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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
Malek, Margaret


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

MA 125 Intermediate Algebra

Semester

F1Z 2011 ML

Faculty

Malek, Margaret

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MS-Applied Mathematics
BS-Math/Computer Science
BA-Spanish

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

509-280-0567

E-Mail

margaret.malek@park.edu

margaret.malek@gmail.com

Semester Dates

Aug 15 - Oct 9, 2011

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Intermediate Algebra, 10th Ed by Lial, Hornsby, & McGinnis
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:
 I provide each student the maximum number of resources to learn the material. This enables the student to use a combination of the various mediums to match his/her personal learning style. These resources include me as the instructor, the text, lectures, my personal notes, various internet links, as well as homework assignments and tests to help guide and evaluate the student’s efforts. Homework will be assigned and due each week to give the student an opportunity to practice applying the material. To facilitate the student’s understanding of the material, I will provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and review material during each class.  Students are encouraged to bring homework questions to these sessions. I will also make myself as available as possible via email and by appointment. A midterm and final exam will be administered to test the student’s ability to apply the material.

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

 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Final grade will be based upon performance on homework assignments and four exams

Grading:

7 Homework Assignments (80pt ea) 560pts 56%
4 Exams (110 each) 440pts 44%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Generally late submission of any course material must be previously approved by instructor; however, there will be a two (2) day grace period on all homework assignments and a one (1) day grace period on all exams.  For each day after the grace period ends, a 5 point penalty will be applied to the assignment.
Homework Assignments are due during class when collected unless otherwise stated.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students must always conduct themselves in a manner that fosters learning.  This includes, but is not limited to, being respectful to the instructors and other students.  If you have difficulties with another student, kindly address that student or bring the problem to my attention after class.  I encourage the students to use each other as a resource for learning the material.  Students may work on homework assignments together, but I expect that each student will do his/her own work!

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 Ch 1,2 No hmwk due
Week 2 Ch 2,3 Hw 1 and Exam 1 (Ch1-2) due
Week 3 Ch 3,4 Hw 2 due
Week 4 Ch 4,5 Hw 3 and Exam 2 (Ch 3-4) due
Week 5 Ch 5,6 Hw 4 due
Week 6 Ch 6,7 Hw 5 and Exam 3 (Ch5-6) due
Week 7 Ch 7,8 Hw 6 due
Week 8 Ch 8 Hw 7 and Exam 4 (Ch 7-8) due

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

Extra Credit:



One (1)
point of extra credit will be given for each section of homework turned in PRIOR
to the due date. (i.e. If you submit Sec 1.1 and Sec 1.2 prior to the due date
for HW1, you will receive 2 extra credit points on HW1)



Other extra
credit opportunities will be offered throughout the term.  Generally these
opportunities will be for completion of review sections and will be for 5 points
a piece.






Changes to Syllabus:



This syllabus is subject to change.  If changes are made, the changes will
be posted in the announcement section of the online classroom.



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds 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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