MA125 Intermediate Algebra

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


S2KK 2010 HA


Kim, Helen H.


Intermediate Algebra / Adjunct Faculty


Bachelor of Art in Mathematics - University of California Berkeley
Master of Art in Mathematics - University of California Berkeley

Office Location

Education and Training

Office Hours

Before and After Class and by appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Mar 15 to May 9, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 8:30 PM

Credit Hours


Intermediate Algebra by Lial, Hornsby, and McGinnis, 10th edition, Pearson & Addison Wesley

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Course Description:
MA 125 Intermediate Algebra Fundamentals of algebra. Topics include the real number system, basic operations of algebra, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, functions and graphs, systems of equations. Additional considerations include radicals, rational functions, and basic analytic geometry. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Perhaps more than any subject, the successful learning of mathematics depends upon previously acquired knowledge and skill.  Because of this, active participation in daily activities such as asking questions in class, reading the text, and working the assigned problems on time is essential. 
I am here to help you learn.  If you need any additional help or have questions, please come see me or e-mail me.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Manipulate, simplify, and evaluate algebraic expressions
  2. Solve and check linear equations, inequalities, and Applications
  3. Graph linear equations and solve system of linear equations
  4. Perform operations on polynomials and solve quadratic equations
Class Assessment:
Students will be evaluated based on performance of homework, quizzes, exams, and the final.
Homework - Homework is assigned at the end of each class, and expected to be completed by the next class meeting.  The homework set will be collected on the exam day
Quizzes - The quiz will be given at the beginning of each class, and the quiz problems will come from homework.  One lowest quiz will be dropped at the end and there will be no make-up of the quiz.  If you miss a quiz, then that will be the one that gets dropped.
Exams - There will be two in-class exams, each covering two chapters.  Test dates will be accounced ahead of time.
Final - The final exam will be comprehensive. 


Homework:   10%               Letter Grading Scale:
Quizzes:         20%                       A:  90% - 100%
Exam #1:       20%                       B:  80% - 89%
Exam #2:       20%                       C:  70% - 79%
Final:             30%                       D:  60% - 69%
                                                    F:  below 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of homework will not be accepted except in extreme cases as determined by the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1.  Attend all classes and be in class on time.
2.  Be prepared.  Work all homework problems and ask questions
3.  Know your material.  Complete the readings and homework with the purpose of LEARNING.
4.  Do respect others, property, and yourself.
5.  Do give 100% effort, 100% of the time!
Be certain all cell phones & pagers are turned off.  If there is an emergency for which you need to leave your phone on, please inform me before the start of the class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

                                     Tu                                                   Th
Week 1                     1.1 - 1.2                                          Quiz 1,  1.3 - 1.4
Week 2                     Quiz 2,  2.1 - 2.2                             Quiz 3,  2.3, 2.5
Week 3                     Quiz 4,  2.6 - 2.7                             EXAM #1 (HW due),  3.1
Week 4                     3.2 - 3.3                                          Quiz #5,  3.4 - 3.5
Week 5                     Quiz #6,  4.1 - 4.2                           Quiz #7, 4.3
Week 6                     EXAM #2 (HW due),  5.1                 5.2 - 5.3
Week 7                     Quiz #8, 5.4 - 5.5                           Quiz #9, 6.1 - 6.3
Week 8                     Quiz #10,  6.4 - 6.5                        FINAL (HW due)

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

Additional Information:
Makeup Tests  may be granted at the sole discretion of the instructor and only in the event of unavoidable and documented absence has been provided to the instructor.  Each student will be permitted only one make-up exam per term.  NO EXCEPTIONS.


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