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Class information

MTH60 Introductory Algebra- 1st Term

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  • Locations, days, times, and instructors:
    • Sylvania SCB 204, Tuesday and Thursday, from 11am to 1:20pm
      From September 27 through December 15, 2022, Ross Folberg

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

This class is a face to face class on Cascade campus. We have class twice a week and attendance and participation is expected.  We will be meeting on the Sylvania Campus every Tuesday & Thursday from 11am-1:20pm (in room SCB 204 - the green building)

Do not sign up for this class if you cannot attend the class in person.


Remember, the ENTIRE reason we are doing this is for you!   I am here to help.  Whether you love, hate, or are indifferent to math I want to help (and hope to help move everyone into liking math more)!  I want to help.  You are in this class to learn and I am here to teach which sounds like the perfect combination!   So, I hope that you will give me a chance to gain your trust and feel comfortable being honest with what you know and don’t know so I can help you.  I love math and teaching and want you to succeed!


I have been at PCC for over 20 years and know the best of times can be a struggle for students.  In times like this, more students than ever are experiencing an incredible amount of stress, confusion, and uncertainty.  More students than ever are struggling with food, shelter, paying for college, struggles with their social environment, and mental health.  Not to mention that PCC is a large bureaucratic institution that can be confusing even not that we actually have physical access to departments.  The good news is that a large bureaucratic institution has lots of resources.  We have free mental counseling for students, access to lots of grants and scholarships, veterans support, resources for food and childcare, and so much more.  I am here to help not just with math but in navigating PCC and finding ways and support to help to achieve the goal that brought you to PCC and our class.  Please think of me as an ally and I encourage you to contact me for help and advice. 


We will be using WeBWorK for much of the homework. WeBWorK is an open-source, free online homework platform. You will be able to access this from our class page in D2L. You need access to the internet while doing homework. Computers and internet access are available on campus. http://www.pcc.edu/resources/computer-labs/ 
Some homework will need to be scanned and submitted on D2L.  Don’t worry if you have no idea how to do this; I am here to help!

The e-text for our class is open resource and will also be accessible on our class page (as well as https://spaces.pcc.edu/display/MS/ORCCA and hard copies for $15.40 in the bookstore or Amazon with free shipping).
In addition to this:

  • While there are some awesome features in the e-text I prefer an actual book.  Studies have shown that there is a higher retention lever from actual books.
  • We will use and open resource graphing utility called Desmos. Desmos can be used in a browser or as an app on a smart phone or tablet.
  • Have ability to scan written documents to PDF format using a scanner or scanner phone app.
  • A scientific calculator
  • Notation standards handout Notation Standards for MTH 60 [pdf]

Access to a printer is helpful but not required. This link will give you more info about printing on campus. printing web page


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.
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.