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MTH65 Introductory Algebra-2nd Term

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Introduces algebraic concepts and processes with a focus on functions, linear systems, polynomials, and quadratic equations. Applications, graphs, functions, formulas, and proper mathematical notation are emphasized throughout the course. A scientific calculator is required. The TI-30X II is recommended. Prerequisites: (MTH 60 or MTH 62) and (RD 80 or ESOL 250) Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).


Distance Education: Web Course Information

CRN 42444

From the Instructor:

Hi! Welcome to my Course Information Page. I'm glad you're considering taking Math 65 on the Web.

We will be using the Blitzer Text, 5th Edition and MyMathLab (Course Compass) along with Desire2Learn for the Web course. Desire2Learn was selected by PCC as our Learning Management Software that is used to deliver online courses To login to your course, please login to MyPCC and click on the Desire2Learn login.

Class Full? Please consider registering for the TVWEB. The TVWEB videos are now available for free on YouTube. With these videos, the use of Desire2Learn and the optional use of MyMathLab (Course Compass) you can consider the TVWEB course a modified Web Course! The majority of your learning comes from viewing videos created by 3 talented PCC instructors, reading your text and working problems from your text. You can also use the optional MyMathLab that accompanies your text for computer generated problems that have video instruction and hints. Many students find this a valuable resource


If you've already registered:
You will not be able to access the course until the first day of classes, but you can access Desire2Learn and a Resource Shell. Once you are in the Desire2Learn classroom shell, follow directions for more details about how the class works. Please note the CRN number listed above to be sure you are in the right class.

Be aware that 2 proctored, hand written exams must be taken. Further details given below and in the course.

REGISTERED OR NOT: Starting now, feel free to examine my web page at


which links to more information about Math 65, your text, and resources on campus and on the web.

Here are a few things to consider:

Are you aware that learning on-line is often a bigger time commitment than on campus classes? It is not easy to learn math over the computer. There is a lot of reading, and you are really trying to teach yourself. You must be an independent learner, pretty comfortable using a computer and Microsoft Word and willing to learn the Equation Editor or Math Type.

Can you make the time to work on this class effectively? This course, like other math courses, is time-intensive. These types of classes typically require at least 5-7 hours a week reading and learning ('attending' class), and the additional 8-10 hours doing homework, studying and practicing to successfully complete all course assignments and activities (recommended for ALL math classes!), both on and offline. You need to log on to the computer at least 3 different days during the week to check for updates and participate in a mandatory discussion several times per term.

Please assess your situation before enrolling in this course, and determine if you will be able to commit this kind of time to the class.

Also think about the type of learner you are. On-line courses are a terrific option, especially for independent, self-motivated learners. If this does not describe you, consider why it is you are thinking about taking this type of class, and if it really is a choice that will allow you to experience success.

For all my math 65 students (on-line, telecourse and campus) I recommend that BEFORE STARTING they should be comfortable solving one variable linear equations AND graphing 2 variable linear equations. They should also be capable of working WITHOUT A CALCULATOR with fractions, positive and negative numbers and order of operations. If not, that dramatically increases the time needed for learning algebra.

Make sure you have the proper pre-requisites: See Placement Info on the Math Department Web Page


If you have never had any algebra before that also increases the time needed to process and retain the new information.

If you had algebra before, and did well, it should come back relatively quickly and you will probably not need to spend as long the 2nd time around.

If you had algebra before, and did not do well you would probably need to spend the recommended time on the course


In this class, you read the text and on-line lectures. You also take frequent quizzes, do quite a bit in weekly homework, and participate in a mandatory on-line discussion with several posts for the term. Additionally, there is a proctored midterm exam, several on line exams, a proctored final exam and a possibility of written projects. More details forthcoming in the course, and below under Course Specific Requirements. Consider those factors when deciding if this course is for you

If you are trying to register, and the class is full here are some suggestions:

1) Put your name on the wait list. As spots open up, the computer automatically registers the next person on the list, then notifies you via MyPCC email. This automatic registration STOPS when classes begin. At that point, you need to email me if you are still interested in enrolling. Usually some spaces become available, so your persistence may pay off. There is no guarantee that you will get into the class, but this is your best chance.

2) Consider other Distance Learning modes such as TVWEB, if available.

Course Specific Requirements:
There are two proctored no calculator, paper-and-pencil exams (Midterm Exam and the Final). There will be scheduled times to take those exams at the Sylvania Campus, but if you cannot make those times you can make alternative arrangements to take them at the Sylvania Testing center if you live in the district or at an accredited college testing center if you do not. Otherwise, the entire course can be completed from a computer that has internet access.

You need to have access to a computer connected to the Internet. In order to make sure that you view the correct formatting of the modules in the course, you should use Internet Explorer version 6.0 (or higher) as your browser.

You will need Microsoft Word with the Equation Editor or Math Type so that you can submit homework containing proper mathematical symbols electronically. For information about obtaining a button for the Equation Editor and on using the Equation Editor see Steve Simonds website. (If you want to use other software for homework assignments you will need to obtain permission from the instructor.)

You will need Macromedias *free* Shockwave Player to access some of the multimedia in this course. It only takes a moment to install if you dont already have it on your computer. While you are there, you may as well download the *free* Flash Player as well.

To read some of the equations written by the equation editor in the course you will also need to download the *free* Java software.

Web Technical Requirements:
Please be sure to read the Technical Requirements for this delivery mode.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities in taking Web based distance learning classes please visit the Office for Students with Disabilities website.
To register, you need the CRNs (ex. 22398) of your selected classes.
Please note that for many courses, additional fees may apply.
To find textbooks, you need the CRN, Campus, Term & Course Number (ex. BA101).
  CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates
WEB » 42444 - 22-Sep-2014 thru 13-Dec-2014
Instructor: Linda A Bastian
Notes: MyMathLab REQUIRED. Click on "Course Information Page."
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
For information, contact Sylvania

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