MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for F1U 2010

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


F1U 2010 LU


Glasco, Casaundra M.


Adjunct Faculty


MBA - Webster University
BA minor Healthcare Administration - Wayland University

Office Location

Luke AFB

Office Hours

Before and After Class, Also by Appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

16 August - 10 October 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



Required Text: Intermediate Algebra, 10th Ed.
Authors: Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN: 0-321-50721-5
Please Note: It is expected that you will have access to a scientific calculator.  Youw will not be allowed to use a programmable, graphing, or statistical calculator on you final exam. I suggest you use the same calculator throughout the course. This will cause you to be familiar with the calculator and will avoid problems during midterm and final exams.

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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:
I strive to continue education. It is my hope that all students leave my classes with a ease in learning about mathematics.  I desire that each student complete each course feeling that mathematics can be likable instead of being in fear.

Class Assessment:

The class assessment will consist of the following:
Mid-Term Examination
Final Examination            
Evaluation Method:
Class Attendance/Participation - 80 points
Homework - 120 points
Mid Term Exam - 200 points
Final Exam - 200 points


The grading for this course is as follows:
A = 600 - 550
B = 549 - 500
C = 499 - 450
D = 449 - 400
E = 399 or less

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All homework is due by the beginning of class. There will be 5 points deducted if turn in late or for any unexcused missed class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are responsible for turning in their assignments on time.  If any student cannot attend class, they are responsible for contacting the instructor prior to the start of class. Excessive tardiness of the student will have a negative impact on their grade. Strongly encourage students to participate in the classroom.  Cheating will not be tolerated and will result in zero points for that assignment.  In order for all sgtudents to have opportunities for active participation in class participation and learning activities, classmates are encouraged to be respectful to their fellow students.  Allow all students time to express their ideas and positive encouragement comments are recommended. All assignments and exams must be completed in order to pass the course.      

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

In Chapter 1, we start the couse 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 then discuss the order in which mathematical opetations are to be applied as we simplify algebraic expessions.
In Chapter 2, we'll learn techniques to solve linear equations in one variable followed by a discussion of formulas and how to solve problems using them.  Next, we will learn the processes of solving linear and compound inequalities and complete the unit by learning how to slove absolut value equations and inequalities.
In Chapter 3, we'll be introduced to the rectangular coordinate system.  We shall 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 cover linear inequalities in two variables and introduction to functions.
In Chapter 5, we will learn exponents along with scientific notations.  We explore the adding, substracting, multiplying and dividing polynomials. We shall also learn the functions of polynomial functions.
In Chapter 6, we will start learning about rational expressions by examing their properties.  We shall also learn how to add, substract, mjulitply and didvide rational expressions. 
In Chapter 7, we shall learn about rational expressions and functions by multiplication and division also with addition and substraction.
In Chapter 8, we'll start by determining how to graphincally find a solution set of two intersection equations in two  variables, We will finish the unit and the course with a final examination.

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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