Accessing Your Course
Your instructor has developed a website to be used in this course.
Specific details for accessing this website
will be provided by your instructor.
Your course is using MyMathLab, which requires the purchase of an
access code. This code is usually packaged with a new textbook, but may also be purchased
separately from the MyMathLab website if it is not included with your book.
Information about MyMathLab can be found at http://www.mymathlab.com. Please check the systems Requirement page to verify your computer compatibility.
Your instructor will provide an additional course code you will need to
access your specific course.
Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials
While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the
ISBN number available through the course's academic department
where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore
and our online bookstore,
guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.
Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link
below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have
any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic
this link to see the book list for your course.
Other Information about the Course
Instructor: Joe Erickson
Office: Founders Hall 128
Office Hours: To Be Announced
Textbook: Intermediate Algebra, by Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis
Exam 1 – Covers Sections 2.1-2.3, 2.5-2.7, 3.1-3.3, 3.5
Exam 2 – Covers Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.5, 6.1-6.5
Exam 3 – Covers Sections 7.1-7.5, 4.1
Exam 4 – Covers Sections 8.1-8.7, 9.2, 9.5
Final Exam – Covers All Sections
Orientation: Very simply put, the course is what you make of it. Your grade will be based on the outcome of four midterm exams and a comprehensive final exam, each taken at a testing center, each weighted at 20%. The material that each exam covers in the textbook is indicated above. There will be a roughly ten-day window of opportunity to take each exam, and your score will be sent to you by way of your official BCCC e-mail account (or in person) only!
To prepare for each exam there are homework assignments from the textbook. See the assignment sheet that will be supplied for the assignment in each section of the book that the course covers. Minimally, you only need two things for the course: a scientific calculator like the TI-83, and the textbook. If you buy the book at the college bookstore, it will be unfortunately unbound (i.e. you'll need to put it in a binder), but it will include access to MyMathLab. If you like MML by all means use it; but I do not require it. (Somehow people have been learning algebra quite well for centuries without benefit of MML, so I think it would be poor form to mandate its usage.) I do not collect and grade homework assignments, which gives you maximum flexibility to govern your affairs as you see fit as a responsible adult. However, the exams are based directly on the homework, so it is in your interests to do all assignments conscientiously to have a reasonable prospect of success in the course.
If you plan to use MML, the "Course Name" and the "Course ID" will be provided in late August on the course website mentioned below. The one nice thing about MML is that it does have a solutions manual to all the odd-numbered problems in it.
Website: At http://www.bucks.edu/~erickson/math103/int_algebra.html there will be found occasional announcements, some helpful resources and notes of my own making, and also exams from a previous semester.