MA125 Intermediate Algebra

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


F2J 2010 PV


Marsh, Kimball


Senior Adjunct Instructor


MA Mathematics
BA Mathematics

Office Location


Office Hours

30 minutes before and after class


Semester Dates

10/23 to 12/11/2010

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 AM to 12:20 PM

Credit Hours



Intermediate Algebra 1,

Lial, Hornsby, and McGinnis.

Addison Wesley

10th edition. 


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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:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of relaxed interactiveness based on lectures, many instructor supplied examples, dialogues, and formal examinations

Class Assessment:
  Students should try to read (if time permits) the topics to be covered in class and be prepared to work examples and ask questions in class.

The final grade will be determined by the following: Midterm Test (150 points) and Final Test (150 points)  = 300 points total. The midterm test will be over all material covered in the first 3 sessions. The final test is comprehensive. The Midterm and Final  tests will be open-notes.  A basic calculator should be acquired for use during the tests and the class. The following will be used to assign letter grades: A (270 – 300 points), B (240 – 269 points), C (210 – 239 points), D (180 – 209 points), F (<180 points)

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation and questions are encouraged. Students are expected to come to all classes and to be on time. Since 8 weeks is a VERY short time to complete an Intermediate Algebra course, we will cover material at what many students consider a very rapid rate.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Assignments are not graded. However, to further your understanding of Intermediate Algebra, it is recommended that you try the problems (especially those with answers in the back of the book) in each section.

 Week 1
Chapter 1: Review of the Real Number System
1.1 Basic Concepts
1.2 Operations on Real Numbers
1.3 Exponents, Roots, and Order of Operations
1.4 Properties of Real Numbers

 Week 2 
Chapter 2: Linear Equations, Inequalities, and Applications
2.1 Linear Equations in One Variable
2.2 Formulas
2.3 Applications of Linear Equations
2.4 Further Applications of Linear Equations
         Summary Exercises on Solving Applied Problems
2.5 Linear Inequalities in One Variable
2.6 Set Operations and Compound Inequalities
2.7 Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities
Week 3 
Chapter 3: Graphs, Linear Equations, and Functions
3.1 The Rectangular Coordinate System
3.2 The Slope of a Line
3.3 Linear Equations in Two Variables
         Summary Exercises on Slopes and Equations of Lines
3.4 Linear Inequalities in Two Variables
3.5 Introduction to Functions
Week 4  
Midterm Test followed by:Chapter 4: Systems of Linear Equations
4.1 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables
4.2 Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables
4.3 Applications of Systems of Linear Equations
4.4 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Matrix Methods

Week 5
Chapter 5: Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions
5.1 Integer Exponents and Scientific Notation
5.2 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
5.3 Polynomial Functions, Graphs, and Composition
5.4 Multiplying Polynomials
5.5 Dividing Polynomial

Week 6
Chapter 6: Factoring
6.1 Greatest Common Factors; Factoring by Grouping
6.2 Factoring Trinomials
6.3 Special Factoring
6.4 A General Approach to Factoring
6.5 Solving Equations by Factoring

 Week 7
Chapter 9 Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, and Functions
9.1 The Square Root Property and Completing the Square
9.2 The Quadratic Formula

 Week 8

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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