College of DuPage

Math 0481:
Foundations For College Mathematics I

Working math problems on a chalkboard

Welcome to Math 0481 Online.  This course will focus on the algebraic skills needed to be successful in college-level math courses.  Some of the major topics of the course are a review of the real number system, the rules of exponents, linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, operations with polynomials, and factoring polynomials.

Albert Einsten is quoted, 'Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I assure you that mine are greater.'

Albert Einstein
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This course has been separated into 4 units that will cover approximately 7 chapters of the textbook.  Regular, frequent deadlines for homework assignments, quizzes, tests, and the final exam have been established to help students maintain an appropriate pace to complete the course. 

An online course offers a great flexible learning alternative to the traditional classroom.  You can work on the course content at any hour of the day.  You can work from almost any location you wish.  Tests, including midterm and final exams, are taken in person at an approved testing center. The reasons an online course is so flexible are the same reasons students must be self-directed and self-motivated to succeed.  To be successful in this course, you must be ready to dedicate approximately 15 hours each week (with additional time required during the shortened summer semester) to reading the book and completing all assignments.  You will need to motivate yourself to read your textbook and complete homework assignments, quizzes and exams in a learning environment where you are the one who must initiate the learning process. 

If you are considering enrolling in an online course, you are encouraged to complete the ten question Short Self-Assessment Survey to discover if you have the necessary academic characteristics to be successful in a distance learning environment. 

If you have questions about math at College of DuPage or about your future in math or math-related fields, feel free to contact the instructor listed for this class, or any of the math faculty at College of DuPage.