# MA125 Intermediate Algebra

## for S2Q 2013

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| MA 125 Intermediate Algebra |

| S2Q 2013 FE |

| Marcum, James Daniel ("Dan") |

| Adjunct Mathematics Instructor |

| M.S.T. Mathematics |

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| March 18 – May 12, 2013 |

| Thursdays on March 21 & 28 + April 4, 11, 18, 25 + May 2 & 9 (Final Exam on May 9) |

| 5:00 - 10:00 PM |

| 3 |

**Textbook:**

*Intermediate Algebra (11th Ed.) by *Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis (Addison-Wesley, ISBN 978-0-321-71541-8)

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

**Additional Resources:**

**Calculator You will need a**Please be sure that you are familiar with the basic workings of your calculator as I cannot take class time to “teach” basic calculator competency.

__basic__scientific calculator (such as a TI-30) for this course. A graphics calculator is acceptable but not required.*You should bring your calculator to every class. Students who do not have a calculator with them on test days must do the test without it!*

__5__dividers labeled and ordered as follows: COURSE INFO NOTES & OUTLINES HOMEWORK QUIZZES PAPER

**Note: If during the class you suspect that your grade is incorrect, you will need to produce your graded homework and quizzes to prove an error on my part; an organized notebook will help resolve any grading issues!**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:**

*for every 1 hour in class, you should spend 2-3 hours out of class*.

**Given that we meet for 5 hours each class, be sure that you are spending between 10-15 hours between our Thursday classes!**

**Learning Outcomes:**

**Core Learning Outcomes**

- State and use basic terminology and symbols of the discipline appropriately
- Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable and verify solution(s)
- Manipulate and simplify exponential expressions
- Perform arithmetic on and factor polynomials and solve polynomial equations
- Solve “word” problems
- Manipulate and simplify rational expressions
- Manipulate and simplify radical expressions and translate into/ from exponential form
- Solve equations involving radicals
- Apply the method of completing the square
- Apply the quadratic formula
- Graph algebraic equations and inequalities of one and two variables.

**Core Assessment:**

Manipulate, simplify, and evaluate algebraic expressions

Solve and check algebraic equations and inequalities

Apply algebraic techniques to solve practical applications

Graph algebraic equations and inequalities

Link to Class Rubric**Class Assessment:**

**Concerning Course Grades -**Your course grade will consist of the following

__three__components:

**(4 pts per HW) +**

*Homework 15%***(10 pts per Quiz) +**

*Quizzes 30%***(100 pts per Exam)**

*Mid-Term/Final Exams 55%**The Mid-Term Exam takes place on Thursday, April 11^{th} and the Final Exam takes place on Thursday, May 9^{th}.*

**Grading:**

**Concerning Homework**

**will be assigned every class meeting. Unless prior arrangements have been made with me, each homework assignment is**

*Two Homework Assignments*__due__at the place and time indicated in class and through the on-line classroom

*.*

Individual homework assignment grades will not be based on correct answers, but on your process and your ability to organize your work following **FEA**:

**FEA** – follow this on __each__ homework assignment for full credit!

Each HW assignment is worth 4 points, graded on the FEA scale: Format, Effort, and Appearance and __must be done on 3-holed, college-ruled paper__.

** F***ormat *– 1 point: __Name, MATH 125, Date Assigned, Date Due__ in the upper right corner in descending order

__Questions__ indicated in the upper left corner (no questions - indicate this by writing NONE there)

__Assignment Name__ on the first line right after the __left__ margin

** E***ffort – 2 *points for excellent effort; all exercises attempted, appropriate work shown.

1 points for average effort; missing exercises and/or insufficient work shown.

0 points for poor effort; lists of answers receive no credit!

** A***ppearance* – 1 point: Exercises are neatly organized, easy to follow, and done on 3-holed, college-ruled paper.

**Concerning Quizzes **** Two Quizzes** will be given each class except on the class days when an exam is given (when that happens, only one quiz will be given). What to prepare for on upcoming quizzes will be announced ahead of time in class and through the on-line classroom.

Each quiz will be worth 10 points and they will usually be given at the beginning and end of each class, lasting 10 - 15 minutes. Quizzes will assess your understanding of past homework and are based on process and correct answers. Unless an answer is “obvious,” some work or explanation is usually required to receive full credit on quiz exercises.

