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Spring 2010   MTH 55 Elementary Algebra (5 units)

Section 0831  Class Begins January 25, 2010

Course Description:  This course will cover the topics of operations with real numbers, solution techniques of single-variable linear equations and inequalities, graphing linear equations in two variables, solving systems of linear equations, simplifying and combining polynomials, calculating roots and radicals, and solving quadratic equations. Students will: learn to solve applied problems using linear equations, use slope to graph two-variable linear equations, solve applied problems using two variables, and solve quadratic equations by factoring and using the Quadratic Formula.

  • Instructor:  H. Ahders
  • Email:   hahders@mendocino.edu
  • Textbook Information:
    • Introductory Algebra for College Students, 5th Edition, Bundled with MyMathLab, Blitzer.
    • Stand Alone MyMathLab Access Code (ISBN 0-13-14789-4X): Provides an electronic version of the textbook. Although this is a less expensive way to take the course, since everything needed to complete the course is online, the downside is that you must be online to study and complete assignments.
  • Estimated Time Per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 15 to 20 hours per week reading, writing, and taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions.
  • Special Requirements:
    • PC  or MAC- If you have any other computer configuration, call MyMathLab Product Support at 1-800-677-6337 to be sure yours will work in this course:
    • Operating system:  PC – Windows XP or Windows Vista.  Mac – Macintosh OS 10.4 or 10.5.  Internet connection: Cable/DSL, T1, or other high-speed for multimedia content; 56k modem (minimum) for tutorials, homework, and testing.
    • Browsers and Plug-ins/Players:  Windows XP – Firefox 2.0, Internet Explorer 6.0 or 7.0, Netscape Navigator 7.2.  Windows Vista: Firefox 2.0 or Internet Explorer 7.0.  Macintosh OS 10.4 – Firefox 2.0, Safari 2.0, or Netscape Navigator 7.2.  Macintosh OS 10.5 – Safari 3.1.  Install from the MyMathLab Installation Wizard online.
    • Pop-Up Blockers: To be able to access various features in the online content, you MUST disable any Pop-Up Blocker software (or hit Ctrl + the blocked link).
    • Calculator Policy –Basic calculators needed for lectures and to check homework, but no calculators are allowed on quizzes and tests.

CourseCompass Course: This course uses specialized math software, Course Compass. For information on orientation, you must email your instructor by Monday, 1/25 AND visit the online math page at http://www.mendocino.edu/tc/pg/4157/online_math.html