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MTH20 Fundamentals of Mathematics

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  • CRN: 41945
  • Credits: 4
  • Notes: ALEKS required. ALC/ALM recommended
  • Locations, days, times, and instructors:
    • Sylvania TCB 218, Monday and Wednesday, from 8:30 to 10:50am
      From September 26 through December 14, 2022, Rick Kolinsky

Class materials


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Details about this class

As a high school teacher and a college instructor, I firmly believe that you will be able to understand the mathematics you will be studying this term. Some of the curriculum may be familiar to you, but it may also include some concepts you haven’t previously encountered. I hope that with practice, patience, and persistence you will successfully complete this class and be prepared for future math classes.

The class will be a combination of assigned work and Knowledge Checks using ALEKS online technology, textbook homework, quizzes and two exam exams.

Be sure to buy a new copy of the textbook.  You will need an ALEKS access code that only comes with a new textbook.  You can purchase the textbook at the PCC Bookstore.

I am always available to support you and help you with any questions or concerns you may have.


You will be using ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) this term. Here is a short video introduction to ALEKS

ALEKS is a powerful artificial-intelligence based assessment tool that zeros in on the strengths and weaknesses of a student’s mathematical knowledge, reports its findings to the student, and then provides the student with a learning environment for improving this knowledge.

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.