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♥ Math 125 _ Intermediate Algebra
Section # 4490
Spring 2015; Feb 9-July 7
Class Meeting: TTh 7:15 – 9:50 PM
Location MSA 109
Contact Methods : Access Me Via
310 434 8023
(Most Preferred Contact Method)
(Not Reliable Method but inevitable alternative.)
Sample email:
Math 125 SID 2514
Sample voicemail:
I forgot to pick up my quiz
Can I have my Quiz 4 next time?
Math 125, SID two-five-one-four 25-14.
I am unable to attend class today 10-5-2014. I will
submit the reason of absence next time.
Office Hours
Day: TTh
Time: 6:30 – 7:10 PM;
Location: Conference Room Math dept. (Classroom Upon Availability)
You can email me your questions. I will try to address your concern if writing is a possible option.
REQUIREMENTS: Please do not forget to bring the following on each session.
1. Textbook (or e- Book)
Intermediate Algebra 11th Edition, Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis; PEARSON/ Addison Wesley
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-71541-8; ISBN-10: 0-321-71541-1
2. Scientific Calculator
Scientific Calculator is an advisory instrument that you can use for making tedious calculations. Checking your
answers with calculator is a good idea but students are not permitted to use calculator on exams ( Unless
otherwise specified.).
3. 3-Hole Binder For Class Notes and For Homework
Please use three-hole binders for keeping your notes and class assignments separate. Keep your writings clean and
organized. There is never enough time to search for things in class.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math 115, or by placement exam.
Institutional SLO - Student Learning Outcomes:
A. Critical Thinking: Analyze problems by differentiating fact from opinions, using evidence, and using sound reasoning
to specify multiple solutions and their consequences.
B. Quantitative Reasoning: Identify, analyze, and solve problems that are quantitative in nature
Program SLO
1. Apply quantitative thinking processes using basic mathematical operations to solve common academic, workplace, and
family problems. (Theme: mathematical operations)
2. Use mathematical tools essential for analyzing quantitative problems and for producing solutions. (Theme:
mathematical tools)
3. Select appropriate math strategies for solving and handling real life problems involving finance, economics, and family
issues. (Theme: mathematical problem-solving)
Course SLOs
1. Apply quantitative thinking processes using basic mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication,
division) to solve common academic, workplace, and family problems. (Theme: mathematical operations)
2. Use mathematical tools essential for analyzing quantitative problems and for producing solutions. (Theme:
mathematical tools)
3. Select appropriate math strategies for solving and handling real life problems involving finance, economics, and family
issues. (Theme: mathematical problem-solving)
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Course Description:
This course is equivalent to the second year of high school algebra. Topics will include rational, irrational and complex
numbers; fundamental operations on algebraic expressions and functions; introduction to polynomial, rational, exponential
and logarithmic functions, equations and graphs; circles and parabolas. Emphasis is on “advanced” algebraic factoring and
Course Entry Skills
Prior to enrolling in Math 125 student can perform all of the following:
Solve linear, quadratic, literal equations, systems of equations and linear inequalities by choosing an appropriate method.
Graph linear equations and inequalities
Simplify exponential expressions
Factor general trinomials at an elementary level
State and apply quadratic formula
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide polynomials, square roots and exponential expressions
Simplify complex fractions, square roots and exponential expressions
Solve introductory level equations with rational expressions
Translate and solve algebraic word problems in a single variable
Given the description of a graph of a line, write the equation of that line
Define and use properties of equality and inequality
Recognize and use common mathematical language to describe mathematical processes in either written or verbal form
Apply units of measurements in the solution of algebraic applications as appropriate
All graded materials are counted from 100.
TESTs (55% of the final Grade, Time 7:15 – 8:45 PM )
Five TESTs containing 15-40 short/long/multiple choice questions are planned in course schedule ( →
Page 7).
Majority of questions on TESTs are from problems solved in class during lecture or Q&A period. Quizzes and
Worksheets are designed to help students be prepared for TEST and consequently for the Final exam.
Points assigned for TEST are based on an elaborated rubric2 prepared for shown work and final answer. A right
answer without clear and non confusing supportive work can't be evaluated fairly and deducted points are not
negotiable. Never assume that your teacher can read your mind.
Graphs are to be drawn using rulers and proper scaling mechanism. Labeling information used in graphing must be
accompanied with the graph.
Provided spaces for question on exams must be large enough to fit your work and answer. If you are unable to fit your
work in those spaces, please email me and let me provide you with extra large spaced version of the exam.
Due to time restrictions I am unable to grade unorganized exams.
Sample TEST:
All grading materials should be returned in about a weekend period.
Returned Materials not picked up by the owner( or owner's confidential classmate ), will be archived for only one
week period and they will be discarded afterward.
The only collected document that won't be returned to student is the FINAL EXAM.
