MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for S2RR 2012

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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra


S2RR 2012 MT


Waddell, Michael


BS Mechanical Engineering University of Louisville
MS Mechanical Engineering University of Louisville

Office Location

Mountain Home AFB Idaho Education Office

Office Hours

By Appointment - typically before or after class.

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

March 19 - May 13 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



Intermediate Algebra, 11th edition, Lial, Hornsby and McGinnis, Pearson - Addison Wesley
ISBN: 0321443624
ISBN: 9780321557643

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
A "scientific" calculator is required.  NOT a cell phone calculator or an "I-Pad" but a handheld scientific calculator.  I do not have a brand requirement, but the cost of most brands is typically about $10 - $15 and can be found in most stores.

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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

Educational Philosophy:

My philosophy is one of preparation and practice. I spend a significant amount of time preparing to teach and I expect my students to spend time preparing to learn (i.e. reading the material, practicing problems and completing assignments). A student who is actively engaged in their learning will be successful. I also like an interactive classroom atmosphere so bring your questions to class and we'll spend the first part of each session doing Q&A.

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:

Your grade will be comprised of class participation, homework, quizzes, mid-term exam and final exam.  Class participation will be determined on how well you participate in class discussions. Homework will be assigned each week, you should complete all assigned problems and turn in your homework each week. There will be 2 quizzes, a mid-term exam, and a final exam - all completed during class periods.

All quizzes and exams will be closed book, only a calculator will be allowed. You will need a handheld scientific calculator for this class. Nothing elaborate but it should be labeled "scientific" calculator. One that cost in the range of $10 - $15 in most stores will be fine.  An "I-Pad", cell phone calculator, laptop, or other devices will not acceptable.


                                             POINTS          % OF GRADE
Class Participation                 10                        10%
Homework                               10                        10%
2 Quizzes                         20 (10 each)               20%
Mid-term Exam                        30                       30%
Final Exam*                             30                       30%

*The final is part of Park University's core assessment. The final is a departmental exam and it will be provided to the instructor by the department of mathematics. You will have 2 hrs to completed the final and only a scientific calculator is allowed.

A 90%-100.0%
B 80% - 89%
C 70% - 79%
D 60% - 69%
F 0.0% - 59%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

If a student misses class for an excusable reason, then he or she may submit the late assignment at the next session without penalty. Otherwise, assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”.

Quizzes and exams must be taken on the dates and at the times specified on the syllabus. In the event of an emergency (work or family), rescheduling will be considered.
In the case of assignments, quizzes or exams you must notify me BEFORE the scheduled time for consideration.  In the case of emergencies you must notify me as soon as possible.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Cellular phones, beepers, and other communication devices may not be used during class. Disruptive behavior may lead to withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
Chapter 1 - 1.1-1.4
Week 2
Chapter 2 - 2.1-2.5 and 2.7
Week 3
Chapter 3 - 3.1-3.7
Quiz 1
Week 4
Chapter 4 - 4.1
Chapter 5 - 5.1-5.3
Week 5
Chapter 5 - 5.3-5.5
Midterm Exam
Week 6
Chapter 6 - 6.1, 6.2, & 6.5
Week 7
Chapter 7 - 7.1-7.3
Chapter 8 - 8.1-8.5
Quiz 2

Week 8
Chapter 9 - 9.1 & 9.2

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 FINAL EXAM and make this request. In most cases, written third party documentation will be required to support your request. It is at my discretion whether an incomplete will be granted and for what length of time it will be granted. Incomplete grades will be assigned following all the requirements indicated by the Park University Incomplete Policy.


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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