# MA125 Intermediate Algebra

## for F1B 2011

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| MA 125 Intermediate Algebra |

| F1B 2011 BLB |

| Pataky, Carl R. |

| Sr. Adjunct Faculty |

| BS Chemical Engineering University of Pittsburgh |

| El Paso |

| As required by student needs. |

| 915-584-9306 |

| |

| 15 August to 9 October, 2011 |

| Tuesday - Thursday |

| 9:00 - 11:30 AM |

| 3 |

**Textbook:**

INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA. Lial, Margaret L., Hornsby, John, & McGinnis, Terry. Addison Wesley. 10th Edition. 2008. ISBN-10: 0321557646. ISBN-13: 9780321557643.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

**Additional Resources:**

A scientific calculator is recommended and helpful, but not required. I'd suggest a TI-36X solar or some other scientific calculator. This will cost 10 to 20 dollars depending on the make and model.

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.

Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.

Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024

Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

**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**

- 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.

**Instructor Learning Outcomes**

- State and use basic terminology and symbols of the discipline.
- Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable.
- Manipulate and simplify exponential expressions.
- Perform arithmetic operations on and factor polynominals.
- Solve word problems.
- Apply the quadratic formula.
- Graph algebraic equations.

**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:**

Three examinations, 100 points each.

The final exam may be a core assessment provided by the Park University Mathematics Department. The final will be a closed book and closed notes exam. Use of a calculator will be permitted on the final provided it is not a graphing calculator.

**Grading:**

Three examinations; Tests one and two will count as 60% of the final grade (each test 30%). The homework assignment will count for 10%. The core final assessment test will count as 30% of the final grade. A 90% to 100%. B 80% to <90%. C 70% to <80%. D 60% to <70%. F <60%.

**Late Submission of Course Materials:**

Homework assignments will be accepted late, however the grading may be reduced based on the timing and on the reason for the delay.

**Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:**

__Class Meeting and Examination Schedule: (Fall I 2011. 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM Tuesday and Thursday)__

__Week One:__ 1st Class. Introduction, Class Administration, Ground Rules, & Syllabus Review. Chapter 1. Review of the Real Number System.

2nd Class. Continue Chapter 1. Review of the Real Number System. Chapter 5 Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions.

__Week Two:__ 3rd Class. Continue Chapter 5 Exponents.

4th Class. Chapter 2. Linear Equations, Inequalities and Applications. Chapter 3. Graphs, Linear Equations, and Functions.

__Week Three:__ 5^{th} Class. Continue Chapter 3. Graphs, Linear Equations, and Functions.

Chapter 4. Systems of linear Equations.

6th Class. Continue Chapter 4. Systems of linear Equations. Chapter 5. Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions. REVIEW FOR TEST I. Chapters 1, 2, 3, & 5.

__Week Four:__ 7th Class. __TEST I.__ Chapters 1, 2, 3, & 5.

8th Class. Class review of test results. Continue Chapter 5 Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions. Chapter 2. Additional Word problems. Chapter 6 Factoring by Greatest Common Factor and Trinomials..

__Week Five:__ 9th Class. Continue Chapter 2 Additional Word problems. Chapter 6 Factoring by Greatest Common Factor and Trinomials.

10^{th} Class. Review for Test II. Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5. Continue Chapter 6 Factoring. Chapter 7. Rational Expressions and Functions.

__Week Six:__ 11^{th} Class. __ TEST II.__ Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5. __Homework assignment due__.

12^{th} Class. Class review of Test II results. Continue Chapter 7 Rational Expressions and Functions.

__Week Seven:__ 13th Class. Chapter 8 & 9, Discussion of quadratic equation solutions, square and cube roots and radicals.

14th Class. Continue Chapter 8 & 9, Discussion of quadratic equation solutions, square and cube roots and radicals.

Week Eight: 15^{th} Class. REVIEW FOR FINAL TEST. All chapters and all material covered.

__ 16 ^{th} Class. (Last Class) FINAL TEST (INCLUSIVE). All Chapters and materials covered.__

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**Attendance Policy:**

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".
- A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
- 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.
- 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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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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**Last Updated:***7/20/2011 5:15:01 PM*