Math 52 Elementary
Algebra
Spring
2017
Instructor:
Bob Prior
Watch
an overview of this on the syllabus video
IMPORTANT NOTICE PLEASE
READ BEFORE CONTINUING:
> Are you
ready to take this course? Is your computer
ready? Do you have the time it takes to be
successful in this class? (See
Course Requirements)
> To be
successful in this (and any) online course, you
will need to be selfmotivated and selfdisciplined in setting
your study schedule.
> This course
moves quickly, so be
prepared to put a lot of time into it this
semester, at least 10 hours per week.
Most of this time is not online; a lot of
it is reading the book, watching the videos, and
doing exercises. See Lesson Routine.
> There are
about 22 lessons in the course, and each lesson
covers 13 sections in the book as well 1 or 2
quizzes and tests . (See Calendar for
"soft" deadlines and content.)
> This
course requires two oncampus exams at Norco
College, a Midterm and a Final. (See
Exams)
> The Midterm
and Final combine to be 60% of your
course grade. (See Grading)
> The other
40% is made up of quizzes, tests, and
participation. (See Quizzes
and Tests)
> This course
is based on a textbook I wrote; you can't do the
course without it. (See Textbook)
> There are a
lot of videos that supplement this course. Some
are YouTube videos that explain about the course,
and there are tutorial videos that explain the
material. (See Videos)
.
.
.
What else do you want to
know about this course?
Services
Available to Students
General
overview of Math 52
Using
the Textbook
So
how does it all work?
Making
the Grade
Miscellaneous
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COURSE
REQUIREMENTS: ARE YOU READY?
To
be successful in this (and any) online course,
you will need to be selfmotivated and selfdisciplined in setting
your study schedule. Some students are more
suited to this type of distance learning
experience, but others are not. I encourage you
to ask yourself these questions to help determine
if you are prepared to be in an online course:
Am I able to manage my time
without distractions? (You
need to devote at least 10 hours per
week for this class.)
Do I have a quiet, safe
environment where I can study with little or
no interruptions?
Am I able to consistently
meet deadlines? (Refer to the course calendar
for "soft" deadlines.)
Will I continually check
the course calendar and complete assignments
on time?
Am I able to learn new
material on my own?
Do I have a reliable
computer that I am experienced with, and a
back up computer I can use if my computer
crashes?
Based on your personal responses to each of these
items, I'll let you decide if this online course
is for you.
Once
in the class you will find a lot of online
support from me and from the other students, and
I encourage you to take advantage of this
support.
I
tend not to answer questions that are not asked.
The most important things
to know about this course:
 You will need
to devote at least 10 hours per week on
Math 52; this includes
 reading the text
 watching tutorial
videos
 doing
exercises
 taking
online quizzes and tests
 participating
in "classroom"
discussions
 taking the
Midterm and the Final Exams at
Norco College

 I might
drop you for inactivity. However, if you
want to drop the course you should do it
yourself; do not rely on
me to do it for you.

 A Computer is
Required:
 You
will also need a computer with an
internet connection. Many of the
tools used in this class will
require a fast internet
connection so please make sure
you have all the required
material for the course.
 Computers
have a habit of failing at
important times. So having
access to another computer, such
as a computer on campus, or at a
library, or a friend's, or one of
your own, is a good idea and
highly recommended.

 If
you don't have a reliable computer or
reliable internet access, then you might
want to consider whether taking this
course is a good option for you.