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This is a 16-week course. A 16-week course means 16 weeks of unstopping hard work toward a fair and acceptable
achievements of all listed course outcomes. (Last three weeks of the semester is the most crucial time of the
A successful classroom is a combination of entities working in the spirit of goupwork away from all sort of
“POLITICS”. It is an act of utmost courage to accept our shortfalls.
Remember: No one can claim to be perfect. I can learn from your productive criticism as you are going to learn
math 125 from me.
When you ask questions, you keep your class actively alive. There is a beauty to be in a class that every element in it
works toward true spirit of something that gathered us all together.
Scientifically speaking,
Question? = ASK!
Quizzes (5% of the Final Grade, 5 minutes for each question)
Student will be asked to answer at most 2 questions of your choice from a pool of problems. Questions are selected from HW and
lecture problems. Homework assignments that you asked me to explain during previous class sessions are the targeted quiz
problems and you will see the similar versions on quizzes.
You will receive two pieces of papers on each quiz, question sheet and answer sheet Samp Quiz. Your grade on quiz is based on right
(credit) and wrong(no credit) answers. Only answer sheet will be collected for grading. The question sheet stays with you as of
the upcoming sample test.
Quiz Objectives:
encourage students being ontime and stay focused for the entire session,
encourage students in active participation and full engagement,
providing you with more TEST content materials,
showing whether you had enough practice on the last session's emphasized topics,
keeping track of your performance during semester, and
To make an educational decision about your overall evaluation on the final roster.
If you learn questions given on quizzes, I promise a grade of A for your TESTs. If this is not the case, you are absolutely
welcomed to challenge my word. I am open to your criticism and I am responsible for my word.
Homework ( 10% of the Final Grade)
Your success or failure in any math course is the result of your approach to the homework segment of the course.
Please meet the deadline for each assigned homework. Late homework is not acceptable and it won't be collected. However
you are required to complete your homework for the end of semester partial credit opportunities.
There are many resources available in and outside the campus to assist you with the homework. Please consider spending
some time in HLRC to get help from your classmates and tutors on completing your assignments.
Your Homework will be graded based on the following seven rules:
1. Well organized solution to every assigned problem. ( No credit for partially solved assigned problems.)
2. All assigned problems must be explicitly shown on your homework with order. If you decide to skip any, there
should be enough space to solve it later. ( No credit for lack of it.)
3. Clearly separated work and final answer. ( –5 if not.)
4. Well addressed and boxed final answers. (To address problem number 13 from section 5.3 write 5. 3 . ( –5 if not)
5. Problems must be separated with a decent amount of space so you can embed corrections if required. (– 5 if not)
6. Graphs must be accurate and unless otherwise specified, all calculations must be done with complete accuracy. Only
final answer can be rounded to three decimal places. (– 5 for lack of it.)
7. Your final answers must match with the correct answers available to students for the odd numbers. ( – 5 if not.)
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Homework is being checked randomly and checked problem(s) will be chosen randomly. If I declare about collecting
homework, you need to provide me with the page(s) containing requested problem(s). If your homework is not ready,
please write your reason (excuses) on a piece of paper and turn it in (Otherwise you will be considered absent). Your
score will be determined on bases of above rules. Any deduction applied to your homework will be reasoned by the rule
number ( 1 – 7) , so you can correct the fault in your next homework.Sample HW
Departmental Final Exam (30% of the Final Grade, 40 Multiple-Choice questions )
Thursday, June 4, 2015 time 7:00 – 9:00 pm
FINAL is comprehensive which means questions are from all topics we cover in this class. Questions on final exam are top
secret. It is always a common practice for Math departments to embed questions at the level of basic arithmetic, prealgebra
and elementary algebra. Students are strongly advised to start studying for the final exam from week midterm. Missing
Final Exam will result in failing the course.
The purpose of having departmental final exam is to monitor the class, including instructor, for the correct coverage of all
topics as well as the quality of the coverage. The department understands that a qualified “to pass” student must be able to
score a passing grade for the final exam. Samp Final
No Makeup Exam Policy
( “I had a devastating family emergency , CAN I Make up my Missed ?????? “)
Any missed assignment (Final, TEST, Quiz, Homework) will be counted 0 credit.
Missing “one” TEST score, proven to be legitimate, will be replaced with your final exam score.
Two lowest quizzes will be dropped.
Unfortunately, I am unable to make any more accommodations for students missing homework deadlines. You can submit
your missed HW on the day of final to get some partial credit.
Student Performance Report ( What is my CURRENT grade? )
Please use the following simple expression to estimate your current status in this class regarding your stance and score
( Average of TESTs)×0.85+( Average of Quizzes)×0.05+(Your estimation of current HW status)×0.10
Above estimation is within one letter grade accuracy, however, you have better understanding of your situation, your
weakness and your strength in this course.
