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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
Klagge, Neil O.


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

F2QQ 2010 HIA

Faculty

Klagge, Neil O.

Title

Senior Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

Masters Degree in Mathematics/Education
Bachelors Degree w/Mathematics major

Office Location

Home

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

801-771-4148

Other Phone

801-510-0158 (cell: leave a message)

E-Mail

neil.klagge@park.edu

w0yse@msn.com

Web Page

http://captain.park.edu/nklagge

Semester Dates

October 18, 2010 to December 12, 2010

Class Days

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Class Time

10:30 AM to 12 noon

Prerequisites

None listed in catalog, however a good grasp of fractions, decimals, negative numbers, order of operations and many "PreAlgebra" concepts is necessary in order to succeed in this course.

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, by Lial, Hornsby and Mcginnis, 10th ed. Pearson/Addison-Wesley, Publishers. ISBN: 0-321-50721-5.  A scientific calculator, such as a TI-30, (not a graphing calculator) is recommended for this class. The calculator should support the entry of fractions (the fraction key looks like "A b/c" resembling a mixed number like "2 ¾" )

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Intermediate Algebra by Lial Hornsby and McGinnis, 9th ed. 2004(NOT REQUIRED)

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***** THESE FIVE SITES ARE VERY HELPFUL *****
http://captain.park.edu/nklagge/helpfullinks.htm
http://www.math.com
http://www.sosmath.com
http://www.purplemath.com
http://www.algebralab.com

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:
I believe every student has the right to learn and to hear what is being said. Part of your grade includes your level of participation.  "Participation" refers to attending and being attentive during class, as well as not distracting others.  The participation grade is about 25% of the course grade and is affected by attendance if the absence is not made up as described elsewhere in this document.  Also, chronic or unnecessary tardiness may affect your participation grade as well.

Class Assessment:

Three graded examinations will be given.  The exams will cover assigned reading, homework and quizzes.    Reviews will be conducted to ensure students fully grasp the concepts that will be tested.  The exams will cover 75% of the grade while classroom participation will cover the other 25%. Also, there may be "pop" quizes from time to time which would increase the total points above 400.

Grading:

Each of the 3 exams will count 100 points of the grade with class participation being the remaining 100 points. Participation points may be deducted for behavior that disrupts the flow of learning.  Absences will affect the participation grade if  not made up as outlined below.
 
Grading scale: A=90-100%, B=80-89, C=70-79, D=60-69, F= BELOW 59.50%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All absences must be made up by HANDING IN the completed assignment as soon as possible after the absence. Work must be shown that indicates how each answer was obtained wherever possible. Assignments can be completed in one of two ways: (1) by doing the ODD problems in the "CHAPTER REVIEW EXERCISES" for each section you missed, or (2) by doing the "NOW TRY...." exercises listed at the end of each example in each secton.  If extenuating circumstances arise, please make them known to the instructor so that he can work with you in your situation.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Distractions that disrupt the flow of learning will affect your "participation" grade.  If you need to have a conversation with someone in the class or via cell phone, please take him or her out of the classroom and finish your conversation.  All conversation in the classroom should relate directly to the topic being discussed. Your cooperation in this will be appreciated by all. The classroom will be free of sexual harassment.  Unacceptable behaviors include unwelcome sexual advances, or sexually related or racially related jokes or comments

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Classes will begin promptly. If a class is cancelled (i.e., military exercises, inclement weather) a make up class may occur. The following is an approximate schedule. Watch for updates and changes on the class web site http://www.parkonline.org. If you are absent, or arrive late, or have to leave class early, you must hand in an assignment for  EACH SECTION  you missed. Assignments are discussed above in the section entitled "LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIAL". Each section that you fail to make up will reduce your total grade by about ½%, and each chapter by about 2.5%.
 
PLEASE REFER TO THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE FOR ANY MAKE UP WORK. 
 

CALENDAR                 FALL 2                 MA125                 N. KLAGGE

WK

Monday

Wednesday

Thursday

1

Oct 18
1.1-1.2

20
1.3-1.4

21
2.1-2.2

2

25
2.3-2.4

27
2.5-2.6

28
Review for test 1

3

Nov. 1
Test over ch. 1,2

3
3.1-3.2

4
3.3-3.4

4

8
3.5, Review ch.3

10
4.1 & 4.3 only. Take home PT

11      Veterans Day
             No Class

5

15
Test over ch. 3,4

17
5.1-5.2

18
5.3-5.4, (+5.1.1)

6

22
6.1-6.2

24
6.3-6.4

25    Thanksgiving Day
              No Class

7

29
6.5, review of ch. 5

Dec. 1
9.1-9.2

2
9.3, review of ch. 6

8

6
9.4, Take home PT 3

8
review of chs 5, 6, 9.

9
Test over ch. 5, 6, 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

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

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:
Failure to communicate about your absence will lead to an UNEXCUSED ABSENCE! This will affect your participation points. Keep me informed about absences!!

Copyright:

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Last Updated:9/2/2010 11:45:11 AM