MA125 Intermediate Algebra

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


SP 2011 HO


Anderson, Carolyn


Associate Professor of Mathematics


MS (math)
MEd (computers in education)

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Semester Dates

Jan. 10 - May 6

Class Days


Class Time

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Credit Hours


COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): Intermediate Algebra, by Lial, Hornsby and McGinnis, Pearson/Addison-Wesley Publisher, Tenth Edition, 2008© (ISBN: 0321443624)

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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:
I believe every student can learn and succeed given the appropriate opportunities. The challenge is to meet the varying needs of students while promoting, fostering and expecting academic excellence. The curriculum is ever changing and modifying and adjusting while integrating new ideas and technologies. The environment instills that everyone is responsible for themselves and their community.

Class Assessment:
Grades are determined from chapter tests and the final. Grades of A(90%), B(80%), C(70%), D(60%), and F(less that 60%) will be given.   Chapter tests (and final) are counted equally (100 points each). There are NO MAKEUP tests given! However, your lowest chapter test grade will be dropped. NO SYMBOLIC CALCULATORS CAN BE USED ON ANY TEST (eg. TI 89, TI 92, Casio FX 2.0,etc.). A comprehensive Final is mandatory. The instructor will announce class policies. The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus.

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Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of "zero".

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students are expected to be present and on time with homework assigned completed.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Basic Concepts


#1-115 odd

Operations on Real Numbers


#1-119 odd

Exponents, Roots, and Order of Operations


#1-93 odd

Properties of Real Numbers


#1-43 odd

Linear Equations in One Variable


#1-57 odd



#1-35 odd

Application of Linear Equations


#1-75 odd

Linear Inequalities in One Variable


#1-69 odd

Set Operations and Compound Inequalities


#1-63 odd

Integer Exponents and Scientific Notation


#1-151 odd

Adding and Subtracting Polynomials


#1-83 odd

Polynomial Functions


#1-31 odd

Multiplying Polynomials


#1-99 odd

Dividing Polynomials


#1-29 odd

Greatest Common Factors; Factoring by Grouping


#1-57 odd

Factoring Trinomials


#1-41 odd

Special Factoring


#1-37 odd

Rational Expressions; Multiplying and Div.


#1-85 odd

Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions


#1-51 odd

Complex Fractions


#1-15 odd

Radical Expressions and Graphs


#1-79 odd

Rational Exponents


#1-35 odd

Simplifying Radical Expressions


#1-91 odd

Adding and Subtracting Radical Expressions


#1-29 odd

Multiplying and Div. Radical Expressions


#1-51 odd

Complex Numbers


#1-69 odd

The Square Root Property and Completing the Square


#1-23 odd

The Quadratic Formula


#1-37 odd

The Rectangular Coordinate System


#1-55 odd

The Slope of a Line


#1-79 odd

Linear Equations in Two Variables


#1-71 odd

Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables


#1-25 odd

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  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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