MA125 Intermediate Algebra

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


F1K 2010 LA


Tarango, Noel


Adjunct Instructor


B.S. Mathematics
M.S. Applied Industrial Mathematics

Office Location

Laughlin Education Building

Office Hours

After class, anytime via e-mail or by phone

Daytime Phone

830-719-8211; call anytime before 10 P.M.


Semester Dates

Monday, August 16, 2010 thru Sunday, October 10, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

6:00 - 8:50 PM

Credit Hours



Intermediate Algebra/ Lial, Hornsby & McGinnin/10th Edition/Addison Wesley
ISBN #0-321-44362-4

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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:
My educational philosophy is one that requires the efforts of the instructor as the facilitator of the material and the efforts of the student who is the receiver and learner of the material.  As the instructor my responsibility is to teach the students to the best of my ability.  I will try to explain the material in a clear and concise manner while trying to add relevancy of mathematics to the learners life. 

Class Assessment:

Your performance will be accessed by completing five exams. 


Exam I   20%
Exam II  20%
Exam III 20%
Exam IV 20%
Exam V 20%
Total 100%

Letter Grade Range
90-100% A
80-89%   B
70-79%   C
60-69%   D
Below 60% F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
If a student misses an exam s/he will be allowed to make up the exam.  I will not ask for an excuse, but the make up exam may be longer and more difficult.  It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of the missed exam and to make arrangements to take the exam.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to have read the sections being covered before class and students are expected to participate in class lectures.  If a student misses a class it is the student's responsibility to receive the notes from a peer.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:



17- Aug


19 - Aug


24 - Aug

Test I; 3.1-3.2

26 - Aug


31 - Aug


 2 - Sept


Take Home Test II

 7 - Sept


9 - Sept


Take Home Test III

14 - Sept


16 - Sept


21 - Sept


23 - Sept


Take Home Test IV

28 - Sept


30 - Sept


 5 - Oct


 7 - Oct

Test V

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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