Math 102  Online - Intermediate Algebra

Spring Semester 2015   CRN: 33302

(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.

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

 Contacting Your Instructor 

 Removal from Class 

 References & Resources 

 What You'll Need  

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 12 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.  You will have 2 or 3 Homework assignments and one Quiz assignment each week.

Homework   Read appropriate section of textbook before working a homework assignment.  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.

Grading. 

Your overall earned score/grade is determined from the average of your scores in each category.

 Category

Grade Range

  • Homework  20%,

  • Quizzes       20%,

  • Midterm-1    20%,

  • Midterm-2    20%,

  • Final Exam  20%

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:

  1. Review this web site and make sure you understand all of it.

  2. Register with MyMathLab per Registration Instructions.

  3. Login to MyMathLab.  Login by next Wednesday, otherwise you will be dropped from the class and replaced with a student wishing to add.

  4. 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).  Note that links to instructional videos are in the online textbook.

  5. Take a look at assignments that are due in the first week.  Work a couple of assignments to get familiar with the interface.

  6. 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.

 Crashers  

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.

 Your Instructor  

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.