(This page was last updated January 14, 2015)
Instructor: Larry Gorden Telephone: 661-622-2101
Note: This web page will be briefed in the Orientation class.
This is a hybrid course conducted online except for four required on-campus meetings. All on-campus meetings are on Thursday, 7:15 PM in room APL 115.
1st Meeting: 02/12/15 -- Orientation
2nd Meeting: 03/26/15 -- Midterm Exam 1
3rd Meeting: 05/07/15 -- Midterm Exam 2
4th Meeting: 06/04/15 -- Final Exam
Study/learning assignments include textbook reading, instruction videos, and online tutorials. All homework and quiz assignments are given online, completed by the student online, and graded online with immediate results.
This hybrid course is recommended only for the student
who was very successful completing Beginning Algebra
who is comfortable taking math classes
who is self motivated
who is comfortable using computers
Contacting Your Instructor
If you have a question f rom within a MyMathLab exercise, use the
button. I'll get an email with
your question and a link to the exercise. Expect a response by email.
rom within a MyMathLab exercise, use the button. I'll get an email with your question and a link to the exercise. Expect a response by email.
I check email every day at a minimum morning and evening. I watch
email throughout the day when I'm at the computer. If you send an
email during the day, expect a reply no later than that evening. If
you send an email after 7:30 P.M. or so, expect a reply next morning.
If you don't get a reply as expected, I probably didn't get the email.
Send email. I check email every day at a minimum morning and evening. I watch email throughout the day when I'm at the computer. If you send an email during the day, expect a reply no later than that evening. If you send an email after 7:30 P.M. or so, expect a reply next morning. If you don't get a reply as expected, I probably didn't get the email.
Phone 622-2101. Call
any day, no later than 7:30 PM. Leave a message if you don't get an
answer. Be sure to leave your name & number so I can call back.
Phone 622-2101. Call any day, no later than 7:30 PM. Leave a message if you don't get an answer. Be sure to leave your name & number so I can call back.
Office Hours will be
available online Thursdays beginning at 6:00 PM. Additional online
office hours available on request.
Office Hours will be available online Thursdays beginning at 6:00 PM. Additional online office hours available on request.
Removal from Class
You may be dropped from the class for any of these reasons:
You don't register in MyMathLab (paid or 14-day free temporary account) by Wednesday after Orientation.
You miss a total of one week of assignments.
You miss a Midterm exam.
References & Resources
Syllabus: where you'll find grading procedures among other things.
Schedule for the semester week by week.
Course Description: AVC description of this course and prerequisites.
Using the Online Textbook. Instructions and tips for using the online textbook. The online textbook should be your portal into learning.
Assignment Extensions: Read this before asking for an assignment due date extension. Extensions will be allowed -- BUT there are limitations. No extensions will be allowed for first week assignments.
If you miss an exam: Read this if you are going to miss an exam. Only students who are keeping up and doing reasonably well qualify to make up a missed exam.
Learning Center, Help is available and computers are available for your use.
Math Computer Lab, AV Campus, ME100, Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Walk in to use computers. A technician is available for help.
Screen Capture in Windows: Tells how to capture your computer screen using Windows. This can be quite useful for capturing math problems and solutions displayed in MyMathLab.
What You'll Need
Math skills. You are required to have Math 70 (Beginning Algebra) skills or equivalent.
Computer Internet Access -- We'll be using the MyMathLab online learning system. You need broadband internet access (DSL, Cable, Satellite, Fiber, or faster).
Textbook is Elementary & Intermediate Algebra, Third Edition, by Woodbury. You are not required to purchase the printed textbook, it is optional. The textbook will be available to you online with your MyMathLab registration.
MyMathLab Registration, Course ID: gorden18201.
You must purchase MyMathLab registration. Except for the on-campus exams, the course will be conducted entirely online in MyMathLab.
If you took Math 70 in the Fall semester with MyMathLab, your registration is good for this course and you do not have to purchase it again. Simply add this course.
"Temporary" registration is free but good for only 14 days, see this link for details.
Click here for Registration Instructions
Let me know if you have questions or difficulty.
About the Course
It is a lot of work! If you have the prerequisite math skills, you'll zip through the early assignments quickly as they are mostly Math 70 repeat. If you do not have the prerequisite skills, you might survive but you'll spend more time doing course work. I expect a student with the prerequisite skills to spend an average of around 10 hours per week on course work. Plan for it!
Assignments. Assignments are due each week on Friday at midnight -- except for exam weeks when there are no assignments. Typically four assignments are due each week. There are two types of assignments:
Homework Make sure you are able to answer all the homework questions without any assistance -- if you can, you'll be in good shape for the quizzes and exams. Allow plenty of time to do the homework, do not wait, get started early. If you don't keep up with homework, you will likely fail the course! A homework assignment may be completed in multiple logins, that is, you may complete part of an assignment, logout, and login at later sessions to complete the assignment.
Quizzes will be given online, one each week covering material for that week. The quizzes are a good indicator of how you are going to do on the exams -- assuming you completed quizzes without assistance using only your knowledge. Once you begin a quiz, you must complete it before logging out or getting logged out due to inactivity. A quiz may be taken up to three times and your highest score counts.
You may be dropped from class for missing a total of one week of assignments.
Exams. There will be two on-campus closed-book midterms and a final exam. Most of your grade will be based on these exams. These exams will be on paper and you are advised to show your work.
Your overall earned score/grade is determined from the average of your scores in each category.
A = 90% and above
B = 80% to 90%
C = 70% to 80%
D = 60% to 70%
F = below 60%
Your current earned score/grade will be available to you in MyMathLab as you progress through the course.
After Orientation Class - First Week
Here's what you should do right away after orientation and get off to a good start:
Review this web site and make sure you understand all of it.
Register with MyMathLab per Registration Instructions.
Login to MyMathLab. Login by next Wednesday, otherwise you will be dropped from the class and replaced with next student on the Wait List. The first time you login, run the "Browser Check" and "How to Enter Answers" (links in Announcements on Home page).
Look around in the MyMathLab interface and understand where things are. View the online learning resources and see how they work. Check out the online textbook and know how to use it (see Using the Online Textbook).
Take a look at assignments that are due in the first week. Work a couple of assignments to get familiar with the interface.
Insure you complete ALL of first week assignments when due. No extensions will be given for first week assignments.
If you have difficulty or have questions, contact me.
If you have been selected to add (crash) this class, you will be given an "Add Authorization Code" (AAC) that will allow you to add the class online. See www.avc.edu/studentservices/adminrec/aac.html for instructions.
Larry Gorden. I have taught Math and Computer Programming courses at AVC since 1998.
I am retired from 32 years civil service at Edwards AFB where I worked in aircraft flight test as a mathematician and computer scientist. I have a B.S. in Mathematics and M.S. in Computer Science.