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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
Kump, Richard L.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

MA 125 Intermediate Algebra

Semester

F1HH 2011 PA

Faculty

Kump, Richard L.

Title

Adjunct Faculty - Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

Master of Science, Systems Management, University of Southern California
Bachelor, Management, University of New Hampshire

Office Hours

By appointment

Other Phone

(937) 429-9018

E-Mail

richard.kump@park.edu

Web Page

http://parkonline.org

Semester Dates

15 Aug - 9 Oct 2011

Class Days

Thursday

Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Intermediate Algebra, 10th Ed; Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN:  9780321557643

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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http://www.purplemath.com

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:
Most adults learn by performing the skills that they have seen or read about.  This course is designed so that concepts are reviewed several times as we progress from week to week.  You will read the materials prior to class; see demonstrations of the concepts in class (and participate in these demonstrations from time to time); participate in question and answer sessions at the beginning of each class; study for quizzes; participate in quiz reviews and take practice quizzes. This will help your retention of the material. 

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:

Your final grade will be based on homework assignments, three quizzes, and a final exam.  Graded quizzes will be given back to the students for review; however, all graded materials must be returned to the instructor and filed for a period of 90 days after the end of the term. Grades for homework, quizzes and the final will be posted on eCompanion (www.parkonline.org).  This allows students to track their progress since the system automatically computes the average score to date.
The final exam will consist of 20-25 multiple choice questions.  There will be a two hour time limit, and only non-programmable, non-graphing calculators will be permitted.

Grading:

Homework: 15% (5% each)
Quiz #1: 20%
Quiz #2: 20%
Quiz #3: 20%
Final Exam: 25%
 
Grading scale:
90.0 - 100% :  A
80.0 - 89.49%:  B
70.0 - 79.49%:  C
60.0 - 69.49%:  D
0.0 - 59.49%:    F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
There are no papers to be written for this course, only homework, quizzes and a final examination on the dates indicated in this syllabus.  If a student misses a quiz or exam due to an excused absence, he/she must take the test before the end of the term.  If a quiz or exam is missed and the absence is unexcused, the test may be taken and the grade received will be reduced by 10% for each week delayed.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
For some students, the idea of taking a mathematics course causes anxiety.  For others, it may have been years since they have studied math.  In this class, asking questions is highly encouraged.  Respect for those asking questions or feeling anxious about a new concept is expected.  During the class period, all mobile device ringers must be turned off.  If you must take a call, quietly leave the classroom and talk in a breakroom, the entrance way, or outside the building.  Do not hold conversations in the hallway as this can disrupt other classes.  After class, all trash is to be removed from the classroom and all chairs should be placed under the tables.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The following schedule is to be used as a guide. Reading and exercise assignments should be completed prior to the week's session; the only exception is Week 1.  There may be sessions where all the material scheduled cannot be covered and others during which we cover more material than planned. Quizzes will cover the lesser of the topics covered in class or mentioned in the schedule below.
 
 

Week

Assignments for the Week

Learning Objectives

1
Introductions
Syllabus review
Read 2-72

Basic concepts; operations on real numbers; exponents, roots, and order of operation; properties of real numbers;linear equations in one variable; formulas

2
 
Q&A; Quiz #1;
Practice the exercises pp 2-72;
Read 73-121 prior to the class;
Review
Applications of linear equations; linear inequalities in one variable; set operations and compound inequalities
3
 
 
Q&A
Practice the exercises pp 73-121;
Read 147-226 prior to the class;
Review
The rectangular coordinate system; slope of a line; linear equations in two variables; linear inequalities in two variables; introduction to functions
4
 
Q&A; Quiz #2;
Homework #1 Due
Practice the exercises pp 147-226;
Read 227-243; 251-265; 285-307 prior to the class;
Review
Systems of equations in two variables;applications of systems of linear equations; integer exponents and scientific notation; adding and subtracting polynomials
5
 
Q&A;
Practice the exercises pp 227-307;
Read 308-326; 345-388 prior to the class;
Review
Polynomial functions, graphs, and composition; multiplying polynomials; greatest common factors; factoring by grouping; factoring trinomials; special factoring; a general approach to factoring; solving equations by factoring.
6
 
Q&A; Quiz #3
Homework #2 Due
Practice the exercises pp 308-388
Read 389-440 prior to the class;
Review
 
Multiply and divide rational expressions and functions; adding and subtracting rational expressions; complex fractions; equations with rational expressions and graphs
7
 
Q&A;
Practice the exercises pp 389-440;
Read 465-515 prior to the class;
Review
Radical expressions and graphs; rational exponents; simplifying radical expressions; adding and subtracting radical expressions; multiplying and dividing radical expressions; solving equations with radicals
8
 
Q&A;
Homework #3 Due
Practice the exercises pp 465-515;
Read 537-568 prior to the class;
Review;
Final Exam

Square root property and completing the square; the quadratic formula; equations quadratic in form.
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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Plagiarism:
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:
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: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds 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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