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DISABLED
RESOURCE CENTER (DRC)
If you have a physical,
psychiatric/emotional, medical, or learning
disability that may impact your ability to carry
out assigned course work, I urge you to contact
the staff in Disabled Resource Center. You can
find information about contacting them on the
campus of your choice by going to DRC. All
information and documentation is confidential.
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INSTRUCTOR
My name is Bob Prior. I am a
math professor at Norco College. I have been
teaching at Norco College since it opened in
1991, and I have been teaching online courses
since 2000.
For
my Math 52 courses I use my own textbook (see below),
one that I wrote myself. I have had a lot of
positive comments from the students in each of my
online classes about the readability of the
books. Some of you may have used my books in
previous classes, maybe Arithmetic or
PreAlgebra. The Math 52 book has more
challenging material than the PreAlgebra text,
so you may need to read a section more than once.
You
cannot do this
course without the book, so
please get it as soon as possible.
My
wish for my students is that they enjoy the
class, enjoy learning math and come away with a
new attitude about math and how it works. Please
feel free to contact me through my school email
address.
Bob
Prior
My
campus email is bob.prior@NorcoCollege.edu
My
website is bobprior.com
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COURSE
DESCRIPTION
This course will start you off
learning about the foundations of algebra,
positive and negative numbers, and the Order of
Operations. We then move into Equations,
Polynomials, Factoring, Rational Expressions,
Quadratic and Rational Equations, Graphing Lines,
and square roots.
Now,
don't let any of those topics scare you. My text
will take you through one step at a time, and I
think you'll find the explanations fairly easy to
understand and apply. However, math doesn't come
through a closed book, nor does it come through
last minute cramming. You'll need to keep on top
of the daily assignments so that you don't get
behind.
This
class moves quickly, so you must stay on top of
it on a regular basis.
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STUDENT
LEARNING OUTCOMES
The principle objective of
this course is for the students to learn the
mathematics of Elementary Algebra so that they
can apply it to a variety of problems and
applications.
Upon successful
completion of the course, students will be able
to:
 Perform
arithmetic operations on real numbers and
polynomial, rational, and radical
expressions.
 Evaluate
algebraic expressions.
 Solve equations
involving linear, quadratic, rational,
and radical expressions.
 Graph linear
equations and inequalities given the
equation and find the equation given the
graph.
 Factor
polynomials.
 Apply algebraic
principles and techniques to the solution
of applications.
 Use the symbols
and vocabulary of algebra to communicate
mathematical concepts.
Many question the value of
learning algebra, asking, "When am I ever
going to use this stuff?" Even if a student
never again uses algebra in the workplace or at
home, being successful in algebra makes one smarter and opens
more doors to job and educational
opportunities.
This
class moves quickly, so you must stay on top of
it on a regular basis.
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ABOUT
THE BOOK READ THIS!
Our text is actually
three books, shrink wrapped together, a total of
ten chapters:
Elementary Algebra, Norco
Edition, by Robert H. Prior
You can view all of Chapter 1 online
while waiting to get your
book!
HOW
TO BUY THE TEXT BOOK
1. You may purchase the
book online or in person at the Norco
College bookstore (951) 3727085.
2. Using
the Norco College Bookstore's web site, you can
reserve the textbook and pick it up yourself, or
you can purchase it online and have it shipped
to your home:
Norco
College Bookstore
As mentioned above,
you can view all of Chapter 1
online while you wait for the arrival of your
textbook.
As
the instructor, I will be available through
email and online discussions, but most
everything relates back to the book.
CHAPTER 0: A
PREALGEBRA REVIEW (not
required)
I have also written a
Chapter 0 (not
required) that includes
prealgebra topics with which you should already
be familiar  and it is available online (see
below). This class does not
cover Chapter 0, but you may want
to look through it in case you are not sure of
topics like fractions or percents.
If you want to, you can
view some or all of Chapter 0
online.
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VIDEOS
I have prepared two types of
videos for this course:
1)
Tutorial videos that
cover most of the book material.
These are YouTube videos. These tutorial
videos begin with Section 1.7.
2)
Course explanation videos that
help explain how the course works. These are
