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 the same book used in the Early Start classes ESM 032B: Preparatory Math, Part 2 and ESM 033A: Intermediate Algebra, Part 1.  This is the same book that was used in Math 90.


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: MATH 090 or a score of 42–49 on the ELM

This course will cover concepts in algebra concerning standard nonlinear functions.


Topical outline:  Polynomial, rational and radical expressions; quadratic equations, circles, functions, exponents and an introduction to counting principles.  These topics correspond to the following sections in the textbook:  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


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


- Perform operations on rational expressions (add, subtract, multiply, and divide)
- Solve equations with rational expressions
- Evaluate radicals and add radicals by grouping
- Simplify expressions containing rational exponents
- Solve quadratic equations
- Apply the equations for parabolas and circles
- Apply the distance formula and Pythagorean Theorem
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide complex numbers
- Use sigma notation
- Use n!
 and the "product rule" to solve elementary counting problems


Grading system


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

Math 91 is graded A/B/C/NC.


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: The next Math course after Math 91 is either Math 100, Math 102, Math 104A, or Math 109.  Any of these will satisfy the GE Block A4 requirement.  You should talk to an academic adviser to decide which one to take.  Usually, if you’re planning to take Calculus, you should take Math 104A, and otherwise, you should decide between Math 100, 102 or 109.  Math 109 is a statistics course and is readily connected to life outside of the math class.  Math 102 is College Algebra, similar to algebra you took in high school but more in depth and more difficult. Math 102 is NOT for students who will take Calculus.  Math 100 provides a general overview of many areas of mathematics.  Your academic adviser can help you decide which class to take for your major and your course of study.  IMPORTANT NOTE: Passing Math 91 will be valid as a prerequisite for any GE course for ONE YEAR only. If you wait longer than one year, then you will be required to show your math skills by passing the Math 91 exit exam before you can enroll in Math 100, 102, 104A, or 109.  If you don't use it, you lose it! So don't wait to take the GE math course—our advice is to take Math 100, 102, 104A or 109 next quarter.