Nov 30, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog & Student Handbook 
2022-2023 Catalog & Student Handbook Archived Catalog

MATH 1003 - Intermediate Algebra

3 sem hrs cr

This course is required for students whose ACT or Accuplacer scores indicate the need for learning support in mathematics and who plan to take MATH 1710  or MATH 1720 . Topics include factoring, rational expressions, radicals, and functions and their graphs. Prerequisite: Exemption from or completion of ENGL 0810  and READ 0810  

In rare and unusual circumstances, a course prerequisite can be overridden with the permission of the Department Lead for the discipline. Corequisite: If a student is not eligible for collegiate mathematics, he/she must enroll in MATH 0810 Learning Support Math for Intermediate Algebra  as a co-requisite with the MATH 1003 course


This course includes proctored exams which must be completed on campus or at an instructor-approved proctoring center which may require additional costs to the student.

Transfer (UT) or Non-Transfer Course (UN): UN

Master Course Syllabus
Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to…

  • develop analytical-thinking skills needed for problem solving.
  • improve algebra skills of those who have had previous algebra experience.
  • develop fundamental algebra skills for those who have had no algebra experience.
  • develop the algebra skills required to be successful in co-requisite collegiate math.
  • reduce their mathematics anxiety through increased competency.

Course Objectives

Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to…

  • show increased skill in solving linear equations.
  • show increased skill in solving linear inequalities with one variableand expressing solution sets in interval notation.
  • show increased skills in polynomial operations.
  • use a variety of techniques for factoring polynomials, including:
    • greatest common factor;
    • difference of squares;
    • grouping; and
    • general trinomials.
  • solve quadratic equations by factoring.
  • solve quadratic application problems.
  • simplify, multiply, and divide rational expression.
  • add and subtract rational functions.
  • simplify complex rational expressions.
  • solve rational equations.
  • use rational equations in applications and proportions.
  • graph lines using point-plotting.
  • determine the slope of a line through two given points.
  • use slope and y-intercept to graph a line.
  • write the equation of a line using:
    • slope and point;
    • two points;
    • slope and y-intercept; and
    • a point and a parallel or perpendicular line.
  • simplify radical expressions.
  • add and subtract radical terms.
  • simplify products and quotients of radical terms.
  • solve radical equations.
  • simplify expressions with rational exponents.
  • simplify and multiply square roots of negative numbers.
  • solve quadratic and quadratic-in-form by:
    • factoring;
    • extracting roots;
    • completing the square; and
    • using the quadratic formula.
  • solve applications involving quadratic equations.
  • solve quadratic inequalities with one variable, graph the equation on a number line, and express solution sets in interval notation.
  • graph parabolas.