MA135 College Algebra

for S2AA 2012

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MA 135 College Algebra


S2AA 2012 LC


Harman, Leo


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. in mathematics
M.A. in mathematics

Office Hours

Tue, Thur 3:00-4:30

Daytime Phone




Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:25 PM

Credit Hours


Lial, Hornsby and Schneider, College Algebra, 10th edition, Addison Wesley

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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 instructor will organize and present material as well as answer questions, but the primary responsibility for student learning lies with the student.  In addition to meeting to meeting the core learning outcomes listed below the student can maximize the learning in this course by view this class an an opportunity to refine the ability to self-assess and manage his or her learning process.

Class Assessment:
Homework assignments for many chapters of the text, participation, three exams and a core assessment test. omework assignments for many chapters of the text, participation, three exams and a core assessment test.


Homework average:  25% 
        Exams (3):         25% each

A   90 - 100
B   80 - 89
C   70 - 79
D   60 - 69
F    0 - 59

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will only be accepted with prior approval and a valid reason for failure to complete work on time.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Week               Subject                                                                                       Text

1          Review of Basic Concepts                                                               R.1-R.7

2          Linear equations; applications of linear equations;

            complex numbers; quadratic equations; applications

            of quadratic equations                                                                     1.1-1.5

3          Rational equations; inequalities; absolute equations and

            inequalities; Test 1                                                                           1.6-1.8

4          Rectangular coordinates and graphs; circles; functions;

            linear functions; equations of lines; graphs of basic functions;

            graphing techniques; function operations and composition             2.1-2.8

5          Quadratic functions and models; synthetic division; zeros of

            polynomial functions Test 2;                                                           3.1-3.3

6          Polynomial functions: graphs, applications, and models;

            rational functions: graphs, applications and models;                       3.4-3.5

7          Inverse, exponential and logarithmic functions; evaluating

            logarithmic equations; exponential and logarithmic equations;

            exponential growth                                                                          4.1-4.6

8          Review; Test 3


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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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