problem solving and applications will be emphasized throughout. MTH 111 requires a C- or better in MTH 101.

Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course the student should be able to:

  1. perform arithmetic operations on polynomials using the rules of exponents;
  2. factor using GCF, difference of two squares, sum/difference of two cubes, trinomials and grouping;
  3. solve quadratic equations by factoring;
  4. perform arithmetic operations on rational and radical expressions and functions;
  5. solve rational and radical equations and solve quadratic equations by the quadratic formula;
  6. use the relationship between the equation of a line and its graph;
  7. solve relevant applications (exponents, quadratic equations, rational expressions).

Grade Distribution:
10% Class Assignments Class activities, projects, or quizzes
10% Homework Online MyMathLab
50% Exams Four night exams (6pm - 7:30pm) (9/29, 10/18, 11/1,11/17)
30% Final Exam Cumulative Final Exam (7pm - 10pm) Wed. Dec. 14 Edwards Aud.

Letter Grade Distribution:
94.00 - 100.00 A 73.00 - 76.99 C
90.00 - 93.99 A- 70.00 - 72.99 C-
87.00 - 89.99 B+ 67.00 - 69.99 D+
83.00 - 86.99 B 60.00 - 66.99 D
80.00 - 82.99 B- 0.00 - 59.99 F
77.00 - 79.99 C+

Instructor Policies for the Course:

  • Attendance
    Attendance is a vital and necessary part of this course. While there is no formal attendance policy, we cover a lot of information at a rapid pace; missing a class will result in a large amount of material missed. Students are responsible for all missed work, regardless of the reason for absence. It is also the absentee's responsibility to get all missing notes or materials.
  • Expectations
    • You are expected to attend every lecture, and to submit your work on time. Late homework is not accepted.
    • It is your responsibility to communicate clearly in writing up solutions for homework, quizzes, and exams. Your results must display your understanding well and be written in a correct, complete, coherent, and well organized fashion. The rules of language still apply in mathematics, and they apply even when symbols are used in formulas, equations, etc.
    • The rapid pace of the class requires that you spend time every day doing homework, reviewing notes, reading the textbook, and working out extra problems, all in addition to the time spent in class.
  • Makeup Policy
    Makeup exams may be scheduled in the event you are unable to attend exams under the following conditions. In particular, if you must miss the exam because of a scheduling conflict, you must notify your instructor before, not after, the exam, and emergencies require you to contact your instructor within 24 hours. See University Manual sections 8.51.10 to 8.51.14 for guidelines.
    • If your reason for missing the exam as scheduled is (i) a University sanctioned event for which verifiable documentation can be provided (including another scheduled class), (ii) a responsibility to an employer that cannot be rescheduled (with documentation from your employer), or (iii) Religious holidays, then you MUST INFORM YOUR INSTRUCTOR 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE EXAM AND PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION IF REQUESTED. Makeup exams will be scheduled after the actual exam, and preferably before the class period when exams are to be handed back, but no later than one week after the original date.
    • If the reason for missing the exam as scheduled is due to (i) illness (with verifiable documentation from a medical provider), or (ii) an emergency (with appropriate doc- umentation), then you MUST INFORM YOUR INSTRUCTOR WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE EXAM and provide documentation upon your return. Failure to notify your instructor within 24 hours will result in a 0 for the exam. No exceptions. Makeup exams may be scheduled no later than a week after the original date, unless the illness or emergency precludes this, in which case the makeup exam will be given on a common date during the last two weeks of the semester.
    Students that miss course work (not exams) under the same the conditions mentioned above will be given the opportunity to make up the course work.
  • Electronic Devices
    Cell phones, ipads, ipods, etc. should be turned off during class. Excepted from this are electronic pads used for notetaking. Your instructor may tell you about other exceptions. "texting" is not allowed. Absolutely no calculators are permitted in this class.
  • Classroom Multitasking
  • Other Policies
    • All class materials (e.g. notes, projects, exams, lectures, etc.) are property of URI and the instructor. Copying, video taping, taking pictures, or posting this material is not allowed without consent of the instructor and URI.
    • Please come to class prepared by reading over the text to be covered and by bringing your book, notebook and pencil. Pencils only please.
    • You are here to learn, so please give class your full attention, ask questions if you do not understand and be respectful and courteous to your fellow students and professor.
    • There is no extra credit in this course. Please don't ask.

Academic Honesty Policy: Cheating is defined in the University Manual section 8.27.10 as the claiming of credit for work not done independently without giving credit for aid received, or any unauthorized communication during examinations. Students are expected to be honest in all academic work. The resolution of any charge of cheating or plagiarism will follow the guideline set forth in the University Manual 8.27.10-8.27.21,

Special Needs: Any student with a documented disability should contact your instructor early in the semester so that he or she may work out reasonable accommodations with you to support your success in this course. Students should also contact Disability Services for Students: Office of Student Life, 330 Memorial Union, 401-874-2098. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

Academic Enhancement Center (AEC): In addition to your instructor's office hours, there is help available from the Academic Enhancement Center (AEC). The AEC offers three types of help: Supplemental Instruction (SI), Tutoring (both walk-in and appointment-based types), and academic coaching. For more information on AEC services, study tips, and SI session, visit the AEC website at

Incomplete Grade: University of Rhode Island regulations concerning incomplete grades will be followed. See University Manual sections 8.53.20 and 8.53.21 for details.

