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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
Schnare, Katharine G.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

MA 125 Intermediate Algebra

Semester

F2R 2011 SC

Faculty

Schnare, Katharine G.

Title

Mathematics Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. Mathematics, Smith College
M.S. Mathematics, University of Illinois at Chicago

Office Hours

By appointment.  I am usually available at least 30 minutes before and after class.

Daytime Phone

(808) 256-2856

E-Mail

katharine.schnare@park.edu

katharine.schnare@gmail.com

Semester Dates

17 October - 11 December

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Text: Intermediate Algebra, 11th Ed.
Authors:  Lial, Hornsby & McGinnis 

ISBN: 978-0321-71541-8

Required:  MyMathLab available at www.coursecompass.com.  ISBN:  0-321-19991-x.
See attachment for additional instructions.  This will provide you with the e-book and access to homework sets, tutorials and other additional resources for this class.  
Course ID is schnare85483



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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:

It is my philosophy that mathematics and computer science can best be learned through preparation, practice and interaction.

  • Preparation:  Preparation includes not only completing the assignments before class, but reading the textbook.  Students should try reading the chapters we have already addressed in class in addition to reading the material we are about to address.
  • Practice:  Homework is the most obvious and best way to practice and apply the concepts that you have learned.  Homework is a critical part of mathematics and computer science and provides an excellent opportunity for you to measure your understanding and bring concepts together.  It is also crucial to look back at previous graded homework and quizzes to understand what mistakes you made and how to correct them.  
  • Interaction:  Students are expected and encouraged to participate in class.  This includes asking questions for clarification, other approaches, applications, etc.  It also includes working with others on problems and going to the board to solve problems.  Thoughtful questions and always welcome and encouraged!

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:

Homework

25%

Quizzes

25%

Midterm

20%

Final

20%

Attendance/Class Participation

10%

Grading:

Grade

Percentage

A

90 – 100%

B

80 – 89%

C

70 – 79%

D

60 – 69%

F

Below 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late homework assignments will be accepted, but will not be eligible for full-credit.


Make-up Exams must be coordinated prior to the date.  Make-up exams requested after the missed exam will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students are expected to show respect to both their peers and their instructor.  Cell phones should be placed on vibrate during the class and should be used only in cases in emergency.  Texting and game playing is not allowed during class and may result in having your cell phone taken away for the duration of the lesson.  Other inappropriate behaviors include bringing/eating an abundance of food, listening to iPods, and having conversations that are not related to the material.  These behaviors may interfere with your learning and your neighbors.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class

Date

Topic

Chapter/Section

HW

Quiz

1

10/18

The Real Number System:  Order of operations, number sets, exponents and roots

1.1 – 1.2

 

 

2

10/20

The Real Number System:  Order of operations, number sets, exponents and roots

1.3 – 1.4

MML Orientation Due

3

10/25

Linear Equations, Formulas, Applications of Linear Equations

2.1 – 2.4

MML 1 Due

 Quiz Chapter 1

4

10/27

Linear Inequalities , Set operations and Absolute Values

2.5 – 2.7

5

11/1

The Rectangular Coordinate System, Slope of a line and Linear Equations in two variables

3.1 – 3.3

 MML 2 Due

 Quiz Chapter 2

6

11/3

Linear Inequalities in two variables and Introduction to Functions;

3.4 – 3.5

7

11/8

Midterm Review

 

MML 3 Due

 Quiz Chapter 3

8

11/10

Midterm

 

 

 

9

11/15

Systems of Linear Equations and their applications

4.1 – 4.4

 

 

10

11/17

Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions

5.1 – 5.2

MML 4 Due

Quiz Chapter 4

11

11/22

Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions

5.3 – 5.5

 

12

11/24

Thanksgiving – No Class.  Take Home Quiz

MML 5 Due

Quiz Chapter 5

13

11/29

Factoring

6.1 – 6.2

 

 

14

12/1

Factoring

6.3 – 6.5

15

12/6

Review for Final

 

MML 6 Due

 Quiz Chapter 6

16

12/8

Final

 

 

 

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 .

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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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