MA125 Intermediate Algebra

for S2FF 2013

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CourseMA 125 Intermediate Algebra
SemesterS2FF 2013 FA
FacultyCarroll, John G.
TitleAdjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesMURP Masters of Urban & Regional Planning
MSSM, MS Systems Management
BA, Mathematics
Office LocationFairchild AFB, Washington
Office HoursBy appointment
Daytime Phone509-924-7574
Other Phone509-995-0587
Semester Dates11/11/2013 - 1/12/2014
Class Days-M-W---
Class Time5:00 - 7:40 PM
Credit Hours3


Textbook:: Intermediate Algebra 11th Ed.   ISBN978-0-321-71541-8
Lial, Margaret L et al.

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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:
Assigned readings, supplemented by competion, in-class, of examples and reinforced by practice.  In-class discussions will be based on group explanations, concept analysis and demonstrtions of the techniques under discussion.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the whole number system, and basic mathematical operations.
  2. The student will be able to read graphs and understand the relationship be demonstrated.
  3. Express mathematical relationships in table and graph forms.
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:

15% Attendance and class participation each student will be awarded a grade from 0% to 100% the result will be weighted at 15% of the final grade

25% Homework completion - each chapter will have an associated homework assignment, the average score on the homework will constitute 25 % of the course grade

25% Average score on quizzes - 3 quizzes will be given, with the lowest grade dropped, the average grade on the other two quizzes will constitue 25% of the course grade

35% Final exam - given at the end of the course and will weigh  as 35% of the final grade

Failure to take the final exam will result in course failure.



Students are expected to read assigned portions of the text and complete text provided examples.  Students are expected to attend class regularly and participate in class discussions.  Completion of homework is of special significance to the understanding of the material.   When completing exercises, quizzes, tests and homework, all work (computations, consolidations, rearraangements, or manipulations) will be shown.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students who miss classes will be expected to complete all exercises at the end of the chapter to show an understanding of the material under consideration.  The completed work will be submitted as soon as possible but not later than the last day of class.  Late work will be penalized 10 percentage points, i.e., 80% will be reduced to 70% and so forth.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to show up, on time, participate in class discussions, and not interfere with others' learning experience

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week   Date      Special      Chapters   Topics
1            11/11                        1/2            Real Number System, Linear Equations, Inequalities
1            11/13                        1/2            Real Number System, Linear Equations, Inequalities
2            11/18                        2/3            Linear Equations, Inequalities, Graphs, and Functions
2            11/20      Quiz 1        3              Graphs, Linear Equations, and Functions
3            11/25                        3              Graphs, Linear Equations, and Functions
3            11/27                        3/4           Graphs, Linear Equations, Functions and Systems of Linear Equations
4            12/02                        4              Systems of Linear Equations
4            12/04       Quiz 2       4/5           Systems of Linear Equations, Polynomials and Polynomial Functions
5            12/09                        5              Polynomials and Polynomial Functions
5            12/11                       5/6            Polynomials, Polynomial Functions and Factoring
6            12/16                                        Factoring
6            12/18     Quiz 3        6/7            Factoring, Rational Expressions and Functions
7            12/30                       7               Rational Expressions and Functions
7            (01/01)                        7/8            Rational Expressions, Functions, Roots, Radicals, and Root Functions
8            01/06       Review     1-8
8            01/08       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 at  or

Park University 2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95


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.

Park University 2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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 
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 
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 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
(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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
(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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