MA135 College Algebra

for S1M 2012

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MA 135 College Algebra


S1M 2012 CH


Mikhail, Michel L.


Senior Professor / Adjunct Faculty


PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
MS, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

Office Location

Training and Education Building, Room 143

Office Hours

Before and after Class

Daytime Phone

(252) 635 - 9848


Semester Dates

January 16 to March 11, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:15 PM


MA125, or  Equivalent (Please refer to Course Description)

Credit Hours



Title: College Algebra, 10th Edition
Authors: Lial, Hornsby, and Schneider
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN: 0321499131 OR 9780321499134

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Additional Resources:
Calculators: It is expected that you will have access to a graphing calculator such as  TI-83 or TI-84 calculators. You will be allowed to use it in the Mid-term and Final Exams

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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

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Class Assessment:

Students will be evaluated based on class participation, quizzes, mid-term exam, and final exam.
Homework - Complete the homework assignments for discussions every class period.
Quizzes - Complete the weekly quiz (Take-home)
Mid-term Exam - Complete the Mid-term Exam at the beginning of week 5 (In-class)
Final Exam - Complete the comprehensive Final Exam at the end of week 8 (In-class)


Class Discussion        10%
Quizzes                       30%
Mid-term Exam           30%
Final Exam                  30%
Letter Grade:
A           90 - 100
B           80 - 89
C           70 - 79
D           60 - 69
F            below 60%

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 deadlinesThe only 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 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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

In Week 1, we will study linear equations, applications and modeling with linear equation, complex numbers and quadratic equations (Sections 1.1 to 1.4 of the textbook).

In Week 2, we will study applications and modeling with quadratic equations, other types of equations and applications, inequalities, and absolute value equations and inequalities (Sections 1.5 to 1.8 of the textbook).

In Week 3, we will study  rectangular coordinates and graphs, circles, functions, and linear functions(Sections 2.1 to 2.4 of the textbook).

In Week 4, we will study equations of lines and curve fitting, graphs of basic functions, graphing techniques, and function operations and compositions (Sections 2.5 to 2.8 of the textbook).

In Week 5, we will study quadratic functions and models, synthetic division, and zeros of polynomial functions (Sections 3.1 to 3.3 of the textbook).

In Week 6, we will study graphs, applications and models of polynomial functions,  graphs, applications and models of rational functions, and variation (Sections 3.4 to 3.6 of the textbook).

In Week 7, we will study inverse functions, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions (Sections 4.1 to 4.3 of the textbook).

In Week 8, we will study evaluating logarithms and the change-of-base theorem, exponential and logarithmic equations, and applications and models of exponential growth and decay (Sections 4.4 to 4.6 of the textbook).

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

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: .

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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