MA135 College Algebra

for FA 2011

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MA 135 College Algebra


FA 2011 HOC


Rafizadeh, Azadeh


Adjunct Professor of Mathematics


Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of California Riverside
M.S. in Mathematics, University of California Riverside
B.A. in Mathematics, Calfornia State University Northridge

Office Location

Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall 306

Office Hours

Thursdays, 9-10, or by appointment

Daytime Phone



Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


Essentials of College Algebra, 10th Edition, by Lial, Hornsby, and Schneider, ISBN: 9780321664990

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
The online homework program MathXL is required.
Purchase an access code at the bookstore.

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Course Description:
MA135 College Algebra: Prerequisite:MA125, or a high school or transfer course equivalent to MA125, or an ACT math score greater than 23, or an SAT math score greater than 510, or a COMPASS score greater than 66 in the Algebra placement domain, or a COMPASS score 0-45 in the College Algebra domain. A consideration of those topics in algebra necessary for the calculus. Topics include:Solving equations and inequalities, graphing, functions, complex numbers, the theory of equations, exponential and logarithmic functions. 

Educational Philosophy:
To learn the material you should be prepared to spend at least two hours outside of classroom for every hour spent in the classroom. The only way to learn mathematics is to DO it yourself. Therefore, doing the homework assignments regularly is the key to your success. While lecturing, I will ask a lot of questions; it is in your interest to be involved and answer as many as you can, bearing in mind that there is no penalty for a wrong answer. Also, I believe that EVERY question is worth asking. Remember: many people might have the same question. Take an active role in your learning and communicate with me as much as you can. If I do not know what the problem is, I certainly will not know how to fix it.

Class Assessment:
Homework: 100 Points (10%)
Mini Quizzes: 100 Points (10%)
Midterm 1: 200 Points (20%)
Midterm 2: 200 Points (20%)
Final Exam: 400 Points (40%)

The grading scale will be no worse than the following:

A: 90% - 100%
B: 80% - 89%
C: 70% - 79%
D: 60% - 69%
F: Less than 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No late submissions of homework or make up quizzes, or exams are allowed
except in the case of an unplanned documented emergency. Documentation will
be required in the form of a doctor's note, accident report, etc.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please refrain from talking unless you are participating.

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 ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
I have no tolerance for cheating. If you get caught cheating, you will be reported to the University.

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
You will be considered absent if:

1. You do not attend class without contacting me in advance with an acceptable excuse
2. You attend the class for less than 30 minutes
3. You do not take the daily mini-quiz without making prior arrangement with me in advance
4. You use electronics unrelated to class such as cell-phones and laptops

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: .

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