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MTH60 Introductory Algebra- 1st Term

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  • CRN: 40141
  • Credits: 4
  • Notes: Proctored exams required. ALC/ALM recommended
  • Locations, days, times, and instructors:
    • Online, Available 24/7
      From September 26 through December 17, 2022, Scot M Leavitt

Class materials


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Open educational resources (OER)

The following free or inexpensive materials are used for this class:

Details about this class

First and foremost:

I'm so glad you're considering my online MTH 60 class!

As a math teacher, I'm confident that everyone can learn to understand the math and algebra we will cover in our class. You're here as part of your academic journey and I hope that we can work together to deepen and expand your mathematical understanding this term.

Contrary to popular belief, no person is bad at math. I do know that plenty of people have had bad experiences with math. The good news is that everyone can have new and better experiences learning math. I'll do the best I can to help you do so, and I expect you to spend as much time and effort as needed for you to have a good learning experience this quarter.

Please know that I am here to support you and I appreciate you reaching out anytime you have any questions, be it a question related to our class, to you being a student at PCC, or anything else I can help and support you with.

A sample syllabus and course calender from a prior term are available and contain further details about this course:

The exact syllabus and calendar for our class might differ slightly, but the core information should be the same.

In this WEB class, you will watch lessons/lectures on your computer via YouTube. Each week you will be expected to watch playlists and you will be required to complete lecture notes that accompany the videos.
It is also important that you also read the corresponding sections of your textbook and do the suggested practice problems. Additionally, you will need to log in to D2L to complete discussion postings, submit your assignments, and read your email (as I will send emails in D2L several times a week), as well as complete weekly assignments in WeBWorK (an online homework system). The YouTube links will be available in our class website in D2L/Brightspace.

Please note that there are three required on-campus/proctored exams (two midterms and a final exam). The tentative exam dates are as follows:

  • Midterm Exam 1:
    • Thursday (October 20th) from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at the Sylvania Campus
    • Friday (October 21st) from 10 AM - 12 PM (noon) at the Sylvania Campus
  • Midterm Exam 2:
    • Thursday (November 17th) from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at the Sylvania Campus
    • Friday (November 18th) from 10 AM - 12 PM (noon) at the Sylvania Campus
  • Final Exam:
    • Tuesday (December 13th) from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at the Sylvania Campus
    • Wednesday (December 14th) from 10 AM - 12 PM (noon) at the Sylvania Campus

If coming to the Sylvania Campus is problematic, please reach out to me to discuss alternate proctoring options.  All exams must be taken in a formally proctored situation, but there are some possible alternate options from the dates/times listed above.  Alternate testing options may include addition fees that will need to be paid to the proctoring site or service you use.  These additional costs will be the responsibility of the student.


Please keep the following in mind as you contemplate registering for an online math course:

Online math courses are often more challenging than on-campus or remote math classes.
It is a common misconception that an online math class will be easier. The time that would have been spent in class is instead spent watching the pre-recorded lessons, reading your textbook, and practicing the problems from your textbook.  Much more of the learning is put onto you, instead of as part of a class discussion.  That said, I am here by email and virtual office hours to support you in your progress in this course.

This course will require a significant amount of time.
You should plan to spend 5 hours a week watching, pausing, and reviewing the lessons. In addition, you should plan on spending 8 to 12 hours a week reading the textbook, practicing problems, and completing your assignments.

This class is NOT self-paced.
There are several specific due dates each week. Additionally, you cannot expect to do all the work each week in one sitting or even in one day. If you want to do well, you should plan to study at least every other day.

To be successful in this course,
you MUST be an independent learner, be comfortable with technology, understand that learning a new concept will take time and perseverance, be willing to ask your instructor or fellow students for help, and be able to communicate effectively in writing.

There are multple due dates each week.
     Each module begins on Wednesday morning.
     An initial discussion posting is due Sunday at 11 PM.
     Online homework (WeBWorK) is due Sunday at 11 PM.
     Written homework is due Tuesday at 11 PM.
     Completed Lecture Notes are due Tuesday at 11 PM.
     Module self reflection is due Tuesday at 11 PM.
You can always work ahead.  Late work is accepted for reduced credit up to 48 hours after deadines have passed.


You need to have computer and internet access at least several times per week. You will need to make sure to have the following (further details/instructions are given during the first week):

  • a PDF reader (such as Adobe Acrobat Reader) to read the PDF handouts,
  • a way to print PDF files for your written assignments,
  • a way to view YouTube videos,
  • familiarity with file management, email, and scanning and uploading documents.

Electronically submitted work will be printed, completed by hand, scanned, and uploaded to D2L. There are other possible options for submitting your work. Please contact your instructor if you would like to use an alternate method of submission.

Online YouTube videos are the foundation for the lecture portion of the class.

Web conferencing for office hours is optional.

Online class information

No show policy
Your instructor can mark you as a "no show" if you do not participate in your class during the first week. This will remove you from the class. It is important to log in as soon as the class starts to see what the participation requirements are.
Online & Remote Teaching Technical Requirements:
Please be sure to read the quick guide to Online Learning technical requirements.
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 taking Online based classes please visit the Disability Services website.
Online Prerequisite | Start Guide for Online Learning:
Before you take your first online class at PCC, you must complete the start guide for online learning. The start guide will help you decide if online classes are right for you. Once you complete the start guide, you will be eligible to register for online classes.

The Start Guide is not required for Hybrid or Remote Classes but strongly recommended. To learn more, go to https://www.pcc.edu/osg