MA125 Intermediate Algebra
for S2F 2011
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Course  MA 125 Intermediate Algebra 
Semester  S2F 2011 QU 
Faculty  Schneider, Paul M. 
Title  Instructor of Mathematics/Adjunct Faculty 
Degrees/Certificates  M.S.  Operations Research (Naval Postgraduate School) B.S.  Chemistry (University of Wisconsin  Milwaukee) 
Office Location  Quantico, VA 
Office Hours  By Appointment 
Daytime Phone  (703) 4328557 
EMail  paul.schneider@park.edu 
Semester Dates  Monday, March 21, 2011 to Sunday, May 22, 2011 
Class Days  TR 
Class Time  5:30  8:00 PM 
Credit Hours  3 
Textbook:
Required Text:Intermediate Algebra, 10th Ed. (with MyMathLab)
Authors: Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis
Publisher: AddisonWesley
ISBN: 0321607848
ISBN13: 9780321607843
Order text at: http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/park.htm
The version of the book from MBS comes packaged with MyMathLab. It is a powerful webbased supplement that supports the text. If you buy the book elsewhere, make sure it is packaged with MyMathLab. If you buy a used book you will be required to purchase MyMathLab.
NOTE: A stand alone version of MyMathLab with an ebook can be purchased with MyMathLab. If you prefer an ebook instead of the hardcopy, order the MyMathLab with ebook at http://www.coursecompass.com/ or at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/park.htm. You will need your instructor's course ID code prior to ordering from the mymathlab or coursecompass sites. (The code for this class is: schneider84826)
Additional Resources:
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 handheld 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. You may not use a cell phone calculator nor can you share calculators on exams.
One resource that comes with the book is: http://www.interactmath.com/asp/wizardframe.htm (just select your book).
MyMathLab is valuable tool (the instructor code is: schneider84826) which is accessed at http://www.coursecompass.com/.
Any college algebra book or algebra study guide is a good supplement to the text. In addition there are numerous resources online. Here are some examples:
http://www.math.com/
http://www.purple.math.com/
http://www.onlinemathlearning.com/algebrahelp.html
Other resources include the Quantico Marine Corps Base Family Library: http://www.mcu.usmc.mil/MCRCweb/library/QuanticoLibrary.htm
McAfee Memorial Library  Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 8002704347.
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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:
Mathematics is learned by practice. The instructor will present the material in class and go through example problems and allow time for questions. It is incumbent upon the student to complete the assigned homework and ask questions in the following class.
Homework will be done in MyMathLab. It will not be possible to do well on the quizzes or exams without doing and understanding the homework. MyMathLab is an important tool to help develop an understanding of the material. A minimum score of 60% is required to move on to the next homework assignment or quiz.
Attendance and active student participation in the class is very important.
Learning Outcomes:
Core Learning Outcomes
 State and use basic terminology and symbols of the discipline appropriately
 Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable and verify solution(s)
 Manipulate and simplify exponential expressions
 Perform arithmetic on and factor polynomials and solve polynomial equations
 Solve “word” problems
 Manipulate and simplify rational expressions
 Manipulate and simplify radical expressions and translate into/ from exponential form
 Solve equations involving radicals
 Apply the method of completing the square
 Apply the quadratic formula
 Graph algebraic equations and inequalities of one and two variables.
Core Assessment:
Manipulate, simplify, and evaluate algebraic expressions
Solve and check algebraic equations and inequalities
Apply algebraic techniques to solve practical applications
Graph algebraic equations and inequalities
Link to Class Rubric
Class Assessment:
The student's performance will be evaluated by weekly quizzes, two exams, and the final exam.
Grading:
The final grade will be determined using the following points scheme:
Homework 100 points (average from MyMathLab)
Quizzes 100 points (11 quizzes worth 10 points  lowest will be dropped)
Exams 200 points
Final Exam 100 points
Letter grades will be based on the following:
450500 A (90%  100%)
400449 B (80%89%)
350399 C (70%79%)
300349 D (60%69%)
<299 F (<60%) (or 3 or more Unexcused Absences)
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Student's may make up quizzes/exams in the next class only if it is an excuse absence. The final exam will only be given on the scheduled date.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend class and be on time and prepared.
Students may misss class for legitimate reasons but the instructor must be notified in advance if at all possible. Three or more unexcused absences will result in a failing grade.
Class participation is critical to success in this class.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Class Schedule

Chapters

Quizzes/Test

Week 1

Chapter 1 and 2

Quiz 1, 2

Week 2

Chapter 2 and 3

Quiz 3, 4

Week 3

Chapter 4

Exam 1

Week 4

Chapter 4 and 5

Quiz 5, 6

Week 5

Chapter 6

Quiz 7,8

Week 6

Chapter 7

Exam 2

Week 7

Chapter 7 and 8

Quiz 9,10

Week 8

Chapter 9

Quiz 11

Week 9


Final Exam

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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 20102011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Plagiarism:
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 20102011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 9293
Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
 The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
 Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
 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".
 A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
 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.
 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 20102011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 9596
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Rubric
Competency  Exceeds Expectation (3)  Meets Expectation (2)  Does Not Meet Expectation (1)  No Evidence (0) 
Evaluation Outcomes 1  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 

Synthesis Outcomes 1  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 

Analysis Outcomes 2  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 

Application Outcomes 3  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 Outcomes 4  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 Outcomes 4  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 Outcomes (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 Outcomes (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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