MATH 098

Elementary Algebra

Summer 2015


Summer 2015 MyMathLab

Course Name: M098GHCSu2015_5thEd

Course ID:  dressler82103


Intstructor:    James Dressler


Contact Information: Students should email instructor or post questions to Canvas Discussion Board and expect responses the same day as posted (or the next morning, if posted late in the day). Students should contact the instructor via email at: Email response time on "non-test" days will generally be less than 3 hours. If an email or posting response is not received by the next morning, please do email or post your question again (on rare occassion an email or posting is missed). During exam days exam proctors can contact instructor via telephone, if an issues arise during an examination.



A grade of "C-" or better in MATH 095 or appropriate placement test score.

Description: This is a five credit course. MATH 098 elaborates on the foundation of basic algebra built in MATH 095. A variety of concepts and skills will be introduced to prepare students for work in college level math and math related subjects. Skills include: factoring; simplifying and solving rational expressions and equations; simplifying and solving exponential and radical expressions and equations; solving linear and quadratic equations; using function notation; graphing lines and parabolas; writing equations of lines; and setting up and solving applications involving basic science and business mathematical models. MATH 098 serves as a prerequisite to MATH&107, MATH&111, MATH&131, MATH&132, MATH&141 and MATH&146. 5 lecture hours. No recommended preparation and no co-requisites.


II. Course Learning Outcomes/Integritry

Students completing the course will have been instructed in how to do the following, and earn a course grade based on the evaluation of their ability to do the following:

1. Add, subtract, and multiply polynomials (in review)
2. Factor out the greatest common factor in an algebraic expression
3. Factor by grouping
4. Factor ax2 + bx + c when a = 1 and when a ≠ 1
5. Factor the difference of two squares
6. Recognize perfect square trinomials and factor them by an appropriate method
7. Solve equations by factoring
7. Solve application problems by setting up a quadratic equation and factoring
8. Simplify rational expressions by factoring and cancelling
8. Determine restrictions on the real numbers that are allowed to evaluate a rational expression
9. Multiply and divide rational expressions
9. Add and subtract rational expressions
10. Solve rational equations
11. Evaluate functions using function notation
12. Find the slope of a line
13. Find an equation of a line using the slope and a point or two points
14. Graph a linear function
15. Create a linear function given a rate and y-intercept
16. Create a linear function given two points
17. Find odd and even nth roots

18. Simplify odd and even nth roots
19. Change rational exponents to radical form and vice versa
20. Use laws of exponents to simplify expressions with rational exponents
21. Multiply radical expressions with the same indices
22. Simplify radical expressions by factoring
23. Solve radical equations with one radical
24. Solve rational equations with one rational expression
25. Solve application problems using the Pythagorean Theorem
26. Add, subtract and multiply complex numbers
27. Use the principle of square roots to solve quadratic equations of the form ax2 + b = 0
28. Solve quadratic equations by completing the square
29. Solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula
30. Use the discriminant to identify the types and numbers of solutions to a quadratic equation
31. Write quadratic equations given solutions
32. Graph a quadratic equation using the vertex and the intercepts
33. Solve formulas and applications using factoring, the principal of square roots and the quadratic formula


Academic Integrity: All forms of cheating, falsification, and plagiarism are against the rules of this course and of Grays Harbor College. Students who are unsure what constitutes academic dishonesty are responsible for asking the instructor for clarification. Instances of intentional academic dishonesty will be dealt with severely.




  1. Angel Account & Exam Website Access Code: MyMathLab Student Access Kit
    ISBN NUMBER: 032119991X. Textbook is optional.
    For more information visit
  1. Calculator:  A scientific calculator is required for the course.  The Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS [or IIB] is recommended.  Based on several student surveys, the TI-30X IIS is very easy to use.  It can also be used in all college level math courses at GHC.  The instructor will use this calculator for examples in class.  The instructor may or may not be able to help students using a different calculator. 
  2. Other materials:  Paper, pencil, graph paper and a straightedge.  Some handouts on applications will be provided by the instructor. 
  3. Items that are NOT allowed during quizzes or exams: Graphing calculators, Cell phones, PDAs, PCs, any electronic device capable of recording, displaying, or transmitting audio and/or video information.  Students who use such items during tests will be assumed to be cheating. 
  4. Midterm & Final Exam will be delivered via computer and completed on a college campus. 



Online delivery of content will be structured around a combination of some or all of the following activities:  PowerPoint lectures, MyMathLab lectures, student posted questions (to the website discussion board) answered by the instructor or other students, online quizzes and online exams.  Midterm and Final Exam must be done on campus. 


The chapters covered and their titles will be:

Introduction to Graphing and Functions 

R. 4

Integer Exponents and Scientific Notation

Sections 5.1 - 5.4 , 5.7, & 5.8

Polynomial Factorizations & Equations

Sections 6.1 – 6.4, & 6.6

Rational Expressions, Equations, and Functions

Sections 7.1, R3, & 7.3

Exponents & Radical Functions

Sections 10.1- 10.3, 10.6 - 10.8

Quadratic Functions & Equations

Section 11.1 - 11.4, 11.7, & 11.8

*The order or content of this list might change with an announcement made in class.



Students’ grades will be based on the percentage of possible points they earn on graded activities during the course.  Those activities will include quizzes, a midterm examination, and a final examination.  The quizzes will be completed online from any location.  The exams must be online but from a college campus testing office, distance learning office, or library.  See course assignment schedule for quiz and exam dates.  The final exam must be taken during the scheduled time. (See Assignment Schedule in Angel for Course Schedule.)


4 Quizzes x 55 pts ea. = 220 = 042%
1 Midterm x 125 pts = 125 = 024%
1 Final     x  150 pts = 150 = 029%
1 Participation x 25 pts = 025    = 005%
Total = 520 = 100%


Approximate grading scale (subject to change):

A: 90 - 100%

A-: 88 - 89.9%

B+: 85 - 87.9%

B: 80 - 84.9%

B-: 78 - 79.9%

C+: 75 - 77.9%

C: 70 - 74.9%

C-: 68 - 69.9%

D+: 63 - 67.9%

D: 58 -59.5%

F: Below 58%



Help with understanding the material, completing assignments, and preparing for exams can be gotten from: the online version of the Textbook, the online MyMathLab Animations, the online Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs folder), the online Discussion Board, the telephone CoursCompass Tutors, the on campus Grays Harbor College Learning Center in room 1519 of the Library building.



Students who have documented disabilities that require accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Disability Support Services coordinator as well as the instructor of the course in order to ensure that together we create an optimal environment for educational achievement.


Disability Support Services

Phone: 360-538-4068 or Toll Free @ 1-800-562-4830 Ext: 4068

TDD/TTY: 360-538-4223

Fax: 360-538-4293



  “W” day information as follows:

W Day, the final day to officially withdraw from a course, is the Thursday of the seventh week (Thursday of the fourth week for summer). This quarter that will be Thursday, July 30, 2015.  Students who do not withdraw by that date will receive the grades they have earned, regardless of whether they are attending the course or completing the work. Students who are considering withdrawal are strongly advised to consult with the instructor, advisor, and financial aid prior to withdrawing. The only withdrawals allowed after W Day are complete withdrawals from all courses.