MA125 Intermediate Algebra

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


F2M 2010 CH


Goodwine, Kelvin




Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
Master of Science, Management

Office Location

Training and Education Building

Office Hours

Before and after class and by appointment

Daytime Phone

252 464 6318

Other Phone



Semester Dates

October 18, 2010 through December 10, 2010

Class Days

Tuesday and Thurday

Class Time

4:45 - 7:15 PM

Credit Hours


Intermediate Algebra by Lial, Hornsby, and McGinnis, 10th Edition, Pearson & Addison Wesley

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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:
Perhaps more than any subject, the successful learning of mathematics depends upon previously acquired knowledge, skill, and repitition.  Because of this, active participation in daily activities (such as asking questions in class, reading the textbook, and working assigned problems on time) is essential.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Manipulate, simplify, and evaluate algebraic expressions
  2. Solve and check linear equations, inequalities, and applications
  3. Graph linear equations and solve system of linear equations
  4. Perform operations on polynomials and solve quadratic equations
Class Assessment:
Students will be evaluated based on performance of homework, quizzes, examinations, and a final examination. 
Homework will be assigned at the end of each class; is expected to be completed by the next class meeting; and will be graded.
Quizzes will come from homework assignments.  The lowest quiz grade will be dropped at the end of the eight week class period, and there will be no make up quizzes.  If you miss a quiz, then that will be the one quiz to be dropped.
There will be two examinations. 
The final examination will be comprehensive (covering all chapters).


Homework:  10%         Letter Grading Scale:
Quizzes:       20%         A:  90% - 100%
Exam #1:     20%         B:  80% - 89%
Exam #2:     20%         C:  70% - 79%
Final Exam:  30%         D:  60% -69%
                                    F:  Below 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of homework will not be accepted except in extreme cases as determined by the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1.  Attend all classes and be in class on time.
2.  Be prepared.  Work all homework problems and ask questions.
3.  Know your material.  Complete required readings and homework.
4.  Do respect others, property, and yourself.
5.  Do give 100% effort 100% of the time.
Be certain all cellular telephones, pagers, blackberries, and other electronic communication devices are turned off.  If there is an emergency for which you need to leave your telephone (communication device) on, please inform me before the start of class. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

                      Tuesday                          Thursday
Week 1:        1.1 - 1.2                      Quiz 1, 1.3 - 1.4
Week 2:        Quiz 2, 2.1 - 2.2          Quiz 3, 2.3, 2.5
Week 3:        Quiz 4, 2.6 - 2.7          EXAM 1, 3.1 
Week 4:        3.2 - 3.3                      Quiz 5, 3.4 - 3.5
Week 5:        Quiz 6, 4.1 - 4.2          Quiz 7, 4.3
Week 6:        5.1 - 5.3                      EXAM 2
Week 7:        5.4 - 5.5                      Quiz 8, 6.1 - 6.3
Week 8:        6.4 - 6.5, REVIEW      FINAL

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 ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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: .

Additional Information:

We will follow guidance set by Park University Site Director for federal holidays, inclement weather, and any other unique situation that impacts class attendance at the campus.

may be granted at the sole discretion of the instructor and only in the event of unavoidable and documented absence that has been provided to the instructor.   NO EXCEPTIONS.




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