Instructor: <name>


Office:  <location>


Office phone:  <number>


Office hours:  <Days and Times.  Please be sure to take your Math Tutorial Center hours into account, and to list the location of your office hours.  If you are teaching an EOP or Learning Communities course, please make sure that your office hours do not conflict with the study group times.>


Email:  <university email address>


Textbook:  Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, Third Custom Edition for CSULA, ISBN-10: 1-256-65863-4

Information about the textbook: 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).  This was be the same book used in the Early Start classes Early Start class ESM 032A: Preparatory Math, Part 1 and ESM 032B: Preparatory Math, Part 2.  This is the same book that is used in Math 91, so hang onto it for next quarter.

If you purchase a MathXL account, it comes with all of the pages from Beginning and Intermediate Algebra by Elayn Martin-Gay except the pages with exercises.  The MathXL account is good for 12 months.  A MathXL access code comes along with the custom edition at no extra charge, if you buy it new at the bookstore, so don’t throw that access code away, in case you need it for Math 91.

General course description


Prerequisite: Score of 30–41 on the ELM or credit in MATH 089.

This course will cover concepts in algebra concerning linear functions and factoring.


Topical outline:  Introductory algebra including straight lines; graphing; systems of equations and polynomial operations; exponents, and factoring.  These topics correspond to the following sections in the textbook:  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


Student learning outcomes:  Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:


- Graph points
- Find the equations of a line
- Solve a system of equations
- Add, subtract, and multiply polynomials; divide a polynomial by a monomial
- Use elementary function notation
- Factor binomials and trinomials


Grading system


<Explain your grading system here.  Final exam must be worth at least 40%.>


Math 90 is graded A/B/C/NC.




<Fill in your requirements here: homework, tests, etc.>


Date and time of final exam:  <Provide this information.  Note: This info is available at You are welcome to distribute the old final exams there to your students as study guides; if you do, please pass along all of the information there.>

ADA statement:  Reasonable accommodation will be provided to any student who is registered with the Office of Students with Disabilities and requests needed accommodation. 

Academic honesty statement:  I will abide by the University Policy on academic dishonesty.  This policy can be found, for example, in the Schedule of Classes. <insert any additional statement you would like to put here, such as “Students are expected to do their own work.  Copying the work of others, cheating on exams, and similar violations will be reported to the University Discipline Officer, who has the authority to take disciplinary actions against students who violate the standards of academic honesty.”>


Student responsibilities:  Students are responsible for being aware of all announcements that are made in class, such as changes in exam dates, due dates of homework and papers, and cancellation of class due to instructor’s absence.  Students are responsible for announcements made on days that they are absent.


Students must check their CSULA email account regularly for information from the instructor and the Department.  Failure to do so may result in missed deadlines or other consequences that might adversely affect students.  Note that you can forward this email account to any other account of your choosing.


Exit exams: Beginning Fall 2012, there is a new policy for math exit exams.  Under the new rule, you may take exit exams before you begin taking math classes at CSULA.  Once you begin taking math classes at CSULA, though, you may not take exit exams any more, with some exceptions.  The full policy is posted outside the Math Dept. office on the second floor of Simpson Tower.

Your next math class: After you pass Math 90 this quarter, you are required to take Math 91 next quarter.  Please remember that you are required to pass Math 90 and Math 91 within your first year at CSULA.