Final Exam
A: 89 – 100 B: 79 – 89
C: 68 – 79
D: 58 – 68
F: 58
In and Out of Class Activities:
Pre-study the upcoming lecture. Write down all your questions and ask me if they have not been addressed yet.
Take your assignments very seriously and complete your assigned work on time. Deadlines and all due dates are set to be
observed without exception. If you are planing for a successful semester, you can not afford to miss even one deadline
stated in your schedule.
Expect to spend at least FOUR hours per day studying textbook, class materials, and HW. Exact adjustment of required
hours will be perceived later during the semester.
Please take a realistic look to your schedule. Make sure that you truly have time to dedicate to the course and semester.
Although the role of HW in student’s success is irrefutable, your active presence on every single session can be as much
vital. Missing, though partially, a class puts student in disadvantage and the recovery from shortfalls frustrating. Keep your
seat warm by your presence.
Take advantage of instructor’s office hours. Office hours are arranged times that you can see me in person to ask about your
questions and any course related matters. Try it! There won't be any regret, promise!
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Math Lab located on the first and second floor of HLRC needs to be filled and reconstructed by all students. Grab a table
with your classmates or just be yourself and bug tutors for stealing guide on your questions. You can help others too!
Math Study Room located at MSB 217 invites individuals or study groups to participate in their offered help under the
supervision of an instructor. This is a perfect opportunity to meet another teacher for the same subject.
Group study works!! Make your own study team with your classmates and work together not only outside the classroom
but also in class activities.
After each exam (TEST/QUIZ) you must work on exam questions and answer to all questions. Keep the exam and their solutions
together in your assignment binder in chronological order. Quizzes and Tests are your sample final exam.
Unless there is a documented and acceptable reason, TEN hours absence from the class time would entitle the student to
be excluded from the class. It is your responsibility to drop the course. Being late or leaving early is considered halfabsence. Please INITIAL in front of your name upon entering and leaving the class in attendance sheet. Late students are
welcomed to take the first available seat close to the door. College’s rules for Withdrawal are to be enforced without any
exception. Please be advised that:
No absence excuses a student from making up the work missed.
Student is responsible for the announcements made in class at the time of absence.
Class Comportment:
As a matter of courtesy, arrive before 7:15 pm and stay for the entire session.
Plan for Three hours in each session to stay and work with me in class. Restrict your phone calls, and all other needs to 15
minutes break time that we are directed to hold.
Be attentive and focused for the entire session. Your participation is mandatory and will be graded accordingly.
Turn off all communication means and devices. Students are not allowed to take their phone calls, pages, emails, and any
outside communications in or during the class session.
Participate in class discussion, have full involvement in the subject, and be respectful of others’ right.
Any cheating which includes unauthorized cooperation on any graded assignments will be directly reported to responsible
entities and the exam will be discarded. Please refer to the LACCD Code of Academic Conduct for more information about
actions taken in this circumstances. Any infringement upon the rights of others will not be tolerated as well.
Students are allowed to drink water in class. Please do not bring edible items in class.
Break time: 8:30 – 8:45 PM. Please remind me about the break time.
Disability Policy:
Heldman Learning Resources Center (HLRC) DSP&S opens doors for students with special physical, communication
or learning needs. DSP&S is located on the First Floor of HLRC. Please contact the center for any special consideration. I accommodate all necessities you might need in this regard upon receiving the required direction from the center.
Please contact (310) 287-4450 for more information.
Important Dates:
Apply for Pass/No Pass,March 13
Drop classes with a refund Feb. 22
Drop classes with a "W" May 10
Holidays (Campus is closed):
Feb 13, 16; March 31, April 4-10, May 25. May 28
Final Grades due on June 7, 2015
Class Structure:
Sign in and sign out. Students with a perfect attendance will be granted by 2 points extra credit. If attendance sheet is
not available then you are present. We will start by 15 minutes of Q&A. Please write your questions on a piece of paper
and hand it in. The class will continue with the lecture using whiteboard, projector, calculator and group work. Quiz
can be given at any time of the class period.
