MA125 Intermediate Algebra

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


U1LL 2010 LR


Eberhart, Douglas L.


Senior Instructor / Adjunct Faculty

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Semester Dates

May 24th - July 18th, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Credit Hours


 Intermediate Algebra, 10th Edition
 Authors: Lial,Hornsby,McGinnis
 Publisher : Addison-Wesley
 isbn: 0-321-58495-3

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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:
This class will be primarily conducted in a lecture format. The students are encouraged to actively participate in class by asking questions, taking notes, and working through suggested assigned homework.

Class Assessment:
There will be four test during the term and they are all of equal value.

Each test will be worth 100% and each counts as 25% of the student's grade for the course.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students who miss a test are expected to arrange to make up the test and it must be made up sometime during the week following the scheduled test time.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students are expected to conduct themselves in a way that shows respect and consideration for their fellow students and the instructor. All students should cooperate so that the atmosphere of the classroom is conducive to learning for all students.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

In Unit 1 we start the course with a review of fraction rules followed by an introduction to the properties and operations of Real Numbers. We'll also examine properties of exponents and roots and them discuss the order in which mathematical operations are to be applied as we simplify algebraic expressions.
In Unit 2 we'll begin learning techniques to solve linear equations in one variable followed by a discussion of formulas and how to solve problems using them. Next we will apply those skills to real-life situations as we develop a general plan for solving application problems and specific plans for certain types of problems. We will also learn the processes of solving linear and compound inequalities and finish up the unit by learning how to solve absolute value equations and inequalities.
In Unit 3 we'll be introduced to the Rectangular Coordinate System.We will learn how to graph lines of equations in two variables. We'll discuss how to determine slope and how to use it to graph lines and find equations of lines. We will also learn how to graph linear inequalities in two variables and we'll finish the unit by becoming acquainted with functions.
In Unit 4 we will discover some new properties of exponents along with the properties of polynomial espressions. We will learn how to use scientific notation as a tool for expressing very large and very small numbers. We will examine methods for adding,subtracting, multiplying, and dividing polynomials. We will expand our understanding of functions to include polynomial functions.
In Unit 5 we will learn how to factor polynomials. Methods to be learned include: factoring by grouping,factoring trinomials,factoring perfect squares,and perfect cubes. We finish the unit by focusing on a fundamental approach to factoring and we will learn problem solving skills when the polynomial is part of an equation.
In Unit 6 we start learning about rational expressions by examining their properties. From there we will begin the task of learning how to add,subtract,multiply,and divide rational expressions. We will learn two methods for simplifying complex fractions before we tackle solving equations involving rational expressions.
In Unit 7 the properties of radical expressions are initially discussed before we take on the task of learning the procedures for simplifying,including the conversion from a radical expression to a rational exponential expression. Next we'll learn how to add,subtract,multiply,and divide radical expressions. This is followed by presentation of methods we will used for solving equations containing radical expressions. We finish the unit by focusing on manipulating the polynomial equation into a particular format in a process known as completing the square. Once that process is learned we will use it to derive a generalized formula for solving all quadratic equations.
In Unit 8 we'll start by determining how to graphically find a solution set of two intersecting equations in two variables, known as a system of linear equations followed by the procedure to solve a system algebraically. We will finish the unit and the course,with an introduction to complex numbers. We will learn the properties of these numbers,and how to apply mathematical operations to them

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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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