MATH 55 - Intermediate Algebra

Instructor: Ashley McHale
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Course Description

Concepts involving complex numbers, quadratic equations, parabolas and circles, functions and their graphs, systems of equations, rational exponents, radical equations, absolute value equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions and equations. Prerequisites: Mathematics 65, 65B, or 65Y(completed with a grade of "C" or higher) or an appropriate skill level demonstrated through the Mathematics assessment process. Equivalent to Mathematics 55X and Mathematics 55Y. May not receive credit if Mathematics 55B or 55Y have been completed.

To take this class, you must have daily access to a computer with an Internet connection and experience using a web browser. You will also need to utilize your college Zonemail account. Learn more about Zonemail.

Check the college catalog for CSU/UC transferability and to see if this course meets AA/AS degree requirements.

The instructor may drop students who miss the first meeting of a course. The first meeting of online or hybrid Distance Education courses is the first day of the class as specified in the class schedule listing. For these courses, instructors may drop students who do not log into their Blackboard course and/or complete indicated activities by the third day of classes. DE instructors may drop students if they have not submitted work and/or accessed the class for two consecutive weeks.

There might be an instructional materials fee associated with this course. Learn more about instructional materials fees.

This class begins Jan 19 and ends May 27.

On-Campus Meetings

Students will meet on campus Tuesdays from 2 - 4:15 pm in room 1874. You can attend an OPTIONAL, on-campus orientation to Online Learning on Jan 13 from 1 - 2:30 pm or Jan 14 from 5:30 - 7 pm in Room 2410. A virtual session will be offered on the Internet on Jan 19 from 5:30-7 pm. Learn more about these orientations, which are NOT course-specific.

How This Class Operates

This hybrid algebra course will utilize CourseCompass, an online learning system specific for this textbook.

During the week, students are expected to learn the material through Powerpoint lectures, videos, and animations or the textbook (available through CourseCompass). During meeting times, the class will work on collaborative activities to support the learning, and students will be asked to show work to the entire class.

The collaborative activites are due at the next class meeting. Homework assignments are due every Thursday. Lab assignments are due two weeks after assigned (due by the end of class). There are quizzes every meeting except on exam days.

All communication is through the CourseCompass website via emails or announcements.

Class Activities

Weekly Assignments:

  • Collaboratives, which include more difficult problems than the homework and word problems
  • Homework, through CourseCompass Homework Journal, to record work neatly for each problem as homework is completed
  • Lab assignments Quizzes over material learned

How Students are Graded

NOTE: In order to obtain a passing grade in the class, you must have a 70% average on the exams plus the final exam. If you do not have a 70% average, you will not receive a passing grade of C or better, despite your point totals.

Grading Policy: At the conclusion of the course, grades will be determined by:

Exams (4) 35%
Homework 12.5%
Quizzes 12.5%
Classwork & Online Participation 10%
Lab Work 10%
Final Exam 20%

Letter grades are then determined as follows, after calculating exam average as described above:

A = 90 % - 100 %
B = 80 % - less than 90 %
C = 70 % - less than 80 %
D = 60 % - less than 70 %
F = less than 60 %

The online learning activities and face-to-face instruction will complement each other in this class. As a result, this combination will maximize your learning while providing you with time flexibility.

Succeeding Online

Students who succeed in the online portion of hybrid courses tend to be independent, self-motivated learners with good computer skills. If you are a procrastinator who relies heavily on the instructor for motivation and can't use a computer too well, you should probably consider enrolling in a completely face-to-face course instead.

Also, don't enroll in this class if you believe the myth that learning online requires less effort than learning face-to-face. This course covers the same content and has similar activities as the face-to-face version of the course; only the method of delivery partly changes.

LPC offers a tutorial called "Succeeding in an online course" that will not only tell you if you are a good fit for online learning, but it also offers many strategies -- among other pertinent information -- that will help you succeed online. Though the title of the tutorial says "online course", all of it is applicable to the online portion of hybrid courses. Please complete the tutorial.


This course will use the Blackboard course management system as its virtual classroom. To learn how to log in to Blackboard, go to the Blackboard Login Procedures page. Once you enroll, you will not be able to log in until the first day of class.

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Page last modified: November 05, 2015