MA125 Intermediate Algebra

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


F2B 2010 BL


Alva, Michael


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Mechanical Engineering
M.S. Engineering Management

Office Location

Fort Bliss

Office Hours

Before/After class as needed

Daytime Phone

(915) 204-4424


Semester Dates

18 Oct - 12 Dec 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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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 educational philosophy is one that requires the combined efforts of the instructor as a facilitator of the material and the discipline of the student to learn the material. The instructor will present material in every feasible form to ensure students are able to gain understanding of the theoretical and practical applications of all objectives. The student must exert their best effort to gain this understanding and communicate any problems with the instructor.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Manipulate, simplify, and evaluate algebraic expressions
  2. Solve and check linear equations, inequalities, and Applications
  3. Graph linear equations and solve system of linear equations
  4. Perform operations on polynomials and solve quadratic equations
Class Assessment:

Class Participation:


6 Quizzes:


Midterm Exam:


Final Exam:



79.5% - 89.4%
69.5% - 79.4%
59.5% - 69.4%
0.0% - 59.4%

• Your participation is required for the full duration of class.

• All work must be shown to earn full credit on problems worked!

• Extra credit, if offered, will be at the discretion of the instructor.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Makeup exams are only accepted with prior approval of the instructor, although, makeup exams will be longer and more difficult. It is the student's responsibility to inform the instructor that they will miss the exam and make arrangements with the instructor for a makeup exam.

Makeup quizzes will only be allowed if your absence is excused. It is the student's responsibility to inform the instructor that they missed the quiz and make arrangements with the instructor for a makeup assignment.

Points will be deducted for any late assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Respect for the instructor and one's peers is expected.

At no time is it acceptable to turn in someone else's work as your own (see the Academic Honesty section of this syllabus).

Regular attendance and participation in class activities are mandatory. Arriving 20 minutes late or leaving early will be marked as an absent. No credit for class participation will be given for unexcused absences.

During class all cell phones must be on silent/vibrate mode, and during tests cell phones must be turned off and put away.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Week 1

Introduction & Chapter 1

Week 1

Chapter 1 & 5

Quiz Ch. 1

Week 2

Chapter 5

Week 2

Chapter 2

Quiz Ch. 5

Week 3

Chapter 3

Week 3

Chapter 3&4

Quiz Ch. 2&3

Week 4

Chapter 4 & Midterm Review

Week 4

Midterm Exam Chapters 1-5

Week 5

Chapter 6

Week 5

Chapter 6&7

Quiz Ch. 6

Week 6

Chapter 7

Week 6

Chapter 8

Quiz Ch. 7

Week 7

Chapter 8&9

Week 7

Chapter 9

Quiz Ch. 8

Week 8

Final Review

Week 8

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 ( 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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