Ticket #20364  CLASS: MATH 60  Elementary Algebra                                Session:  18-WEEK SPRING 2012

TIME: 11:00AM - 1:00PM              DAYS: Tuesdays & Thursdays                       ROOM: PST-234               

DATES: 1/10/12 – 5/15/12

Instructor: Diane Ford      Office:  PST-217 

 Phone: (562) 860-2451 ext 4500

e-mail address:

Web page:

Office Hours:  Tuesdays 1-2pm  & Wed 10-11am  by appointment only.

Prerequisite: Math 40 or Math 42 or equivalent with a grade of Credit or "C" or higher or a satisfactory completion of the Math Placement Process.

NOTE to Students having trouble with enrollment:
Make sure there are no holds on your records via your mycerritos account before attempting to add a class. Also, students may repeat a course in which a substandard grade (D or F) or “W” has been received ONLY ONE time without filing a petition. Prior to a second repeat (third enrollment) of a course, students must file a petition at the Admissions Office with, and receive permission from, the Academic Records and Standards          
Committee. See Cerritos Community College District Procedure. Petitions must be filed by the first week of class.

Course Coverage: This course is the first course in algebra. Topics included are: real numbers, polynomials, rational expressions, first-degree equations and inequalities, graphs of equations, linear systems of equations, exponents and radicals, and quadratic equations.

Student Learning Outcome:  A student successfully completing Math 60 will be able to create, analyze and interpret linear models of real world applications.


TITLE:Beginning Algebra for Cerritos College

    AUTHOR:Messersmith                COPYRIGHT YEAR:2011

    PUBLISHER:McGraw-Hill        ISBN:9780077869830

Required materials: Scientific Calculator (preferably a graphing calculator), ruler, graph paper, paper, pencils, pens, folders, 3-ring notebook, textbook. You may not use a cell phone as a calculator.






Math 60 Course Grading System:

The grading of this class is based on a 1000 point system, which is made up of five (5) components:

1)       HOMEWORK:  On twelve selective Thursdays, 5 random problems from the homework will be collected . You will have 15 minutes at the beginning of each class to retrieve these problems from your homework assignment and turn them in, so BE ON TIME! They will be graded in class. ALL WORK MUST BE SHOWN for full credit (Total of 100 pts plus 20 extra credit points if any quizzes are missed. There are no makeup quizzes).

2)      EXTRA CREDIT CLASS PARTICIPATION:  Extra credit can be awarded up to (50 points) for explaining problems on the board to the class and/or extra homework assignments.

3)       EXAMS:  There will be 4 exams, worth 220 points each. The lowest exam score will be dropped.   Each exam will have a Take-Home portion which will be DUE ON EXAM DAY. If you are going to be absent on the day of an exam, YOU MUST NOTIFY the instructor that SAME DAY by phone (562)860-2451 x4500 by 11am to schedule a makeup exam to be taken in the Testing Center (LC-111).  NO MAKEUP EXAMS will be given if the professor is NOT NOTIFIED on the day of the exam.

4)       FINAL EXAM: Final Exam will be cover all subjects in the class and is worth 240 points.




Grading Components:

Percent of Total Points





Extra Credit Class Participation






  EXAM 2



  EXAM 3



Final Exam










Course Grading Standards:

A final letter grade is to be awarded to each enrolled student in accordance with the grading system shown below:

Letter Grade

Percent of Total Points

Total Points


90 – 100%

900 – 1000


80 – 89.9%

800 - 889


70 – 79.9%

700 – 799


60 – 69.9%

600 – 699


Below 60%

< 600






Attendance Policy:

It is the responsibility of students to attend classes regularly and apply themselves to the college studies in which they are enrolled.  When students have been absent due to illness, they should report to the instructor to explain the absence.  When the hours of absence exceed more than 10% of the total class cours during the semester, the student is considered to be excessively absent and is subject to exclusion from class. For example, a 4-unit class that meets for 18-weeks has 72 hours of instruction. 10% of that is 7.2 hours.  Each class is 2 hours long, so this equates to missing no more than 4 class periods.






Examination Make-Up Policy:

Since responsible behavior – including daily class attendance is expected of all Cerritos College  students, absence from a scheduled examination is considered to be an extremely serious matter.  If you are physically unable to attend school the on the day of the exam, you must call my voice mail, or e-mail me BEFORE the exam starts, in order to schedule a make-up exam (to be taken in the Testing Center at LC-111, your ID is required).  Make-up exams must be taken before the next scheduled class period after the original exam (e.g., a test originally scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 12 must be made-up by Thursday, Oct. 14). There are no make-ups for quizzes. NO MAKEUP EXAMS will be given if the professor is NOT NOTIFIED by the day of the exam.


Academic Integrity Policy:

Ideas and learning form the core of the academic community.  In all centers of education, learning is valued and honored.  No learning community can thrive if its members counterfeit their achievement and seek to establish an unfair advantage over their fellow students.  The academic standards at  Cerritos College are based on a pursuit of knowledge and assume a high level of integrity in every one of its members. 

                The Academic Integrity Policy is designed to foster a fair and impartial set of standards upon which academic dishonesty will be judged.  All students are required to read, understand, and adhere to these standards, which define and specify the following mandatory sanctions for such dishonest acts as copying, plagiarism, lying, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of records, bribery, and misrepresentation for the purpose of enhancing one’s academic standing.


         The first recorded offense will result in the student receiving zero (0) credit for the entire paper, exam, quiz, lab, homework assignment, or other graded activity in which the incident of academic  dishonesty occurred.  No partial credit may be given.  Where the incident involved a graded assignment normally subject to a “drop” option, the student my not exercise that option.

         The second recorded offense will result in the student receiving a failing grade for the course in which the second offense occurs.


How to do well in this course:


·         CHECK YOUR WORK to make sure you did not make any calculation mistakes. Look to see if your answer looks REASONABLE.

·         Even if you don’t know what to do, at least write down what you think needs to be done and why you are stuck.

·         See your instructor during her office hours for additional explanation.

·         Walk-in math tutoring
If you are enrolled in any math course at Cerritos College, you may receive FREE math on a walk-in basis at the Academic Support Center (Learning Resource Center (LC-166), lower level).

·         Take Practice Tests available at:



Enrollment dates:  November 17 - January 6

Instructor-initiated adds: January 9 - 20

Last day to drop with a refund: January 20

Last day to add (Instructor initiated): January 20

Last day to drop without a “W” : February 10

Last day to elect P/NP grading option:  February 10

Last day to drop with a “W” : April 20