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Information about my Math 40 (Elemantary Algebra) and Math 60 (Intermediate Algebra) Courses- Spring 2015

How do the Math 40 and Math 60 Hybrid courses work?

These are HYBRID classes.  They meet on-campus once a week for 2 hours, and students work online as well.  Students will learn the material from the on-campus meetings, from reading the text, and from watching instructional videos. These courses will cover exactly the same material as in the standard face-to-face courses for Math 40 and Math 60.

 

Who should take an online math course?

It takes an enormous amount of time and self discipline to succeed in an online course.  If you’re considering Math 40 or Math 60 Online to “save time”, this is a mistake.  Students who will succeed in these courses will be independent learners who are able to read explanations of mathematical concepts as presented in a textbook, and who have the self-motivation to work independently on daily homework assignments.  You should have regular access to a computer with (preferably) high-speed Internet connection, and be reasonably tech-savvy.  Because we have weekly on-campus meetings, this course is not intended for students who must travel great distances.

Link to Student Readiness Questionnaire

To see if you are a suited to taking an online course, I recommend that you use this questionnaire:

http://www.ccsf.edu/Departments/Distance_Education/self_eval.htm

Are these courses easier than the standard face-to-face Math 40 and Math 60?

Students may find that these courses are more convenient and offer more flexibility for their schedule than a face-to-face course, but that does not mean that it will be easier.  I’m sure you already know how much time it takes to be successful in math:  a lot!  You will need to spend 10+ hours a week on math.  This includes time watching videos and studying the textbook and 1+ hour/day for homework.  It takes a lot of discipline to be successful in a math course, and much more discipline to keep up with the work in an online course.  The attrition rate for online classes nationwide is 50% or more, so think about whether you are well-suited for this course before registering.

 

Assignments

Each student is required to do the following:

·       Homework problems, written on paper and turned in at class meetings; also homework problems from the textbook publisher’s site “WebAssign”.

·       Weekly online quizzes using the textbook publisher’s software “WebAssign”.

·       Five in-class exams and final exam.  Students must bring photo ID’s to these exams.

·       Regular participation in online course discussion forums.

 

Attendance at Weekly Class Meetings

There will be a 2-hour on-campus class every week. 

Math 40 Sec. 831:  Tuesday, 1 – 3pm, MUB 380  

Math 60 Sec. 831:  Thursday 10am – 12, HC 202

Math 60 Sec. 832:  Thursday, 2-4pm, HC 214

Attendance at these classes is required.  Only students who can attend these weekly meetings should enroll.  Students must NOT enroll in any other class that meets during these times.  

At these classes, I will lecture on the course material, answer student questions, and do example problems.  You will turn in your written homework assignments.  The five exams will be held at five of these class meetings.


***Mandatory*** Orientation Session

There will be a mandatory orientation for each course at our first class meeting:  

Math 40 Sec. 831:  Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1-3pm, MUB 380

Math 60 Sec. 831:  Thursday, Jan. 15, 10am – 12, HC 202

Math 60 Sec. 832:  Thursday, Jan. 15, 2-4pm, HC 214

Bring your CCSF photo ID to the Orientation.

Registered students who do not attend the orientation WILL BE DROPPED from the class roster.  Waitlisted students who do not attend the orientation lose their place on the waitlist.  If you can’t attend the orientation, you can’t be in the class. 
 

Initial Contact

Approximately 2-4 days prior to the start of class, I will send an email to all registered students with important information about the course.  Please check your CCSF student email address to be sure you don’t miss this email!  If you don’t receive this email, contact me at: speterso@ccsf.edu .


Textbook and WebAssign

The required textbook for each course is: 

Math 40:  Elementary Algebra 5e by Alan S. Tussy and R. David Gustafson,  (5e means 5th edition)

Publisher: Cengage Learning/ Brooks-Cole

Math 60:  Intermediate Algebra 5e by Alan S. Tussy and R. David Gustafson,  (5e means 5th edition)      
             Publisher: Cengage Learning/ Brooks-Cole

You may use the paper textbook or an e-book.  I recommend the paper textbook, but it's more expensive.  It is a big advantage if you have the textbook by the first day of the course.

You are also required to have an access code for WebAssign, the online homework, video, and quiz software that goes with the textbook.  Many times, the WebAssign access code comes with the paper textbook if the textbook is new, and not used.  The CCSF math department has negotiated for special pricing on this book from the publisher. This might mean that the CCSF bookstore has the best price on the book.  So I recommend checking the CCSF bookstore before buying the book elsewhere online.  Buy the version that has the WebAssign access included.

If you choose an e-book instead of a paper textbook, you will purchase a WebAssign access code with the e-book included.  You will view the e-book from inside WebAssign. 

Adding Procedure for Prospective Students      

At the Orientation, after calling the names of registered students, I will fill vacancies with students from the computerized waitlist for this course.  If after exhausting the waitlist there is still room, I will add “crashers” in order of their registration dates until the room is at capacity.  Students trying to “crash” into the course (that is, students not already registered or waitlisted in the course) must be able to show proof of their web registration date at the Orientation, either from a computer printout from the CCSF registration site, or be able to pull it up on a computer or phone so I can see it.  

I look forward to seeing you in January if you choose Math 40 or Math 60 Hybrid!

Sara Peterson














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Teaching Schedule Spring 2015

CourseDaysTime
1) Math 40 Hybrid Sec. 831 Tues 1 - 3 pm 
2) Math 60 Hybrid Sec. 832 Thur 2 - 4 pm 
3) Math 60 Hybrid Sec. 831 Thur 10am - 12 
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