YouTube videos.
You
can access these videos separately from the
embedded links shown. There are also links to
these pages in our Blackboard class.
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LESSON
ROUTINE
A typical lesson will be as
follows. On Blackboard (our host server for
online classes) ...
 In
the Course Menu, click on Lessons
 Click
on a lesson and read the instructions for
that lesson;
 Do
the reading in the book, access the
quizzes when you are ready, and look for
other materials.
 Many
of the lessons have videotutorials
(starting in Section 1.6);;
 Many
lessons have a Discussion
topic that you are to
write a response to and post it on the
Discussion Board (post it in the
appropriate discussion forum);
 You
can also use the Discussion Board to post
any questions you may have, or answer any
questions that have been posted by others
(this will be how I measure course
participation); and then
 For
each lesson, there is always at least one
quiz and, at the end of the chapter, a
test. Information about the quizzes/tests
is found within the instructions.
These
routines will be explained further at the
introduction to each lesson on the course
website.
Our
pace is about one lesson
every 4 days, including weekends and
holidays. Each lesson will typically include two
or three sections in the book. (See Course
Calendar for the schedule of
Lessons.) Don't fall behind! It's
important that you keep up with the lessons
according to the schedule.
It's
a good idea to write the lessons' schedule on
your personal calendar.
If you finish a
lesson early, the next lesson will be already
open for you, or it will open soon. If it is not
yet open for you, you can still make progress by
reading the book, watching the videos, and doing
homework exercises, as mentioned below.
This
class moves quickly, so you must stay on top of
it on a regular basis.
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HOMEWORK
You are expected to do all of
the exercises in the book, but I will not
collect the homework. You must do it because
that's how you're going to learn the material you
will be quizzed and tested on.
There are
exercises built right into the reading so
that you can do them as you read. The answers
to these exercises are at the end of that
particular section. There are also Focus
Exercises
at the end of each section; the answers to the Focus
Exercises are posted online at my
website: bobprior.com. You can also access
these from the home page of our Blackboard
course.
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CALCULATORS
This course does not allow the
use of a calculator, so you should not use one in
your studies, quizzes and tests. Just so you
know, the Midterm and the Final do not allow the
use of calculators.
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STUDENT
RESOURCES
You are encouraged to take
advantage of all of the learning resources
available to you:
Math
Express: On the Norco Campus, dropin
tutoring is located
in the Learning Resource Center (LRC). The LRC is
in the bottom floor of the Library Building.
(There are also math labs on the Moreno Valley
and Riverside campuses.) For Math Express hours
on Norco College, please call 9513727143.
The math lab is an
invaluable resource for students who would like
extra help from math tutors. Math Express is
available to any student enrolled in a math
course. Please contact Tutorial Services if you
have any further questions 9513727143.
Tutorial
Services: RCCD
offers up to three hours per week of free
tutoring to each student.
Often a tutor makes
all the difference in your understanding.
Information about Tutorial Services can be found
online: Norco, Riverside, Moreno
Valley. The
phone number for Norco Tutorial Services is
9513727143.
Instructor:
I am here to
help you in anyway I can. Make sure you reach out
to me for assistance.
Unfortunately, with
an online class, I can't tell if you are having
difficulty with the material unless you contact
me via our class email.
Classmates:
In an online
course, we have a discussion board.
This is a great
place to reach out to your fellow students.
Post your questions and (likely) within hours
you will have a reply, from me or a fellow
student, with help or support.
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GRADING
Wouldn't it be great if
students could learn for the sake of learning
without having to be concerned about grades?
Unfortunately, most courses don't operate that
way, so I have developed a weighted
grading system for our class.
Your
grade will be based on your work in the following
areas
 a
Midterm Exam*: 30% of
the total
(The Midterm is weighted to be worth
about 750 points)
 a
Final Exam*: 30% of
the total
(The Final is weighted to be worth about
750 points)
 8 chapter
tests: about 25% of
the total
(The tests are worth between 25 and 100
points)
 28 Quizzes:
about 11% (The quizzes are
