Rick Hobbs, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA


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Spring 2014

SECTION: 31384
TIME: Monday & Wednesday: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
PREREQUISITES: Math 902 (grade C or above) or equivalent
You need to be proficient in processes and problem-solving with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents.

TEXTBOOKS: Beginning and Intermediate Algebra by Elayn Martin-Gay
5th edition OR Custom edition for Mission College (Volume 1)

Both editions of the textbook contain the same material. The advantage of the 5th edition (ISBN-10:0321785126 or 13: 9780321785121) is that it possibly can be purchased online at a lower price than in the bookstore. There is also an ebook version. The advantage of the Custom edition is that it is packaged with MyMathLab, a useful program that contains tutorials, unlimited practice exercises and an electronic version of the textbook.Click on a photo for a link

Student Solutions Manual : more explanations, examples and exercises
MyMathLab : Online source for practice and tutorial. Includes textbook and solution manuals online, as well as tutorial videos and practice exercises. The course code for this class is:


Instructions for using MML can be found on this document: Student Registration Handout for hobbs64953.pdf

How To Solve Word Problems (Johnson): detailed examples and strategies for solving applications of equations

Managing the Mean Math Blues (Cheryl Ooten): a wonderful book for you to explore your own attitudes towards mathematics and a coaching manual for being successful in your current math course

Overcoming Math Anxiety (Davidson & Levitov): a great book to help you overcome fears and create a good structure in which to learn math

Overcoming Math Anxiety (Cynthia A. Arem): a great book to help you overcome fears and create a good structure in which to learn math; includes CD-ROM

Mastering Mathematics: How to Be a Great Math Student (Richard M. Smith): a great book to help you to develop and practice good study skills to be successful in your math courses

Algebra Facts: Survival Guide to Basic Algebra, 1st ed. (Szymnaski)

Math Study Skills Workbook, 3rd ed (Nolting)
SUPPLIES: Scientific calculator
Graph paper, ruler
Pencils and erasers
CONTENT: Chapters 1 - 7
OUTCOMES: Students successfully completing this course will be able to:
  • Develop, interpret and perform operations on algebraic expressions, functions and equations.
  • Apply algebraic vocabulary, symbols, graphs and/or data tables to reading, interpreting and solving algebraic problems.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in the problem-solving process that involves both symbolic and real-world application problems.
  • Demonstrate the skills to communicate mathematics clearly and confidently.

HOMEWORK: Will be assigned daily. Any skill you want to learn or improve needs practice. The more you practice, the greater your ability and understanding. When doing homework, compare your answer to the book's answer; if the answers differ, then find the error and rework the problem. Homework will normally be collected on test days. Late homework will not be accepted. You will need to do homework DAILY so that you can ask questions relevant to the topics under discussion in class. Homework needs to be completed according to the specified guidelines in order to receive credit.
ATTENDANCE: If you want to learn, you need to attend class and participate. Ask questions! Please be on time; walking in late is disruptive to the rest of the class.
QUIZZES: There will be short quizzes given throughout the semester and three comprehensive tests. If you arrive in the classroom after a quiz has started, you cannot take the quiz. Come to class on time! There will be no make-up quizzes. Your lowest two quiz scores will be dropped in the computation of your final grade. There will be no make-up tests unless you notify me in advance of your absence. Quizzes will be unannounced, but will occur frequently. Occasional short projects may also be assigned.
FINAL EXAM: Will happen on Wednesday May 21: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Quizzes/Projects/Homework 15%
Tests (3 @ 21%) 63%
Final Exam 22%

90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
70 - 100% = Credit

If you want a Pass/No Pass grade, carefully read and fill out the required form and submit the form to the Admissions and Records office by the end of the fifth week of the semester.

CHEATING: Cheating is defined as the providing or using of unauthorized resources (people, notes, cell phones, etc.) on quizzes and tests. Examples of cheating are: talking during a test, letting someone else see your quiz, looking at someone else's quiz, asking for someone's help on a quiz, using notes, collaborating with other people on a quiz, accessing a cell phone during exams. If you are caught cheating, you will receive a zero grade for that quiz. If cheating occurs a second time, you will need to see the college Dean and possibly be removed from the course. Cheating is a serious offense in the academic world. Don't do it!
CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR: Come to class prepared and ready to learn. Arrive in the classroom a few minutes early to get properly prepared. Kindly conduct yourself in a mature manner in accordance with rules specified in the college catalog. Please be polite, respectful of others, and non-disruptive. Eating is not allowed in the classroom. Once the class has started, please do not enter or leave the classroom except during our scheduled break.
ELECTRONIC-FREE ZONE: In order to minimize distractions during our instruction and testing time, students may not use cell phones, computers, iPads, iPods, PDAs or other electronic devices in the classroom. All such devices must left outside the classsroom or turned off and stowed. Exception: approved scientific calculators may be used at times.
DROPS: Students are responsible for dropping themselves from the course. However, the instructor may drop students for missing more than ten percent of class time (7.25 hours) during the semester.
RESOURCES: If you have any questions, problems or conflicts, see me and I will be glad to help you. You should plan to visit me in my office at least once during the semester in order to review your progress.

There are a number of websites that you may find useful in this course. Check them out!

Mission College makes reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. You may contact the Disability Instructional Support Center (DISC) in S2-201 (408-855-5085 or 408-727-9243 TTY) if you would like to be tested for a learning disability or have other special needs.

Mission College smoke-free policy: In accordance with the Statutes of the State of California (AB 846, Chapter 342), Mission College has established a smoke-free campus. Effective July 1, 2006, smoking is prohibited in all campus areas with the exception of the college parking lots. All smoking materials must be extinguished and properly disposed of in ash urns distributed along the boundary of the parking lot and main campus.

If you are interested in saving your money and your health by quitting smoking, check out the Center for Disease Control website for information and resources. Other resources include the American Lung Association and Why Quit.com.

You can also make an appointment with Mission College Student Health Services for assistance with quitting smoking or other physical and mental health-related issues.

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Instructor: Rick Hobbs
Email: rick.hobbs@wvm.edu
Phone/voicemail: (408) 855-5325
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last update: 1/10/14