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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
Powell, Donato


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Course

MA 125 Intermediate Algebra

Semester

S1E 2013 PE

Faculty

Powell, Donato S. Sr.,

Title

Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MS - Operations Research
BS - Mechanical Engineering
AS - Mathematics

Office Location

Camp Pendleton Campus

Office Hours

Saturday 1000 - 1200 or by appointment

Daytime Phone

831-915-3743

E-Mail

donato.powell@park.edu

donato.powell@usmc.mil

Semester Dates

January 14, 2013 - March 10, 2013

Class Days

F

Class Time

5:00 - 1030 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Intermediate Algebra, 11th Ed. Authors: Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis Publisher: Addison - Wesley ISBN: 9780321715418

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A scientific calculator is required

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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:
Read the chapters prior to class and homework assignments, complete all homework assignments and check answers (and correct as required), and don't be afraid to ask for help.  I will provide guidance and tutoring, but expect each student to make every effort to learn and master their learning tasks.

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:

 

Grading:

Homework - 30%
Quizes - 20%
Midterm - 25%
Final - 25%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All late assignments will be penalized 10% per day up to 50% maximum penalty

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Cell phones must be turned on silence to prevent unnecessary disruptions during class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 chapters 1 & 2
Week 2 chapter 3
Week 3 chapter 3 & 4
Week 4 chapters 5 & 6
Week 5 Review of Midterm
Week 6 chapter 7
Week 7 chapters 8 & 9
Week 8 review and final

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 .

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Major Donato S. Powell Sr has over twenty-four years combined experience (enlisted and commissioned officer) in the Logistics and Operations Research field for the United States Marine Corps with multiple deployments enlisted and as an officer.  He currently serves as the Deputy Command Inspector General for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego and Western Recruiting Region. 1997, he completed the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of California Davis and 9 months military officer training to follow in 1997 and 1998.  October 1998, he was assigned to 3rd Marine Corps Aircraft Wing in support of combat aircraft missions.

            August 2002, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California, earning a Master of Science degree in Operations Research and published thesis in September 2004. Subsequently, he received orders to Marine Corps Combat Development Command where he led the Marine Corps’ effort in its first co-development of a Combat Simulation Model and began teaching for Park University as an Adjunct Instructor (Business, Mathematics, and Computer Science). 

            June 2007, he returned to the Fleet Marine Force serving in two critical operational and strategic billets, Iraq and Afghanistan (i.e., July 2008 to March 2009 and February 2010 to March 2011 respectfully).   Additionally in 2007, he began teaching for Park University Camp Pendleton campus when not deployed. May 2011, Major Powell served as the Executive Officer for Headquarters and Service Battalion during his assignment at MCRD.

            His short-term goal is to complete his Doctorate at the National Graduate School of Quality Management where he is currently enrolled and participate in the Whitehouse Fellowship program. His midterm goal is to lead Marines as a Battalion Commander. His long-term goal is to start an Engineering and Science magnet school for inner city underprivileged children in Oakland California where he is a native and consult as an Operations Research expert for colleges and corporate industry. 



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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