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Math 98 Syllabus

MTH 98-Foundations for Contemporary Math

Fall 2019-CRN: 25650

Instructor Information

Instructor:  Joseph Collins


Course Description and Objectives:  Math 98 is designed to prepare students for success in Math 105. Students whose degree or program requires Math 75, Math 95 or Math 111 should not take Math 98. Throughout this course the student will develop critical thinking skills, gain number sense, build estimation skills and solve realistic problems. By focusing on relevance and context, the student will learn to think algebraically, will understand basic statistics and will use data and functions in mathematical modelling.  Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to: Demonstrate knowledge of numerical skills in a variety of contexts based on the course objectives; Interpret and communicate statistical and mathematical concepts using a variety of graphical and computational methods; Apply algebraic skills and reasoning to solve problems based on the course objectives; and Identify properties of a function and create mathematical models.

Class Meetings:  Our class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 to 9:50 and Fridays from 9 to 9:50.  Our class room is located in WH - 208.

Materials Needed:

What does a typical week include?

Class typically starts with checking notebooks and answering questions – I will be looking to make sure that you read and completed everything we worked on during the previous class. I will also check that work has been corrected using the answer keys that will be posted on My Open Math.

During class, we will switch learning modes – sometimes you’ll work with your group, sometimes I’ll ask for a class discussion, and sometimes I will write notes and examples on the board. I will tell you when we are switching learning modes.

If we don’t finish a handout, that is your paper homework. You should finish it by the next class. It will be checked as part of your notebook.

On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at noon, an online homework assignment is due.

Also on Wednesday at noon, your reflections from the previous week will be due.

What will I be graded on and how often?

Some grading details

Notebooks: Notebooks will be “graded” on the day before each test.  Notebooks earning an A grade will be: In a 3-ring binder, organized, completed and corrected

Online Homework: Every couple days, you will have homework problems due through our online platform MyOpenMath. This gives you a chance to immediately reflect on your learning and understanding.

Online Reflections: Research indicates that one of the best things you can do to increase your learning is to write about it. Reflective Writing entries are graded using the following criteria:

Big Idea Projects and Summaries: Each assignment will have a description and a grading rubric. This helps you identify your goal for the grade you want to earn.

Tests: For each test there will be an open note, team portion and a closed note, individual portion.

This feels different from other math classes...

This course is taught through group work using group activities. This is likely different than any other class you’ve taken, and you may not know what behaviors are most effective and appropriate. Read the list below carefully and revisit it often during the term. Practice the Effective and Appropriate Behaviors to get the most out of this class.

Effective and Appropriate Behaviors:

Ineffective and Inappropriate Behaviors:

Where can I find resources to help me be successful?


Acts of academic dishonesty are regarded by the college as very serious offenses.  Penalties will be the maximum permitted by the college.

LBCC maintains a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in employment and admissions, without regard to race, color, sex, marital and/or parental status, religion, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, Vietnam era, or veteran status.

The LBCC community is enriched by diversity. Each individual has worth and makes contributions to create that diversity at the college. Everyone has the right to think, learn, and work together in an environment of respect, tolerance, and goodwill

LBCC is committed to inclusiveness and equal access to higher education. If you have approved accommodations through the Center for Accessibility Resources (CFAR) and would like to use your accommodations in this class, please talk to your instructor as soon as possible to discuss your needs. If you believe you may need accommodation but are not yet registered with CFAR, please visit the CFAR website at for steps on how to apply for services or call 541-917-4789


Enrolling in the Class Software: MyOpenMath

1 Go to

2 Click on “Register as a New Student”  

3 Enter a user name, I recommend using your student ID number

4 Choose and confirm a password, one you will not forget

5 Enter your first and last names, and your email address

6 Enter the Course ID: 58500

7 Enter the Enrollment Key: MTH98



Math 95 Syllabus



MTH 95 Intermediate Algebra

Term: Fall 2019

CRN: 20177

Class Code: 86

Instructor: Joseph Collins

Office: WOH - 103

Phone: 541-917-4979



Office Hours: MW 12-1

Aleks Class Code: 9QHLE-ECGE3 Financial Aid Code: 4CA6F-61A37-4E660-2132F

MTH 95 Intermediate Algebra Course Description:  

Intermediate Algebra is a course that develops the concept of a function. It is designed for the student who has an algebraic foundation (Math 75). Topics include an investigation of different functions, their graphs, and properties. The functions included are linear, quadratic, polynomial, radical, and exponential.  Problem solving, technology, and cooperative learning is emphasized throughout the course. During the term, students will learn to recognize and express mathematical ideas graphically, numerically, symbolically, and in writing. Application problems are realistic with some data to be collected, analyzed and discussed in a group setting with results submitted in written form.  Credits 4 Prerequisite: MTH 75 or Placement into the course.