worth 10 points each)
 Participation,
about 4% (Participation is
worth about 100 points for the semester)
*Special Note: The Midterm
Exam and the Final Exam are proctored
tests that are given at Norco
College.
Extra Credit:
There
are a few extra credit quizzes throughout the
course; each is worth 2 or 3 points maximum.
Otherwise, there is no other works that can
be done for extra credit. All other points
come from the items listed above.
Participation takes place
in the Discussion Board. Participation includes
answering the questions in the Discussion part of each
lesson, reading others' postings, posting
original messages (including asking mathhelp
questions),and replying to messages. The number
of participation points (100 maximum) will be
calculated at the end of the semester. It will
not be a part of any grade progress reports given
throughout the semester.
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QUIZZES
AND TESTS
Within the course there are
about 30 quizzes, worth 10
points each. All online quizzes are
multiple choice.
There
are also online multiple choice chapter
tests. Most are worth 100 points.
The Chapter 10 test is worth 50 points and Test 3 is
a paper test (25 points) that you must get to me
by email or by regular mail.
The Midterm
and Final exams are paper
tests that are given at Norco College, and these
tests are not multiple choice. Instead,
you must show your work on the test to receive
full credit.
Each
lesson usually includes one or two quizzes.
Quizzes:
You
get three chances (attempts) at each
quiz. If you take a quiz more than
once, you always get the highest score. So,
if you get a great score the first time, you
don't need to take it a second time. (You
generally have 60 minutes to take each quiz.)
The
online program should automatically grade
the quiz right away. If it doesn't, let me
know (through our Blackboard class email),
and I'll fix it as soon as I can. Don't let
glitches like that keep you from reading the
material in the next lesson.
Tests:
The
online tests are to
be taken at the end of each chapter in the
book. You will be told when it's appropriate
to take the tests. You get two attempts
at each test, so, if you make
mistakes the first time, you have an
opportunity to correct them for the second
time. (You generally have 3
hours to take each test.)
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EXAMS
(MIDTERM AND FINAL)
We have both a Midterm Exam
and a Final Exam for this course. The
Midterm is graded out of
150 points, but it is
worth 30% of your course grade (it is scaled to a
total of 750 points). The
same is true of the Final.
Both
of these exams are to be taken at Norco College.
The Midterm covers Chapters 1  4 & part of
Ch. 6 (6.16.3); the Final covers the whole
course. These exams are nobook,
nonotes exams; also, calculators, computers, and
cell phones are not allowed.
Because they total 60%
of the course grade, these two exams should be
your primary focus.
However, the way you do well on these exams is to
1)
Study the material and do well on the
exercises in the book, both the
"inreading" exercises and the
Focus Exercises;
2)
do well on the online quizzes and tests;it
is strongly recommended that you do the
quizzes and tests without using notes,
books, and calculators.
3)
prepare for the Midterm by going to the Midterm web page (it has
a practice test with video explanations); and
4)
prepare for the Final by going to the Final Exam web page (it also
has a practice test with video explanations).
Again,
the Midterm and Final exams are paper exams offered at
Norco College, and these exams are not
multiple choice. Instead, you must
show your work on each problem to
receive full credit.
You
can start practicing for the Midterm and the
Final exams from the first day by going to those
respective web pages (links embedded above).
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Course Calendar
Each lesson has a open
date and a close date.
Consecutive lessons overlap each other so that
there could be as many as three or four lessons
open at one time. This means, for example, that
you don't need to wait for Lesson 7 to close
before starting on Lesson 8.
Lesson Opens is the first day you
can access the lesson.
Ontime (soft) Deadline is
the date you should
complete the lesson to be on pace.
Lesson Closes is the last day you
can access the lesson. After this date,
you will not have access to the lesson
If you don't finish a lesson
in time to take the quiz or test, then you will
receive a score of 0 (zero) on that quiz or test,
so it is important to stay on top of the
deadlines. Write these dates
in your own personal calendar. Please read the syllabus
to find out more about the lessons.
*Notice that Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.3,
10.2, 10.3, and 10.5
are skipped in this course.
COURSE
CALENDAR  SPRING 2017 
Learning Modules 
Sections 
Quiz/Test 
Lesson Opens

