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Scott Eckert's: Math 90




Beginning Algebra  - Math 90

Math 90 Syllabus Mon/Wed Morning 5473
Math 90 Syllabus Mon/Wed Afternoon 1210
Assignment Schedule for Math 90 (both classes)

Chapter 1 Homework Problems

Lecture Notes
Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4,
Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8


Practice Problems for tests
Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4,
Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8

Practice for the Final
Final Multiple Choice
Final Show Step
Cum Review for Chapter 1 to 3
Chapter 4 Practice
Chapter 6 Practice
Cum Review for Chapters 1 to 3 and 5 to 6
Cum Review for Chapters 1 to 3 and 5 to 8



MATH 90 requires MATH 88 as prerequisite or sufficient background knowledge in doing the basic operations on rational numbers and signed numbers. Additionally, it requires sufficient ability to apply the concepts of ratios, proportions, percent, and measurement to realistic situations. It is designed for students who wish to develop or refresh their basic algebra skills. Upon successful completion of this course, a student could take MATH 103 or MATH 110 (Intermediate Algebra).


The student shall develop an understanding of the basic properties of the real numbers, polynomials, rational expressions, exponents and radicals. Students will learn to apply concepts related to graphing, solving linear equations and inequalities, linear systems and quadratic equations. Significant emphasis will be placed on the vocabulary of algebra and translation from English to Algebra.

Text: Text imageREQUIRED
Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, by Bittinger
(Custom book created for Grossmont and Cuyamaca College)

MyMathLab Access Code (comes with new book) or
purchase online on first day of lab (bring credit card)

1)  This book is used for Math 90 AND Math 103/110.
      (One book for two courses)
Likewise, the MyMathLab code is one code you buy for both courses.
You may purchase the MyMathLab code only and not purchase the textbook because an ebook is available with the MyMathLab code.

Lecture Notes: REQUIRED (provided in class)

The Student's Solutions Manual: optional (not required)

Calculator: REQUIRED
Scientific Calculator is required but a
Graphing Calculator is encouraged if you going beyond algebra.

TI-30X IISTI-30x is a very good scientific calculator. TI-83 PlusTI-84 plus is a very good graphing calculator.  If you plan to major in a hard science, you should consider the TI-86 or TI-89.


Ponder these success principles so you can achieve your best from this class.

  • Math - It’s all in you head. Your attitude determines your achievements.
  • The Mathematical Chain Reaction:
Hard work --> Experience --> Confidence --> Fulfillment/Enjoyment.
  • Read the new material BEFORE it is presented in class.
  • Learning is YOUR responsibility.
  • Make friends and do your homework in groups.
  • Have fun - at least try to make it fun.
  • Remember - YOU CAN DO IT!
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