MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for S1EE 2012

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


S1EE 2012 MO


Jonas, Arthur


Adjunct Faculty


Ph.D. Chemistry
MBA Finance
BS Chemistry

Office Location

Moody AFB, GA

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

229-245-7077 (Park University)


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Semester Dates

January 9 - Mar 4, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM


PK118 or satisfactory placement score

Credit Hours



Intermediate Algebre - 11 th ed. Lial et. al. Pearson, Boston
ISBN: 10: 0-321-71541-1
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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

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of fundamental math and basic algebra.
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


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Class Assessment:

Homework is assigned for each chapter, generally from the text which has answers at the end of the text. You must show your work to get credit. All assignments will be completed in a professional manner and on time, unless prior arrangements have been made with the professor. The work must be neat with final answers boxed in. Homework is due at the beginning of the next session.
Study Hint: On your own, take the pre-test at the beginning of each chapter. This will alert you to what sections in the chapter that you can skim through and which sections you need to master.
Quizzes will be given each session over the previous material. The problems will generally be from the homework assignments or from the chapter test questions. Hint - study these before class starts.
Make-up of Classes/Examinations: The faculty of Park University affirms the importance of prompt and regular attendance on the park of all students. Quality instruction clearly depends upon active student participation in particularly important in this course since each class constitutes a significant percentage of the total hours. All absences, regardless of reason, require a make-up assignment, mutually arranged between the instructor and the student. If an absence is anticipated, the student should notify the instructor, preferably in advance. Students are encourages to assist each other with access to class notes for missed. classes.


Homework              25%

Homework may be graded or simply scanned for completion. If scanned then:

 üü  = 95

  ü     = 85

  ü -  = 75

 ü --  = 65

Chapter Quizzes    25%

Mid-term Exam     25%

Final Exam            25%

Total                     100%

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
  Read Assigned chapters before lecture. 

M/d     Chapter      Subject                     Test               Homework(Ch. Test, ans’s. in apdx.)


1/12           1              Review                                              p.44 # 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21                                                     2               Lin. Eq’s                                           p. 131 # 1,3,6,9,11,18 

 1/19          3              2-D Coord’s               1,2                  p. 205 # 2,5,12,17,25                    

 1/26          4              Systems of Eq’s                                p. 261 # 3,5,7,13,15,17      

                  5              Polynomials                3,4                  p. 314 # 1,3,7,9,13,15,17,19,21

 2/2           6               Factoring                                           p. 358 # 1,3,5,712,20

 2/9                            Mid-Term (T/H)         1-6                            

                  7              Rat. Exp’s                                        p. 423 # 4,5,8,11,13,18,20,24   

 2/16          8              Roots                                                p. 490 # 1,3,5,9,13, 14,15,17,27

                  9              Quad’s                        7,8                 p. 566 # 1,2,3,4,13,19

 2/23          10            Expon’s & Log’s                              p. 630 # 4,5,7,10,11,16,17,24

                  11            Non-lin. Sys.               9,10(T/H)      p. 674 # 5,6,8,9

                  12            Series                                                 p. 711 # 1,2,6,17,19

  3/1                           Final                            1-12   



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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.

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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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