MA135 College Algebra

for F2SS 2010

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MA 135 College Algebra


F2SS 2010 RA


Scagliola, David L.


Adjunct Professor


BA - Mathematics
MS - Operations Research


Semester Dates

4:55 - 7:35

Class Days


Class Time

4:55 - 7:35 PM


MA 125 or equivalent

Credit Hours


College Algebra, Lial, Hornsby and Schneider, 10th edition (see office for ISBN)

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Course Description:
A consideration of those topics designed for students planning to continue their study of mathematics in algebra, calculus, trigonometry, statistics, or other disciplines, as well as those taking college algebra as their final mathematical course. Topics include:  real numbers, polynomials, equalities and inequalities, functions, matrices, graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions, analytic geometry, sequences, series and probability. 
Pre-requisite:  MA125 or equivalent.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is based on interaction and active involvement--learning by doing.  This course will be primarily lecture based, however, students are always encouraged/required to: ask and answer questions, accomplish reading assignments, and practice/practice...practice...  In addition, there will be opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding of materials covered.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of Functions and Graphs
  2. Improve problem solving skills
  3. Demonstrate their ability to solve: linear equations, quadratic equations and systems of equations
  4. Prepare a foundation for more advanced courses
Class Assessment:
Students are expected to read the sections to be discussed in class prior to the class and be prepared to work examples and ask questions.  Mathematics can only be learned through practice, therefore, 10% of your grade will be based on homework.  All examinations will be modeled from homework problems, so there should be no surprises to students who have done the required homework. SHOW ALL OF YOUR WORK on homework assignments and exams!  An answer with no work shown is either right or wrong; but, an answer showing your work may get some credit, even if it is not completely correct.

Homework - 10%, Presentation/Project  - 10%, Quiz(s) - 20%,  Midterm  - 25%,  Final - 35%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
It is essential that homework be completed timely (no later than 1 week after credit will be given to assignments 2 weeks late). Make-Up Examinations: on a case by case basis

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
While in class, the class should be your primary focus.   Disruptions of class due to communications devices have become so prevalent that they are a major distraction in class (to you, to the instructor and to other students).   For this reason such devices must not be brought to class or must be inactivated during the class lecture.   Eating and drinking beverages (other than water) is not allowed in the halls or classroom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:





Review Exercises
Equations and Inequalities


Graphs and Functions
Project Options and Quiz 1



Polynomials and Rational Function



Inverse, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions



Systems of (linear and non-linear) Equations and Matrices
Project Selection



Analytic Geometry
Quiz 2



Sequences and Series, and Basics of probability and statistics



Presentations, Review 
Final Exam

Ch 1-7


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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.

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