MTH05: Elementary Algebra

Mondays, Tuesdays: 10:00 am - 11:50 am at BH 207
Thursdays: 10:00 am - 11:50 am at ME 318

Textbooks: textbook: MTH05 Basic Concepts of Mathematics by Professor Uma Iyer: textbook

alternate textbook: Set of lecture notes by Professor Andrew McInerney: McInerney05text0216a.pdf

another alternate textbook : The Hutchison Series in Mathematics: Elementary and Intermediate Algebra, 5th Ed., Baratto, Bergman, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 978-0-07-338446-7
Syllabus: MTH05Syllabus_UmasTextbook_noDates.pdf
Supplementary handouts: Right triangles and the Pythagorean Theorem: math05RightTriangles.pdf
my office hours:
Place: CP 122
Time: Mondays, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm,
          Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 11:00 am.
Tutoring Lab
Monday Thursday:
10 am 8 pm
10 am 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday:
10 am 3 pm

Learning Commons (Meister Hall, Sub-Basement, Suite 05)
Attendance policy:
  • Students who miss 6 or more classes, without a genuine and documented reason will be assigned an academic grade of F.

  • Students who come to the class late by 30 minutes or more for the first time should consider themselves as warned. Continuous or habitual late-coming or early departure will be considered as absence.

  • If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get the material we covered in class and the HW assignment. All homeworks have a due date and must me submitted on time.
Homeworks: We have online homeworks system called WeBWorK. WeBWorK allows to use any device that has internet connection to work on the homework assignments. All homework assignments must be submitted online, by the due date and due time.

Instructions on how to access WeBWorK:

User name: firstlast

    example: Jane Smith-Johnson would be janesmith-johnson

Note: no spaces, no capitalization, hyphens stay in, apostrophes are taken out (e.g Audrey O'brien would be audreyobrien)

Password: same as the user name

After login-in:
1) Please change your password using the 'password/email' link in the menu on the left,
2) add your preferred email address (same location as for item 1). It is especially important to add the e-mail as a means for communication with me !!!

If you have trouble signing in, make sure that your last name is in all lower case letters, and that the last four digits of your social security number are correct, and you are using this same correct format for your password. If you have verified that this is correct and you still cannot sign in, email me at for assistance.
  • we will have four Tests,

  • simple calculators are allowed, smartphones are not

  • before each test, we will have a separate class where we will review the material that will be on it

  • a week before each review I'll distribute the review problems
(approximate weights)
HWs     20%
Tests   45%
Final Exam   35%

Please, note that in order to pass MTH05 class you need to get at least C- grade (70%) as MTH05 course grade

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