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Math 102  Online - Intermediate Algebra

Spring Semester 2014   CRN: 33302   Section: OL3

(This page was last updated February 6, 2014)

Instructor:  Larry Gorden    Telephone: 661-622-2100  

Note:  This web page will be briefed in the Orientation class.

This is a hybrid course conducted primarily online but with four 7:15 PM Thursday meetings in room SSV236.  The first meeting is for orientation where you'll learn about course conduct and administration.  The other three meetings are for exams.

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 course is not recommended for students who have previously been unsuccessful in math, who have math anxiety, or who are not comfortable using computers. Those students should choose a traditional classroom setting.  According to the Course Description

"This course is for the student who has been very successful completing elementary algebra and who is comfortable taking math classes"

Also,

This course is for the student who is self motivated and comfortable using computers.

 Meeting and Assignment Requirements 

The following on-campus meetings are required.  All meetings are on Thursday, 7:15 PM in room SSV236.

 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 10 hours per week on course work.  Plan for it!

Assignments.    Assignments are due each week on Thursday at midnight -- except for exam weeks when they are due at 7:15 prior to the exam.  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 flunk 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, typically a quiz after two or three homework assignments.  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 multiple 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 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).

  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).

  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.