MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for F2R 2010

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


F2R 2010 SC


McDaniel, Raymond G., Jr.


Adjunct Faculty


Masters in Statistics w/minor in Actuarial Science
BS Mathematics
AA Applied Arts and Sciences

Office Location

Scott AFB, Illinois

Office Hours

Call me any time except Tues or Thurs after 6 PM and before 10 PM at home

Daytime Phone

Home:  618-624-3278 leave msg and contact number if I am not home

Semester Dates

9/3/2010 - 12/12/2010

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:00 PM

Credit Hours



Text: Intermediate Algebra, 10th Ed
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:
Algebra, like all mathematical subjects must be practiced.  A student is required to learn and practice basic reasoning and problem solving skills.  You must read your textbook and work the examples to be able to do the homework.  You cannot rely strictly on the lectures and in class work.  You must not try to do your homework as fast as possible, but take the time to actually learn and grasp the concepts in small sections at a time.  It is in practice that you will solidfiy your understanding of the material.  Since this course meets only once per week, you must exercise great discipline in spreading out your work over the entire week.  The subjects presented each week will build upon the prior material so it is imperative that you fully understand the prior material.  I expect my students to come to class prepared to learn and to participate.  I expect my students to ask questions and to call me any time they need help.  Do not waste time on a problem that you are having trouble with.  Collect your questions and then call me so we can discuss them.  I measure my success by your success so I will commit all my efforts to helping you succeed and I expect you to do your best as well.

Class Assessment:
You will be assessed on class participation, a homework folder, quizzes, midterm exam and a final exam. Homework completion will be checked every week as part of class participation.  You will be expected to demonstrate good organizational skills by maintaining a sequential notebook of in class notes and your completed homework.  Each homework assignment should be labeled with your name, the section of the text covered and the assigned problems at the top of each assignment.


% of Grade
Homework Folder
Class Participation
7 quizzes:
Keep the best 5 scores, no makeups

Letter Grade


Number of Points




90 - 100%


800 - 899

     80 - 89%


700 - 799

     70 - 79%


600 - 699

     60 - 69%


000 - 599

00 - 59%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

You are expected to come to class prepared to participate and discuss the readings.  If you cannot attend a class session, items due during that missed session may be turned in the following class session.  There are no makeup’s for missed quizzes but I am only keeping the 5 highest scores so if you miss a quiz, this can be one of the dropped scores.  You are responsible for reviewing any missed material and for asking questions regarding the missed material.  If you have to miss a class, please talk to me in advance to avoid receiving an unexcused absence.  The final exam cannot be made up if the student has an unexcused absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will treat all students with respect.  Cell Phones and pagers should be turned on vibrate before entering the classroom.  If you must take a call, I expect you to leave the room while you do so.  I consider it academic misconduct for you to be using your cell phone or other electronic equipment in class.  Headphones, CD players and other electronic devices are not allowed without instructor permission.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:








Introductory Work
Chapter 1: Review of the Real Number System
Chapter 2: Linear Equations, Inequalities, and Applications 




Quiz #1/2,
Chapter 3: Graphs, Linear Equations, and Functions 




Quiz #3,
Chapter 4: Systems of Linear Equations
Take Home Quiz #4 




Midterm Exam 1: Chapters 1-4,
Homework Folder Turned in for evaluation
Chapter 5: Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions




Quiz #5,
Chapter 6: Factoring




Quiz #6,
Chapter 7: Rational Expressions and Functions
Exam Review sheet handed out  




Quiz #7,
Homework Folder turned in for evaluation'
Chapter 8: Roots, Radicals, and Root Functions
Chapter 9: Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, and Functions
Final Exam Review




Final Exam - Comprehensive

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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