MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for S1R 2011

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


S1R 2011 SC


Whobrey, Edith F.


Adjunct Professor


MBA - Finance - St. Louis University
BS -  Business Administration/Accounting - University of Missouri - St. Louis

Office Location

Class Room

Office Hours

4:15-5:00 pm Tuesdays

Daytime Phone

314-805-9687 cell

Other Phone

636-825-9513 home


Semester Dates

10 Jan - 06 Mar 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours



Hardcopy Text: Intermediate Algebra, 10th Ed.
Authors: Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN: 9780321557643


Links in the course are provided for downloading required FREE software for the multimedia presentations of the course. 

PLEASE NOTE: It is expected that you will have access to a scientific calculator.  You will not be allowed to use a programmable, graphing, or statistical calculator on your final exam, nor will you be able to use a computer, so you will need to take a hand-held scientific calculator with you for the final exam.  I suggest you use the same calculator throughout the course.  Then you will be familiar with it and will avoid having to learn how to use a new calculator at final exam time.
I do not have a brand requirement, but the cost of most brands run about $10 - $15 and can be found in office supply stores or department stores.

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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.
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 email me any time they need help.  Do not waste time on a problem that you are having trouble with.  Collect your questions and then email me so I can review your difficulties and then will either email you or call you 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, and 4 tests. 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
4 Exams

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Home work is due at the BEGINNING of the class period.  Only EMERGENCIES will be accepted for late submittal.  Math is a continuous learning experience and homework must be timely in order for you to get the full benefit of this class.  Any unapproved late submittals will be docked 50%.

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:








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




Chapter 3: Graphs, Linear Equations, and Functions 
Chapter 4: Systems of Linear Equations




Test #1:  Chapters 1 and 2
Chapter 5: Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions




Test #2:  Chapters 3 and 4
Chapter 6: Factoring




Chapter 7: Rational Expressions and Functions
Chapter 8: Roots, Radicals, and Root Functions




 Test #3:  Chapters 5 and 6




Chapter 9: Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, and Functions




Test #4: Chapters 7, 8 and 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
Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed.  Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.

Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.

Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:

Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.

Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.

Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.

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
ALL GRADED WORK FOR THIS COURSE MUST BE YOUR OWN.  YOU ARE NOT TO RECEIVE OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE FROM ANYONE OTHER THAN YOUR INSTRUCTOR.  To further clarify; classmates, spouses, co-workers, tutors, clergy, librarians, friends, relatives, and pets are included as OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE.  PLEASE DO NOT VIOLATE THIS RULE.

When discussion questions request you to answer in your own words, do not copy words from the textbook as your own.  State YOUR understanding of the concept, not the understanding of some other person.  If you are allowed to quote the textbook, or other sources, you must use proper quotation markings and declare the source including web URL address or book page number from which you copied the text.  Not following these rules constitutes plagiarism, and will not be tolerated.  (This means you will not earn points for the assignment, and if the plagiarism does not stop immediately you will FAIL the course.  Additionally, a report of the incident will be sent to your permanent academic file.)

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

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: .

Additional Information:


Incompletes are NOT a right, but a rare exception that are granted only in the most extraordinary of situations.

If you feel that you will require an incomplete (again, the exception, not the rule), it is your responsibility to contact your instructor BEFORE THE END OF THE COURSE and make this request. In most cases, written third party documentation will be required to support your request. It is at the discretion of the instructor whether an incomplete will be granted and for what length of time it will be granted, with an absolute maximum extension period of 90 days. Furthermore, incomplete grades will be assigned following all the requirements indicated by the Park University Incomplete Policy.

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