Math 20 is for students who wish to learn about ratios, proportions, percents, measurement unit conversions, and geometry. These topics are from chapters 5, 6, 8, and 9 in our textbook. Our syllabus is here.
The textbook is Basic Mathematics, 11th Edition, by Marvin L. Bittinger, which includes an "access code" to participate in MyMathLab. The bookstore also sells an inexpensive student's solutions manual with step-by-step solutions to all odd problems. There is also an optional book: Math! A Four Letter Word, by Sembera and Hovis.
Our class CRN is 41263. Please also register for MRC use (CRN 44401 in Spring 2013) if you plan to use the Math Resource Center at all, for tutoring, its quiet study room, or to check out the DVDs provided by our textbook publisher. This CRN costs nothing and has no credits. It is used by the college to get appropriate state funding for the MRC staff. During the Spring Term the MRC is open from 8:30 am to 3:20 pm on Mondays through Fridays and also Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 6:00 pm to 8:20 pm.
Learning this math is like a chair that stands on four legs: turning lectures into helpful lecture notes, carefully doing both "prompt" and "enough" homework problems, developing good test-taking techniques, and preparing your own step-by-step practice problems and answers. Neglecting any of these four is dangerous! Please do not demonstrate such recklessness. Successful students make time for all four.
During the first three classes we use a homework packet of problems from the first four chapters of the textbook. Please grade your own work using the online answers (PDF). Also remember the syllabus quiz.
You can see your grades for the chapter quizzes and notes.
You can see your grades for the first midterm.
You can see your grades for the second midterm.
You can see your overall grades, although these are not very meaningful yet.
Also see LCC's poster PDF Tips for Success.
Basic Math Concepts
Basic Math Skills
Basic Math Applications
(For now please see the Math 25 course descrption and its workbook which has not yet been converted to web pages.)
I have had math students who have passed my basic math classes visit my office hours to ask for help with factoring or extra practice with word problems.