**Instructor:**George Jennings**Office:**NSM A125**Phone:**(310)243-3592**email address:**gjennings@csudh.edu**Instructor's web site:**http://math.csudh.edu/~gjennings**Office hours, classroom, class meeting times:**Please see instructor's web site (http://math.csudh.edu/~gjennings)

Class meets face-to-face, in the classroom.

(http://csudh.smartcatalogiq.com/en/2017-2018/Catalog/Courses/MAT-Math/100/MAT-151)

Textbook: Intermediate Algebra, a Modeling Approach by Katherine Yoshiwara. Available from http://www.xyztextbooks.com for $58 including paperback text, instructional videos, on-line homework, etc. (You can save $13 if you buy the e-book but I think the paper copy is a lot more convenient.)

Please do not imagine that you can pass this course without a textbook. Students who try that always fail. The course is too hard to learn without careful study. You'll need your textbook starting on the first day of class.

(http://math.csudh.edu/~gjennings/151f17/startxyzhomework.html)

**Grading**

Supplemental instruction workshop | 5% of grade |

Assignments (Class Work and Homework) | 15% of grade |

Quizzes | 15% of grade |

Two Midterm exams (20% each) | 40% of grade |

Final exam | 25% of grade |

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100% of your grade |

*Homework is the most important part of the course* because math is a skill that takes practice to learn.

**Homework** is assigned every week. Due dates
are announced on the *xyzhomework* web site. Quizzes will
be announced at least a week in advance. Work is due on its due
date; I generally don't give make-up work. I don't give "extra
credit".

**Supplemental Instruction (SI)** There will be
SI tutors available during class sessions to provide assistance
for the students. SI tutors will conduct workshops on Fridays.
During these sessions the SI tutor will review homework, give
quizzes and prepare for upcoming lessons.

**Attendance.** I rarely take attendance but long
experience shows that students who miss a significant number of
class meetings rarely pass and almost never do well. You are
paying us to teach you, but you can only get the value that
you've paid for if you show up and participate.

See the Course calendar (http://math.csudh.edu/~gjennings/151f17/calendar151f17.html)

Upon completing MAT 151 students should be proficient in the topics covered in the course calendar (http://math.csudh.edu/~gjennings/151f17/calendar151f17.html) including creating basic mathematical models, and should be well prepared to tackle MAT 153 Precalculus.

Computers can't do math for you, what you need are your
brain cells. However computers can generate nice diagrams and do
tedious arithmetical calculations that would take you a lot of
time to do by hand, so we'll use them sometimes in class. Most
computer programs are designed to be pretty easy to use,
all you really need to be able to do is turn the machine on, type
in your name and password so you can log in, and read and follow
instructions. If you use a calculator *read your manual!!*
If you have lost the manual you can probably find one online --
just use a search engine like Google or Microsoft Bing to search
for one. You'll need to use WeBWorK to do the homework problems,
which means you'll need to have access to the internet, use a web
browser, and type in answers to math problems. Don't worry about
this -- just follow the instructions. If you have trouble just
ask me or somebody else to help.

(Click the links below.)

- Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities (http://csudh.smartcatalogiq.com/en/2017-2018/Catalog/General-Information/Campus-Services/SdRC)
- Academic Integrity (http://csudh.smartcatalogiq.com/en/2017-2018/Catalog/General-Information/Academic-Integrity)

We all are adults so we all know what to do. Just follow the Golden Rule: treat the other people in our class with respect, as each of us would expect to be treated by others. In my long experience CSU Dominguez Hills students have always been very decent people, so this never is an issue. However anyone who cannot respect others will be removed from the class.