MA135 College Algebra

for U1HH 2012

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MA 135 College Algebra


U1HH 2012 PA


Loar, Lawrence


Adjunct Faculty – Senior Instructor


Master of Science, Operations Management, University of Arkansas
Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Capital University Columbus, Ohio

Office Hours

Before and After Class

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

June 04, 2012 to July 29, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM

Credit Hours



College Algebra: 10th Edition; Margaret L. Lial, John Hornsby, David I. Schneider, 

2009 ISBN: #0-321-49913-1S

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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:

Algebra, like all mathematical subjects must be practiced. A student is required to learn and practice basic reasoning and problem solving skills. You must read your textbook and work the examples to be able to do the homework. You cannot rely strictly on the lectures and In-class work. You must not try to do your homework as fast as possible, but take the time to actually learn and grasp the concepts in small sections at a time. It is in practice that you will solidify your understanding of the material. Since this course meets only once per week, you must exercise great discipline in spreading out your work over the entire week. The subjects presented each week will build upon the prior material so it is imperative that you fully understand the prior material. I expect my students to come to class prepared to learn and to participate. I expect my students to ask questions and to call me any time they need help. Do not waste time on a problem that you are having trouble with. Collect your questions and then call me so we can discuss them or email me your questions. I measure my success by your success so I will commit all my efforts to helping you succeed and I expect you to do your best as well.

Class Assessment:

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:

Test 1                            25%
Test 2                            25%
Final Exam                   30%
Homework                    20%
Total                               100%


          A      92.5 - 100
          B      85.0 - 92.5
          C      77.5 - 85.0
          D     70.0 – 77.5
          F      Less than 70

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of course work will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students will need to take an active role in working out classroom projects.  This includes helping other students in completing their individual tasks.

Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from Park University. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.

Students who do not contact me regarding their missing the final (within 48 hours) are not eligible to take the final.  Grades MUST be input online 48 hours after the last class.  Any student with "unexcused" absences or numerous excused absences are not eligible for an incomplete. With an incomplete grade, a student must provide documentation why they did not attend the final, such as, medical excuse, work related or TDY orders.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week of




Review of Basic Concepts

 Chapters R


Equations and Inequalities

Chapter R Homework due

 Chapter 1


Graphs and Functions

Chapter 1 Homework due

 Chapter 2

Review Test #1


Polynomial and Rational Functions

Chapter 2 Homework due

 Chapter 3

Test #1


Exponential & Logarithmic Functions

Chapter 3 Homework due

 Chapter 4

Review Test #2


Systems and Matrices

Chapter 4 Homework due

 Chapter 5


Test #2



Analytic Geometry - Parabolas

Chapter 5 Homework due

 Chapter 6

Review Final


 Comprehensive Final

All assignments must be


turned in at this time!!!

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

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