MA135 College Algebra

for U1Z 2012

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MA 135 College Algebra


U1Z 2012 MLH


Malek, Margaret


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Math/Computer Science
B.A. Spanish
M.S. Applied Mathematics

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

509-280-0567 (text first, if possible)


Semester Dates

June 4- July 29, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours


College Algebra (The Lial/Hornsby/Schneider College Algebra Series), 10th Ed.
By Margaret L. Lial, John Hornsby, David I.  Schneider
Addison-Wesley - Math
ISBN: 0-321-49913-4

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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:
I provide each student the maximum number of resources to learn the material. This enables the student to use a combination of the various mediums to match his/her personal learning style. These resources include me as the instructor, the text, lectures, my personal notes, various internet links, as well as homework assignments and tests to help guide and evaluate the student’s efforts. Homework will be assigned and due each week to give the student an opportunity to practice applying the material. To facilitate the student’s understanding of the material, I will provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and review material during each class.  Students are encouraged to bring homework questions to these sessions. I will also make myself as available as possible via email and by appointment. A midterm and final exam will be administered to test the student’s ability to apply the material.

Class Assessment:
7 Homework Assignments


 7 Homework Assignments
 400 pts
 Midterm Exam
 300 pts
 Final Exam
 300 pts
 Total  1000 pts

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Generally late submission of any course material must be previously approved by instructor; however, there will be a two (2) day grace period on all handwritten homework assignments and a one (1) day grace period on all handwritten exams.  For each day after the grace period ends, a 5 point penalty will be applied to the assignment.
Assignments are due during class when collected unless otherwise stated.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students must always conduct themselves in a manner that fosters learning.  This includes, but is not limited to, being respectful to the instructors and other students.  If you have difficulties with another student, kindly address that student or bring the problem to my attention after class.  I encourage the students to use each other as a resource for learning the material.  Students may work on homework assignments together, but I expect that each student will do his/her own work!

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 Week 1
 Basic Concepts
 HW 1
 Week 2
   Chapter 1
 HW 2
 Week 3
   Chapter 2
 HW 3
 Week 4
   Chapter 3
 HW 4/Exam
 Week 5
 Chapter 4
 HW 5
 Week 6
 Chapter 5
 HW 6
 Week 7
 Chapter 6
 HW 7
 Week 8
 Final Exam

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 93

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: .

Additional Information:

Online Participation:

Since this is a blended class, meaning it is taught partially
in the face-to-face classroom and partially in the online classroom, you
are required to complete the online classroom assignments.  Your participation will determine
your attendance for the days that class is held online.


Changes to Syllabus:

This syllabus is subject to change.  If changes are made, the
changes will be posted in the announcement section of the online


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