MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for S1OO 2012

Printer Friendly

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.


MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


S1OO 2012 WO


Balenton, Robert N.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Mathematics
M.A. Management
M.A. Human Relations

Daytime Phone



Web Page


Semester Dates

16 Jan-11 March 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM


MA105 Intro To College Mathematics/ Some algebraic experience

Credit Hours



Lial,M., Hornsby, J., Mcginnis,T. (2012). INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA,(11th ED). Boston.MA: Pearson Education INC. Publishing as Addison- Wesley. 
This is a new edition, do not purchased the 10th edition for use in this class.
Do not purchase an Annotated Instructor's Edition. If so, the instructor will have you return it for a Student Edition. 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

Students will need a calculator, 12 inch ruler, stapler, as well as paper and pencils. (Be advised: do not purchase an instructor copy of the textbook. If you do, it will be taken away from you).
Be sure to obtain a copy of the course syllabus before the first night of class. Every student will need their own book. Sharing a textbook does not work out well.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information

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
This class is aimed at preparing students for MA135-College Algebra.

Educational Philosophy:
Success in this course comes from hard work/study of the course materials.Questions should be asked about content the student does not understand. This particular course is important because it leads up to the next course taken which should be COLLEGE ALGEBRA.

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:
Learning will be assessed through homewok, examinations, class work and participation.


Homework---200 pts.  Mid-term Examination---150 pts.  Final Examination---150 pts.
TOTAL: 500 pts.
NOTE: The final examination could be part of the core assesement for this course, in that it could be a departmental exam and if so, it will be provided to the instructor by the department of Mathematics.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work will not be accepted except for valid reasons that must be worked out with the instructor before hand. No extra time will be given for completing assignments. Examinations as a minimum must be taken when they are scheduled.
Students who do not take the examinations on the scheduled nights, will be docked 25 points unless an acceptible reason has been given to the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students must have respect for other students and come to class prepared for instruction. Cell phones must be turned on silent mode during class. Instructor does not like cell phones going off in class and will tell you about it when it occurs. Missing one class can be very detrimental to you passing this course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Meeting#1.  Orientation/Introductions---Real number OPNS. Chapter1.
Meetin#2.   Linear Equations/Inequalities. Chapter 2&3.
Meeting#3. Graphing/Systems of Equations. Chapters 3&4.
Meeting#4.  Rerview Previous work/ Polynomial Operations. Chapter 5.
Meeting#5.  Polynomial Operations. Chapter 5. (MID_TERM EXAMINATION)
Meetin#6.   Factoring/Radical Expressions. Chapters 6&7.
Meeting#7.  Radicals/Quadratic Equations. Chapters 8&9. (Class Review)
Meeting#8.  Review--Final Examination.

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
Cheating will not be tolerated by any means.

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: .


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 


This material is protected by copyright
                               and can not be reused without author permission.

Last Updated:11/30/2011 2:12:28 PM