MA125 Intermediate Algebra
for U1KK 2011
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Course  MA 125 Intermediate Algebra 
Semester  U1KK 2011 HA 
Faculty  Bellefeuille, Joseph H 
Title  Adjunct Instructor 
Degrees/Certificates  Doctorate of Education, Boston University Master of Science Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University Bachelor Science Electrical Engineering, Lowell Technological Institute 
Office Hours  By appointment 
Daytime Phone  (978) 3526458 
Other Phone  (978) 6213638 
EMail  joseph.bellefeuille@park.edu 
 bellej@verizon.net 
Semester Dates  7 June  28 July 2011 
Class Days  TR 
Class Time  5:30  8:30 PM 
Credit Hours  3 
Textbook:
Intermediate Algebra, 10th Ed; Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis
Publisher: AddisonWesley
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.
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.
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:
Grading:
Homework: 150 (50 each)
Quiz #1: 150
Quiz #2: 150
Quiz #3: 150
Final Exam: 400
Grading:
Letter Grade:
Grading scale:
900  1000: A
800  899: B
700  799: C
600  699: D
0  599: 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 a must. Fully respect for those asking questions or feeling anxious about a new concept is expected.
Arriving late for class is disruptive for all involved so please make every attempt to be on time.
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 vacant room, 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:
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.
Week

Assignments for the Week

Learning Objectives

1

Introductions; Syllabus review
Read 287

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

2

Q&A; Quiz #1; Practice the exercises pp 287; Read 88 121 & 147  160 prior to the class; Review

Further applications of linear equations; linear inequalities in one variable; set operations and compound inequalities; introduction of rectangular coordinate system

3

Q&A; Quiz # 2; Practice the exercises pp 88 121; Read 160  226 prior to the class; Homework # 1 Due; Review

Working with the rectangular coordinate system; slope of a line; linear equations in two variables; linear inequalities in two variables; introduction to functions; systems of equations in two variables; introduction of systems of linear equations

4

Q&A; Practice the exercises pp 147226; Read 227243; 251265; 285307 prior to the class; Review

Applications of systems of linear equations; integer exponents and scientific notation; adding and subtracting polynomials

5

Q&A; Quiz # 3; Practice the exercises pp 227307; Read 308326; 345388 prior to the class; Homework # 2; Review

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.

6

Q&A; Quiz # 4; Practice the exercises pp 308388; Read 389440 prior to the class; Review

Multiply and divide rational expressions and functions; adding and subtracting rational expressions; complex fractions; equations with rational expressions and graphs

7

Q&A; Practice the exercises pp 389440; Read 465515 prior to the class; Homework # 3 Due; Review

Radical expressions and graphs; rational exponents; simplifying radical expressions; adding and subtracting radical expressions; multiplying and dividing radical expressions; solving equations with radicals

8

Q&A; Homework # 4 Due; Practice the exercises pp 465515; Read 537568 prior to the class; Review; Final Exam

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

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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".
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 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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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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