MA135 College Algebra

for U1U 2013

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MA 135 College Algebra


U1U 2013 LU


Schone, Jeffery D.


Adjunct Faculty


MBA Arizona State University
BS Environmental Engineering Northern Arizona University
Certified Energy Manager, LEED AP, PMP

Office Location


Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

3 June – 27 July 2013

Class Days


Class Time

4:50 - 10:10 PM


MA125 Intermediate Algebra or Equivalent

Credit Hours



College Algebra.  Robert F. Blitzer, Prentice Hall, 5th edition. 

ISBN: 9780321559838. Required.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

A Calculator is required: TI-30XIIS, usually range form $9 to $15.

Blue Line (quad Rule) graph paper is REQUIRED

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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:

This class will be taught using a combination of lecture, demonstration, and discussion of sample math problems, exercises, and homework. The easiest way to understand the principles of math is through application and practice. Students are encouraged to work together on homework and take home exercises. Fundamental mathematics is critical to continue in higher level mathematic courses, thus practical real life applications will be used to help the student understand these principles.  Students must read the Chapters prior to class discussion to fully comprehend the topics discussed in the classroom.

In order to learn mathematics, students must attempt a significant number of problems. Drill and practice are essential in order to succeed. In addition, the material should not be covered too quickly. Student comprehension always takes priority in the educational process.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Given a set of lectures of a comprehensive review of basic algebraic concepts, the student will complete said problems to the satisfaction of the instructor.
  2. Given a set of lectures on equations and inequalities, perform such problems to the satistifaction of the instructor.
  3. Given a set of lectures on graphs and functions, complete such problems to the satisfaction of the instructor.
  4. Given a set of lectures on polynomial and rational functions, complete such problems to the satisfaction of the instructor.
  5. Given a set of lectures on inverse, exponential, and logarithmic functions, complete such problems to the satisfaction of the instructor.
  6. Given a set of lectures on systems and matrices, perform such problems to the satisfaction of the instructor.
  7. Given a set of lectures on conic sections and basic theorems of analytic geometry, perform such problems to the satisfaction of the instructor.
Class Assessment:
EXPECTATIONS:   What are the things that the student needs to do in order to succeed in this course?

1.  Regular attendance is ESSENTIAL

2.  PLEASE bring your textbook to every class session.

3.  Listen carefully and pay attention.

4.  Take thorough, accurate class notes.  For better retention, review your notes as soon as

      possible after each class session.  Review your notes regularly throughout the


5.  VOCABULARY, TERMINOLOGY, and NOTATION are extremely important in

      learning mathematics.

6.  ASK QUESTIONS DURING CLASS whenever you need more explanation.

7.  Read your textbook over and over until you understand the material completely.

8.  Consult with the instructor if you are having ANY DIFFICULTY WHATSOEVER. 


Reading Assignments:  Read handouts as assigned.  You may have to read a handout several times until you understand the material completely.  Study these carefully and thoroughly, making sure that you follow and comprehend the reasoning behind each step of the procedure.

Behavior:  Show respect for the instructor.  Show respect for your classmates.  Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.

Responsibility:  The student is entirely responsible for obtaining and learning any material missed because of absence.  Get handouts and assignments from instructor.  Get class notes from another student in the class.

The instructor reserves the right to make changes in the syllabus due to time constraints, speed of coverage, or other factors.


All students are expected to be present and on time with homework assigned completed.

Quizzes: 10 percent
Homework: 15 percent
Midterm examination:  25 percent
Class participation (10 percent) and Attendance (15 percent): 25 percent
Final examination:  25 percent
Predefined homework or exercise assignments are provided and reinforced at the end of each corresponding lesson/class for submission at the beginning of the next class.
Letter Grade Range
90-100%      A
80-89%        B
70-79%        C
60-69%        D
Below 60%   F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments are due at the start of class unless otherwise agreed upon by the instructor.
Unexcused late assignments will not receive full credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are responsible for turning in their exercises/assignments on time. If any student cannot attend class, they are responsible for contacting the office or instructor PRIOR to the start of class. Excessive tardiness of the student will have a negative impact on their grade.
Since a portion of the students grade is dependent upon classroom participation and attendance, students are strongly encouraged to be there, on time, and participate in class discussions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Prior to the start of each class, it is the student responsibility to review the chapter(s) discussed prior to class. This will help in participation, develop critical thinking and generate questions that will allow students to better understand the principles lectured.
A homework assignment listing will be given to each student at the beginning of the course and reviewed for understanding.

Week & Session

Chapter and Topic Covered


Week 1
Session 1

Intro and Chapter 1:  P. 3, P. 6, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

Introduce yourself!

Week 2
Session 1

Chapter 2: 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8.

Chapter 1 Quiz

Week 3
Session 1

Chapter 3:  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

Chapter 2 Quiz

Week 4
Session 1

Chapter 3 (cont’d)

Midterm Examination Review

Chapter 3 Quiz

Week 5
Session 1

Midterm Examination

Chapter 4: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5


Week 6
Session 1

Chapter 4 (cont’d)

Return and Review Midterm Exam

Chapter 4a Quiz

Week 6
Session 1

Chapter 5:  5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5

Chapter 4b Quiz

Week 7
Session 1

Chapter 7:  7.1, 7.2, 7.3

Chapter 5 Quiz

Week 8
Session 1

Final Examination

You are finished!

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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