MA125 Intermediate Algebra
for U1SS 2011
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Course  MA 125 College Algebra 
Semester  U1SS 2011 RA 
Faculty  Scagliola, David L. 
Title  Adjunct Professor, Senior Instructor 
Degrees/Certificates  BA  Mathematics MS  Operations Research 
Office Location  Randolph AFB, Bldg 208 Room 24 
Office Hours  M/W 7:30  7:40 or as coordinated 
EMail  David.Scagliola@park.edu 
Semester Dates  6 June  31 July 2011 
Class Days  M/W 
Class Time  7:40  10:20 PM 
Credit Hours  3 
Textbook:
College Algebra, Lial, Hornsby and McGinnis, 10th/08
ISBN 13: 9780321557643
ISBN 10: 0321557646
Additional Resources:
A calculator with basic functions (e.g. +, , *, /, and exponent or square root key) can be very useful in this class. An expensive (multifunctional/graphing/internet compatible) calculator is NOT necessary for this class.
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Course Description:
Fundamentals of basic algebra. Topics include: the real number system, basic operations of algebra, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, functions, and graphs. Additional topics may include exponents and logarithms, fundamental techniques of counting. 3:0:3
On occasion, the instructor may introduce additional materials (formulas or concepts) not included in the book. These items are for the 'appreciation' of the students and are generally not testable. They are included as preparation for subsequent math/statistics related courses.
Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is based on interaction and active involvementlearning by doing. This course will be primarily lecture based, however, students are always encouraged/required to: ask and answer questions, accomplish reading assignments, and practice/practice...practice... In addition, there will be opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding of materials covered.
Learning Outcomes:
Core Learning Outcomes
 State and use basic terminology and symbols of the discipline appropriately
 Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable and verify solution(s)
 Manipulate and simplify exponential expressions
 Perform arithmetic on and factor polynomials and solve polynomial equations
 Solve “word” problems
 Manipulate and simplify rational expressions
 Manipulate and simplify radical expressions and translate into/ from exponential form
 Solve equations involving radicals
 Apply the method of completing the square
 Apply the quadratic formula
 Graph algebraic equations and inequalities of one and two variables.
Instructor Learning Outcomes Demonstrate understanding of Functions and Graphs
 Improve problem solving skills
 Demonstrate ability to solve: linear equations, quadratic equations and systems of equations
 Prepare a foundation for more advanced courses
Core Assessment:
Manipulate, simplify, and evaluate algebraic expressions
Solve and check algebraic equations and inequalities
Apply algebraic techniques to solve practical applications
Graph algebraic equations and inequalities
Link to Class Rubric
Class Assessment:
Students are expected to read the sections to be discussed in class prior to the class and be prepared to work examples and ask questions. Mathematics can only be learned through practice, therefore, 20% of your grade will be based on homework and attendance. All examinations will be modeled from homework problems, so there should be no surprises to students who have done the required homework. SHOW ALL OF YOUR WORK on homework assignments and exams! An answer with no work shown is either right or wrong; but, an answer showing your work may get some credit, even if it is not completely correct.
Grading:
Homework/Attendance (20 points) 20%
Quiz #1 (20 points) 20%
Quiz #2 (20 points) 20%
Project and Presentation (10 points) 10%
Final Examination (30 points) 30%
Total (100 points) 100%
Late Submission of Course Materials:
It is essential that homework be completed timely (no later than 1 week after assigned...no credit will be given to assignments 2 weeks late).
MakeUp Examinations: on a case by case basis
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
While in class, the class should be your primary focus. Disruptions of class due to communications devices have become so prevalent that they are a major distraction in class (to you, to the instructor and to other students). For this reason such devices must not be brought to class or must be inactivated during the class lecture. Eating and drinking beverages (other than water) is not allowed in the halls or classroom.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week

Topics

Chapter(s)

1

Real Number, System and Linear Equations & Inequalities

1 and 2

2

Graphs and Functions

3

3

Quiz #1
Systems of Linear Equations

4

4

(more) Linear Equations, Matrix Methods
Exponents and Polynomials

4 and 5

5

Exponents and Polynomials (continued)
Factoring
Rational Expressions
Quiz #2

5, 6 and 7

6

(more) Rational Expressions and
Roots and Radicals

7 and 8

7

Quadratic Equations and Functions

9

8

Sequences, Series, Summations and Factorials
Presentations
Final Exam

12

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 20102011 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 20102011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 9293
Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
 The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
 Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
 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".
 A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
 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.
 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 20102011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 9596
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Additional Information:
Rubric
Competency  Exceeds Expectation (3)  Meets Expectation (2)  Does Not Meet Expectation (1)  No Evidence (0) 
Evaluation Outcomes 1  Evaluate 4 out of 4 algebraic expressions  Evaluate 3 out of 4 algebraic expressions  Evaluate 2 out of 4 algebraic expressions  Evaluate 0 or 1 out of 4 algebraic expressions 

Synthesis Outcomes 1  Simplify and manipulate 4 out of 4 algebraic expressions  Simplify and manipulate 3 out of 4 algebraic expressions  Simplify and manipulate 2 out of 4 algebraic expressions  Simplify and manipulate 0 or 1 algebraic expressions 

Analysis Outcomes 2  Solve and check 4 out of 4 algebraic equations  Solve and check 3 out of 4 algebraic equations  Solve and check 2 out of 4 algebraic equations  Solve and check 0 or 1 out of 4 algebraic equations 

Application Outcomes 3  Solve 4 out of 4 practical applications  Solve 3 out of 4 practical applications  Solve 2 out of 4 practical applications  Solve 0 or 1 practical applications 

Content of Communication Outcomes 4  Graph 4 out of 4 linear equations or inequalities  Graph 3 out of 4 linear equations or inequalities  Graph 2 out of 4 linear equations or inequalities  Graph 0 or 1 linear equations or inequalities 

Technical Skill in Communicating Outcomes 4  Find 4 out of 4 slopes of lines  Find 3 out of 4 slopes of lines  Find 2 out of 4 slopes of lines  Find 0 or 1 slopes of lines 

First Literacy Outcomes (Formulas) 1, 2, 3  Use and evaluate 4 out
of 4 formulas
 Use and evaluate 3 out
of 4 formulas
 Use and evaluate 2 out
of 4 formulas
 Use and evaluate 0 or 1 out
of 4 formulas


Second Literacy Outcomes (Order of Operations) 1, 2, 3  Apply order of operations to 4 out of 4 algebraic expressions
 Apply order of operations to 3 out of 4 algebraic expressions
 Apply order of operations to 2 out of 4 algebraic expressions  Apply order of operations to 0 or 1 out of 4 algebraic expressions 
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