MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for F2F 2011

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


F2F 2011 QU


Schneider, Paul M.


Instructor of Mathematics/Adjunct Faculty


M.S. -- Operations Research (Naval Postgraduate School)
B.S. -- Chemistry (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)

Office Location

Quantico, VA

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

(703) 432-8557


Semester Dates

Monday, October 17, 2011 to Sunday, December 11, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 8:10 PM

Credit Hours



Required Text:Intermediate Algebra, 10th Ed. (with MyMathLab) 
Authors: Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

ISBN: 0-321-60784-8

ISBN-13: 978-0-321-60784-3

Order text at:

The version of the book from MBS comes packaged with MyMathLab. It is a powerful web-based supplement that supports the text. You will be doing your homework and quizzes in MyMathLab.  If you buy the book elsewhere, make sure it is packaged with MyMathLab. If you buy a used book you will be required to purchase MyMathLab.

NOTE: A stand alone version of MyMathLab (ISBN978-0-321-19991-1) with an e-book can be purchased. If you prefer an e-book instead of the hardcopy, order the MyMathLab with e-book at or at You will need your instructor's course ID code prior to ordering from the mymathlab or coursecompass sites. (The code for this class is: schneider12722)

Additional Resources:

PLEASE NOTE: It is expected that you will have access to a scientific calculator. You will not be allowed to use a programmable, graphing, or statistical calculator on your final exam, nor will you be able to use a computer, so you will need to take a hand-held scientific calculator with you for the final exam. I suggest you use the same calculator throughout the course. Then you will be familiar with it and will avoid having to learn how to use a new calculator at final exam time. You may not use a cell phone calculator nor can you share calculators on exams.

Any college algebra book or algebra study guide is a good supplement to the text. In addition there are numerous resources on-line. Here are some examples:

Other resources include the Quantico Marine Corps Base Family Library:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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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:

Mathematics is learned by practice. The instructor will present the material in class and go through example problems and allow time for questions. It is incumbent upon the student to complete the assigned homework and ask questions in the following class.
Homework will be done in MyMathLab. It will not be possible to do well on the quizzes or exams without doing and understanding the homework. MyMathLab is an important tool to help develop an understanding of the material. A minimum score of 60% is required to move on to the next homework assignment or quiz.
Attendance and active student participation in the class is very important.

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:
The student's performance will be evaluated by homework, weekly quizzes, two exams, and the final exam.


The final grade will be determined using the following points scheme:

Homework 100 points (average from MyMathLab)

Quizzes 100 points (11 quizzes worth 10 points -- lowest will be dropped)

Exams 200 points

Final Exam 100 points

Letter grades will be based on the following:

450-500 A (90% - 100%)

400-449 B (80%-89%)

350-399 C (70%-79%)

300-349 D (60%-69%)

<299 F (<60%) (or 3 or more Unexcused Absences)

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Student's may make up quizzes/exams in the next class only if it is an excuse absence. The final exam will only be given on the scheduled date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend class and be on time and prepared.

Students may misss class for legitimate reasons but the instructor must be notified in advance if at all possible. Three or more unexcused absences will result in a failing grade.

Class participation is critical to success in this class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class Schedule



Week 1

Chapter 1 and 2

Quiz 1, 2

Week 2

Chapter 2 and 3

Quiz 3, 4

Week 3

Chapter 4

Exam 1

Week 4

Chapter 4 and 5

Quiz 5, 6

Week 5

Chapter 6

Quiz 7,8

Week 6

Chapter 7

Exam 2

Week 7

Chapter 7 and 8

Quiz 9,10

Week 8

Chapter 9

Quiz 11,

Final Exam

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

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:
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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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 
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 
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 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
(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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
(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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