College Algebra

Math 20-804-212

Hybrid Course (Online work with some class meetings)

Course Description 

College Algebra includes fundamental topics covered in Intermediate Algebra with a more careful look at the mathematical details and a greater emphasis on the concept of function. Covers quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, equations and inequalities; the use of matrices and determinants in solving linear systems of equations, solving non-linear systems; sequences and series. Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra, 20-804-201 with a grade of C or better or appropriate placement score.

Additional details for mathematics courses are on the MATC website at http://programs.madisoncollege.edu/programlist.php.

Course Overview

This course is taught almost entirely online, and you should be prepared for such. You need to be organized, self-motivated, and willing to work independently. I will be available for help throughout the course, but we don’t meet in person daily like a traditional course. There will be regular online assignments, a weekly progress check to help you stay on task, and midterm and final exams. You will also be required to participate with the class through online discussions. I will provide a specific timeline for course objectives, and things will work best the closer you stay to the weekly goals. I will also hold a couple open lab hours each week, which students are welcome to attend on campus for additional help. Of course, the advantage of the online format is that you can work whenever is most convenient to you, but you still need to plan on working at least 12-15 hours every week on this course.

We will be using a math software program called ALEKS to do homework and assessments throughout the semester. Your textbook purchase includes a 20-week user license to access ALEKS online. To learn more about ALEKS, visit their website at http://www.aleks.com. Watch the video tour for more information about ALEKS. You can even sign up for a free trial before our class starts to see what it is like first-hand..

Are you an online learner? Before you devote a lot of time and effort to an online or hybrid class, I recommend that you take a few minutes to self-evaluate your readiness. Use this link from the Madison College Online & Accelerated Learning program to help you understand what you need to be successful in the online learning environment. Take the quiz to help rate yourself. Although I think this is a great course, it may not be right for every student. You are also welcome to discuss any concerns or questions you may have with me, your instructor, or with an advisor. See Online Learning FAQs for more answers about the online learning environment.

Important: We will be using a math software program called ALEKS to do a lot of homework (minimum 6 hours on ALEKS online each and every week) and regular assessments throughout the semester. Your textbook purchase includes a 20-week user license to access ALEKS online. Visit the ALEKS website at http://www.aleks.com/. Before class starts: please take the 15-minute video tour and use the free trial that ALEKS offers. This will help you to make sure that this system is right for you before you open the user license (it is not returnable if opened).

Course Syllabus

See the Syllabus for the complete course syllabus, which includes grading policies. Please review this syllabus carefully prior to the start of class. This is a sample syllabus. Check the Blackboard course site for the current syllabus for your semester course.

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