MA 135 College Algebra
FA 2010 HOA
Smith, Charlie L.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas CityM.A., University of KansasB.A., William Jewel College
Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall, Room 308
Monday and Wednesday 10-11; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3-5; OR BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT
August 16, 2010 - December 10, 2010
11:00 - 11:50 AM
MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
Textbook: College Algebra, Eighth Edition, Sullivan, Prentice Hall, 2008, Unbound and Binder Ready, ISBN 9780321586094.
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Mathematics is my lifelong passion and obsession. In the classroom, I try to convey my enthusiasm and excitement for mathematics; I emphasize its pristine beauty and logical structure. Students are required to work a substantial number of homework problems in order to learn the material. Material is presented in lecture format; students are encouraged to interrupt to ask questions.
A famous old adage says that mathematics is not a spectator sport. In order to learn mathematics, students must attempt a significant number of problems. Drill and practice are essential in order to succeed. In addition, the material should not be covered too quickly. Student comprehension always takes priority in the educational process.
Regular Homework Assignments (35%)
Final Examination (25%); the final examination will be comprehensive and will cover all Core Learning Outcomes. Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 from 10:15a.m. - 12:15 p.m..
All tests will be CLOSED REFEERENCE tests, meaning that you are NOT allowed to use any books, notes, or handouts. you will of course be required to bring a calculator. Graphing calculators are NOT allowed on tests. PLEASE take each test on the day that it is scheduled. Any make-up test given will be significantly more difficult than the original test. The instructor may deny this option depending upon circumstances. Once taken and recorded, your test score is final and cannot be changed.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Homework assignments MUST be turned in on the announced due date. LATE PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. You will either turn in an assignment on the date that it is due, or you will not turn it in at all. An assignment MUST be received by class time on the announced due date. If it is not received by this time, then a score of ZERO will be recorded for that assignment. NO EXCEPTIONS. NO EXCUSES. Athletes who are traveling out of town with a Park University team must turn in the assignment before departure.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
EXPECTATIONS: What are the things that the student needs to do in order to succeed in this course?
1. Regular attendance is ESSENTIAL.
2. PLEASE bring your textbook to every class session.
3. Listen carefully and pay attention.
4. Take thorough, accurate class notes. For better retention, review your notes as soon as
possible after each class session. Review your notes regularly throughout the
5. VOCABULARY, TERMINOLOGY, and NOTATION are extremely important in
6. ASK QUESTIONS DURING CLASS whenever you need more explanation.
7. Read your textbook over and over until you understand the material completely.
8. Consult with the instructor if you are having ANY DIFFICULTY WHATSOEVER.
That's why they pay me the big bucks.
9. Tutoring assistance is available through the Academic Support Center, Mabee
Underground Room 406, phone 6330.
Reading Assignments: Read handouts as assigned. You may have to read a handout several times until you understand the material completely. Study these carefully and thoroughly, making sure that you follow and comprehend the reasoning behind each step of the procedure.
Behavior: Show respect for the instructor. Show respect for your classmates. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
Responsibility: The student is entirely responsible for obtaining and learning any material missed because of absence. Get handouts and assignments from instructor. Get class notes from another student in the class.
Miscellaneous: What materials are you responsible for understanding? EVERYTHING. Of course, it would be impossible for you to reproduce everything or demonstrate total knowledge on homework and tests, but you are expected to strive for excellence in everything that we cover, so that you will be prepared for anything. As Park University students, any effort on your part less than this cannot be considered satisfactory.
The instructor reserves the right to make changes in the syllabus due to time constraints, speed of coverage, or other factors.
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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Plagiarism: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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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: http://www.park.edu/disability .
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