MAT1033 Intermediate Algebra


If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Max Plank

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
Albert Einstein


MAT 1033 Intermediate Algebra
Tues & Thurs, 11:40 am - 1.20 pm

Blackboard -- Synchrosnously

Syllabus MAT1033

Instructor's email: csotuyo@mdc.edu

Writing algebraic expressions from mathnstuff.com

Translating Verbal Expressions into Algebraic Expressions

Solving Systems of two equations

Prof. Richard Feynman:
 

"My cousin, at that time, (...), was in high school and was having considerable difficulty with his algebra and had a tutor come, and I was allowed to sit in a corner while (LAUGHS) the tutor would try to teach my cousin algebra, problems like 2x plus something. I said to my cousin then, "What're you trying to do?" You know, I hear him talking about x. He says, "What do you know 2x + 7 =15," he says "and you're trying to find out what x is." I says, "You mean 4." He says, "Yeah, but you did it with arithmetic, you have to do it by algebra," and that's why my cousin was never able to do algebra, because he didn't understand how he was supposed to do it. There was no way. I learnt algebra fortunately by not going to school and knowing the whole idea was to find out what x was and it didn't make any difference how you did it, there's no such thing as, you know, you do it by arithmetic, you do it by algebra, that was a false thing that they had invented in school so that the children who have to study algebra can all pass it. They had invented a set of rules which if you followed them without thinking could produce the answer: subtract 7 from both sides, if you have a multiplier divide both sides by the multiplier and so on, and a series of steps by which you could get the answer if you didn't understand what you were trying to do."

Taken from The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman

NYT, Richard Feynman: "Richard P. Feynman, arguably the most brilliant, iconoclastic and influential of the postwar generation of theoretical physicists (...)"

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MAT 1033 Intermediate Algebra

Summer 2020

6/02
Orientation and Syllabus Overview, Diagnostic Assessment
3.2 Graph Linear Equations in Two Variables: Standard Form
3.3 The Slope of a Line

6/04
3.4 Graph Linear Equation in Two Variables: Slope-Intercept Form
3.5 Writing Equations of a Line: Point-Slope Form of a Line

6/09
Mastery Math Practice Session 1

6/11
Test 1

6/16
2.5 Linear Equations and Formulas
8.1 Linear Inequalities in One Variable
8.2 Compound Inequalities

6/18
4.1 Systems of Equations in Two Variables-Solve by Graphing
4.2 Systems of Equations in Two Variables-Solve by Substitution
4.3 Systems of Equations in Two Variables-Solve by Elimination

6/23
4.4 Applications of Linear Systems
4.5 Linear Inequalities in Two Variables

6/25
Mastery Math Practice Session 2

6/30
Test 2

7/02
5.7 Dividing a Polynomial by a Monomial
5.8 Dividing a Polynomial by a Polynomial

7/07
6.1, 4 Factoring Review
6.5 - 6.6 Factoring: Difference of Squares and Difference of Cubes
6.7 Solve Equations by Factoring

7/09
7.1, 7.2 Rational Expressions: Simplify, Multiply. Divide
7.3, 7.4 Rational Expressions: Add. Subtract
7.5 Complex Fractions

7/14
Mastery Math Practice Session 3

7/16
Test 3


7/21
7.6 Solving Equations with Rational Expressions
9.4 Variation
10.1 Radical expressions and Graphs
10.2 Rational Exponents

7/23
10.3 Simplifying Radical Expressions
10.4 Adding and Subtracting Radical Expressions
10.5 Multiplying and Dividing Radical Expressions

7/28
Mastery Math Practice Session 4

7/30
Test 4


8/04
10.6 Solving Equations with Radicals
10.7 Complex Numbers

8/06
11.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Square Root Property
11.2 Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square
11.3 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quadratic Formula

8/11
Mastery Math Practice Session 5

8/13
Test 5


8/18
Final Exam Preparation

8/20
Final Exam