(This page was last updated February 4, 2016)
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: 02/11/16 -- Orientation
2nd Meeting: 03/24/16 -- Midterm Exam 1
3rd Meeting: 05/05/16 -- Midterm Exam 2
4th Meeting: 06/02/16 -- 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 (Math 70)
who is comfortable taking math classes
who is self motivated
who is comfortable using computers
Contacting Your Instructor
If you have a question from within a MyMathLab homework exercise, select "Question Help" and then "Ask My Instructor". 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 7:00 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 7:00 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 via Skype by request.
Office Hours will be available online via Skype by request.
Removal from Class
You may be dropped from the class for any of these reasons:
You don't complete ALL first-week assignments (2 homework & 1 quiz) when due, January 19.
You miss a total of one week of assignments.
You miss a Midterm exam.
References & Resources
Syllabus: where you'll find description of the class and 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.
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. 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
Time. This is a 4-unit class meaning you are expected to spend around 12 hours per week on it. Plan for it! If you have the prerequisite math skills, you'll zip through the early assignments quickly as they are mostly Math 65 and Math 70 repeat. If you do not have the prerequisite skills, you might survive but you'll spend more time doing course work.
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).
MyMathLab Registration, Course ID: gorden40065 .
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 login to MyMathLab and add this course.
"Temporary" registration is free but good for only 14 days.
Click here for Registration Instructions
Textbook is Elementary & Intermediate Algebra, Fourth 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.
About the Course
Reading Assignments. Before working an assignment, read the textbook for the assigned section or view the online video instruction for the section. You will find a MyMathLab reading homework assignment for each week. Those reading assignments are not scored and are not used in grade computations.
Homework & Quiz 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. If you don't keep up with assignments, you will be dropped from the class.
Homework is where you develop your math skills. You will typically have 3 homework assignments per week.
º 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 continue working on the assignment.
º Each question will be scored after you enter an answer and click the "Check Answer" button. If you enter an incorrect answer, you may change the answer and "Check Answer" again. After the third time entering an incorrect answer, you will be given the correct answer and will not be given credit for the question. But you may then click on "Similar Question" to get the question but with different numbers and answer. Again, you have three tries to get it correct and when you do, you get credit for the question.
º Homework assignments must be worked in order, you must complete a homework assignment with 80% or better before working the next homework assignment.
º Homework assignments may be completed up to six days late (after due date) but there will be a 10% penalty for each day late. First week assignments is an exception, if you don't complete those on time, you'll be dropped from the class.
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.
º You must complete all the homework assignments for the week with 80% or better before taking the quiz for the week.
º Once you begin a quiz, you must complete it before logging out or getting logged out due to inactivity.
º Your answers will not be checked until after you complete and submit the quiz.
º A quiz may be taken up to four times (different but similar questions each time) and your highest score counts.
º Quiz assignments may be completed late only with permission from instructor.
See Homework & Quiz Examples.
Exams. There will be two on-campus closed-book midterms and a final exam. Most of your grade (75%) will be based on these exams. These exams will be on paper and you are advised to show your work. You will be allowed to use a calculator; you will not be allowed to use a smart phone or any other electronic device during the exams.
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. The first time you login on your computer, 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). Note that links to instructional videos are in the online textbook.
Take a look at assignments that are due in the first week. Work 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 and you will be dropped from the class if you don't complete them.
If you have difficulty or have questions, contact me at least a day prior to when assignments are due.
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 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.