MA125 Intermediate Algebra

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


F1F 2010 MY


Loy, Kevin John


Master of Education--The Ohio State University
Masters of Science in Mathematics--Colorado School of Mines
Doctorate of Philosophy--The Ohio State University

Office Location

McNamara Building, Fort Belvoir

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

09 August to 04 October 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours


 Intermediate Algebra, 10th edition. Authors: Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis.

The ISBN for the package that includes MyMathLab is:  0-321-60784-8
The ISBN for just MyMathLab is: 0-321-19991-X

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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 instructor's philosophy is based on constructivist view of learning which states that students construct their perception of reality. The Instructor provides guidance like lectures, assignments and tutoring but learning is placed entirely on student's shoulders. Full use of computer technology is one of the ways the instructor guides students.

The intent is to introduce students to many of the important concepts and procedures they will need in order to (1) evaluate such daily inputs as organizational reports, newspaper articles, radio and television commentaries, (2) improve their ability to make better decisions over a wide range of topics, and (3) improve their ability to measure and cope with changing conditions both at home and on the job.  The emphasis will be placed on explaining mathematical and algebraic procedures and interpreting the resulting conclusions

Class Assessment:
Course grade will be based on quiz scores and the final exam.  The quiz questions will model the problems discussed in class.  


Final grade comprises 7 quiz scores, each worth 100 points (63.4%), and the final exam worth 400 (36.6%) points.  The final is part of the core assessment and is comprehensive.  The final is 2 hours; no books or notes are allowed, but a non-graphing, non-programmable calculator will be permitted.

Grading Scale:  A (90%+), B (80%+), C (70%+), D (60%+), F(less than 60%).

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 No make-up quizzes will be given.  If a quiz is missed, a zero will be recorded for that quiz score for that week.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please respect the rights of other students in the class. Cell phones must be off or put on silent while class is in session.  If an emergency call is expected or must be made, please be respectful of others and do it outside of the classroom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:





1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

Quiz 0


2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Quiz 1


2.5, 3.1, 3.2

Quiz 2


3.3, 3.4, 4.1

Quiz 3


5.1, 5.2, 5.3

Quiz 4


5.4, 5.5, 7.1

Quiz 5


7.2, 8.1, 8.2

Quiz 6


8.3, 8.4, 8.5

Quiz 7


9.1, 9.2

Final Exam

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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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