Course Exit Expectations
Upon successful completion of Math 125 student is able to:
Simplify advanced numerical and algebraic expressions involving multiple operations
Solve linear, quadratic, rational and absolute value inequalities, graph their solution sets, and express the answer in interval
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Solve linear equations for a designated variable
Apply algorithms of completing the square, rationalizing the denominator, and long division and synthetic division of polynomials
Solve linear, quadratic form, simple cubic, radical, rational, absolute value, elementary exponential, and elementary logarithmic
Solve systems of linear equations in three variables using matrix row reduction
Graph the solution sets of systems of linear and quadratic inequalities
Perform operations on complex numbers
Perform operations on functions including composition of two functions and determine the domain of the resulting function
Use proper mathematical notation to evaluate functions and obtain their inverses
State and apply the fundamental properties of exponents and logarithms
Demonstrate knowledge of standard vocabulary associated with graphing, including but not limited to slopes of lines, intercepts,
vertex of parabola, asymptotes, and interplay between graph and functional notation
Given its graph, determine whether a relation is a function and whether it is one-to-one, and determine its intercepts and domain
and range
Graph using horizontal and vertical translations and determine the domain and range of linear, quadratic, simple cubic, radical,
reciprocal, absolute value, exponential and logarithmic functions
Graph circles and parabolas using horizontal and vertical translation
Evaluate simple expressions involving summation notation
Set up and solve practical applications of the algebraic material
Your instructor, Jilbert Gharamanians, is the responsible entity for the content of this syllabus. Any discretionary
changes must be done by his permission only.
As an instructor in this class I am DIRECTED to hold all the evaluations ( TEST and FINAL EXAM ) according
to the standard of the Mathematics Department Policy.
Recommended homework assignments are for grading purpose and they will be collected by random. This means that the
assignments are not necessarily enough to understand the targeted concepts. If you have difficulty, please try more of the exercises.
Internet Resources
West Los Angeles College . . . . . . . . . . . . .
WolframAlpha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Purple Math . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Math TV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Khan Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .
Please write the phone number and email address of at least three of your classmates in spaces provided here. Having some
contact information from your classmates will help you during the semester.
• Name:
Phone #:
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• Name:
Phone #:
I, __________________________________ , read and completely understood the content of this syllabus. If
there are questions or disagreement with the content, I will contact the author, Jilbert Gharamanians,
before 2/12/2015.
Your Initials: ________
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Tentative Schedule for Math 125
1st Week
Feb 10,12
2nd Week
Feb 17, 19
3rd Week
Feb 24, 26
4th Week
March 3, 5
5th Week
March 10, 12
6th Week
March 17, 19
7th Week
March 24, 26
8th Week
March 31, Apr 2
9th Week
April 7, 9
10th Week
April 14, 16
11th Week
April 21, 23
12th Week
April 28, 30
13th Week
May 5, 7
14th Week
May 12, 14
15th Week
May 19, 21
16th Week
May 26, 28
16th Week
June 2, 4
Lecture Ch1; 2.1
HW 1.1; 1.2; 1.3; 1.4; 2.1
Lecture 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
HW 2.2; 2.3; 2.4
Lecture 2.5, 2.6, 2.7
HW 2.5, 2.6, 2.7
Lecture 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
HW 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
Drop Class with Full Refund and without “W” – Feb 20
Lecture 3.4, 3.5, 3.6
HW 3.4, 3.5, 3.6
TEST #1; Chapter 1, 2, 3
Lecture 4.1, 4.2
HW 4.1, 4.2
Lecture 4.3, 4.4, Appendix A
HW 4.3, 4.4, Appendix A
Lecture 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
HW 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
Lecture 5.4, 5.5, Appendix B
HW 5.4, 5.5, Appendix B
TEST #2; Chapters 4, 5
Lecture 6.2, 6.3, 6.4
HW 6.2, 6.3, 6.4
Lecture 6.5, 7.1
HW 6.5, 7.1
Lecture 7.2, 7.3, 7.4
HW 7.2, 7.3, 7.4
Lecture 7.5, 7.6
HW 7.5, 7.6
Lecture 6.1
HW 6.1
TEST #3, Chapters 6, 7
Lecture 8.1, 8.2
HW 8.1, 8.2
Spring Break
Spring Break
Lecture 8.3; 8.4
HW 8.3; 8.4
Lecture 8.5, 8.6
HW 8.5, 8.6
Lecture 8.7, 9.1
HW 8.7, 9.1
Lecture 9.2, 9.3
HW 9.2, 9.3
Lecture 9.4, 9.5, 9.6
HW 9.4, 9.5, 9.6
Lecture 9.7, 10.1
HW 9.7, 10.1
TEST #4, Chapters 8, 9
Lecture 10.2, 10.3
HW 10.2, 10.3
Lecture 10.4, 10.5
HW 10.4, 10.5
Drop Class with a “W” – May 8
Lecture 10.6, 11.1
HW 10.6, 11.1
Lecture 11.2, 11.3
HW 11.2, 11.3
Lecture 11.4, 11.5
HW 11.4, 11.5
Lecture 12.1, 12.2
HW 12.1, 12.2
TEST #5, Chapters 10, 11
Lecture 12.3, 12.4
HW 12.3, 12.4
Final Exam Review
Review Final Exam
Departmental FINAL Exam
Please bring Scantron ( count2); No 2 Pencil, eraser
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2 Sample Rubric
Samp Quiz
Sample HW
Samp Final
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