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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
Ellis, Ingrid J.


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

F2UU 2012 CN

Faculty

Ellis, Ingrid J.

Title

Senior Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Ed. M. Mathematics, Columbia University
M.A. Mathematics, Columbia University
B. S.. Mathematics, Boston University

E-Mail

Ingrid.Ellis@park.edu

Semester Dates

Monday October 22, 2012-Sunday December 16, 2012

Class Days

-M-----

Class Time

4:30 - 9:45 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Intermediate Algebra, 11th edition, Lial/Hornsby/McGinnis, Addison-Wesely, ISBN - 978-0-321-71541-8

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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:
 

This instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, co - operative learning, dialogues, tests, an examination, internet, and web sites. This instructor will engage each learner to develop their mathematical foundation and to inspire each of them to become lifelong learners of mathematics, as well as lifelong active participants of mathematical models.

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:
 

Unit I Test Chapters 1 & 2 Monday October 29, 2012

Unit II Test Chapters 3 & 4 Monday November 12, 2012

Unit III Test Chapters 5, 6, & 7 Monday November 26, 2012

Unit IV Test Chapters 8 & 9 Monday December 3, 2012

Final Exam Monday December 10, 2012

Grading:
 

Test Average 60%
Final Examination 40%
100 - 90 = A, 89 - 80 = B, 79 -70 = C, 69 - 60 = D and below 60 = F.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

Take home assessments will not be accepted after the assigned due date. In class quizzes, tests, and in class activities are to assess current understanding and thus cannot be made up. Thus no late submission is allowed.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

Each student is required to conduct themselves professional at all times when interfacing with other students and the instructor.

To provide the most conducive environment for each student’s educational experience:

1. Cell phone usage is not permitted in the classroom. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off to prevent unnecessary disruptions during the class.

2. Please do not enter the classroom until the break if you are more than 15 minutes tardy.

3. Any student missing more than 15 minutes of any class session will receive an unexcused absence for that session.
4. Disruptive behavior, racist, or sexist speech out of context will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Week 1

Chapter 1 Review of the Real Number System (Student must read text pages 1 – 44.)

Chapter 2 Linear Equations, Inequalities, and Applications (Student must read text pages 48 – 126 prior to coming to class.)

Week 2

Unit I Test Chapters 1 & 2 Monday October 29, 2012

Chapter 3 Graphs, Linear Equations, and Functions (Student must read text pages 135 – 201 prior to coming to class.)

Week 3

Chapter 3 Graphs, Linear Equations, and Functions (Continued) (Student must read text pages 135 – 201 prior to coming to class.)

Chapter 4 Systems of Linear Equations (Student must read text pages 209– 246 & 253 - 256 prior to coming to class.)
Chapter 5 Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions (Student must read text pages 263 – 314 prior to coming to class.)

Week 4

Unit II Test Chapters 3 & 4 Monday November 12, 2012

Chapter 5 Exponents, Polynomials, and Polynomial Functions (Student must read text pages 263 – 314 prior to coming to class.)

Chapter 6 Factoring (Student must read text pages 319 – 356 prior to coming to class.)

Chapter 7 Rational Expressions and Functions (Student must read text pages 361 – 406 & 416 – 419 prior to coming to class.)

Week 5

Chapter 7 Rational Expressions and Functions (Student must read text pages 361 – 406 & 416 – 419 prior to coming to class.)

Chapter 8 Roots, Radicals, and Root Functions (Student must read text pages 427 – 486 prior to coming to class.)

Week 6

Unit III Test Chapters 5, 6, & 7 Monday November 26, 2012

Chapter 8 Roots, Radicals, and Root Functions (Continued) (Student must read text pages 427 – 486 prior to coming to class.)

Chapter 9 Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, and Functions (Student must read text pages 538 – 615 prior to coming to class.)

Week 7

Chapter 9 Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, and Functions (Continued) (Student must read text pages 495 – 548 prior to coming to class.)

Unit IV Test Chapters 8 & 9 Monday December 3, 2012

Final Exam Review Monday December 3, 2012

Week 8

Final Exam Monday December 10, 2012

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 95-96

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 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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 .



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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