MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
SP 2013 HO
Smith, Charlie L.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2002M.A., University of Kansas, 1983B.A., William Jewel College, 1981
Tuesday and Thursday 9 - 11 AM, Tuesday and Wednesday 2-4 PM, or BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT. My Work Study Student, Kari Hutton is available Mondays & Fridays from 9-12 Noon in SC 214.
January 14, 2013 - May 10, 2013
9:00 - 9:50 AM
Textbook: Intermediate Algebra. Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis. 11th edition, Addison Wesley. ISBN: 9780321715418. Required.
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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Educational Philosophy: Mathematics is my lifelong passion and obsession. In the classroom, I try to convey my enthusiasm and excitement for mathematics; I emphasize its pristine beauty and logical structure. Students are required to work a substantial number of homework problems in order to learn the material. Typically two major tests are given each semester. Material is presented in lecture format; students are encouraged to interrupt to ask questions.
A famous old adage says that mathematics is not a spectator sport. 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.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Late Submission of Course Materials: Homework assignments MUST be turned in on the announced due date. LATE PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. You will either turn in an assignment on the date that it is due, or you will not turn it in at all. An assignment MUST be received by class time on the announced due date. If it is not received by this time, then a score of ZERO will be recorded for that assignment. NO EXCEPTIONS. NO EXCUSES.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
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
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.
That's why they pay me the big bucks.
9. Tutoring assistance is available through the Academic Support Center, Mabee
Underground Room 406, phone 6330.
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.
The instructor reserves the right to make changes in the syllabus due to time constraints, speed of coverage, or other factors.
It is the student’s responsibility to sign the attendance sheet or be counted as absent for that class session.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Sections Covered
1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 4.1
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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.
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 .
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