MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
U1T 2012 DLB
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Mathematics Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
Findlay Wakefield Science Hall 306
Tuesday and Thursday 2-4pm
June 4 to July 27 2012
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 http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm.
Hardcopy Text: Intermediate Algebra, 11th Ed.
Authors: Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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Educational Philosophy: To understand mathematics students must be active learners. They must work many exercises. The exercises assigned should vary in difficulty so that every student is challenged but not overwhelmed. Students should seek out help before becoming frustrated and discouraged.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass 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)
10 pts each
20 pts each
Number of Points
524 - 585
89.5 - 100%
466 - 523
79.5 - 89.4%
407 - 465
69.5 - 79.4%
349 - 406
59.5 - 69.4%
000 - 348
00 - 59.4%
Late Submission of Course Materials:
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.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
In Week 1 we start the course with a review of fraction rules followed by an introduction to the properties and operations of 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 Week 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 those 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 processes of solving linear and compound inequalities and finish up the unit by learning how to solve absolute value equations and inequalities.
In Week 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 week by becoming acquainted with functions.
In Week 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 complete the textbook chapter with an introduction to Complex numbers. We will learn the properties of these numbers, and how to apply mathematical operations on them. We finish the week 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 Week 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 week, and the course, with a final look at functions. During this final week of the course you will also complete the proctored Final Exam and the Course Evaluation.
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.
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 .
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.
Last Updated:5/16/2012 4:04:21 PM