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MAT222 – Intermediate Algebra (S. Salmasizadeh) Week One Guidance Hello everyone and welcome to MAT222 - Intermediate Algebra . I hope you are as excited as I am about the journey we are about to embark upon. Over the next five weeks, we will have the opportunity to learn about college mathematics. Some of the subjects that will be covered in this course are rational expressions, Algebraic terminologies and vocabulary, systems of equations, operations with radicals and quadratic equations. During week one we will learn to perform basic math operations on rational expressions, solve proportion problems using extremes and means and utilize rational formulas in real-world applications. Please start your week by posting your introduction. A. Required Reading Text book for this course is Elementary and Intermediate Algebra (4 th ed.) by M. Dugopolski, published by McGraw-Hill Publishing. It is available as an eBook in your online classroom and through the ALEKS Math Lab. In addition please download ALEKS Math Lab from . I cannot emphasis how important it is to review your text book, both before and during your use of ALEKS. Please read Chapter 6 – Rational Expressions 6.1 – 6.4 6.6 – 6.8 B. ALEKS Labs and Homework ALEKS Labs and ALEKS Homework must be completed on Day 7 by 11:59pm Mountain Time . Although all other assignments and discussions can be completed by 11:59pm in the student’s own time zone, ALEKS deadlines are set to Mountain Time and cannot be adjusted. Late work will not receive credit. The document “Weekly ALEKS Assignments” contains all of the information you need to get started with ALEKS. If you have not already referenced this document, you should do so now. You may want to print it out for future reference. You should also watch the “Introduction to ALEKS” video using the link under Course Home. I will repeat some of the important aspects of ALEKS here to help you during the first week. The first thing you should do in week one is to log in to the ALEKS site and take your diagnostic exam. You must take this exam very seriously because the ALEKS program will create an individual plan for you based on your performance on the diagnostic exam. The amount of time 1
spent on each topic will vary based upon each student’s individualized learning plan. You will have a separate plan for each week of the course. Because you may need more work in some areas, the amount of time required to work on your ALEKS lab may vary widely from week to week. Also, it is very important to remember that due to the nature of the material, and amount of practice needed; this course will be very time-intensive. You should start your work early in the week to ensure that you can complete it during that particular week. It is also extremely important that you complete your lab (your Weekly pie slice) during that week. Also, all of the math we use throughout the course will depend upon your mastery of the prior weeks’ topics.

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