MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for F2B 2010

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


F2B 2010 BLA


Gonzalez, Longino


Adjunct Faculty


BIS (Interdisciplinary Studies)
M Ed Instructional Specialist in Mathematics

Office Location

Classroom 616-5

Office Hours

20 minutes before and after class

Daytime Phone

(915) 820-5783


Semester Dates

18 Oct. 2010   to   12 Dec. 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM


None.  Student will be expected to have had sufficient experience with operations of fractions, decimals, and integers.

Credit Hours



Textbook: Intermediate Algebra: Tenth Edition
Authors: Lial, Hornsby, & McGinnis
Publisher: Pearson Education Inc. 2008
ISBN: 10: 0321557646 or 13: 978-0-55764-3

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Additional Resources:
Calculator is recommended but not mandatory.  Basic calculator to scientific calculator will suffice-no graphing calculators.

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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 facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, quizzes, dialogue, and examinations.  The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

Class Assessment:

Homework-Mathematics is a discipline that requires hands-on practice to develop the necessary skills and problem solving strategies for success.  It is important that the homework/reading and the necessary studying for quizzes/tests be completed in a timely manner.
Quizzes-To assess skill level and mastery of concepts.  These will serve as review material for tests.
Midterm-Includes all concepts from chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8.
Final Exam- Includes all concepts from chapters 5, 6, and 9 








Midterm Exam


Final Exam


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Due to shortness of term, no late work will be accepted and no make-up quizzes/exams will be administered.  Make arrangements to be present for all quizzes and exams.  If you are absent for a lecture you must make arrangements to acquire notes/homework that you miss.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The mathematics classroom must be an atmosphere where students are comfortable to discuss content and ask questions without fear of ridicule.  We will respect the input of all.
In today's electronic age, it is not uncommon to see cell phones, laptops, etc. on campus, but all attention must be dedicated to the math concepts at hand.  Therefore, I request that all outside correspondence take place only during breaks.  Devices should be set on silent mode.
Tardiness will not be tolerated.  The short term requires a fast pace in order to complete the required material.  Therefore, 20 min. late/leaving early will be marked as absent.
More than 3 absences (combination of excused/unexcused) will result in drop from class. This would relate to an excessive amount of material being missed and class credit cannot be justified.   

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:





Ch.1-Real Numbers Ch. 2-Linear Equations


Q1 (Ch. 1 & 2); Chapter 3-Graphing Equations Chapter 3-Graphing Equations


Q2 (Ch. 3); Chapter 4-Systems of Equations Chapter 4-Systems of Equations


Q3 (Ch. 4); Chapter 8-Radicals Midterm


Chapter 5-Polynomials Chapter 5-Polynomials


Q4 (Ch. 5); Chapter 6-Factoring Thanksgiving-No class


Q5 (Ch. 6); Chapter 9-Quadratics Chapter 9-Quadratics


Review 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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