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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
Bohac, Michael E.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

MA 125 Intermediate Algebra

Semester

S2I 2012 EM

Faculty

Bohac, Michael E.

Title

Instructor/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois

Office Location

None

Office Hours

None

Daytime Phone

None

Other Phone

None

E-Mail

michael.bohac@park.edu

mebohac@gmail.com

michael.bohac@iwo-jima.usmc.mil

Semester Dates

May 1, 2012 – October 31, 2012

Class Days

Non Mission Planning Days

Class Time

Non Mission Planning Days

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Lial, Hornsby, and McGinnis. Intermediate Algebra, Eleventh Edition, Copyright 2012. ISBN: 0-321-71541-1 and 978-0-321-71541-8.

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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:
This instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, co - operative learning, dialogues, tests, an examination, internet, and web sites. This instructor will engage each learner to develop their mathematical foundation and to inspire each of them to become lifelong learners of mathematics, as well as lifelong active participants of mathematical models.

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:
After the first night of class, students are required to read all assigned material prior to class, be prepared to discuss the concepts, and to work problems individually or as part of a small group. Daily assignments are essential to success in this class! Students should be aware that test scores are directly related to homework effort. After a class session the students will be expected to complete the review exercises for the designated sections.

Grading:
Grading:
Quiz / Assignment Average 50%
Test Average 25%
Final Examination 25%
100 - 90 = A, 89 - 80 = B , 79 -70 = C , 69 - 60 = D and below 60 = F.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Take home assessments will not be accepted after the assigned due date. In class quizzes and in class activities are to assess current understanding and thus cannot be made up.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Week 1 Review Real Number System (1.1-1.4)   Quiz # 1 (Only topics covered in class)

Week 2 Linear Equations, Inequalities and Applications (2.1-2.7)  Quiz # 2 (Only topics covered in class)

Week 3 Graphs, Linear Equations and Functions (3.1-3.6) Quiz # 3 (Only topics covered in class)

Week 4 Systems of Linear Equations (4.1-4.4) Quiz # 4 (Only topics covered in class)

Week 5 Exponents, Polynomials and Polynomial Functions (5.1-5.5) Quiz # 5 (Only topics covered in class)

Week 6 Factoring (6.1-6.5)  Quiz # 6 (Only topics covered in class)

Week 7 Rational Expressions and Functions (7.1-7.6) Quiz # 7 (Only topics covered in class)

Week 8 Roots, Radicals and Root Functions (8.1-8.7) Quiz # 8 (Only topics covered in class)

Week 9 Quadratic Equations, Inequalities and Functions (9.1-9.7) Quiz # 8 (Only topics covered in class)

Week 10 Inverse, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions (10.1-10.6) Quiz # 8 (Only topics covered in class)

Week 11 Nonlinear Functions, Conic Sections and Non-Linear Systems (11.1-11.5) Quiz # 8 (Only topics covered in class)

Week 12 Review for Final Exam, Take Final Exam. 1 - 11

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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Plagiarism:
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
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences.  Classes will be taught, however mission will take priority.

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
(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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
(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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