MA125 Intermediate Algebra

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


F1FF 2010 FA


Hagelin, Richard H.


Adjunct Professor, Math


BS Engineering Science, USAF Academy, 1969
MS Public Administration, Troy State University, 1976

Office Location

Education Center, Room 201

Office Hours

M/W 1615-1700

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Aug 16-Oct 7, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:40 PM

Credit Hours



Intermediate Algebra,   Lial, Margaret L. / Hornsby, John / McGinnis, Terry
Edition:         10TH ISBN: 

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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:
The class will be taught using a combination of lecture, demonstration, and discussion of sample math problems and homework.  The best way to demonstrate understanding is to explain (teach) the material to a classmate; therefore, students are encouraged to work together on all parts of the course especially homework.  Bonus points will be given for news, work, or life events where mathematics is or could/should be used to provide better decision-making information

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. State and use basic terminology and symbols of the discipline appropriately
  2. Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable and verify solution(s)
  3. Manipulate and simplify exponential expressions
  4. Perform arithmetic on and factor polynomials and solve polynomial equations
  5. Solve “word” problems
  6. Manipulate and simplify rational expressions
  7. Manipulate and simplify radical expressions and translate into/ from exponential form
  8. Solve equations involving radicals
  9. Apply the quadratic formula
Class Assessment:
Students are required to complete homework and all chapter quizzes mid-term exam and the final exam.  The mid-term exam, final exam, weekly quizzes, homework completion, participation, and attendance will be included in course assessment


The course will be graded based on the following allocation:

Attendance, Homework and Participation/Demonstration 20 %;

Chapter Quizzes 30 %;

Mid-Term Exam 25%

Final Exam 25 %.

 Total scores of 90 to 100 % will be considered an A. 80 to 89 % will receive a B, 70 to 79 % will receive a C, 60 to 69 % will receive a D.  Any score below 60 % will be failing.  

In addition, the final exam MUST be passed to receive any grade higher than a D

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late homework will not be accepted without prior coordination with the instructor.  Students unable to take a quiz/exam will coordinate with the instructor prior to the period of the exam for an alternate exam time/place.  Failure to do this will result in a failing grade on the quiz/exam.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students should come to class prepared to discuss the subject material scheduled for the day.  They are expected to have read the appropriate sections of the textbook and come prepared to ask questions about the topic of the day.  The only dumb question is the one that doesn't get asked

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Students should come to class prepared to discuss the subject material scheduled for the day.  They are expected to have read the appropriate sections of the textbook and come prepared to ask questions about the topic of the day.  The only dumb question is the one that doesn't get asked.
Week 1: Chapter 1

Week 2: Chapter 2/Quiz (Chapters 1 & 2)
Week 3: Chapter 3

Week 4: Chapter 4/Mid-term Exam (Chapters 1-4)

Week 5: Chapter 5

Week 6: Chapters 6 & 7/Quiz (Chapters 5, 6, & 7)

Week 7: Chapters 8 & 9

Week 8: Review/Final Exam (Chapters 1-9)

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.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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