MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for S1HH 2011

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


S1HH 2011 PA


Kump, Richard L.


Adjunct Faculty - Senior Instructor


Master of Science, Systems Management, University of Southern California
Bachelor, Management, University of New Hampshire

Office Hours

By appointment

Other Phone

(937) 429-9018


Web Page

Semester Dates

10 January -  6 March 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM

Credit Hours



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

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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:
Most adults learn by performing the skills that they have seen or read about.  This course is designed so that concepts are reviewed several times as we progress from week to week.  You will read the materials prior to class; see demonstrations of the concepts in class (and participate in these demonstrations from time to time); participate in question and answer sessions at the beginning of each class; study for quizzes; participate in quiz reviews and take practice quizzes. This will help your retention of the material. 

Class Assessment:

Your final grade will be based on homework assignments, three quizzes, and a final exam.  Graded quizzes will be given back to the students for review; however, all graded materials must be returned to the instructor and filed for a period of 90 days after the end of the term. Grades for homework, quizzes and the final will be posted on eCompanion (  This allows students to track their progress since the system automatically computes the average score to date.
The final exam will consist of 20-25 multiple choice questions.  There will be a two hour time limit, and only non-programmable, non-graphing calculators will be permitted.


Homework: 15% (5% each)
Quiz #1: 20%
Quiz #2: 20%
Quiz #3: 20%
Final Exam: 25%


Grading scale:
90.0 - 100% :  A
80.0 - 89.9%:  B
70.0 - 79.9%:  C
60.0 - 69.9%:  D
0.0 - 59.9%:    F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
There are no papers to be written for this course, only homework, quizzes and a final examination on the dates indicated in this syllabus.  If a student misses a quiz or exam due to an excused absence, he/she must take the test before the end of the term.  If a quiz or exam is missed and the absence is unexcused, the test may be taken and the grade received will be reduced by 10% for each week delayed.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
For some students, the idea of taking a mathematics course causes anxiety.  For others, it may have been years since they have studied math.  In this class, asking questions is encouraged.  Respect for those asking questions or feeling anxious about a new concept is expected.  During the class period, all mobile device ringers must be turned off.  If you must take a call, quietly leave the classroom and talk in a breakroom, the entrance way, or outside the building.  Do not hold conversations in the hallway as this can disrupt other classes.  After class, all trash is to be removed and chairs placed under the tables.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The following schedule is to be used as a guide. Reading and exercise assignments should be completed prior to the week's session; the only exception is Week 1.  There may be sessions where all the material scheduled cannot be covered and others during which we cover more material than planned. Quizzes will cover the lesser of the topics covered in class or mentioned in the schedule below.


Assignments for the Week

Learning Objectives

Syllabus review
Read 2-72

Basic concepts; operations on real numbers; exponents, roots, and order of operation; properties of real numbers;linear equations in one variable; formulas

Q&A; Quiz #1;
Practice the exercises pp 2-72;
Read 73-121 prior to the class;
Applications of linear equations; linear inequalities in one variable; set operations and compound inequalities
Practice the exercises pp 73-121;
Read 147-226 prior to the class;
The rectangular coordinate system; slope of a line; linear equations in two variables; linear inequalities in two variables; introduction to functions
Q&A; Quiz #2;
Homework #1 Due
Practice the exercises pp 147-226;
Read 227-243; 251-265; 285-307 prior to the class;
Systems of equations in two variables;applications of systems of linear equations; integer exponents and scientific notation; adding and subtracting polynomials
Practice the exercises pp 227-307;
Read 308-326; 345-388 prior to the class;
Polynomial functions, graphs, and composition; multiplying polynomials; greatest common factors; factoring by grouping; factoring trinomials; special factoring; a general approach to factoring; solving equations by factoring.
Q&A; Quiz #3
Homework #2 Due
Practice the exercises pp 308-388
Read 389-440 prior to the class;
Multiply and divide rational expressions and functions; adding and subtracting rational expressions; complex fractions; equations with rational expressions and graphs
Practice the exercises pp 389-440;
Read 465-515 prior to the class;
Radical expressions and graphs; rational exponents; simplifying radical expressions; adding and subtracting radical expressions; multiplying and dividing radical expressions; solving equations with radicals
Homework #3 Due
Practice the exercises pp 465-515;
Read 537-568 prior to the class;
Final Exam

Square root property and completing the square; the quadratic formula; equations quadratic in form.
Final Exam.

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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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