Math 90 (20329) – Intermediate Algebra Spring 2011
Instructor: Barbara Nilson Office: 2762 Phone: 355-6477 E-mail: email@example.com or
Text: Intermediate Algebra 10th ed., Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis – Chapters 1 – 10
Homework: MathXL (purchase can be made bookstore) Final: Saturday, June 4, 3:30pm – 6pm
Or online with a credit card Drop: May 14, 2011
Pre- requisite: Math 80 –Beginning Algebra (grade of C or better) or appropriate placemen exam score
Any student with a documented disability who may need educational accommodations should notify the instructor or the Disabled Student
Programs and Services (DSPS) office as soon as possible. DSPS, Rm 2117, Health Science Building – 355-6312
The common final for the Spring 2009 semester for all sections of Math 090 will be given on Saturday,June 4,
2011 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the IVC main campus. If you need to take the final exam at any other time than
scheduled you need to complete and submit a Student Petition.
Rooms designated to take the common final are still to be determined.
Students should be at testing site at 3:30 p.m. with:
1. have picture ID
2. your G number
3. course section code (10393) and instructor’s name
4. #2 pencil and erasers
5. calculator – No graphing calculators, cell phones, or other communication devices are allowed during
Course: Equivalent to a second year algebra offered in high school. Areas covered are the real number system,
polynomials, rational expressions, exponential and radical forms, linear and quadratic equations, relations, functions
and graphs, systems of equations and logarithmic and exponential functions. Chapters covered are selections from 1-
Student Learning Outcomes: Critical Thinking
Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to:
Understand the fundamental methods and strategies of problem solving by demonstrating the steps to multi-
Demonstrate knowledge of mathematical facts and the use of these facts in problem solving and computation
Show the connectivity between concepts of linear equations and graphs
Demonstrate a knowledge of exponents and the connectivity to equations, graphs, and logarithmic forms
Homework: Homework is on MathXL for Intermediate Algebra, 10 ed, a supplement to your textbook. Instructions are
at the end of this document. You can use the Math Lab or any internet connection once you have registered for the
course. Your homework assignments are listed in the course and scores are stored there also. You can check at
anytime to see what you have completed and what your score is. You can also use the practice quizzes and exams,
watch a video, or ask for tutoring. Be aware of due dates as the homework sections will close after a given date. I will
give you hands-on instruction in the Math Lab. Be sure to bring your access code if you do not check in on your own
Quizzes: We may be approximately 8 – 12 short quizzes, generally from that week’s lecture and activities. They will be
worth between 5 - 15 points. There is no makeup for quizzes.
Exams: There will be 3-4 exams worth 100 points each. There is no makeup of exams.
Final Exam: It will be comprehensive and a “common final” worth approximately 20% of your final grade.
Attendance is expected. I may drop you after missing a total of 4 credit hours. Please contact me if you miss more
than 2 classes and wish to remain enrolled. It is your obligation to drop if you do not want to receive a failing
grade after May 14, 2011, the last day to withdraw from classes with a “W.”
Cell phones should be off during class.
Bottled water is the only food or drink allowed in the room.
Disruption of other students will result in a reprimand or expulsions from the class for that day. A second offense can
result in administrative discipline.
Cheating is not tolerated and will result in discipline from the administration.
Quality work is expected. If a student meets the stated requirements for an assignment, but does it in a minimal fashion,
the maximum grade for the product will be points valued at "C". To earn points valued at "B" or "A" there must be
reasonable quality in the work.
Grading: Standard scale - 90% = A, 80% = B, 70% = C, 60% = D, below 60% = F. Planned elements:
(approximate percentage values for HW, quizzes, and exams)
Quizzes 10% Final Grade = points earned
Exams 40% points assigned
Possible difficulties with MathXL
Program tells you that your answer is incorrect when your answer actually matches – do not panic!! You can
print that page and hand it in, or you can simply write a brief note in email that this problem has occurred and I
will trust you.
Your home computer or internet is not functioning at the due date – Let me know and I will give you a grace
period to turn it in. Be prepared for these kinds of emergencies and think about how you will solve the problem.
The math lab is not open at the time you are free – you can ask another computer lab on campus if you can
download the necessary components of MathXL.
Homework is listed on the left-side button in MathXL.
Due dates are listed with the assignment.
Keep up with the schedule because HW is a BIG part of you grade.
Optional - Ma060 - Math Lab is 1 Math credit for a minimum of 36 hours in the lab during the semester. If you plan to
do your HW in the lab or if you desire the 1 credit, this is a good choice. You will have tutors available to assist when
you need help. Study guides, workshops, tutors, and videos are available.
How to Register and Enroll in Your Course
Welcome to MathXL! Your instructor has set up a MathXL course for you.
The course name is: Sp2011 Math 90
It is based on this textbook: Lial: Intermediate Algebra, 10e
To join this course, you need to register for MathXL and then enroll in the course.
1. Registering for MathXL
Before you begin, make sure you have the access code that comes with your MathXL Access Kit. If you don't have an access kit,
you can buy the code online by clicking Buy Now at www.mathxl.com.
To register, go to the www.mathxl.com for MathXL, click the Register button, and then follow the instructions on the screen.
2. Enrolling in your instructor's course
After registering, log in to MathXL with your username and password. To enroll in this course, enter the following Course ID:
The Course ID for your course is: XL0N-A1MA-201Y-99I2
(Clarification: X L zero N – A one M A – 2 zero one Y – 9 9 I(letter i) 2)
Need more help?
To view a complete set of instructions on registering and enrolling, go to www.mathxl.com and visit the Tours page.