Associate Professor Chrissie Planchak

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Spring 2006
Math 104
Welcome Letter

Spring 2006

Dear Intermediate Algebra Online Student,

Welcome to Math 104, Intermediate Algebra on the Web.  Because of the nature of this course, it is important that you work daily on the course material, ask questions frequently and don't fall behind in your work.  You will want to log in to the blackboard site daily to read questions and answers posted by other students, participate in the discussion board and read announcements.  Be sure to note due dates for assignments and tests.  

Read this letter carefully.

This course runs from January 18 - May 15, 2006.

There IS REQUIRED on-campus orientation scheduled the evening of Wednesday, January 18th from 6-7 pm in Marlboro 3119. Participation is required and non-attendance will result in being dropped from the course.  If there is a problem with your attendance, get in contact with me immediately.  You should receive an orientation packet and CD in the mail from Distance Education - please review both before coming to orientation.  The only required trips to campus after orientation, are to purchase your  textbook package, take tests and the final exam.  If  you have any questions or  problems, please send me an email at  Your first stop should be at my home page:

To get orientation materials and other relevant course information, from my home page, click on the "Math 104" button.

Once in Blackboard, you should begin by clicking on Personal Information and change your information.  Be sure that your email address is correct so that you will receive communication from me.  You will receive points for this!

Course Materials

You will be able to access course materials beginning January 18, 2006.
The URL for this course is:
If this is your first online course, you will need a Username and Password to "Log In."  Please refer to the instructions below.  If this is not your first online course, use your current Username and Password to log-in.

Your username is made up of: the first initial of your first name, the first three letters of your last name (all in lower case letters) two digit birth month and two digit birth day.
For example, if your name were Sarah Planchak and you were born on July 4, then your user name would be:     spla0704

Password:   Your Social Security number (no spaces and no hyphens)

For example, if your social security number is 123-45-6789, then your initial
password is 123456789.

If your login is successful, you will see the Blackboard "Welcome" screen.  In the box labeled "My Courses", you will see the course or a list of courses in which you are enrolled.  Click on the course name to enter your Blackboard course.  You should change your password after you logon. Click on "Personal Information" in the Tools frame and then click on "Change Password."


Blackboard 6.0

Our web course management system will be Blackboard 6.0. Although you cannot access the course materials site until January 18th, you can access information about Blackboard 6.0 and take a self-guided, self-paced tour:

1. Go to:

bulletFrom there, click on "Introducing Blackboard 6.0"
2. Next click on "Demo" under Infrastructure Products.
3. Then read the Demo page and click on "Click here to begin"
    Be sure that your speakers are on.
   You will able to take a self-guided, self-paced tour of Blackboard 6.0

    E-Mail Policy

    Please use the following guidelines when sending e-mail to me.

1.  In the subject area, enter Math 104 and identify the topic of your email.  Be sure to sign your name to the email so I know to whom I am communicating.

2. I will check my e-mail every business day (Monday through Friday) and oftentimes on the weekend as well.

3. Comments on homework assignments will be returned within ten days.  I will respond as soon as possible.  If your e-mail or Blackboard submission is a quick question or
comment, I will respond within each business day.

If your question is general and not specific to you, please post the question on the Discussion Board in Blackboard.  If you email a question to me that I feel should be posted on the Discussion Board, I will ask you to post the question on the Discussion Board and answer it there.  Please send me an e-mail from the account that you will use for this course.  Send your e-mail to  I will create an e-mail list for the class.

Have a great semester,

Chrissie Planchak, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Prince George's Community College