MA125 Intermediate Algebra

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


F1B 2010 BL


Pataky, Carl R.


Sr. Adjunct Faculty


BS Chemical Engineering University of Pittsburgh
MBA Syracuse University

Office Location

El Paso

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

9 August to 3 October, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours


INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA.   Lial, Margaret L., Hornsby, John, & McGinnis, Terry.  Addison Wesley.  10th Edition.  2008.  ISBN-10:  0321557646.  ISBN-13: 9780321557643.

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A scientific calculator is recommended and helpful, but not required.  I'd suggest a TI-36X solar or some other scientific calculator.  This will cost 10 to 20 dollars depending on the make and model.

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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

Class Assessment:
Class Assessment:

Three examinations, 100 points each. 
One Homework Assignment on Word Problems 10 Points 
The final exam may be a core assessment provided by the Park University Mathematics Department. The final will be a closed book and closed notes exam.  Use of a calculator will be permitted on the final provided it is not a graphing calculator.



Three examinations; Tests one and two will count as 60% of the final grade (each test 30%).  The homework assignment will count for 10%.  The core final assessment test will count as 30% of the final grade.   A 90% to 100%. B 80% to <90%. C 70% to <80%. D 60% to <70%. F <60%.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Homework assignments will be accepted late, however the grading may be reduced based on the timing and on the reason for the delay.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class Meeting and Examination Schedule: (Fall I 2010.  5:00 PM to 7:30 PM  Tuesday and Thursday)

Week One:  1st Class.  Introduction, Class Administration, Ground Rules, & Syllabus Review.   Chapter 1.  Review of the Real Number System.  

     2nd Class.  Continue Chapter 1.  Review of the Real Number System.  Chapter 5 Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions. 

Week Two:  3rd Class.  Continue Chapter 5 Exponents.  

     4th Class.  Chapter 2.  Linear Equations, Inequalities and Applications.  Chapter 3.  Graphs, Linear Equations, and Functions.  

Week Three:  5th Class.  Continue Chapter 3.  Graphs, Linear Equations, and Functions.
Chapter 4.  Systems of linear Equations.

      6th Class.  Continue Chapter 4.  Systems of linear Equations.  Chapter 5.  Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions. REVIEW FOR TEST I.  Chapters 1, 2, 3, & 5.

Week Four:  7th Class.  TEST I.  Chapters 1, 2, 3, & 5.

     8th Class.  Class review of test results. Continue Chapter 5 Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions. Chapter 2.  Additional Word problems. Chapter 6 Factoring by Greatest Common Factor and Trinomials..

Week Five:  9th Class.  Continue Chapter 2  Additional Word problems. Chapter 6 Factoring by Greatest Common Factor and Trinomials.

     10th Class.  Review for Test II.  Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5. Continue Chapter 6 Factoring.  Chapter 7.  Rational Expressions and Functions.

Week Six:  11th Class.  TEST II. Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5.   Homework  assignment due.

    12th Class.  Class review of Test II results.  Continue Chapter 7 Rational Expressions and Functions.  

Week Seven:  13th Class.  Chapter 8 & 9, Discussion of quadratic equation solutions, square and cube roots and radicals.  

    14th Class.  Continue Chapter 8 & 9, Discussion of quadratic equation solutions, square and cube roots and radicals. 

Week Eight:  15th Class.  REVIEW FOR FINAL TEST.  All chapters and all material covered.

    16th Class.  (Last Class)  FINAL TEST (INCLUSIVE).  All Chapters and materials covered.


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