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MA 135 College Algebra
Law, Kimberly

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MA 135 College Algebra


F1T 2011 DLA


Law, Kimberly

Daytime Phone

0900 - 1900 Eastern Time.  Leave a message with your number if I can't answer the phone.


Semester Dates

8/15/11 - 10/9/11

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Your lab fee for MyMathLab includes the e-book version of the textbook.

If you wish to have a hardcopy version of the text you may order it from MBS, the Park online bookstore at

Hardcopy Text:
College Algebra, 10th Ed.
Authors: Lial, Hornsby, & Schneider
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN: 9780321499134

Links in the course are provided for downloading required FREE software for the multimedia presentations of the course. 

CALCULATOR:  It is expected that you will have access to a graphing calculator.  You will be allowed to use it on the Final Exam, so it is important that you practice using it throughout the course.  I do not have a brand requirement, but I do recommend the TI-83  or TI-84 calculator.  It can be found in office supply stores or department stores.  There are many online graphing calculator resources available.  While you are welcome to use them, you will need to have an actual calculator if you wish to use one on the Final (which I recommend). 
PLEASE NOTE:  At the time of submitting this Syllabus, I believe the information regarding the textbook and calculator is correct.  Should this information change, I will let you know immediately.
Student Solutions Manual: The textbook has an incredible book that goes along with it that you can purchase if you like, it's not required. It's called the Student Solutions manual, and here's why this is so great. As you know, the answers to the odd problems are in the back of the textbook. The Student Solutions Manual goes one step farther--it actually shows you how work out, step by step, each of the odd problems in the textbook.

You can't buy the solutions manual through Park's bookstore, but you can get it directly from the sites such as  It's available for approximately $12 used from sites such as The ISBN of the Student Solutions Manual for our text is 0321528867. I know that's one more expense, and that's why it's not required. But for those of you who struggle with math, and think that seeing how to work out all of the odd problems might help, I wanted you to know that it was available. Many of my previous students have encouraged me to urge you to purchase this book—they’ve felt that it was simply invaluable to their studies.
Graphing Calculator Manual:  Our textbook also prints a great resource for students unfamiliar or uncomfortable with a graphing calculator.  This manual follows the sequence of topics in the text, and it contains clear, step-by-step instructions and keystroke operations for the TI-83/84 Plus, TI-85, TI-86, and TI-89 graphing calculators.  The ISBN of the Graphing Calculator Manual is 0321528875, and is available through sites such as, for approximately $7 used. 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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Course Description:
MA135 College Algebra: Prerequisite:MA125, or a high school or transfer course equivalent to MA125, or an ACT math score greater than 23, or an SAT math score greater than 510, or a COMPASS score greater than 66 in the Algebra placement domain, or a COMPASS score 0-45 in the College Algebra domain. A consideration of those topics in algebra necessary for the calculus. Topics include:Solving equations and inequalities, graphing, functions, complex numbers, the theory of equations, exponential and logarithmic functions. 3:0:3

Class Assessment:


Introductions - By the end of the first week of the course submit a short paragraph to introduce yourself, and respond to someone else's introduction

Each week you will have these regular learning activities:

Reading – Read the assigned chapter sections in your textbook 

Lecture –
Read the Content Lecture Files contained within the course

Media - View videos, flash files, and PowerPoint presentations

Webliography - Enhance the learning experience with varying presentations and examples of the weekly topics beyond the course lectures, textbook, and MyMathLab 

Discussions - Answer one question for each week, and post a response to someone else's answer (graded activity)

Homework - Complete the MyMathLab weekly homework assignment (graded activity)

Quiz - Complete the MyMathLab weekly quiz (graded activity)

Final Exam - Complete the final exam in week 8 (graded activity)



Possible Points

Total Points

Total %

Discussion Answer  

10 pts each



Discussion Response 5 pts each



Homework 20 pts each




20 pts each



Final Exam

160 pts







Letter Grade

Number of Points
540 - 600
90 - 100%
480 - 539
80 - 89.9%
420 - 479
70 - 79.9%
360 - 419
60 - 69.9%
000 - 359
00 - 59.9%

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 a 24 hour extension provided only for thread postings; but using it will mean you will be assessed with a 50% penalty on earned points for the assignment. 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 a note on letterhead by an M.D., D.O., P.A., or R.N. I will not normally accept a note from other health professionals (e.g., Ph.D., MSW, D.C., Physical Therapist) because their professional functions rarely involve medical emergencies or acute illnesses. I will accept late work for students who can provide evidence of a verified medical emergency involving a child, spouse, parent, sibling, or grandparent.
  • An Accident or Police Emergency. I will require an accident report or note on letterhead from an appropriate law enforcement officer to accept late work due to accidents or police emergencies (e.g., assault on student, student taken hostage, detained witness of a crime).
  • Unforeseen Jury or Witness Duty. I will require a note on letterhead from a judge or attorney stating you had no advance notice of duty to accept late work due to jury or witness duty.
  • Unforeseen Military Deployment or Activation. I will require a note on official letterhead from your commanding officer stating you had no advance notice of deployment or activation.
  • Funerals for Immediate Family Member (e.g., parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts/uncles, first cousins). I will require a copy of the obituary or a note from a minister or funeral director.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Proctored Final Exam
The Final Exam will test you on all the material covered in the first seven weeks of the course.  It will be a OPEN BOOK and OPEN NOTES exam, and you will be allowed to use a graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-84, for example).  It must be taken in person (requiring a photo identification) no later than Thursday of the 8th week of instruction (October 6, 2011) at one of the Park University campuses around the country.  If one is not available in your area, the instructor will approve a non-Park proctor if the Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor, found at the Park University web site, are followed.

