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Mandatory Orientation   Math 260 Hybrid Orientation (.PPT)


Information for Spring 2018

Welcome to Math 260!  As you all know, this class is a hybrid class which meets every Wednesday, 1:45-4:00 pm in G5-010.  The maximum number of absences is two (2) meeting days.

This class will require as many hours as any face-to-face Math 260 class. We will use Canvas ( and MyMathLab (Course Compass), for this class.  Note: MyMathLab (MML) and Course Compass refer to the same thing.


Mandatory Orientation for Spring 2018

To avoid being dropped from the class (both registered and newly added students)




Mandatory Orientation: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 1:45-4:00 pm in G5-010. 

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Math 125 (Intermediate Algebra) or acceptable level of skills as demonstrated in Mathematics placement process. 

Recommended: a grade of "B" or better in Math 125 (Intermediate Algebra)

To avoid being dropped from the class (both registered and newly added students)

bulletlogin to Course Compass and Canvas by Friday, February 9, 2018, and
bulletsubmit online HW and quiz 1.1-1.3 in Course Compass  by Sunday, February 11, 2018.
Adding Math 260 Online

The school is switching to a new system.  To add this class, please register in If the class is full, you can place yourself into the waiting list.  Once a space becomes available, you are going to be automatically enrolled in the class. Please show up on the first day of class.  If you took the prerequisite class at a different college, you need to file Prerequisite Completion petition.  If you are an incoming ELAC student, you need to take the placement exam. Please contact the admission office.

Important Documents:

bullet Login Instruction (.pdf) contains the instruction to login to Course Compass and Canvas.
A detailed instruction to register in Course Compass is also available from
bullet Math 260 Hybrid Orientation (.PPT)

To login to Course Compass, you would need:

bulletA valid email address
bulletCourse ID for the course, i.e. siswanto17754
bulletMyMathLab (Course Compass) Student Access Code (included in the textbook package or can be purchased separately) to login to the course.  See the information about the textbook package below.

To login, you can also request temporary access from the course compass website (good for 14 days) before you purchase MyMathLab Access Code. A detailed instruction to register in Course Compass is also available from

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Course Information

Course Title

Math 260 - Precalculus

Course Description





This course covers chapters 1 4, 9 - 11 of the required textbook, which include:  Equations and Inequalities; Graphs and Functions; Polynomial and Rational Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Systems and Matrices; Conics Section; and Further Topics in Algebra.

Instructor's note: 


Per ELAC Course Outline, the department does not include the topics of Trigonometry in Math 260 (Precalculus).  Trigonometry is covered in a separate course, i.e. Math 241 (Trigonometry).


This class is intended to prepare students for calculus.  This online class is as rigorous as (if not more rigorous than) the one offered face-to-face.



Satisfactory completion of Math 125 (Intermediate Algebra) or acceptable level of skills as demonstrated in Mathematics placement process. 

Recommended: a grade of "B" or better in Math 125 (Intermediate Algebra).

Optional Textbook


Required Course Compass (MyMathLab)Access Code











Please make sure that you buy the textbook ASAP.  You can only login to Course Compass after you have the CourseCompass (MyMathLab) Access Code. It is a good idea to obtain the textbook package at least two weeks in advance.

Two Options for Textbook:

  1. Purchase only MyMathLab (Course Compass) Student Access Code Stand Alone (google MyMathLab Student Access Kit.  Do not buy something that says "MyLabsPlus". E-Book is included ($114 from the or around $50-$70 from, E-Bay or Some students really like to have a physical textbook because it is easier to read, but you can use any other precalculus textbooks or an older edition textbook because their contents is almost similar. 

    If you want to purchase the physical textbook online, there are several titles which are available outside:
    1. Precalculus: Concepts Through Functions A Right Triangle - 2nd edition
      ISBN13: 978-0321645081 by Michael Sullivan, OR
    2. Precalculus: Concepts Through Functions, A Unit Circle Approach to Trigonometry - 2nd Edition by Michael Sullivan, Michael Sullivan III
      ISBN-13: 9780321644879, OR
    3. Precalculus: Concepts Through Functions, A Right Triangle Approach to Trigonometry / Edition 3 by Michael Sullivan - new edition (more expensive)

  2. ELAC Custom Version of textbook + MML included


bullet Precalculus with MyMathLab by Sullivan Custom Edition for ELAC and Santa Monica College
bullet ISBN 1-25-615-1688 or 1-26-990-437X - for the latest edition. Either ISBN works.
bullet Price: $ 119 ** the least expensive option**

Required Supplies



bullet A small ruler (needed for graphing later on).
bullet A scientific calculator (no graphing calculator or other electronics are allowed during tests).
bullet Graph Paper.
bullet A pencil and an eraser (required for all portfolios and tests)
bulletOne manila folder or a report cover for homework portfolio.



  Students with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation should promptly alert the instructor, then provide verification of disability to the Disabled Students Program located in E1-106 or call (323) 265-8787 to make an appointment.  If a student with disability feels that accommodation offered are inappropriate or insufficient, s/he should seek the assistance of the DSP&S Coordinator and/or the Vice President of Student Services.
Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)  
bulletGiven a polynomial function of degree n, students will determine the end behavior of its graph.
bulletGiven a rational function, students will find the equation of the vertical  and horizontal asymptotes, determine x-and y-intercepts, and graph the rational function and label at least 2 points on the graph.

Course Goal








By the end of the course, students will be able to, through reading, exercises, discussions, quizzes, and exams:

bulletModel and solve applications of Linear, Quadratic, Rational, and Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities.
bulletGraph Basic Functions, i.e. Linear, Absolute Value, Square, Square Root, as well as Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, by utilizing the method of stretching and shrinking, reflecting, symmetry, and translation.
bulletSolve applications of Polynomial and Rational Functions including graphing and finding the zeros.
bulletSolve applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, including the exponential growth and decay model.
bulletSolve system of Linear Equations by using Matrix, Inverses, and the Gauss-Jordan Method. 
bulletBe able to identify and graph conics, including circles, parabolas, ellipses, and hyperbolas.

Methods of Evaluation






Final Exam   25%  (On Campus)
Tests 50%  (On Campus)
Quizzes, Pre-quizzes, Discussions 10%* multiplied by 1.2
Online homework 10%* multiplied by 1.1
Online Homework Portfolio  5%   (Write The Steps to Get to the Answer of Online Homework Problems)
Total 100 % + 3% extra credit from online hw and pre-quiz

Each discussion posting (including one reply) counts as much as a quiz.


Letter Grades

bullet    A  90 - 100*        B  80 - 89.9*         C  65  -  79.9*          
bullet     D  55 - 64.9*       F  Below 55*   

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