MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for S2K 2011

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


S2K 2011 LA


Windhorst, Stephanie F.


Adjunct Instructor


M. Ed. Curriculum & Instruction, Texas A&M University
B.A. Mathematics, Texas A&M University

Office Location

Laughlin Education Building

Office Hours

After class, any time via email


Semester Dates

Monday March 14 - Sunday May 8

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 6:25 PM

Credit Hours


Intermediate Algebra, 10th Edition by Margaret L. Lial, John Hornsby, and Terry McGinnis.  ISBN 0321443624.  Addison Wesley.

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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:
As an instructor, I believe my role is to facilitate learning via clear and concise lectures, relevant examples, and classroom discussion.  I believe the role of the student is to facilitate their own learning by reading the assigned text, attending lectures, completing assignments, and asking questions as soon as they arise.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core 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 method of completing the square
  10. Apply the quadratic formula
  11. Graph algebraic equations and inequalities of one and two variables.

Core Assessment:

  1. Manipulate, simplify, and evaluate algebraic expressions

  2. Solve and check algebraic equations and inequalities

  3. Apply algebraic techniques to solve practical applications

  4. Graph algebraic equations and inequalities


Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Assessment will be based on homework and exam grades. 
Homework will be due at the beginning of class each Thursday unless otherwise stated.  Only a sampling of problems will be graded, so it is important that all problems are completed.  There will be six (6) homework assignments throughout the course.  The lowest homework grade will be dropped.  There will be 100 points for the total homework grade, therefore each assignment will be worth 20 points. 
Exams will be worth 100 points each.  Three exams will be given throughout the course.  A Final Exam will also be given at the end of the course worth 200 points.
Exams will be held as follows:
Exam 1
Week 3
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Exam 2
Week 5
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Exam 3
Week 7
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Final Exam
Week 8
Thursday, May 5, 2011

All exams will be held during class in the Laughlin Education Building.  All exams will be closed book, closed notes, closed electronic devices.



Points Per Week

Number of Weeks

Points Total 





Exam I




Exam II




Exam III




Final Exam




Course Total


There will be a total of 600 points.  Grades will be distributed as follows:

















359 and below

Below 60%


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late homework assignments will not be accepted without prior approval of the instructor.  A student must contact the instructor within 24 hours of a missed exam to schedule a make-up exam.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to arrive to class on time and prepared.  Students are expected to participate in class and seek assistance from the instructor when necessary.  Students are expected to be respectful of the instructor and other students.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

March 15, 16, 17
 Real Number System
Homework 1 Assigned
March 22, 23, 24
Solving Linear Equations & Inequalities, Functions
2 & 3
Homework 1 Due March 24; Homework 2 Assigned
March 29, 30, 31
Graphing Linear Equations & Inequalities
Homework 2 Due March 31; Exam I March 31; Homework 3 Assigned
April 5, 6, 7
Systems, Exponents, Adding & Subtracting Polynomials
4 & 5
Homework 3 Due April 7;    Homework 4 Assigned
April 12, 13, 14
Multiplying Polynomials, Factoring
5 & 6
Homework 4 Due April 14; Exam II April 14; Homework 5 Assigned
April 19, 20, 21
Rationals, Radicals, Roots
7 & 8
Homework 5 Due April 21;  Homework 6 Assigned
April 26, 27, 28
Homework 6 Due April 28; Exam III April 28
May 3, 4, 5
Review for Final Exam
Final Exam May 5

Note:  This syllabus is a guide to pace and content.  Further, not all of the material in each chapter will be covered.

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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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluate 4 out of 4 algebraic expressions Evaluate 3 out of 4 algebraic expressions Evaluate 2 out of 4 algebraic expressions Evaluate 0 or 1 out of 4 algebraic expressions 
Simplify and manipulate 4 out of 4 algebraic expressions Simplify and manipulate 3 out of 4 algebraic expressions Simplify and manipulate 2 out of 4 algebraic expressions Simplify and manipulate 0 or 1 algebraic expressions 
Solve and check 4 out of 4 algebraic equations Solve and check 3 out of 4 algebraic equations Solve and check 2 out of 4 algebraic equations Solve and check 0 or 1 out of 4 algebraic equations 
Solve 4 out of 4 practical applications Solve 3 out of 4 practical applications Solve 2 out of 4 practical applications Solve 0 or 1 practical applications 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Graph 4 out of 4 linear equations or inequalities Graph 3 out of 4 linear equations or inequalities Graph 2 out of 4 linear equations or inequalities Graph 0 or 1 linear equations or inequalities 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Find 4 out of 4 slopes of lines Find 3 out of 4 slopes of lines Find 2 out of 4 slopes of lines Find 0 or 1 slopes of lines 
First Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
(Formulas) 1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Use and evaluate 4 out

of 4 formulas

Use and evaluate 3 out

of 4 formulas

Use and evaluate 2 out

of 4 formulas

Use and evaluate 0 or 1 out

of 4 formulas

Second Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
(Order of Operations) 1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Apply order of operations to 4 out of  4 algebraic expressions

Apply order of operations to 3 out of  4 algebraic expressions

Apply order of operations to 2 out of  4 algebraic expressions Apply order of operations to 0 or 1 out of  4 algebraic expressions 


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