MA135 College Algebra

for U1J 2013

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MA 135 College Algebra


U1J 2013 IN


Buckley, John E.


Adjunct Instructor


M.S. Physics, University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1993
B.S. Mathematics and Physics, University of Missouri, Columbia, 1991

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

06/03/2013- 07/28/2013

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:00 PM


MA125 Intermediate Algebra or equivalent

Credit Hours



Textbook Only,  Margaret Lial, et al,College Algebra, 11/E, Pearson, 2012   ISBN: 9780321671790

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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 course is taught primarily through lecture.  Many examples are worked out during class; a quiz is given each week to evaluate the student's ability to work various algebraic problems.  A comprehensive final exam is given the last week of the course.

Class Assessment:
Course grade will be based on quiz scores and the final exam.  The questions on the quizzes are like the problems worked out in class and also assigned in the homework.  Homework problems are assigned weekly but are not collected or graded.


Final grade is based off of the top 5 quiz scores, each 100 points, and the final exam worth 300 points.  The final is 2 hours; no books or notes are allowed, but a non-graphing, non-programmable calculator will be permitted.
Grading Scale:  A(90%+), B(80%+), C(70%+), D(60%+), F(less than 60%).
Note: the lowest of the 6 quiz scores is dropped before determining the final grade.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No make-up quizzes will be given.  If a quiz is missed, a zero will be recorded for that quiz score for that week.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Cell phones must be put on silent while class is in session.  If an emergency call is expected or must be made, please be respectful of others and do it outside of the classroom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date: Subject: Quiz:
06/04 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 None
06/11 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8 Quiz 1
06/18 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
Quiz 2
06/25 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8 Quiz 3
07/02 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 Quiz 4
07/09 3.5, 4.1, 4.2
Quiz 5
07/16 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6 Quiz 6
07/23 Review Final Exam

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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.

Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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