MA135 College Algebra

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MA 135 College Algebra


FA 2010 HOB


Anderson, Carolyn


Associate Professor of Mathematics


BS (+teaching certification)
MS (math)
MEd (computers in education)

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Office Hours

9-10 M-R, 11-1:30 M, 12:55-2:25 Tu

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Semester Dates

August 16 - December 10, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

2:25 - 3:40 PM


MA125 Intermediate Algebra or Equivalent

Credit Hours



 College Algebra by Lial, Hornsby, and Schneider
(ISBN: 0321499131 or 9780321499134) 10th edition, ©2009

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Course Description:
MA135 College Algebra: Prerequisite:MA125, or a high school or transfer course equivalent to MA125, or an ACT math score greater than 23, or an SAT math score greater than 510, or a COMPASS score greater than 66 in the Algebra placement domain, or a COMPASS score 0-45 in the College Algebra domain. A consideration of those topics in algebra necessary for the calculus. Topics include:Solving equations and inequalities, graphing, functions, complex numbers, the theory of equations, exponential and logarithmic functions. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I believe every student can learn and succeed given the appropriate opportunities. The challenge is to meet the varying needs of students while promoting, fostering and expecting academic excellence. The curriculum is ever changing and modifying and adjusting while integrating new ideas and technologies. The environment instills that everyone is responsible for themselves and their community.

Class Assessment:
Homework for practice will be assigned each class period.  Grades of A(90%), B(80%), C(70%), D(60%), and F(less that 60%) will be given.   There will be four chapter tests (100 points each),  and a comprehensive final (100 points).  There are NO MAKEUP tests given. However, your lowest chapter test grade(out of the four given) will be dropped. A comprehensive Final is mandatory.   NO GRAPHING CALCULATOR or phones can be used during a test.  The instructor will announce class policies. The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus.

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Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students are expected to be present and on time with homework assigned completed.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

College Algebra by Lial, Hornsby, and Schneider
(ISBN: 0321499131 or 9780321499134) 10th edition, ©2009

Required Sections :

        Topic                                           Section     Problems                  

Linear Equations


9-43 odd

Applications with Linear Equations


1-21 odd

Complex Numbers


1-85 odd

Quadratic Equations


1-29,45-49 odd

Applications with Quadratic Equations


1-21 odd

Rational Equations


1-9, 35-43 odd



1-29 odd

Absolute Value Equations and Inequal.


1-33 odd

Rectangular Coordinates and Graphs


1-33 odd



1-21 odd



1-61 odd

Linear Functions


1-63 odd

Equations of Lines


1-53 odd

Graphs of Basic Functions


1-15 odd

Graphing Techniques


1-55 odd

Functions Operations and Composition


1-65 odd

Quadratic Functions and Models


1-21 odd

Synthetic Division


1-43 odd

Zeros of Polynomial Functions


1-23,29-33, 55 odd

Polynomial Functions: Graphs/Appli.


1-39 odd

Rational Functions: Graphs/Appli.


1-23 odd

Inverse Functions


1-39 odd

Exponential Functions


1-53 odd

Logarithmic Functions


1-29, 59-75 odd

Evaluating Logarithmic Equations


1-21, 61-71 odd

Exponential and Logarithmic Equ.


1-43, 71-75 odd

Exponential Growth


1-5 odd

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 ( or Park University 2010-2011 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. 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.

  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.

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