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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
Vargas, Jorge


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

MA 125 Intermediate Algebra

Semester

S2B 2011 BLA

Faculty

Vargas, Jorge

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

M.S. Computer Science
M.S. Mathematics

Office Hours

By Appointment

E-Mail

Jorge.Vargas03@park.edu

Semester Dates

March 21, 2011 to May 15, 2011

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Textbook: Intermediate Algebra, 10th Ed.
Authors: Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN: 9780321557643


9780321507211


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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:

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. State and use basic terminology and symbols of the discipline appropriately
  2. Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable and verify solution(s)
  3. Manipulate and simplify exponential expressions
  4. Perform arithmetic on and factor polynomials and solve polynomial equations
  5. Solve “word” problems
  6. Manipulate and simplify rational expressions
  7. Manipulate and simplify radical expressions and translate into/ from exponential form
  8. Solve equations involving radicals
  9. Apply the method of completing the square
  10. Apply the quadratic formula
  11. Graph algebraic equations and inequalities of one and two variables.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain difference between linear and quadratic equations.
  2. Differentiate functions from non-functions.
  3. Be able to select an appropriate technique to factor a polynomial.
  4. Be able to graph the solution of a system of algebraic equations and inequalities.
Core Assessment:


  1. Manipulate, simplify, and evaluate algebraic expressions


  2. Solve and check algebraic equations and inequalities


  3. Apply algebraic techniques to solve practical applications


  4. Graph algebraic equations and inequalities

 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

There will be weekly quizzes starting the second week.  The quizzes will be worth 10% of your final grade and will cover material reviewed up to that point.  There will be 6 quizzes, but only 5 will count towards your final grade.  I will use your top 5 grades.  Quizzes cannot be made-up for any reason.  There will also be weekly homework.  Homework will count for 30% of your final grade.  There will be 7 assigned homeworks, but only 6 will count towards your final grade. I will use your top 6 grades. Two exams will be given, a midterm and a comprehensive final exam. The midterm will count for 20% of your final grade and the final 30% of your final grade. Your participation in class, which also includes attendance and classroom behavior,  will count for the remaining 10% of your final grade.

Grading:
Assignments      Points

Homework 30
Quizzes   10
Participation     10
Midterm    20
Final   30

Total 100

The letter grade awarded corresponds to the following percent averages.
> 90%: A
80%-89%: B
70%-79%: C
60%-69%: D
< 60%: F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Homework must be submitted at the beginning of class the day it is due. It is unfair to other students to allow some individuals to submit assignments after the scheduled due date. Therefore, no late homework will be accepted. In case of an emergency that prevents you from coming to class the day a homework is due, contact me in advance.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Cell phones should be turned off before entering the classroom. If you must make a call, take it outside the classroom. Using cell phone or any other electronic device in class is considered an academic misconduct.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1. Review of the real number system (Chapter 1). Linear Equations, inequalities, and applications (Chapter 2). Homework 1 assigned.

Week 2. Linear Equations, inequalities, and applications (cont. Chapter 2)Graphs, linear equations, and functions (Chapter 3). Quiz 1. Homework 2 assigned.

Week 3. Graphs, linear equations, and functions (cont. Chapter 3). Systems of linear equations (Chapter 4). Quiz 2. Homework 3 assigned.

Week 4. Exponents, polynomials, and polynomial functions (Chapter 5). Midterm (Chapters 1 - 5). Quiz 3. Homework 4 assigned.

Week 5. Factoring (Chapter 6). Rational expressions and functions (Chapter 7). Quiz 4. Homework 5 assigned.
 
Week 6Rational expressions and functions (cont. Chapter 7). Roots, radicals, and root functions (Chapter 8). Quiz 5. Homework 6 assigned.

Week 7Roots, radicals, and root functions (cont. Chapter 8). Quadratic equations, inequalities, and functions (Chapter 9). Quiz 6. Homework 7 assigned.

Week 8Quadratic equations, inequalities, and functions (cont. Chapter 9). Class review. Final exam (Chapters 1 - 9).

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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed.  Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.

Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.

Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:

Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.

Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.

Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.

Plagiarism:
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
ALL GRADED WORK FOR THIS COURSE MUST BE YOUR OWN.  YOU ARE NOT TO RECEIVE OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE FROM ANYONE OTHER THAN YOUR INSTRUCTOR.  To further clarify; classmates, spouses, co-workers, tutors, clergy, librarians, friends, relatives, and pets are included as OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE.  PLEASE DO NOT VIOLATE THIS RULE.

When discussion questions request you to answer in your own words, do not copy words from the textbook as your own.  State YOUR understanding of the concept, not the understanding of some other person.  If you are allowed to quote the textbook, or other sources, you must use proper quotation markings and declare the source including web URL address or book page number from which you copied the text.  Not following these rules constitutes plagiarism, and will not be tolerated.  (This means you will not earn points for the assignment, and if the plagiarism does not stop immediately you will FAIL the course.  Additionally, a report of the incident will be sent to your permanent academic file.)

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

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:


INCOMPLETE POLICY




Incompletes are NOT a right, but a rare exception that are granted only in the most extraordinary of situations.




If you feel that you will require an incomplete (again, the exception, not the rule), it is your responsibility to contact your instructor BEFORE THE END OF THE COURSE and make this request. In most cases, written third party documentation will be required to support your request. It is at the discretion of the instructor whether an incomplete will be granted and for what length of time it will be granted, with an absolute maximum extension period of 90 days. Furthermore, incomplete grades will be assigned following all the requirements indicated by the Park University Incomplete Policy.




Click here to view Park University's Incomplete Policy 

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Evaluate 4 out of 4 algebraic expressions Evaluate 3 out of 4 algebraic expressions Evaluate 2 out of 4 algebraic expressions Evaluate 0 or 1 out of 4 algebraic expressions 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Simplify and manipulate 4 out of 4 algebraic expressions Simplify and manipulate 3 out of 4 algebraic expressions Simplify and manipulate 2 out of 4 algebraic expressions Simplify and manipulate 0 or 1 algebraic expressions 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Solve and check 4 out of 4 algebraic equations Solve and check 3 out of 4 algebraic equations Solve and check 2 out of 4 algebraic equations Solve and check 0 or 1 out of 4 algebraic equations 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Solve 4 out of 4 practical applications Solve 3 out of 4 practical applications Solve 2 out of 4 practical applications Solve 0 or 1 practical applications 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Graph 4 out of 4 linear equations or inequalities Graph 3 out of 4 linear equations or inequalities Graph 2 out of 4 linear equations or inequalities Graph 0 or 1 linear equations or inequalities 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Find 4 out of 4 slopes of lines Find 3 out of 4 slopes of lines Find 2 out of 4 slopes of lines Find 0 or 1 slopes of lines 
First Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
(Formulas) 1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Use and evaluate 4 out


of 4 formulas


 
Use and evaluate 3 out


of 4 formulas


 
Use and evaluate 2 out


of 4 formulas


 
Use and evaluate 0 or 1 out


of 4 formulas


 
Second Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
(Order of Operations) 1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Apply order of operations to 4 out of  4 algebraic expressions





 
Apply order of operations to 3 out of  4 algebraic expressions





 
Apply order of operations to 2 out of  4 algebraic expressions Apply order of operations to 0 or 1 out of  4 algebraic expressions 

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