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Info for Math 89, 90, or 91 Exit Exams

Math XL: We encourage students who want to refresh their knowledge of Math 89, 90, or 91 before taking an exit exam to use the online homework system MathXL. With MathXL, you can practice homework problems, check your answers, see example problems, watch instructor videos, and view the relevant pages from the textbook.

If you purchased a new textbook from the bookstore for one of those classes within the past 12 months, then you received a MathXL access code with the book. Otherwise, you can purchase one online at www.mathxl.com.

Once you purchase an access code, you'll need to register with MathXL and then sign up online for the appropriate course. To do that you'll need the following CourseID:

Math 89 XL12-31YP-701Y-5GS2
Math 90 XL12-31ZL-001Y-7GS2
Math 91 XL12-31ZQ-101Y-2GS2

For Math 91, please note that MathXL does not yet have problems on “counting methods.” See below for ideas on how to study for those types of problems.

Textbook: You can also study for the Math 89, 90, or 91 exit exams by practicing homework problems from the course textbook. (Actually, any book on Beginning and Intermediate Algebra should contain most or all of these topics. The campus library has many books on Beginning and Intermediate Algebra.)

For Math 89, the textbook is Beginning Algebra, Second Custom Edition for CSULA, ISBN-10: 1-256-67969-0, ISBN-13: 978-1-256-67969-1. This custom edition was created by taking chapters from the book Beginning and Intermediate Algebra by Elayn Martin-Gay (ISBN-10: 0321785126, ISBN-13: 978-0321785121) as well as from the book Geometry: Fundamental Concepts and Applications by Alan Bass (ISBN-10: 0321473310, ISBN-13: 978-0321473318). The custom edition we use for Math 90 and Math 91 was also created with pages from Beginning and Intermediate Algebra by Elayn Martin-Gay (ISBN-10: 0321785126, ISBN-13: 978-0321785121). The topics to study are symbols and sets of numbers, fractions, variable expressions and equations, operations on and properties of real numbers, simplifying algebraic expressions, addition and multiplication properties of equality, solving linear equations. The sections to study are Sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.8, Geometry Section 7, Geometry Section 8 (skip the section on Sectors and Arc Length), Geometry Section 9.

For Math 90, the textbook is Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, Third Custom Edition for CSULA, ISBN-10: 1-256-65863-4. This custom edition was created by taking chapters from the book Beginning and Intermediate Algebra by Elayn Martin-Gay (ISBN-10: 0321785126, ISBN-13: 978-0321785121). The topics to study are the rectangular coordinate system, linear equations, slope, functions, systems of equations, exponents, operations on polynomials, special products of polynomials, negative exponents, scientific notation, division of a polynomial by a monomial, factoring, quadratic equations. The sections to study are Sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6 (only cover dividing by a monomial---skip polynomial long division), 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7.

For Math 91, the textbook is Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, Third Custom Edition for CSULA, ISBN-10: 1-256-65863-4. This custom edition was created by taking chapters from the book Beginning and Intermediate Algebra by Elayn Martin-Gay (ISBN-10: 0321785126, ISBN-13: 978-0321785121). The topics to study are rational expressions, graphing linear and nonlinear functions, radical expressions, rational exponents, rationalizing denominators, radical equations, complex numbers, quadratic equations, completing the square, quadratic formula, graphs of quadratic functions, parabolas, circles, summation notation, counting methods. The sections to study are Sections 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.7, 8.1, 8.2, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 11.1, 11.2, 11.3, 11.5, 11.6, 13.1, 14.3, counting methods supplement.


Campus tutorial services: Free tutoring in math is available at the Math Tutorial Center and at the University Tutorial Center.

Old final exams: Old final exams for Math 89, 90, and 91 can also be used for additional practice problems, but not as a comprehensive study of the entire course. Here's where to find old finals: http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/mkrebs/devmath/finals.htm.

General exit exam info: More information about exit exams can be found at http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/math/exitexams.html.


This information is current as of June 2013. For updates or for more information, please contact the Math Department, 323-343-2150, Simpson Tower F206.

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Last Update: 06/19/2013