It will be your responsibility to ensure that your approved and accepted proctor form reaches the instructor by the end of the sixth week.  Fifteen BONUS points will be earned by all who have an APPROVED AND ACCEPTED proctor form on file before the end of the 3rd week of the term. Please see the “Final Exam and Proctor Information” portion of the Course Home Page for details and guidelines regarding the Proctor Extra Credit.  

Fifteen PENATLY points will be assessed on the Final Exam if your proctor form is not submitted in the Park proctor system before the end of the 6th week of the term.

Submission of Work
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am MT and Sunday at 11:59 PM CENTRAL time.  The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date.

Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation General email

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class. Online threaded discussions are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.
Online Instructor Response Policy:  Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.
Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online and netiquette
Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?).  If you don't see your question there, then please contact your instructor.  

Technical Problems If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your Online course), click on the Help button in your Online Classroom, then click on the helpdesk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the helpdesk for assistance.   If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately. 

If you experience internet connectivity issues, CALL THE INSTRUCTOR AT ONCE.  Do NOT wait until your internet connection is restored.  For that reason, PRINT a copy of the syllabus out to ensure that you have all of the instructor's contact information should something happen to your computer and/or your internet connection.

Finally…In this class, we will live by the Golden Rule.  I will treat you in the same manner I would like to be treated.  Professionalism, maturity, and academic perseverance will be rewarded handsomely.  Finally, the only “dumb” question is the one that goes unanswered.  You are here to learn - if a subject remains uncertain in your mind, ask for help! 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 - The material we’ll cover during week 1 and week 2 is a review of the topics you have studied in the previous math courses that you will need for the study of college algebra. These basic concepts represent the fundaments to further develop the subjects in this course. Because we want to give the students the greatest chance to succeed we are reviewing pre-college algebra in two consecutive weeks.

Week 2 - This is the second part of the review chapter. Because we want to give the students the greatest chance to succeed we are reviewing pre-college algebra in two consecutive weeks. This material covers a review of the topics you have studied in the previous math courses that you will need for the study of college algebra. These basic concepts represent the fundaments to further develop the subjects in this course.
Week 3 - This week is about equations and their applications. We are going to study several kinds of equations. We will start with linear equations, then quadratic equations and radical equations. This week we will cover chapter one of the textbook, this chapter includes 8 sections 
Week 4 - This week is about functions, their graphs and some applications. We are going to study graphs in general and in specific as it relates to some basic functions or relations. We will start with linear functions, then circles and quadratic functions. This week we will cover chapter two of the textbook, this chapter includes 8 sections.
Week 5 - This week we will study polynomial functions. Polynomial functions, their graphs and some applications. We already know what polynomials are. Polynomials in x are expressions involving sum of terms which have only x raised to a positive integer power. For example x^2 + x  - 3 is a polynomial because the variable x is only being raised to the first power and to the second power. A polynomial function is just a function based on a polynomial. For example the function f(x) = x^2 + x – 3  is a polynomial function. We can graph it, we can find zeros of the function and etcetera. We will study half of chapter 3 of the textbook.
Week 6 - This week well be divided into two parts. The first part is the conclusion of chapter 3 we started week 5. The second part is a single section on inverse functions from chapter 4. This might seem a bit unusual but the reason we are doing that is for matters of balancing the load in each week.First part is related to rational functions. A rational function is related to rational expressions. Rational functions have unique characteristics related to continuity. For example the basic rational function y = 1/x is discontinuous at x = 0. As a matter of fact the behavior of the function around x =0 is quite pathological. To the left of x = 0 the function can be as small as you want, and to the right of x= 0 the function can be as large as you want. Inverse functions on the other hand are part of a basic concept needed to understand logarithmic and exponential functions. We will study half of chapter 3 of the textbook and the first section of chapter 4.

Week 7 - We will study logarithmic and exponential functions now. We know about inverse functions by now. For every logarithmic function there is an associated exponential function that is its inverse and this is based on the base. A base for this type of function is a real positive number different than one. For example 2 can be a base, 0.5 can be a base, Pi can be a base. For example we know that 2^2 = 4 and 2^5 = 32. The base in this case is 2 and the logarithm of 4 is 2, and the logarithm of 32 is 5. We always need to refer to the base. We normally say logarithm of 4 base 2 is 2, logarithm of 32 base 2 is 5. The expressions we have just discussed relate the exponential function y = 2^x and logarithmic function y = log2(x).  

Week 8 - This week we will study linear systems, matrices and determinants. We can have 2x2 systems or 3x3 systems or 4x4 systems and etcetera. ( we say 2 by2 system or 3 by 3 system, etcetera.)  A 2x2 system consist of two equations with two variables. In general we solve these systems by using matrices, especially if we are using computers. The reason we do that is because the process of solving a system using matrices is very easy to write as a set of steps that involves just adding and multiplying numbers. We are going to study determinants not only to solve linear systems but because determinants are of theoretical interest.

Academic Honesty:
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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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

Disability Guidelines:
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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.


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