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Summer 2012    MTH 55 Elementary Algebra (5 units)

Section 8160     Class Begins 6/10/13 Ends 8/1/13

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: Jason Edington
  • Email:
    After the class has started, please use the MyLab email tool for further communication.
  • Comments: The entire course will be conducted online through the MyLab course management system.  Students are required to have Internet access, an active email account, the ability to send emails, and to work independently.
  • Textbook (optional): Introductory Algebra For College Students A La Carte with Mymathlab Student Access kit, Blitzer, ISBN 0-321-82817-8, $131.95
  • Online Access to MyLab: 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).
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 30 hours per week reading, working on assignments, taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions.  This class is not self-paced.  Specific assignments and discussions are meant to be completed for the whole class at the same time.
  • Getting Started: By the end of the first day of class (6/10), log into ETUDES, view the MyLab orientation, find the necessary information to register with MyLab, and log in to begin working on the first week’s assignment and discussion.
  • Registering for MyLab: College requirements dictate that you must first go through ETUDES to get to MyLab (at least on the first visit).  So first, go to the Etudes site ( and log in using the information 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

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