Math 070  Hybrid - Elementary Algebra

Intersession 2018   CRN: 10730

(This page was last updated October 30, 2017)

Instructor:  Larry Gorden    Telephone: 661-622-2101  

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

Math 070 is for the student who has had some previous training in algebra.  Read and understand the AVC Course Description.

This is a compressed course meaning that a 16-week semester is compressed into 4 weeks. The course is suited for students that are “good with math” but need a refresher on beginning algebra.

This is a hybrid course conducted online except for four required on-campus meetings.  All on-campus meetings are on Tuesday, 12:00 noon, in room SSV 202.

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.


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 What You'll Need  

Click here for Registration Instructions

 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 Chapter.  Those reading assignments are not scored and are not used in grade computations.

Homework and Quiz Assignments are online and due every other day (see schedule).

Homework is where you develop your math skills.  You will typically have 4 or 5 homework assignments per week.  If you don't keep up with homework, you will likely fail! 

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.  You may keep changing the answer until you get it correct.

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 one day late (after due date) but there will be a 15% penalty.

Quizzes will be given online, one quiz at the end of each chapter to test you on material covered in that chapter.  Use the quiz to test yourself and see if you have learned the material for the 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  Once you begin a quiz, you must complete it before logging out or getting logged out due to inactivity. 

º  You must complete all the homework assignments for the chapter with 80% or better before taking the quiz for the chapter.

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.  No more than two days late will be permitted and a 10% penality will be assessed for each day late.

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.

Grading.  This is a pass/fail course, letter grades are not recorded at AVC.  However you will see a letter grade in MyMathLab as you progress through the course.  A final overall score of 70% ("C" in MyMathLab) or higher is required to pass the course.  Your overall earned score/grade is determined from the average of your scores in each category.


MyMathLab Grade Range

  • Homework  10%,

  • Quizzes       15%,

  • Midterm-1    25%,

  • Midterm-2    25%,

  • Final Exam  25%

A = 90% and above

B = 80% to 90%

C = 70% to 80%

D = 60% to 70% (fail)

F = below 60% (fail)

 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.  The first time you login on your computer, 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.

  5. Insure you complete ALL of first week assignments by Sunday after initial Orientation class.  No extensions will be given for first week assignments.

If you have difficulty or have questions, don't hesitate to 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 this link 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 support of aircraft flight test as a mathematician and computer scientist.  I have a B.S. in Mathematics and M.S. in Computer Science.