MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for S1SS 2011

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


S1SS 2011 RA


Hofmockel, Ken L.


Assistant Professor of Math/Adjunct Faculty


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BA - Accounting

Office Location

Education center Randolph AFB Tx

Office Hours

1130-1200 hours Mon - Thu

Daytime Phone

210 566-9595

Other Phone

210 566-5379


Semester Dates

10 January 2011 thru 06 March 2011

Class Days


Class Time

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Credit Hours


Intermediate Algebra, Lial Hornsby Mcginnis, tenth edition, 978 0-321-44362-5 

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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:
Math is a subject that is best learned by doing.  It is imperative that students work the sample problems and exercises from the textbook in order to most clearly understand the concepts.  Further interactive learning will include quizzes, classroom examples, and examinations.

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.

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



Three tests and a final examination (tests will be worth 15% each; final is worth 25%)
Quizzes worth a total of 20% of grade, and attendance/participation worth 10%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Normally not accepted

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to be in class on time, not leave early, not miss class sessions and are expected to actively participate while also being respectful of other's inputs.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One:  Ch 1, 2:  Real number system, linear equations and inequalities
Week Two:  Ch 3:  Graphs, functions --- Test #1
Week Three:  Ch 4, 5:  Systems of linear equations, exponents polynomials
Week Four:  Ch 6: Factoring --- Test #2
Week Five:  Ch 7, 8:  Rational expressions, Roots, Radicals
Week Six:  Ch 9: Quadratic Equations --- Test #3
Week Seven:  Ch 10, 11:  Inverse, Exponential and logarithmic functions
Week Eight: Ch 12:  Sequences, Series --- Final Exam

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

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