MATH 55 - Intermediate Algebra

Instructor: Howard Blumenfeld
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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

MATH 55-HD2 is a hybrid course. All class meetings will be online, except on the following dates: Wednesday, Jan 21, 11:30 - 12:50 pm in room 607 (optional orientation). Mandatory dates: Fridays 11:30 - 1:20 pm in room 1872 on: Feb 6, Feb 20, Mar 13, Apr 3, May 1, and May 29. 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

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