Ontime (soft)
Deadline

Lesson Closes
at 11:59 PM

Lesson
0: Introduction 
Opens

OnTimeDeadline

Closes

Lesson
0

Introduction

Syllabus
Quiz

Feb 13

Feb 15

Sun,
Feb 26

Chapter
1: Lessons 1, 2, 3 
Opens

OnTimeDeadline

Closes

Lesson
1

1.1 
1.2

Quiz 1

Feb 13

Feb 17

Sun,
Mar 5

Lesson
2

1.3 
1.6

Quiz 2
& 3

Feb 15

Feb 20

Sun,
Mar 5

Lesson
3

1.7 
1.10

Quiz 4,
5,& 6
and
Ch. 1 Test

Feb 17

Feb 23

Sun,
Mar 5

1st
Drop Deadline is February 26 
Chapter
2: Lessons 4, 5, 6 
Opens

OnTimeDeadline

Closes

Lesson
4

2.1 
2.3

Quiz 7
& 8

Feb 22

Feb 27

Sun,
Mar 19

Lesson
5

2.4 
2.5

Quiz 9

Feb 26

Mar 3

Sun,
Mar 19

Lesson
6

2.6 
2.7

Quiz 10
and
Ch. 2 Test

Mar 2

Mar 7

Sun,
Mar 19

Chapter
3: Lessons 7, 8 
Opens

OnTimeDeadline

Closes

Lesson
7

3.1

Quiz 11

Mar 6

Mar 11

Sun,
Mar 26

Lesson
8

3.2 
3.3

Quiz 12
and
Ch. 3 mini test

Mar 10

Mar 15

Sun,
Mar 26

Chapter
4: Lessons 9, 10, 11 
Opens

OnTimeDeadline

Closes

Lesson
9

4.1 
4.2

Quiz 13

Mar 14

Mar 19

Sun,
Apr 9

Lesson
10

4.3 
4.4

Quiz 14

Mar 18

Mar 23

Sun, Apr
9

Lesson
11

4.5 
4.6

Quiz 15
& 16
and
Ch. 4 Test

Mar 22

Mar 27

Sun,
Apr 9

Chapter
6: Lessons 12, 13, 14 
Opens

OnTimeDeadline

Closes

Lesson
12

6.1* 
6.3

Quiz
17, 18,& 19

Mar 28

Apr 4

Sun,
Apr 30

Midterm Exam (Ch.
1  4 and 6.1  6.3)
at Norco
College
April 5  8 (Wed
 Sat)
(Refer to the Midterm web page for the
testing schedule.)

Chapter
6: (Continued) 
Opens

OnTimeDeadline

Closes

Lesson
13

6.4 
6.5

Quiz 20

Apr 6

Apr 20

Sun,
Apr 30

Lesson
14

6.6 
6.8

Quiz 21
& 22
and
Ch. 6 Test

Apr 13

Apr 25

Sun,
Apr 30

Chapter
7: Lessons 15, 16, 17 
Opens

OnTimeDeadline

Closes

Lesson
15

7.1 
7.2

Quiz 23

Apr 20

Apr 30

Sun,
May 14

Lesson
16

7.3

Quiz 24

Apr 25

May 4

Sun,
May 14

Lesson
17

7.4 
7.5

Quiz 25
& 26
and
Ch. 7 Test

Apr 30

May 9

Sun,
May 14

Chapter
8: Lessons 18, 19 
Opens

OnTimeDeadline

Closes

Lesson
18

8.1 
8.2

Quiz 27
& 28

May 5

May 14

Sun,
May 28

Lesson
19

8.3 
8.4

Quiz 29
& 30
and
Ch. 8 Test

May 10

May 19

Sun,
May 28

2nd
Drop Deadline is May 12 
Chapter
9: Lessons 20, 21 
Opens

OnTimeDeadline

Closes

Lesson
20

9.1 
9.2

Quiz 31
& 32

May 15

May 24

Sun,
June 8

Lesson
21

9.3 
9.4

Quiz 33
& 34
and
Ch. 9 Test

May 20

May 29

Sun,
June 8

Chapter
10: Lesson 22 
Opens

OnTimeDeadline

Closes

Lesson
22

10.1
& 10.4*

Quiz 35
& 36
and
Ch. 10 Test

May 25

June 3

Thu,
June 8

Final Exam
at Norco
College
June 3  8 (Sat
 Thur)
(Refer to the final exam web page for the
testing schedule.)

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___________________ 
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________________ 
________________ 
*Notice that Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.3,
10.2, 10.3, and 10.5
are skipped in this course.
**If you stop
logging in but are still enrolled after the last
day to drop, then you will receive a grade of F.
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DROPPING
THE COURSE
If you are unable to keep up
with the weekly routine, or if something comes up
so that you can't complete the course, then you
might consider dropping the course for this
semester.
If
you decide to drop the course, please
take care of this yourself on WebAdvisor.
If I believe that you have
fallen too far behind, or if you haven't logged
into Blackboard for a while (two
weeks or more), then I might
drop you from this course. (And
I might not  don't rely on me to do the drop
for you.)
If you are still enrolled
in the class after the second drop deadline (see
course calendar, above),
you will receive a grade.
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