Grading of quizzes will also be tied to the ** Learning Rubric** at the end of this syllabus.

**Concerning Exams ***The **Mid-Term **and **Final Exams** are “closed notes” and “closed book” assessments. Each exam will be 90 minutes in length and are cumulative.*

**Late Submission of Course Materials:**

**Late Homework **A homework assignment not turned in on time is considered “late." You may turn in __four__ “late” homework assignments without penalty. A "late" homework is due no later than the beginning of the next class or it becomes a “0.”

After four “late” homework assignments, subsequent late or missing homework will not be accepted and will receive a “0” grade for the remainder of the semester unless I have given you instructions to the contrary.

**Homework and Absences **If a homework assignment is due on a day that you are absent from class (for any reason), then that homework must be turned in at the beginning of the next class or it is considered late.

**Quizzes and Absences **If you miss a class, or arrive late, you may make up __two__ “missed” quizzes without penalty. Two subsequent “missed” quizzes may be made up, but only receive a maximum of 8 points. More than four “missed” quizzes without a valid reason earns a “0” on those quizzes.

**Classroom Rules of Conduct:**

__My goal in this course is to provide you with a superior mathematical education!__

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__**I cannot be successful in this goal without your full cooperation. I will make every effort to make every class session, and I expect the same commitment from you.**

**Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:**

Week 1 (Mar 21): Introduction – Chapters 1 & 2 – Quizzes 01 & 02 – HW 01 &0 2

**Chapter 1**Provides an introduction to the properties and operations of Real Numbers. We'll also examine properties of exponents and roots, and then discuss the order in which mathematical operations are to be applied as we simplify algebraic expressions.

**Chapter 2**Begins the techniques to solve linear equations in one variable followed by a discussion of formulas and how to solve problems using them. Next we will apply those skills to real-life situations as we develop a general plan for solving application problems, and specific plans for certain types of problems. We will also learn the processes of solving linear and compound inequalities and finish up the chapter by learning how to solve absolute value equations and inequalities.

**Chapter 3**The Rectangular Coordinate System is introduced. We will learn how to graph lines of equations in two variables. We'll discuss how to determine slope and how to use it to graph lines and find equations of lines. We will also become acquainted with functions, and we'll finish the chapter learning how to graph linear inequalities in two variables.

**Chapter 4**The techniques used to solve systems of equations are presented. First we will graphically find the solution of two intersecting lines, followed by procedures to solve a system algebraically.

**Chapter 5**The properties of exponents along with the properties of polynomial expressions are covered. We will learn how to use scientific notation as a tool for expressing very large and very small numbers. We will exam methods for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing polynomials. We will expand our understanding of functions to include polynomial functions.

**Chapter 6**Methods of factor polynomials are presented. These methods include: factoring by grouping, factoring trinomials, factoring perfect squares and perfect cubes. We finish the chapter by focusing on a fundamental approach to factoring, and how to apply problem-solving skills when a polynomial is part of the equation.

**Chapter 7**Rational expressions are introduced by examining their properties. From there we will begin the task of learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational expressions. We will also learn two methods for simplifying complex fractions and conclude the chapter by solving equations involving rational expressions.

**Chapter 8**The properties of radical expressions are initially discussed before learning the procedures for simplifying, including the conversion from a radical expression to a rational exponential expression. Next we’ll learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide radical expressions. This is followed by a presentation of methods we will use for solving equations containing radical expressions.

**Chapter 9**This chapter illustrates how to transform a polynomial equation into a particular form using the technique known as “completing the square.” Using that technique the important “quadratic formula” is derived which is used to solve non-factorable quadratic equations with irrational and complex number solutions.

**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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97*

**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 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.

- The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
- Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
- 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".
- A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
- 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.
- 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

**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 .

**Additional Information:****Pencil & Eraser Policy:** I require you to do all homework, quizzes, and exams using a pencil and eraser. You will lose 25% on any homework, quiz, or exam that wasn’t done in pencil, or that has messy scratched-out work. *NOTE*: It is O.K. to use a pen to head your papers and a pen/highlighter to circle final answers.

Competency | Exceeds 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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**Last Updated:***3/10/2013 1:54:51 PM*