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Spring 2014 Elementary Algebra, Math 55 (5 units)

Section # 0830        Begins   1/21/13   Ends 5/23/13

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:  Susana Ramirez
  • Email:
  • Textbook Information:
     A hard copy of the textbook is optional.  If you do not purchase the text, you will need to pay for an access code for MyLab.  From the bookstore: MyMathLab Student Access Kit, ISBN 978-0-321-19991-1, $100.  Or purchase access online during registration for MyLab, $85.50 (requires a credit card).

    If you would like to have a hard copy of the textbook (it is not required): Introductory Algebra For College Students A La Carte with MyMathLab Student Access kit, Blitzer, ISBN 0-321-82817-8, $131.95
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 8 hours per week, watching the videos, do the reading, take the section pre-test and answering discussions.
  • Special Requirements: Log into Etudes the first day of class. Get a Mymathlab student access.
  • Assignments & Tests: This assignments (certifications) are computers based and they will be turned in the website. There are 12 certifications, discussion boards and a final.
  • Additional Comments: The entire course will be conducted online through the Mymathlab. Students are required to have Internet access, an active email account, be able to attach files, send emails, and work independently.
  • 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.