(This page was last updated August 11, 2013)
Instructor: Larry Gorden Telephone: 661-946-1646
Note: This web page will be briefed in the Orientation class and the MyMathLab system will be demonstrated.
This is a hybrid course conducted primarily online but with four 10:00 AM Friday meetings at the Palmdale Center in room SV3K. 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 or online tutorials and learning material. 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"
I will add to that:
This course if for the student who is self motivated and comfortable using computers.
Meeting and Assignment Requirements
The following on-campus meetings are required. Meetings are on Fridays at Palmdale Center in room SV3K.
1st Meeting: 8/23/13, 10:00 AM to 12:00 P.M. -- Orientation
2nd Meeting: 9/27/13, 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. -- Midterm Exam 1
3rd Meeting: 11/01/13, 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. -- Midterm Exam 2
4th Meeting: 12/06/13, 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. -- Final Exam
You may be dropped from the course for any of these reasons:
You don't register in MyMathLab (paid or 17-day free temporary account) by Wednesday after Orientation.
You miss a total of one week of assignments.
You miss any one of the above meetings.
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.
Palmdale Center Services: Computers available, math tutoring, and counceling.
Learning Center, AV Campus, 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.
Kahn Academy - Algebra: Excellent online video instruction. Try this if you are having difficulty understanding subjects.
Algebra Formulas and Graphs Quick Reference -- Inside Front/Rear covers of two Intermediate Algebra textbooks. First two pages are from The Baratto book, and last two pages are from the Bello/Hopf book.
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.
Click here for Registration Instructions
This is the first semester this textbook and MyMathLab have been used at AVC for Math 102 so I'm learning along with you. 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 10:00 AM. 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.
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.