MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for S2I 2011

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


S2I 2011 EM


Bankston, Andrew C.


Adjunct Faculty


Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Hardcopy Text: Intermediate Algebra, 10th Ed.
Authors: Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN: 0-321-44362-4

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.

I do not have a brand requirement, but the cost of most brands run about $10 - $15 and can be found in office supply stores or department stores.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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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

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:


Introductions - By the end of the first week of the course submit a short paragraph to introduce yourself.  Include your background in mathematics and your expectations and goal for this class.
Reading – Read the assigned chapter sections in your textbook. 
Lecture – Attend the lecture ready to turn in homework.
Discussions – Participate in class discussions and learning examples (graded activity)

Homework - Complete the daily homework assignment (graded activity)

Tests – Complete the 3 quadrant tests.

Final Exam - Complete the final exam (graded activity)



Possible Points

Total Points

Total %


5 pts



Discussion Participation

5 pts each




10 pts each




25 pts each



Final Exam

100 pts







Letter Grade


Number of Points



323 - 360

89.5 - 100%


287 - 322

79.5 - 89.4%


251 - 286

69.5 - 79.4%


215 - 250

59.5 - 69.4%


000 - 214

00 - 59.4%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

It is unfair to other students to allow some individuals to submit assignments after the scheduled due date. Therefore, all assignments are expected to be completed by set deadlines. An exception to the rule is in the case of operational commitments.  The only other considerations for allowable late assignments are limited to the following valid list of emergency reasons. Please note even these reasons are only acceptable at the discretion of your instructor.

  • A medical emergency or a serious acute illness. All medical emergencies and illnesses must be verified by the medical department.
  • An Accident or Emergency. I will require an accident report or message from your SNCOIC or OIC to accept late work due to accidents or emergencies.
  • The ship loses all electrical power, and you do not have a flashlight.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Proctored Final Exam
The Final Exam will test you on all the material covered in the course.  The exam will not be given until all students are available to take it.  It will be a OPEN BOOK and OPEN NOTES exam, and you will be allowed to use a non-graphing, non-programmable calculator.  There will be a time limit of 2 hours for the final exam. 

Submission of Work
All homework from a session will be due at the beginning of the following session.  For students unable to attend a session, homework is due to the instructor by close of business on Friday of that week.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

In Session 1 we start the course with an introduction to the course and a placement test for MA135.

In Session 2 we will conduct an introduction to the properties and operations of Real Numbers.  We’ll also examine properties of exponents and roots, and then discuss the order in which mathematical operations are to be applied as we simplify algebraic expressions.

In Session 3 we'll begin learning techniques to solve linear equations in one variable followed by a discussion of formulas and how to solve problems using them.  Next we will apply those skills to real-life situations as we develop a general plan for solving application problems, and specific plans for certain types of problems.  We will also learn the processes of solving linear and compound inequalities and finish up the unit by learning how to solve absolute value equations and inequalities.

In Session we'll be introduced to the Rectangular Coordinate System.  We will learn how to graph lines of equations.  We’ll discuss how to determine slope and how to use it to graph lines and find equations of lines.  We will also learn how to graph linear inequalities in two variables, and we’ll finish the unit by becoming acquainted with functions.

In Session 5 we'll start by determining how to graphically find a solution set of two intersecting equations in two variables, known as a system of linear equations.  We will solve systems of linear equations with two and three variables.  We will also explore applications for systems of equations.  This week will conclude with using matrix methods to solve systems of linear equations.

In Session 6 we will conduct a review of Chapters 1-4.

In Session 7 we will have our first test covering Chapters 1-4.

In Session 8 we will discover some new properties of exponents along with the properties of polynomial expressions.  We will learn how to use scientific notation as a tool for expressing very large and very small numbers.  We will exam methods for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing polynomials.  We will expand our understanding of functions to include polynomial functions.

In Session 9 we will learn how to factor polynomials. Methods to be learned include: factoring by grouping, factoring trinomials, factoring perfect squares and perfect cubes. We finish the unit by focusing on a fundamental approach to factoring will be presented, and we will learn problem solving skills when the polynomial is part of an equation.

In Session 10 we start learning about rational expressions by examining their properties. From there we will begin the task of learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational expressions. We will learn two methods for simplifying complex fractions before we tackle solving equations involving rational expressions.

In Session 11 the properties of radical expressions are initially discussed before we take on the task of learning the procedures for simplifying, including the conversion from a radical expression to a rational exponential expression. Next we’ll learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide radical expressions. This is followed by a presentation of methods we will use for solving equations containing radical expressions. 

In Session 12 we will conduct a review of Chapters 5-8.

In Session 13 we will have our second test on Chapters 5-8.

In Session 14 we focus on manipulating the polynomial equation into a particular format in a process known as completing the square. Once that process is learned we will use it to derive a generalized formula for solving all quadratic equations.  We will learn how to graph quadratic equations and applications for the quadratic equation.  We will finish the lesson with quadratic and rational inequalities.

In Session 15 we introduce inverse, exponential, and logarithmic functions.  In the process we will learn the properties of logarithms.  We will learn the difference between common and natural logarithms.  The lesson will conclude with applications of exponential and logarithmic equations.

In Session 16 we move from linear functions to nonlinear functions.  We will examine the functions for circles, ellipses, hyperbolas, and functions defined by radicals.  The second half of the lesson will introduce systems of nonlinear equations as well as systems of inequalities.

In Session 17 we finish the textbook with a lesson on sequences and series.  We will learn about both arithmetic and geometric series.  Our period of instruction will conclude with the binomial theorem.

In Session 18 we will conduct a review of Chapters 9-12.

In Session 19 we will have our third test on Chapters 9-12.

In Session 20 we will conduct a review of the entire course.

In Session 21 we will have the 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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed.  Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.
Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.

Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:
Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or the instructor.
Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.
Lying to or deceiving the instructor.

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
Plagiarism involves the submission of a class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person.  
ALL GRADED WORK FOR THIS COURSE MUST BE YOUR OWN.  YOU ARE NOT TO RECEIVE OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE FROM ANYONE OTHER THAN YOUR INSTRUCTOR.  To further clarify; classmates, spouses, co-workers, tutors, clergy, librarians, friends, relatives, and pets are included as OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE.  DO NOT VIOLATE THIS RULE.

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
This class will be designed to allow operational flexibility to the students and instructor.  Every attempt will be made to continue with the published schedule, but operational commitments will dictate the pace and end date of the class.  All students should notify the instructor of any operational commitments as soon as possible.  Classes will not be conducted while in port.

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: .

Additional Information:


Incompletes are NOT a right, but a rare exception that are granted only in the most extraordinary of situations.

If you feel that you will require an incomplete (again, the exception, not the rule), it is your responsibility to contact your instructor BEFORE THE END OF THE COURSE and make this request. In most cases, written third party documentation will be required to support your request. It is at the discretion of the instructor whether an incomplete will be granted and for what length of time it will be granted, with an absolute maximum extension period of 90 days. Furthermore, incomplete grades will be assigned following all the requirements indicated by the Park University Incomplete Policy.


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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