Yosemite Community College District

Modesto Junior College

Division of Science, Math and Engineering


Text: Elementary & Intermediate Algebra, sixth edition by Bittinger, Ellenbogen, and Johnson

Instructor:  Mike Adams                               Section Number:  5471

Class Meets: Monday through Thursday, 4 days per week. On Monday and Wednesday class is from 12:45 pm to 1:50 pm, and on Tuesday and Thursday class is from 12:45 pm to 1:35 pm

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

On-Campus E-Mail: (or click the link above)

Course Content: We will cover chapters 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, and most of chapters 8 and 13.

Assignments: There will be a total of five tests in this course. One of these is the final, which will be cumulativeThe other four will be at the ends of chapters 8, 10, 12, and 14, from which your lowest test score will be dropped. Homework will be performed at Your homework points will be your overall percent correct.

Grading:         Homework-                                           100 points

                        Tests- (200 points each, lowest dropped) 600 points

                        Final Exam-                                          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?            

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

Attendance Policy: Students who stop participating in the course run the risk of being dropped. There are two ways to determine if a student has stopped participating: the daily 'participation' quizzes and the online homework. If a student misses several quizzes in a row and does no work at all on several consecutive homework assignments, they may be dropped from the course. Be sure to tell the instructor immediately if there are any emergencies that will impact your ability to participate in the course. I am especially strict about attendance in the first weeks of the semester when the class has a wait list. If there are other students who are waiting patiently to be given a seat in the class, then you should be especially careful about maintaining participation.

Calculators:  Calculators are strongly recommended. I suggest that you use a “scientific” calculator. Non-graphing calculators will be allowed on tests.

Cheating: The assignments in this course are intended to be the work of your own, individual brain. Unauthorized assistance of any kind will result in an undroppable grade of 0 for that assignment. Subsequent or serious offenses will result in a course grade of F or further disciplinary action as I deem appropriate. All instances of cheating are reported to the administration, and they may choose to take their own actions as well.

Class Structure: Most days will begin with a period for student questions, usually about 20 to 30 minutes. After that, new material will be presented from the sections scheduled on the calendar. Before each test, we will spend a day reviewing the material.

Web Pages: The primary website for this class is The official syllabus, assignments, calendar, and resource links are all there. Homework will be done on the website In order to use the online homework system, you will need the course ID number: adams61486 You will also need an access code. This access code was packaged with your textbook if you bought it new at the MJC bookstore. The bookstore also sells access codes by themselves if you choose not to buy the textbook itself. 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!

Catalog Description: Equivalent to second year high school algebra. Topics include linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions and equations; complex numbers; solving systems of equations; conic sections; sequences and series.

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

  • Analyze and solve level appropriate problems including multivariate systems, functions and relations, and related applications.
  • Effectively communicate, using appropriate mathematical notation, processes and strategies in solving level appropriate problems including multivariate systems, functions and relations, and related 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.