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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
Bacopulos, Dionysia S.


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Course

MA 125 Intermediate Algebra

Semester

F1Y 2010 MN

Faculty

Bacopulos, Dionysia S.

Title

Adjunct Facult y

Degrees/Certificates

BSE University of Memphis 1979
MS  University of Memphis 1982

Office Location

the class room

Office Hours

before and after class and by appointment

Daytime Phone

(901) 682-1473

E-Mail

dionysia.bacopulos@park.edu

Semester Dates

August 15, 2010 to October 10, 2010

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

5:00 - 9:40 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Intermediate Algebra, 10th edition, by Margaret Lial, John Hornsby & Terry McGinnis

            Published by Pearson Addison Wesley, 2008            ISBN 0-321-44362-4
 


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Additional Resources:

graph paper and at least 2 sharpened pencils at all times
 
 
Calculator: TI-83, TI 83+, TI-84, TI 84+ or any scientific calculator

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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 goal in teaching mathematics is three-fold: to make clear mathematical concepts, to help students acquire mathematical skills and to encourage and inspire them to continue in their study of mathematics in a way that supports their life goals. As a teacher of a course, it is my responsibility to set and maintain the standards of this course – what is to be taught and how students’ performance is to be assessed. The goals of this course are specified in a manner that affords me the flexibility to adapt to students’ needs: a careful balance must be achieved to be covered in the course and the ability of the students to learn those topics. The pursuit of this balance is dynamic. I continually try to find a better way to achieve the same goals. As a teacher of mathematics, I am challenged to provide the highest quality instruction I can for students from all backgrounds. My ultimate goal is to find the experience of taking a course from me to be enriching in one way or another regardless of their final grade.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 2.  LINEAR EQUATIONS, INEQUALITIES AND APPLICATIONS
  2. 3.  GRAPHS, LINEAR EQUATIONS AND FUNCTIONS
  3. 4.  SYSTEMS OF LINEAR EQUATIONS
  4. 5.  EXPONENTS, POLYNOMIALS, AND POLYNOMIAL EQUATIONS
  5. 6.  FACTORING
  6. 7.  RATIONAL EXPRESSIONS AND FUNCTIONS
  7. 8.  ROOTS, RADICALS, AND ROOT FUNCTIONS
  8. 9.  QUADRATIC EQUATIONS, INEQUALITIES AND FUNCTIONS
  9. 10.  INVERSE, EXPONENTIAL, AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS
Class Assessment:
The students are expected to read the material prior to class and be prepared to participate in class discussion. The assigned problems will be completed after the lecture and discussed at the beginning of the next class session. Students are expected to complete all homework assignments. Four (4) tests and a comprehensive final will be given. Before averaging your final will be doubled for a total of six (6) grades. Your course grade will depend on the average
of the chapter tests and the final.

1. TESTS: There will be four (4) tests. No make ups. These tests will be in class.

2. FINAL EXAM: There will be a comprehensive final exam. There will be no make up

   for the final. The final is in class.

Grading:

There are 4 one hour tests plus a comprehensive final exam.  Each test is worth 100 points.  The comprehensive final is 200 points for a total of 600 points.  Your total points will be divided by 6.  Your course grade depends on this average.
 
 

An Example of how to figure out your course average:

  TEST # 1               85

            TEST # 2               77

            TEST # 3               91

            TEST # 4               62 
 
            FINAL                   75

            FINAL                    75

                                         465divided by 6 = 77.5

IT is your responsibility to keep up with your grades so that at anytime you can figure out your average.
 
 
 

LETTER  GRADE

PERCENTAGE

A

90 - 100

B

80 – 89.9

C

70 – 79.9

D

60 – 69.9

F

00 – 59.9

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 In the event of an excused absence the student must make arrangements with the instructor to make up a test. Class time cannot be used to make up a test. The final exam nor the last test may be made up.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Class participation is expected and attendance will be checked at each class meeting and will be reported to the school administration (on line). 

Any student who leaves class early without letting the instructor know the reason will constitute an unexcused absence. Students must stay until dismissed in order to be counted as present. Students are responsible for the material that they missed.

The student must have respect for all in class. Please put phones and pagers on vibrate.

Calculators may be used for both homework and tests. Every student must use his/her own calculator during a test.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

MON

DAY

 

CHAPTERS

AUG

17

T

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8

 

24

T

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, Review

 

30

T

TEST # 1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2

 

SEPT

07

T

5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5

 

14

T

TEST # 2, 7.1, 7.3, 7.4, 8.6, 8.7

 

21

T

TEST # 3, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5

 

28

T

9.6, 9.7, 10.1, 10.2 , 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6

 

OCT

T

TEST # 4, 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 2010-2011 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 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

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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