Syllabus: MAT 151-04 College Algebra. Fall 2015. Jennings.

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

MAT 151 Course description, prerequisites, and units.


Textbook and other required materials

Textbook: Intermediate Algebra, a Modeling Approach by Katherine Yoshiwara. Available from 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.

Instructions for using the required on-line homework system.


Course requirements, grading, due dates, attendance, extra credit


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
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.

Schedule of class meetings, readings, and exams

See the Course calendar (

Learning outcomes

Upon completing MAT 151 students should be proficient in the topics covered in the course calendar ( including creating basic mathematical models, and should be well prepared to tackle MAT 153 Precalculus.

Computer and Information Literacy

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.

Other official notices in the 2017-2018 university catalog

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Personal conduct

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.