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Prof. Sally Keely
Mathematics Dept.
Clark College

Math 110 CoRe College Algebra
Spring 2021

ver. 2021.Spring
rev. 2021-04-03

This document contains information specific to this class and is particularly useful in the first week of the term.
It supplements the main MATHEMATICS ONLINE SYLLABUS which contains key information and policies.

  1. Course Information
    1. Course description
    2. Prerequisite
    3. Outcomes
  2. Course Materials
    1. e-Textbook: OpenStax
    2. Digital Learning Platform: Knewton Alta
Course Information

Course Description:

"Co-Requisite (CoRe)" College Algebra combines two linked courses:
College Algebra MATH 110, section D04D, item #3994, 5 credits, -AND- Support for College Algebra MATH 010, section D02D, item #15051, 1 credit

Math 110 algebra course, paired with Math 010 support course, covers the same mathematics topics as College Algebra Math 111. The co-requisite design of 110 allows students who place near but not at college-level mathematics readiness to take college-level algebra without first having to take an additional sub-college level mathematics course. 110 also provides support for students who complete Math 096 (rather than Math 095) to change pathways or majors mid-degree.

Note: Although this course is listed as 6-credits, you might find it more like an 8-credit course in terms of workload. It really depends how many concepts you personally need to learn/practice from precollege mathematics material while simultaneously learning the college-level concepts.

Dates: 4/5/2021 – 6/15/2021 including the final examination.

Format: This is a fully online course conducted asynchronously in Canvas. This is NOT a "remote learning" format, thus has no real-time class meetings (ie. NO Zoom).

Coverage: College Algebra focuses on functions from symbolic, numerical, and graphical points of view extending concepts introduced in an intermediate algebra class. It includes the study of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, logarithmic, and absolute value functions and their graphs. Also includes systems of linear and nonlinear equations, conic sections, and some mathematical modeling.

This precalculus course is a challenging technical course primarily intended for those in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) majors. Together with College Algebra it forms the preparatory courses for the four-term Calculus-for-STEM sequence. Only those needing to take Calculus I (MATH& 151) or specifically wanting to learn precalculus topics should enroll. If you are just needing to earn a college-level math credit 103, 110, and 111 are likely not the best courses to take (107 or 146 are good options).

The goal of this course is not only to learn precalculus material, but also to provide student success and study skills, and to improve your critical thinking and problem solving abilities. The quantitative skills requirement [Q] of the general education distribution is met by this course.


Applied Intermediate Algebra (Clark's Math 096) passed with a grade of at least "C" or qualifying score on the placement test satisfies prerequisite to Math 110.

Note: Earning a "C" or higher in both College Algebra (Math 110) and College Trigonometry (Math 103) will qualify you for Calculus, Math& 151. In other words the recommended order is to take 096 > 110/10 > 103 > 151 or 095 > 111 > 103 > 151.


The Mathematics Department has identified the following course level outcomes for which you should be proficient upon successful completion of this course.

College Algebra Outcomes

  1. Connect functions and conics to their visual, verbal, or symbolic representation.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the notation and algebra of functions.
  3. Provide a detailed analysis of the graph of a function.
  4. Solve polynomial, logarithmic and/or exponential equations, and interpret their solutions.

How will you be assessed on these outcomes? See Mathematics Online Syllabus: Outcomes Assessment.

Course Materials

OpenStax e-Textbook:

REQUIRED e-Textbook: College Algebra by J. Abramson (OpenStax, 1st. ed., 2015) ISBN: 9781938168383

The e-textbook is available for free. No reason to buy a physical copy of the textbook unless you feel you would learn better having it in your hands.

Icon indicating important information. Options for obtaining the e-textbook:

  • Read the e-textbook online in a browser (free!) This is good option if you use a screen reader.
  • Download the PDF version (free!)
  • Read in the OpenStax app, on a Kindle device, or in the Kindle app (See "home page" linked below for download info.)
  • Purchase a physical textbook through the Clark College Bookstore or elsewhere ($40-$55 depending on used/new and source.)
  • Print your own version of the PDF and have it bound (for a small fee) at the Clark College Bookstore, a print shop, or an office supply shop.
Textbook Resources: Text's Home Page | Student Resources | Errata (for physical text)

Knewton Alta Digital Learning Platform:

REQUIRED: Knewton Alta (KA) platform access is required to access the assignments, weekly quizzes, and final examination.

Icon indicating important information. Knewton Alta Access Code can be purchased from the Clark College bookstore or directly through Knewton online. Cost is about $40/term.

Registering KA Access Code: You will register your Knewton Alta access code inside our Canvas class (only!). For registration directions, please see the "Register in Knewton Alta" informational post provided on first day of class in Canvas.