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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
Loy, Kevin John


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

U1F 2011 MY

Faculty

Loy, Kevin John

Title

Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Master of Education--The Ohio State University
Masters of Science in Mathematics--Colorado School of Mines
Doctorate of Philosophy--The Ohio State University

Office Location

U.S. Army Manpower Analysis Agency, 5915 16th Street    Bldg 238, Fort Belvoir, VA  22060-5589

Daytime Phone

703-805-5986

E-Mail

kevin.loy@park.edu

kevin.loy@us.army.mil

Semester Dates

31 May to 28 July 2011

Class Days

--Tu---Th----

Class Time

5:30 - 8:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 Intermediate Algebra, 10th edition. Authors: Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis.

The ISBN for the package that includes MyMathLab is:  0-321-60784-8
The ISBN for just MyMathLab is: 0-321-19991-X

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Additional Resources:
non-graphing, non-programmable scientific calculator

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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:

The instructor's philosophy is based on constructivist view of learning which states that students construct their perception of reality. The Instructor provides guidance like lectures, assignments and tutoring but learning is placed entirely on student's shoulders. Full use of computer technology is one of the ways the instructor guides students.

The intent is to introduce students to many of the important concepts and procedures they will need in order to (1) evaluate such daily inputs as organizational reports, newspaper articles, radio and television commentaries, (2) improve their ability to make better decisions over a wide range of topics, and (3) improve their ability to measure and cope with changing conditions both at home and on the job.  The emphasis will be placed on explaining mathematical and algebraic procedures and interpreting the resulting conclusions

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:

   Course grade will be based on quiz scores and the final exam.  The quiz questions will model the problems discussed in class.

Grading:

Final grade comprises 7 quiz scores, each worth 100 points (63.4%), and the final exam worth 400 (36.6%) points.  The final is part of the core assessment and is comprehensive.  The final is 2 hours; no books or notes are allowed, but a non-graphing, non-programmable calculator will be permitted.

Grading Scale:  A (90%+), B (80%+), C (70%+), D (60%+), F(less than 60%).

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 No make-up quizzes will be given.  If a quiz is missed, a zero will be recorded for that quiz score for that week.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please respect the rights of other students in the class. Cell phones must be off or put on silent while class is in session.  If an emergency call is expected or must be made, please be respectful of others and do it outside of the classroom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week

Day

Date:

Subject:               

Quiz:

 

Tu

31-May

1.1, 1.2,

Quiz 0

1

Th

2-Jun

1.3, 1.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tu

7-Jun

1.3,1.4,2.1,2.2,2.3

Quiz 1

2

Th

9-Jun

2.1,2.2,2.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tu

14-Jun

2.5, 3.1

Quiz 2

3

Th

16-Jun

3.1, 3.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tu

21-Jun

3.3, 3.4

Quiz 3

4

Th

23-Jun

3.4, 4.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tu

28-Jun

5.1, 5.2

Quiz 4

5

Th

30-Jun

5.2, 5.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tu

5-Jul

5.4, 5.5

Quiz 5

6

Th

7-Jul

5.5, 7.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tu

12-Jul

7.2, 8.1

Quiz 6

7

Th

14-Jul

8.1, 8.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tu

19-Jul

8.3, 8.4

Quiz 7

8

Th

21-Jul

8.4, 8.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tu

26-Jul

9.1, 9.2

 

9

Th

28-Jul

 

Final

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 2010-2011 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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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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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