MTH 095 Student Learning Outcomes:  

  1. Interpret and analyze functions to find information such as domain, range, variable and function values by using a variety of tools that may include graphs, tables or given equations.
  2. Model application problems using appropriate algebraic models, which may include linear, quadratic, and exponential.
  3. Communicate mathematical concepts, processes and solutions.
  4. Apply algebra skills to topics such as factoring polynomials, solving quadratic equations, and simplifying expressions.


Required Materials:

Recommended Materials:

Grading Policies:


Percent of Grade

Grading Scale

ALEKS Weekly Objectives


A:  90 -100%

ALEKS Topics/Pie Overall    


B:  80 – 89%

In-Class Work


C:  70 - 79%

ALEKS Skills Test 1


D:  60 - 69%

ALEKS Skills Test 2


F:  0 - 59%

Midterm Exam



Final Exam




Students may view their grades on the ALEKS website.

A grade of Incomplete may be assigned at the discretion of the instructor under special circumstances.  The student must have completed the majority of the course, been in regular attendance and passing the course prior to the “special circumstance”. 




ALEKS is an adaptive online homework website ( You will need to purchase an access code in order to get logged in. Your skills work will be completed on this site. Each week’s skills, called “Objectives,” will be available for a given length of time and you must learn those skills and demonstrate mastery by the deadline date and time. Your score at the time of the deadline will be recorded as a homework grade for that week.  Students who finish their ALEKS work before the deadline can work on other topics in the course pie.  


ALEKS Homework Guidelines:  

You should keep a notebook of loose-leaf paper for your ALEKS homework.   You are expected to work through each problem and then write up neat, readable solutions for your notebook.  Include the original problem unless it is a lengthy word problem. This will give you a study reference before testing.

In-Class Work:  

Students will be actively participating in learning activities and group work every class meeting.  Generally these activities must be done in class and cannot be made up. These are the lessons for this course.  The activities are designed to help students develop and understand the concepts behind the math skills and how to apply them to various situations.  The experiences gained from working in the groups will be a major component in determining the student’s success in this course. Attendance is therefore required. At the end of the quarter your lowest score from this category will be dropped.

Attendance Policy

If you miss four hours of class (1/10 of the class) you will get a warning. If you miss eight hours of class (20% of the class) your final course grade will drop one letter grade. Essentially, there are five letter grades, and if you miss 1/5th of the class, you will not be eligible for the top letter grade. 

Late Work

If you are absent on the day an activity is due in class, then I will allow you to turn in the assignment up to a week past your absence for partial credit.

Notes online

If you wish for notes to be posted, I can do so by sharing a Google Drive folder.


If you have questions, PLEASE come see me and ask!  I have scheduled office hours but you’re welcome to come in at other times too.  Study groups are encouraged!  Many students find that working with classmates is the best way to learn and understand the material.  Don’t forget about the e-book and videos available on ALEKS.

Use the Learning Center /Math Café

The Learning Center, WH226, is an excellent place to study and to get help with

your homework.  (Please remember to log on and log off the computer with each visit to the Learning Center.) The other LBCC campuses have similar facilities with Math Help available.  The Albany Campus has The Math Café in WH-227, which is connected to the Learning Center.


Computer labs are open to students in the Library and in the Learning Center. Laptops are usually available for short-term check out from the Library.  Laptops are also available for use in the Math Cafe.


LBCC Email:

You are responsible for all communications sent via ALEKS and to your LBCC email account. You are required to use your LBCC provided email account for all email communications at the College.  You may access your LBCC student email account through Student Email.

Academic Honesty:  

I assume that you are ethical and honest.  However, if there is an incident of academic dishonesty (cheating), you will receive a score of zero for that test/assignment and the incident will be reported to the college administration for possible further disciplinary action.  If there is a second offense, you will receive a grade of F for the course and the incident will be reported to the college administration with a recommendation for disciplinary action. 

Special Circumstances:  


Students who may need accommodations due to documented disabilities, who have medical information which the instructor should know, or who need special arrangements in an emergency should speak with their instructor during the first week of class. If you believe you may need accommodations but are not yet registered with the Center for Accessibility Resources (CFAR), please visit the CFAR Website for steps on how to apply for services or call 541-917-4789.


LBCC Comprehensive Statement of Nondiscrimination:

LBCC prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, use of native language, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. For further information see Board Policy P1015 in our Board Policies and Administrative Rules. Title II, IX, & Section 504: Scott Rolen, CC-108, 541-917-4425; Lynne Cox, T-107B, 541-917-4806, LBCC, Albany, Oregon.  To report:

The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus/calendar at any time.

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