Yosemite Community College District

Modesto Junior College

Division of Science, Math and Engineering



Text: Mathematics: a Practical Odyssey, seventh edition by Johnson and Mowry

Instructor:  Mike Adams                             Section Number:  4938

Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 9:35 am to 11:00 am

Office:  Founders Hall 160T                         Office Phone:  575-6791

E-Mail: adamsmi@mjc.edu (or you can click the link on the web page prfadams.com)

Course Content: We will covers chapters 1, 5, and 8, and a fourth chapter to be determined by the students. Chapter 7 has been selected!

Assignments: There will be a total of five tests in this course. One of these is the final, which will be cumulative. The other four will be at the ends of each chapter that we cover. The lowest score will be dropped. The graded tests will be returned to you to help you study. Homework will be performed on webassign.net, and your homework points will be your overall percent correct. Quizzes will happen every day, and will be used for participation points.

Grading:        Homework-                                                      100 points

                        Tests- 200 points each, drop lowest                  600 points

                        Final Exam- 300 points, no excuses!                 300 points

                                                                                    Total: 1000 points

A:900-1000     B:800-899       C:700-799       D:600-699       F:0-599                    

Sometimes, at the end of a semester, a student’s grade is very close to the borderline of the next grade. Perhaps their earned points add up to 797– a “C”. In that situation, I look at two things to determine if I should move the student up to the higher grade. One of the things I look at are the “participation points” quizzes. There is one every day, and they do not directly affect a student’s score. But if a student is close to a borderline, I will add up to 5 extra credit points based on the number of quizzes the student participated in. There is also an extra-credit class contract a student can do. If the student properly filled in the contract, I will add up to 10 extra credit points to move them to a higher grade. If a student is more than 15 points away from the higher grade, then that isn’t really on the “borderline”, is it? 

Extra Credit: Each chapter will have an optional 10-point extra credit project available. Each project can be done either as an individual project or as a group project. You may only receive credit for one individual project and one group project, but you can do all four and the best score of each type will be used.

Make-Up Test Policy: The purpose of dropping a test is to allow for illness or other emergencies. For this reason, make up tests will not be given.

Calculators: Non-graphing calculators are allowed in this class. In some chapters, they won’t help you very much, while in other chapters they will be absolutely necessary!

Cheating: The tests in this course are intended to be the work of your own, individual brain.  Unauthorized assistance of any kind will result in a grade of 0 (which cannot be dropped) for that test. Subsequent or serious offenses will result in a course grade of F or further disciplinary action as I deem appropriate.

Class Structure: Each day will begin with some time devoted to answering questions. This will usually take about 20 to 30 minutes. After the questions have been answered, we will cover new material from the book. Before every test, we will review material. Every day, either at the beginning of class or the end of class, there will be a 5-minute quiz on some basic concept from the previous material. This quiz will not directly affect your grade, but it WILL be graded and returned to you. Participation is the only thing that will be recorded about the quizzes.

Keep in mind that this is a college course and the students have a responsibility to manage their own studies.  If you procrastinate on your homework or neglect your studying, I will not make any special accommodations.

Web Pages: The primary website for this class is prfadams.com. The official syllabus, assignments, calendar, and resource links are all there. Homework will be done on the website webassign.net. In order to use the online homework system, you will need the class key: modesto 8311 3991. You will also need an access code. This access code was packaged with your textbook if you bought it new at the MJC bookstore. You can also purchase the access code directly from the website.

Special Needs Accommodation: If you think you might qualify for special accommodations in this class, I strongly urge you to take advantage of the many excellent services that are available at our campus, from Tutoring to Counseling to Disabled Student Services. All accommodations must be established by the appropriate specialist, and they need to be arranged well ahead of time, so do not delay! If you would like to discuss your situation with me, please do so right away.

C.L.O.s: “Class Learning Outcomes” are the central point and purpose of each class. Every class at MJC has a reason it exists, and the faculty who teach that class should be able to explain that reason to the students who are taking that class.

Math 101 has two CLOs. If you succeed in this course, you should have learned the skills necessary to:

  • Analyze and solve level appropriate problems including number representation, set theory, logic, probability, geometry, and applications.
  • Effectively communicate, using appropriate mathematical notation, processes and strategies in solving level appropriate including number representation, set theory, logic, probability, geometry, and applications.

Please note the second CLO. It indicates that an important component of this course is communication, and your work will be graded accordingly. Simply getting a question right only meets the first CLO. It is essential that you also take the time to communicate the reasoning that lead to your answer if you want to achieve the best possible score.