MTH111 College Algebra
Explores relations and functions graphically, numerically, symbolically, and verbally. Examines exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and rational functions. Investigates applications from a variety of perspectives. Graphing calculator required. TI-89 Titanium or Casio Classpad 330 recommended. Prerequisite: MTH 95, RD 115, and WR 115, or equivalent placement. Audit available. (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).
Distance Education: Web Course Information
- From the Instructor:
Note: If you have registered for this course and have not logged into Desire2Learn (D2L) and completed the required short asssignments by 9:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 24,2014 you may be dropped to allow other students on the wait list entry into the course.
MATHEMATICS AND DISTANCE LEARNING
Learning mathematics over the internet is not easy. This is not meant as discouragement but rather a 'reality check.' You will spend a considerable amount of time reading the online modules and sections of your textbook (same as the in-class version of this course), and contributing to other course requirements. Ensure your weekly schedule has room for at least five hours for reading and an additional 5 - 10 hours per week working on assigned problems and contributing to the course. Please take this minimum time commitment to the course seriously; it does holds true for online math courses. To succeed in an online course you need to be an independent, self-motivated learner, be proactive with seeking additional resources when stuck (e.g., tutors, contact the instructor, etc.), have excellent time management skills, and be pretty comfortable with computers.
Visit the Distance Learning Page to determine if an online course is right for you.
Consider your level of preparation with the prerequisite material (MTH 95 Intermediate Algebra), the amount of time you can devote to this course each week, and if an
online learning environment for mathematics is conducive to your preferred learning style.
ABOUT MTH 111
Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115, and MTH 95 or equivalent placement test scores. Additionally, if it has been more than one calendar year since you successfully completed a math course, please review the PCC Math Department's Preliminary Placement Guidelines.
MTH 111 is the first of two precalculus courses offered at PCC. The second course, MTH 112 Elementary Functions, will use the second half of the current textbook.
MTH 111 will begin reviewing basic material from MTH 95 (functions) with an emphasis on application problems. New material will include properties and applications of piece-wise, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
- Course Specific Requirements:
- COURSE ORGANIZATION
A new module will be released about about once a week. Each module will consist of a new reading assignment and suggested practice problems from the textbook. An online quiz is taken after completing each module that complements the current readings. About every other module an assignment is provided for which your work will be shown using Microsoft Word or Open/Libre Office. Writing this assignment using a word processor and some form of math editing software is a course requirement. Due dates and a schedule will be provided so that you may plan accordingly.
There will be two on-campus exams, one of which must be the final exam. They will be administered at the Rock Creek campus and are tentatively scheduled for 2:00 - 3:50 p.m. on Saturday, October 25,2014 and 6:00 - 7:50 P.M. on Wednesday, December 10,2014. If you live outside the Portland region, contact me during the first week of the term for potential proctoring accommodations.
The required textbook is ''College Algebra and Trigonometry'', Custom Edition for Portland Community College, 2011, by Michael Sullivan and Michael Sullivan,III; Pearson Publishers (ISBN 13: 978-1-256-96641-6). This custom text is taken from 'Precalculus: Concepts Through Functions; A Unit Circle Approach to Trigonometry, Second Edition' published by Prentice Hall. Either text will suffice for the course, but the custom edition is less expensive and is available at all PCC Bookstores. Reconsider the option of purchasing the text from other sources as multiple issues have been experienced from past students with delayed delivery or receiving the incorrect text.
SOFTWARE, HARDWARE, AND PLUG-IN REQUIREMENTS
You need to have access to a computer connected to the internet at least several times per week. Be sure to have the following updated software installed on your computer:
-Adobe Acrobat Reader and Microsoft PowerPoint (A reader is also available) to read the online modules.
-Microsoft Word with the Equation Editor (it in included with MS-Word), Math Type (a separate, third-party software), or
Libre Office (a free office suite package) so that you may submit homework containing proper mathematical symbols electronically. Other software used for submitting homework assignments requires prior approval from the instructor.
-The discussion board has a built-in equation editor which requires an updated version of the browser plug-in Java Runtime Environment.
-MyMathLab is not a required component of this course but encourage its use as an optional resource.
-Familiarity with file management, email and attachments, discussion boards, and the internet.
A graphing calculator is required for this course. The recommended (not required) calculator is the TI89, TI Voyage 200, or Casio Classpad. Most other TI graphing calculators are sufficient for this class. Some necessary features are absent from the TI81, TI82 and TI85.
Finally, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
- 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).
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Instructor: Dennis L Reynolds
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
For information, contact Rock Creek
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