MA135 College Algebra

for S1K 2012

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MA 135 College Algebra


S1K 2012 LAH


Tarango, Noel


Adjunct Instructor


B.S. Mathematics
M.S. Applied Industrial Mathematics

Office Location

Laughlin Education Building

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

1/16/2012 thru 3/11/2012

Class Days


Class Time

4:00 - 5:30 PM


MA125, or a high school or transfer course equivalent

Credit Hours



College Algebra/ Lial, Hornsby & Schneider/10th Edition/Pearson Addison Wesley
ISBN #0-321-49913-1

Additional Resources:
MyMathLab Software is required. This contains the e-book so it is not necessary to buy the book.

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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:
My educational philosophy is one that requires the efforts of the instructor as the facilitator of the material and the efforts of the student who is the receiver and learner of the material.  As the instructor my responsibility is to teach the students to the best of my ability.  I will try to explain the material in a clear and concise manner while trying to add relevancy of mathematics to the learners life.

Class Assessment:

Your performance will be accessed by completing homework and five exams.
Your lowest exam grade may be dropped at instructors discretion.
Exams and homework will be done using the MyMathLab software. A link to MyMathLab will be found in Park's Online Classroom page.
The homework will be due by the exam date that pertains to that homework.
Exam I         15%
Exam II        15%
Exam III       15%
Exam IV       15%
Exam V        15%
Homework   25%
Total          100%

Letter Grade Range
90-100% A
80-89%   B
70-79%   C
60-69%   D
Below 60% F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
If a student misses an exam s/he may be allowed to make up the exam depending on the excuse of the absence.  The make up exam will be different and may be longer and more difficult.  It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of the missed exam and to make arrangements to take the exam.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to have read the sections being covered before class and students are expected to participate in class lectures.  If a student misses a class it is the student's responsibility to receive the notes from a peer.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

This class is a blended course, which means that half of the course will be conducted by the traditonal face to face and the other half online. Since I will not have enough time to cover all the material in the classroom, I will post weekly online lecture videos of the material I did not cover in class. The lecture videos will be posted weekly. Your homework will be based on class and video lectures.
Your exams will be taken online after every chapter using MyMathLab software or the Online Classroom website. Your exams will be timed and each student will have different questions.
Note: Online lecture videos does not take the place of attending class; class attendance is expected.
Week 1 Ch. 1
Week 2 cont. Ch1.
Week 3 Ch 2
Week 4 cont. Ch. 2
Week 5 Ch. 3
Week 6 Ch. 4
Week 7 cont. Ch. 4
Week 8 Ch. 5
Exam and Howework Due Dates 
Due Dates
Exam I 30 - Jan.
Exam II 13 - Feb.
Exam III 20 - Feb.
Exam IV 5 - Mar.
Final 12 - Mar.
The exams and homework is due by midnight of the above dates. Also these dates are subject to change.

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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