MA135 College Algebra

for S1J 2013

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MA 135 College Algebra


S1J 2013 PV


Marsh, Kimball


Adjunct Faculty of Mathematics


MA Math
BA Math

Office Location


Office Hours

30 minutes before and after class


Semester Dates

January 19 to March 9, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

1:00 PM to 5:30 PM


MA125 or equivalent or test placement (see "Course Description" below)

Credit Hours



College Algebra, Author: Lial,Margaret  Edition: 11TH 13  ISBN 13: 978-0-321-82812-5   ISBN 10: 0-321-82812-7   MBS Direct SKU #: 1287858  Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman, Inc.

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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:
Instructor provides lecture and many examples of worked out problems.  The class is very relaxed and student participation is encouraged.  You will (probably) have to work very hard in this course - College Algebra is a difficult subject for many students.  The instructor will do as much as he can to help you learn, but learning is truly incumbent on the student and how much they work to master the material and concepts.

Class Assessment:
One midterm test  and one comprehensive final test will be administered.  Weekly homework will be asigned and graded.


Midterm = 200 points
Final Test = 250 points
Homework = 50 points (total)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No late submission is allowed.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please turn off cell phones and pagers (or at least put them on vibrate).  You should try to be present and on time for each session.  Eight weeks is a very short time to learn a difficult course like College Algebra. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Review of Basic Concepts
Week 2: Review of Basic Concepts
Week 3: Chapter 1
Week 4:  Midterm Test followed by lecture on Chapter 2
Week 5: Chapter 3
Week 6: Chapter 3
Week 7: Chapter 4 and 5
Week 8: Final Comprehensive Test

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 95-96

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 95

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 98

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