MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for F1QQ 2011

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


F1QQ 2011 HIA


Smalley, Sandra A.


MA  Math Education  Weber State University

Office Location

Bld 383

Office Hours

Before and after class and by appointment

Daytime Phone

435 230-0542


Semester Dates

September 15-October 9

Class Days


Class Time

11:30 - 1:15 PM


Algebra 1

Credit Hours



Intermediate Algebra
10TH Edition
Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis
ISBN  0-321-44362-4
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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:

The instructor's philosophy is that students learn best when they participate in the class.  Therefore, the instructor will expect all students to participate by putting problems on the board, explaining problems to other students, helping other classmates, answering questions verbally posed by the instructor.
Tell me and I will forget
Show me and I will understand
If I show and explain, I will remember and understand

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:

Mathematics is a subject in which it is imperative students in order to be successful, must attend all classes, read the book, and complete all homework assignments in order and on time.  Students are responsible for bringing all materials to each class which include a 3 ring binder, pencil, paper, book and a scientific calculator.  Students are responsible for readiing the text before class to get an idea of what we will be discussing and for completing all homework assignments.  Homework assignments and class notes are to be kept in order in the 3 ring binder.  Students are responsible for obtaining notes, homework assignments, and any information made during absences.from other students or the instructor.  Homework is due the beginning of the next class after it was assigned.  Each homework assignment will be graded according to how much is completed.  Homework will be done on line.
Work should be done neatly in pencil
Work done in red pen will not be corrected
All work must be shown
No credit will be given for answers only
No credit for incorrect work even if the answer is correct
Instructor will not attempt to grade work she can not read or follow
Each student is required to have a scientific calculator.  I recomment a TI 30


Homework  100 points
3 Tests        100 Points each for a total of 300 Points
Comprehensive Final   200 Pooints
90-100     A
80-89       B
65-79       C
50-65       D
<50          F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Homework is due the beginning of the next class the day after it is assigned.  Late work will be accepted for full credit if the absence is excused.  Excused absences include acute ilness, accident, death of family member or work related.  If absence is unexcused or homework is late, half credit will be given.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to conduct themselves as mature adults that is respectful of the instructor and all other students.  Common courtesies from all students are expected including being on time and staying until the end of class, not talking while instructor or another student is talking, and participating in the class.  Any personal issues must be discussed out side of class.
ALL cell phones, beepers and other electronic devices are to be turned OFF during class unless prior approval is given by the instructor

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Read and understand Chapter 1 before class starts
Week 1.  Chapter 2    Linear equations, Inequalities, and Applications
Week 2.  Chapter 3   Graphs, Linear Equations and Functions
Week 3   Chapter 4   Systems of Linear Equations
Week 4   Chapter 5   Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions
Week 5   Chapter 6    Factoring 
Week 6   Chapter 8   Roots, Radicals, and Root Functions
Week 7   Chapter 9    Quadritic Equations, Inequalities, and Functions
Week 8   Review and Comprehensive 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 ( 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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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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