MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for S2LL 2012

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


S2LL 2012 LR


Eberhart, Douglas L.


Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty

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Semester Dates

March19th - May 13th , 2012

Class Days


Class Time

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Credit Hours


Intermediate Algebra, 11th Edition

Authors: lial,Hornsby,McGinnis
Publisher: Addison Wesley
isbn 9780321715418

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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:
This class will be primarily conducted in a lecture format. The students are encouraged to actively participate in class by asking questions,taking notes, and working through suggested assigned homework.

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:
There will be four test during the term and they are all of equal value.

Each test will be worth 100% and each counts as 25% of the student's grade for the course.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students who miss a test are expected to arrange to make up the test and it must be made up sometime during the week following the scheduled test time.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students are expected to conduct themselves in a way that shows respect and consideration for their fellow students and the instructor. All students should cooperate so that the atmosphere of the classroom is conducive to learning for all students.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
In Unit 1 we start the course with a review of fraction rules followed by an introduction to the properties and operations of the 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 Unit 2 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 these 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 process of solving linear and compound inequalities and finish up the unit by learning to solve absolute value equations and inequalities.
In Unit 3 we'll be introduced to the Rectangular Coordinate System. We will learn how to graph lines of equations in two variables. 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 Unit 4 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 examine methods for adding ,subtracting,multiplying,and dividing polynomials. We will expand our understanding of functions to include polynomial functions.
In Unit 5 we will learn how to factor polynomials. Methods to be learned include : factoring by grouping,factoring trinomials,factoring perfect squares and perfect cubes. We will finish the unit by focusing on a fundamental approach to factoring and we will learn problem solving skills when the polynomial is part of an equation.
In Unit 6 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 of simplifying complex fractions before we tackle solving equations involving rational expressions.
In Unit 7 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. We will finish the unit by focusing 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.
In Unit 8 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 followed by the procedure to solve a system algebraically. We will finish the unit and the course,with an introduction to complex numbers. We will learn the properties of these numbers and how to apply mathematical operations to them.

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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.

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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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