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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
George, Alexander C.


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 EMA

Faculty

1stLt Alexander C. George

Title

Instructor of Mathematics/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. Applied Mathematics, The United States Naval Academy
M.A. Near and Middle Eastern Studies, The University of London, SOAS

Office Location

A Co Office, 3-80-2-L, Ext: 2800

Office Hours

1800-2000 Tuesday – Saturday

Daytime Phone

Ext: 1355

E-Mail

alexander.george@park.edu

alexander.george@new-york.usmc.mil

Semester Dates

30 April 2012 – 8 September 2012

Class Days

Chapel, Mondays and Thursdays

Class Time

1400-1530

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

           Intermediate Algebra

            Required – Edition: 11th – Lial, Hornby, McGinnis

ISBN-13: 978-0-321-71541-8
 
 

Calculator:
 
It is expected that you will have access to a scientific calculator.  You will not be allowed to use a programmable, graphing, or statistical calculator on your final exam.  I suggest you use the same calculator throughout the course.  
 

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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 educational philosophy is one of inter-activeness based on lectures, unannounced quizzes, and extra instruction. Through these different media I will encourage each student to explore the concepts of algebra in order to develop a more thorough understanding of mathematics and critical thinking skills. Grades are not given but earned. Your grade will be determined by the amount of work and extra study you devote to this course.

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:

 

Graded Assignments:

Homework
: Problems from the book will be assigned at the end of every class period to be completed by the following class. Homework will be randomly collected and pre-selected problems will be graded. All steps and work must be shown on every problem to receive full credit. Homework may be completed with a maximum of one partner. If you do work together, the name of your partner should be written at the top of the paper.

Problem Sets: At the completion of each chapter each student will be assigned a take-home problem set to be completed by the following class. These problems sets are individual efforts and not to be completed with outside help. All steps and work must be shown to receive full credit.

Final Exam: The final exam will be completed during the second-to-last class of the semester and will incorporate all concepts taught and studied. The exam will be cumulative and its problems will reflect the homework and problem sets. All steps and work must be shown to receive full credit. 
 

Grade Breakdown:

Assignment

Percentage

Homework

10

Quizzes

10

Problem Sets

40

Final Exam

40

Grading:

 

Letter Grade Scale:

Letter

Percentage

A

89.5-100

B

79.5-89.4

C

69.5-79.4

D

59.5-69.4

F

0-59.4

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments will be assessed a penalty of a full letter grade for every 24 hours late. For example, if a problem set is due on Monday’s class at 1400, the problem set will lose one letter grade if turned in anytime from the end of that class period to 1400 Tuesday. At 1400 Tuesday it will now be penalized 2 letter grades, etc.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

I will treat you in the same manner I would like to be treated.  Professionalism, maturity, and academic perseverance will be rewarded handsomely.  Each student is expected to treat his/her peers with dignity and respect. The only “dumb” question is the one that goes unanswered.  Do not wait for extra instruction to ask a question; odds are that you are not the only one. You are here to learn - if a subject remains uncertain in your mind, ask for help, do not wait until you are unable to complete your homework! 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
In Week 1 we start the course with a review of fraction rules followed by an introduction to the properties and operations of Real Numbers.  We’ll also examine properties of exponents and roots, and then discuss the order in which mathematical operations are to be applied as we simplify algebraic expressions.

In Week 2 we'll begin learning techniques to solve linear equations in one variable followed by a discussion of formulas and how to solve problems using them.  Next we will apply those skills to real-life situations as we develop a general plan for solving application problems, and specific plans for certain types of problems.  We will also learn the processes of solving linear and compound inequalities and finish up the unit by learning how to solve absolute value equations and inequalities.

In Week 3 we'll be introduced to the Rectangular Coordinate System.  We will learn how to graph lines of equations in two variables.  We’ll discuss how to determine slope and how to use it to graph lines and find equations of lines.  We will also learn how to graph linear inequalities in two variables, and we’ll finish the unit by becoming acquainted with functions.

In Week 4 we will discover some new properties of exponents along with the properties of polynomial expressions.  We will learn how to use scientific notation as a tool for expressing very large and very small numbers.  We will exam methods for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing polynomials.  We will expand our understanding of functions to include polynomial functions.


In 
Week 5 we will learn how to factor polynomials. Methods to be learned include: factoring by grouping, factoring trinomials, factoring perfect squares and perfect cubes. We finish the unit by focusing on a fundamental approach to factoring will be presented, and we will learn problem solving skills when the polynomial is part of an equation.

In Week 6 we start learning about rational expressions by examining their properties. From there we will begin the task of learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational expressions. We will learn two methods for simplifying complex fractions before we tackle solving equations involving rational expressions.

In Week 7 the properties of radical expressions are initially discussed before we take on the task of learning the procedures for simplifying, including the conversion from a radical expression to a rational exponential expression. Next we’ll learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide radical expressions. This is followed by a presentation of methods we will use for solving equations containing radical expressions.  We finish the unit by focusing on manipulating the polynomial equation into a particular format in a process known as completing the square. Once that process is learned we will use it to derive a generalized formula for solving all quadratic equations. 

In Week 8 we'll start by determining how to graphically find a solution set of two intersecting equations in two variables, known as a system of linear equations, followed by the procedure to solve a system algebraically.  We will finish the unit, and the course, with an introduction to Complex numbers.  We will learn the properties of these numbers, and how to apply mathematical operations on them.  During this final week of the course you will also complete the proctored Final Exam and the Course Evaluation.

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
Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed.  Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.

Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.

Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:

Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.

Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.

Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.

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

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 .

Additional Information:
This instructor does NOT offer extra credit.



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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