MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for U1SS 2012

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MA 125 College Algebra


U1SS 2012 RA


Scagliola, David L.


Adjunct Professor, Senior Instructor


BA - Mathematics
MS - Operations Research

Office Location

Randolph AFB, Bldg 208 Room 24

Office Hours

M/W 7:30 - 7:40 or as coordinated


Semester Dates

4 June - 29 July 2011

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours



College Algebra, Lial, Hornsby and McGinnis, 10th/08
ISBN 13: 978032155764-3
ISBN 10: 032155764-6

Additional Resources:

A calculator with basic functions (e.g. +, -, *, /, and exponent or square root key) can be very useful in this class.  An expensive (multifunctional/graphing/internet compatible) calculator is NOT necessary for this class.

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Course Description:

 Fundamentals of basic algebra.  Topics include:  the real number system, basic operations of algebra, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, functions, and graphs.  Additional topics may include exponents and logarithms, fundamental techniques of counting.  3:0:3

  On occasion, the instructor may introduce additional materials (formulas or concepts) not included in the book.  These items are for the 'appreciation' of the students and are generally not testable.  They are included as preparation for subsequent math/statistics related courses.

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is based on interaction and active involvement--learning by doing.  This course will be primarily lecture based, however, students are always encouraged/required to: ask and answer questions, accomplish reading assignments, and practice/practice...practice...  In addition, there will be opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding of materials covered.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate understanding of Functions and Graphs
  2. Improve problem solving (critical thinking) skills
  3. Demonstrate ability to solve: linear equations, quadratic equations and systems of equations
  4. Prepare a foundation for more advanced courses
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:
Students are expected to read the sections to be discussed in class prior to the class and be prepared to work examples and ask questions.  Mathematics can only be learned through practice, therefore, 15% of your grade will be based on homework and attendance.  All examinations will be modeled from homework problems, so there should be no surprises to students who have done the required homework. SHOW ALL OF YOUR WORK on homework assignments and exams!  An answer with no work shown is either right or wrong; but, an answer showing your work may get some credit, even if it is not completely correct.


Homework/Attendance   (15 points)   15%

Quiz #1                          (15 points)   15%
Quiz #2                          (15 points)   15%
Quiz #3                          (15 points)   15%

Project and Presentation   (10 points)  10%

Final Examination            (30 points)   30%

                                   Total   (100 points) 100% 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

It is essential that homework be completed timely (no later than 1 week after credit will be given to assignments 2 weeks late).
Make-Up Examinations: on a case by case basis

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
While in class, the class should be your primary focus.   Disruptions of class due to communications devices have become so prevalent that they are a major distraction in class (to you, to the instructor and to other students).   For this reason such devices must not be brought to class or must be inactivated during the class lecture.   Eating and drinking beverages (other than water) is not allowed in the halls or classroom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:





Real Number, System and Linear Equations & Inequalities

1 and 2


Graphs and Functions (Quiz 1)



Systems of Linear Equations, Matrix Methods



(Quiz 2)
Project selection, outline and draft



Exponents and Polynomials (continued)

5, 6 


Rational Expressions and
Roots and Radicals (Quiz 3)

7 and 8


Quadratic Equations and Functions



Sequences, Series, Summations and Factorials
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

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Additional Information:



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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