Religious holidays: It is the policy of the University of Rhode Island to accord students, on an individual basis, the opportunity to observe their traditional religious holidays. Students desiring to observe a holiday of special importance must provide written notification to each instructor.

Standards of behavior: Students are responsible for being familiar with and adhering to the published Community Stan- dards of Behavior: University Policies and Regulations" which can be accessed in the University Student Handbook ( If you must come in late, please do not disrupt the class. Please turn off all cell phones or any electronic devices.


Fall 2016 Course Calendar

The weekly coverage might change as it depends on the progress of the class.

Week Content Suggested Problems
Week 1 (9/7 - 9/9)
First Day 9/7
  • Introductions
  • Section 5.1 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
  • Section 5.1: 7, 15, 18, 21, 30, 33, 36, 43, 46, 49-69 odd
Week 2 (9/12 - 9/16)
  • Section 5.2 Product and Power Rules
  • Section 5.3 Multiplying Polynomial
  • Section 5.4 Special Products
  • Section 5.2: 7-12, 14, 16, 21-36, 37-59 odd, 61-73, 77
  • Section 5.3: 5-12, 13-39 odd, 41-53, 58, 61, 64
  • Section 5.4: 7-47 odd, 50, 54
Week 3 (9/19 - 9/23)
  • Section 5.5 Integer Exponents and Quotient Rule
  • Section 5.6 Dividing Polynomial by Monomial
  • Section 5.7 Dividing Polynomial by Polynomial
  • Section 5.5: 11, 15, 18, 21-34, 35-73 odd
  • Section 5.6: 9-29 odd, 33
  • Section 5.7: 5-27 odd
Week 4 (9/26 - 9/30)
  • Section 6.1 Factors; The Greatest Common Factor
  • Section 6.2 Factoring Trinomials
  • Exam 1 Chapter 5 6pm - 7:30pm 9/29
  • Section 6.1: 11-23, 27-63 odd, 65-87, 93
  • Section 6.2: 9-24, 25-41 odd, 43-52, 53-63 odd
Week 5 (10/3 - 10/7)
  • Section 6.3 Factoring by Grouping
  • Section 6.4 Factoring using FOIL
  • Section 6.5 Special Factoring Techniques
  • Section 6.3: 3-10, 15, 16, 17-39 odd
  • Section 6.4: 1-12, 15-35, 39-49 odd
  • Section 6.5: 5-27 odd, 31-48, 50, 56, 63-71, 79-81
Week 6 (10/10 - 10/14)
No Classes 10/10
  • Section 6.6 A General Approach
  • Section 6.7 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
  • Section 6.8 Applications of Quadratic Equations
  • Section 6.6: 3-55 odd
  • Section 6.7: 9, 12, 17, 21-48, 49-67 odd
  • Section 6.8: 3-7, 10, 13, 14, 19-26, 27-33 odd
Week 7 (10/17 - 10/21)
Last day drop 10/19
  • Exam 2 Chapter 6 6pm - 7:30pm 10/18
  • Section 7.1 Rational Expressions and Functions
  • Section 7.2 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
  • Section 7.3 Complex Fractions
  • Section 7.1: 9-19, 25-41 odd, 49-75
  • Section 7.2: 7-20, 28-31, 37-59
  • Section 7.3: 9-33 odd, 35-42
Week 8 (10/24 - 10/28)
Mid-term grades due 10/25
  • Section 7.4 Equations with Rational Expressions and Graphs
  • Section 7.5 Applications of Rational Expressions
  • Section 7.4: 5, 11, 13-35, 45
  • Section 7.5: TBA
Week 9 (10/31 - 11/4)
  • Exam 3 Chapter 7 6pm - 7:30pm 11/1
  • Section 9.1 Radical Expressions and Graphs
  • Section 9.2 Rational Exponents
  • Section 9.3 Simplifying Radical Expressions
  • Section 9.1: 29-41, 65-83
  • Section 9.2: 11-25, 51-60, 61-93 odd
  • Section 9.3: 9-19, 25-39 odd, 41-52, 63-83, 88, 93, 96
Week 10 (11/7 - 11/11)
No Classes 11/11
  • Section 9.4 Adding and Subtracting Radical Expressions
  • Section 9.5 Multiplying and Dividing Radical Expressions
  • Section 9.4: 5-20, 21-49 odd
  • Section 9.5: 7-24, 27-53 odd, 61-64
Week 11 (11/14 - 11/18)
  • Section 9.6 Solving Equations with Radicals
  • Exam 4 Chapter 9 6pm - 7:30pm 11/17
  • Section 10.1 Solving Quadratic Equations
  • Section 9.6: TBA
  • Section 10.1: 3-33
Week 12 (11/21 - 11/25)
No Classes 11/24-11/25
  • Section 10.2 Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square
  • Section 10.3 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quad. Formula
  • Section 10.2: 3-34
  • Section 10.3: 5-22
Week 13 (11/28 - 12/2)
  • Section 10.4 Equations Quadratic in Form
  • Section 10.5 Formulas and Applications
  • Section 10.4: 7-23, 31-46, 47-61 odd
  • Section 10.5: 5-29
Week 14/15 (12/5 - 12/9, 12/12)
Last Day 12/12
  • Section 10.6 Graphs of Quadratic Functions
  • Review
  • Section 10.6: 1-18, 19-33 odd
Final Exam TBA