MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for F1AA 2010

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


F1AA 2010 LC


Reily, Jim G.


Senior Instructor



Office Hours

M-F: 3:00 - 4:30

Daytime Phone

(210) 792-7481


Semester Dates

16 Aug 10 - 10 Oct 10

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:25 PM

Credit Hours


Lial, Hornsby and McGinnis, Intermediate Algebra, 10th edition, Addison Wesley, 2007

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Calculator (graphing calculator NOT required)
Blue line (quad rule) graph paper

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Course Description:
Fundamentals of basic algebra.  Topics include:  the real number system, basic operations of algebra, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities and functions, and graphs.  Additional topics may include exponents and logarithms, fundamental techniques of counting.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is based on joint effort. 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.

Class Assessment:

Homework assignments for many chapters of the text, participation, three exams and a core assessment test.


Homework average:  23% 
        Exams (3):         23% each
         Participation:      8%

A   90 - 100
B   80 - 89
C   70 - 79
D   60 - 69
F    0 - 59

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will only be accepted with prior approval and a valid reason for failure to complete work on time.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Each student is required to complete his or her own assignments
While interaction is encouraged during lecture, noise must be limited out of respect to other students

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week    Topics                                                          Chapter(s)  
1            Real number system; Linear equations             1-2  
2            Linear inequalities; Graphs, linear                     2-3  
              equations and functions  
3            Systems of linear equations; Review; Test 1       4  
4            Exponents, polynomials, and polynomial          5; App C  
              functions; Synthetic division  
5            Factoring; Rational expressions and                   6-7  
              functions; Review  
6            Test 2; Roots, radicals, and root                         8  
7            Quadratic equations, inequalities and                9-10  
              functions; Exponential and logarithmic  
8            Review; Test 3; Core Assessment Test  


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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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