MATH 090: Intermediate Algebra




Covers the following Topics: Linear equations and inequalities, absolute values, linear graphs and modeling, systems of equations, functions, quadratic equations, exponents and polynomials, factoring, radicals and rational exponents.

Success in the course does require work, many hours of study and problem solving, and your active involvement in learning, both inside and outside the classroom. We have designed our course with the aim of helping you stay constantly involved with the course and the material, and within easy reach of some of your best resources: your instructor, your teaching assistants, MSLC tutors, and your colleagues.



Your instructor will give random, short quizzes during lecture. A total of 12 will be given, and the lowest 2 scores will be dropped. During discussion, you will be given individual worksheets and group work. One will be taken up and graded per week, except for weeks with exams.


For each lecture, you will have a MyMathLab homework assignment. You can also view video clips for all sections and review your text. MyMathLab can be accessed from any computer with internet access, such as those in computer labs, the library, the Math Sciences Learning Center, or a personal computer.


Lectures and discussion/problem sessions: As explained in the course description, in order to successfully complete the course, your active involvement in learning is essential. Therefore, a serious commitment on your part to attend both the lectures and the discussion/problem sessions is a basic requirement of that. Attendance in the course will be taken both in lecture and in discussion sections starting with week 3.

An attendance percentage of below 75% in lecture, or a percentage of below 75% in discussion will result in a drop of your overall grade ten points for the course as a consequence; for example, if your overall grade was a 75, it would drop to a 65. Below 50% attendance in either one of these categories will result in an automatic U (Unsatisfactory) for the course.

Appeals: Students that know ahead of time that they have an existing or potential conflict with the class must inform their instructor in the first two weeks of the semester using the absence appeals form.

Furthermore, students can appeal during week 9 and 10, as well as week 14 and 15 to their instructor using the appeals form provided below. Note: no appeals will be accepted after the final exam or at any other time!

In cases when the instructor cannot determine whether or not the reason is compelling, the instructor will forward the appeal to the director of undergraduate studies, who will decide.


10% Homework

10% Quizzes

10% Discussion Worksheets

15% each for 3 Midterms (total 45%)

25% Final Exam -> * Students with an overall grade higher than 75% after Exam 3 will be exempt from the Final Exam.

total 100%

There will be three hourly exams worth 15% of the final grade for each.

Makeup exams will be given only if there is an excused absence which will be granted only for serious personal illness, death in the immediate family, required military or jury duty, religious holidays, travel to participation in a UIC athletic competition, or other similar serious extenuating event. Students are expected to obtain prior permission for an absence from the instructor. In all cases, the student must provide written documentation when attempting to secure this permission. Documentation from the student health service, or its equivalent from a doctor or hospital, etc. should be given to your instructor.

There will be 12 quizzes given during lecture. The two lowest scores will be dropped. There will be no makeup quizzes. One recitation worksheet or group work will be graded per week, except for exam weeks. The lowest two will be dropped.

Homework will be done on MyMathLab.

The Final Exam will be worth 25% of the final grade. Makeup Final rules are like the rules for the midterms, except the instructor must be contacted in one day of the exam if prior notification is not possible.

Course Grades will be given as follows:

70% - 100% S (Satisfactory)
Below 70% U (Unsatisfactory)

Academic Integrity Policy

Cheating is not tolerated in Math 090. Examples of cheating include but are not limited to: copying from another student's paper during a quiz or exam, submitting work on behalf of absent students, using cell phones or calculators during exams.

Instances of academic misconduct will be handled pursuant to the Student Disciplinary Policy: Penalties for academic misconduct depend on the nature of the infraction and are selected at the discretion of the instructor.

Copying from another student's quiz or homework will result in the deduction of points up to and including all quiz or homework points for the first infraction. The second infraction will result in an automatic U for the course. More serious instances of academic dishonesty, such as cheating during an exam or submitting work on behalf of an absent student, will result in an automatic U for the course.

Academic Deadlines

Current academic calendar and the list of deadlines can be found at

Disability Policy

The University of Illinois at Chicago is committed to maintaining a barrier-free environment so that students with disabilities can fully access programs, courses, services, and activities at UIC. Students with disabilities who require accommodations for access to and/or participation in this course are welcome, but must be registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC). You may contact DRC at 312-413-2183 (v) or 312-413-0123 (TTY) and consult the following:

Religious Holidays

Students who wish to observe their religious holidays shall notify the faculty member by the tenth day of the semester of the date when they will be absent unless the religious holiday is observed on or before the tenth day of the semester. In such cases, the student shall notify the faculty member at least five days in advance of the date when he/she will be absent. The faculty member shall make every reasonable effort to honor the request, not penalize the student for missing the class, and if an examination or project is due during the absence, give the student an exam or assignment equivalent to the one completed by those students in attendance. If the student feels aggrieved, he/she may request remedy through the campus grievance procedure.

Grievance Procedures

UIC is committed to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity involving students and employees. Freedom from discrimination is a foundation for all decision making at UIC. Students are encouraged to study the University's "Nondiscrimination Statement". Students are also urged to read the document "Public Formal Grievance Procedures". Information on these policies and procedures is available on the University web pages of the Office of Access and Equity: