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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
Smith, Charlie L.


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

SP 2013 HO

Faculty

Smith, Charlie L.

Title

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2002
M.A., University of Kansas, 1983
B.A., William Jewel College, 1981

Office Location

SC 214

Office Hours

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.

Daytime Phone

816-584-6261 PREFERRED

E-Mail

charlie.smith@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 14, 2013 - May 10, 2013

Class Days

-M-W-F-

Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 AM

Prerequisites

None.

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Intermediate Algebra. Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis.  11th edition, Addison Wesley. ISBN: 9780321715418. Required.

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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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:
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

  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:

Regular Homework Assignments (60%)
 
Mid-Term Examination (15%); Tentative date: Friday, March 8, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
 
Final Examination (25%); the final examination will be comprehensive and will cover all Core Learning Outcomes.  Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
 
Regular Homework Assignments 60%
Midterm Examination 15%
Final Examination 25%
 
All tests will be CLOSED REFERENCE tests, meaning that you are NOT allowed to use any books, notes, or handouts.  You will of course be required to bring a calculator.  GRAPHING CALCULATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED.  PLEASE take each test on the day that it is scheduled.  Any make-up test given will be significantly more difficult than the original test.  The instructor may deny this option depending upon circumstances.  Once taken and recorded your test score is final and cannot be changed.

Grading:

90 - 100%        A
80 - 89%          B
68 - 79%          C
55 - 67%          D

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

      semester. 

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. 

     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.

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.
 
Miscellaneous: What materials are you responsible for understanding?  EVERYTHING.  Of course, it would be impossible for you to reproduce everything or demonstrate total knowledge on homework and tests, but you are expected to strive for excellence in everything that we cover, so that you will be prepared for anything.  As mathematics and science majors, any effort on your part less than this cannot be considered satisfactory.

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

Attendance

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

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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