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Spring 2014 MTH55 Elementary Algebra (5 units)

Section  0833      Begins:  January 21, 2014     Ends:  May 23, 2014

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:  Michelle Snider
  • Email:
  • Textbook Information: An electronic textbook is available on the MyMathLab website. Access to this website requires an access code which costs about $90.    You may purchase a textbook if desired.  
    • Introductory Algebra for College Students,  Robert Blitzer 6th edition:  ISBN: 0-321-75895-1 , Approximate cost new $164.00
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week, per unit reading, writing, and taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions.
  • Special Requirements: Log into Etudes the first day of class to find class requirements and information regarding MyMathLab, the website where the class will be held.
  • Assignments & Tests: All assignments and tests will be found on the MyMathLab website
  • Additional Comments: The entire course will be conducted online at the Pearson’s MyMathLab website. Students are required to have Internet access, an active email account, and purchase an access code for the MyMathLab website.
  • New to ETUDES: Here is an Online Orientation (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that will show you the basics of how to use ETUDES. Here is a flash tutorial (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that demonstrates the log in protocol. Be sure to check System Requirements before getting started with ETUDES. You need to do this on each computer you use while taking a class through ETUDES.
  • ETUDES Course: You will log into the Etudes classroom with the log-in information provided below.

Log in to your course on the first day of the class. Here's how:
Go to the ETUDES portal at

Log-in ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
    Jose A. Garcia
    Student ID: 1021945
    Username = joga21945

Default Password: Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411

You will be prompted to create a "strong" password, if you are a returning student use the same password you previously created.