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Syllabus for Math 104 - Spring 2006

The relevant assignments and readings, along with their due dates, are located under Course Documents in Blackboard.  Please read the Welcome Letter to see how to access this information.  Below you will find information concerning the required books, objectives, policies and grading method that will be used for this course. 

Materials Outcomes Policies
Assignments Grades  

Required Materials


Text: Wright. Intermediate Algebra, Fifth Edition. Hawkes Publishing, 2004. AND
Wojciechowicz. Problem Solving Strategies Pamphlet. PGCC, 2001. This is posted under Course Documents under the dates where you need the material.

Required Software: Intermediate Algebra. Hawkes Learning Systems. Access provided by new book purchase.

Calculator: Every student is required to have a graphing calculator available for classwork, homework, lab, and examinations. While any graphing calculator may be used, a TI-83, TI-83 PLUS, or TI-84 Plus is highly recommended. Instruction on the use of this type of calculator will be provided online in under Course Documents and any other questions will be answered in the Discussion Board. Students who need help learning to use other types of graphing calculators will normally need to seek that help outside of normal class and if face to face help is needed, please use the tutoring room.

This text is available at the College Bookstore  (click the link to go to their webpage). You may buy books in person or have them shipped to your home.   Contact the bookstore by phone, email or in person. 

Expected Course Outcomes:

The expected course outcomes, which include Final Exam topics are as follows:
1. Simplify real and complex numbers, integer and rational exponents, complex fractions, and absolute values, as well as polynomials, rational, radical, and exponential expressions.
2. Solve linear, quadratic, absolute value, rational and radical equations in one variable symbolically, as well as numerically and graphically using the graphing calculator.
3. Solve linear inequalities in one variable.
4. Solve linear systems of equations with two variables with applications.
5. Graph linear equations and inequalities in two variables including determining the slope.
6. Understand, recognize, evaluate, and graph functions—linear, quadratic, polynomial, absolute value, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic.
7. Using the graphing calculator, determine the “best fit curve” for linear and quadratic equations.
8. Use problem solving strategies (physical representations, guess and check, systematic list, draw a diagram, and unit analysis) to solve applications.

Course Policies

(1) Elementary high school algebra (parts I and II) and a score of at least 82 on Accuplacer, CP3, or a grade of P4 in DVM 007 or 008, AND reading placement score, DVR 006 completed or concurrent or the equivalent and CAP 103 completed or concurrent for first-time students.

(2) Cheating: Any student guilty of cheating will be given a 0 on that assignment, final, test or quiz. Additionally, the incident will be formally reported to the Vice President for Student Services.

(3) Tutoring Center: Free tutoring is available, by appointment, Bladen 107. There will also be tutoring available in the Math Department - I will announce the times and days as they become available under Time Schedule in Blackboard.

(4) Test Administration: All tests will be taken in the Testing Center, Bladen 100. Go to to learn about the testing center rules and regulations and operating hours.

(5) Course Pace: It is imperative that you do not fall behind in this course; it is difficult to get caught back up in an online course. Stay abreast of all material and ASK FOR HELP as soon as you need it.

(6) Practice Problems: Suggested problems for you to do are provided for each section of the book (that we will cover) in accordance with the syllabus. Even though the answers/solutions to these problems will not be collected, you must be able to successfully complete these problems, along with the examples in the books, in order to be prepared for the graded assignments/tests and to master the course. Most of the answers to these problems are in the back of the textbook, and many of the problems are worked for you in the solutions manual.

(7) Disability Support Services:  Students requesting academic accommodations are required to contact the Disability Support Services Office (M-1042) or call (301) 322-0838 (voice) or (301) 322-0122 (TTY) to establish eligibility for services and accommodations.  Students with documented disabilities should discuss the matter privately with their instructors at the beginning of the semester and provide a copy of their Student/Faculty Accommodation Form.

(8) Code of Conduct:  The Prince George's Community College Code of Conduct defines the rights and responsibilities of students and establishes a system of procedures for dealing with students charged with violations of the code and other rules and regulations of the college.  A student enrolling in the college assumes an obligation to conduct himself/herself in a manner compatible with the college's function as an educational institution.  Refer to the 2004-2005 Student Handbook, beginning on page 39, for a complete explanation of the code of conduct, including the Code of Academic Integrity and the procedure for dealing with disruptive student behavior.

(9) Code of Academic Integrity:  The college is an institution of higher learning that holds academic integrity as its highest principle.  In the pursuit of knowledge, the college community expects that all students, faculty, and staff will share responsibility for adhering to the values of honesty and unquestionable integrity.  To support a community committed to academic achievement and scholarship, the Code of Academic Integrity advances the principle of honest representation in the work that is produced by students seeking to engage fully in the learning process.  The complete text of the Code of Academic Integrity is in the 2004 - 2005 Student Handbook (pages 41 - 43) and posted on the college's website.


Go to Blackboard and click on the Assignments button to see all assignments as they become available.



(1)  Grades: Your total score (out of 1100 points) on tests, graded assignments, Hawkes software, and the final exam will determine your grade. I reserve the right to use (in a positive manner only) a “fudge factor” based on attendance in blackboard and effort.
A = 90% of total, B = 80%, C = 70%, D = 60%, F = below 60%

Tests: There will be 6 tests of 100 points each. I will drop the lowest test grade of the semester (NOT the FINAL EXAM) so only 5 test grades will count towards your semester grade. You are responsible for the material on all six tests - whether you take the test or not. If you miss a test for any reason, this will count as th grade dropped. All tests are scheduled in the syllabus and will be given in the Testing Center. Though not necessary, all students are encouraged to take all 6 tests. For qualified, documented reasons, make-up tests will be given only in emergency circumstances and only after the student has already missed one previous test. Make-up tests, if necessary, will be given during the last week of the semester (final exam week). You must contact me before the last date that the test is open in the testing center if you feel you need/deserve a make-up and state clearly the reason you feel you qualify.  

(3) Assignments: There will be 6 graded assignments of 50 points each, of which only the top 4 will count toward your final grade. It is recommended that all students complete all six assignments and have the lowest grades dropped; you are responsible for all information regardless of whether or not you turn submit the assignment.  Students must turn in a minimum of 4 assignments or receive a zero for those assignments short of the 4 minimum. Assignments will be posted several days prior to when they are due; they will be due on the date specified on blackboard - be sure to log on frequently to check on due dates. No late assignments will be accepted and no make-up assignments will be given. Assignments must be submitted to the digital drop box in Blackboard.

Assignments must either be completed using Microsoft Word or some other word processing software that I can access or you can complete the assignment by hand, scan the document and send the electronic file. There will be a trial document for you to send the first week of class to be sure that you send a document correctly.

(4)  Your work in the Hawkes software is worth 100 points of your semester grade.  Watch the announcements to see what the expectations are for the Hawkes software. As far as the discussion board, no question is too dumb to ask. Your questions/answers and comments in the discussion board may not only assist you, but also significantly assist other students in the course. Please feel free to help other students by answering their questions in the Discussion Board. I will review all answers to check for their accuracy. This may also help to benefit your grade for the Hawkes Software - both the asking and answering of questions.

(5) Final Exam: The final is a comprehensive exam on all the subject material in the course, and is worth 300 points (27% of your total grade).  The final exam is taken in the Testing Center.


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Student Development Services has various programs that provide students with mentoring, advising, and individual counseling. Call or check the website for more information.

Tutoring and Writing Centers 301-322-0886
Bladen Hall, Room 107 Stop by or call to make an appointment.
The Tutoring Center can help you in many courses with free one-on-one or group tutoring.
The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring for all students who are working on a writing assignment in any course.