College of the Siskiyous

MATH 0980 - Intermediate Algebra

Online Course Information

Summer 2019 (Section #5018)

To register for this course, please visit the college's registration site at College of the Siskiyous Admissions and Records Office. Please read the following information and contact the instructor via email Jesse Cecil ( if you have any questions. Make sure you use a descriptive subject line for your email so it doesn't get accidentally deleted as spam.

Learning Goals

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Simplify algebraic expressions involving operations on rational expressions, higher order radical expressions, and rational exponents.
  • Solve systems of linear equations up to three equations and three unknowns using elimination and/or substitution.
  • Solve systems of linear inequalities by graphing.
  • Solve absolute value equations and inequalities and represent their solutions on number lines.
  • Represent functions with tables, graphs, and algebraically with function notation and convert from one representation to another.
  • Perform operations on complex numbers and apply complex numbers in the solution of quadratic equations and the simplification of roots.
  • Solve applications involving any of the above.
  • Solve problems using direct and inverse variation, including applications.

Course Information

  • Office:
    My office is located in the Distance Learning Center, Room 10. You can call me or leave a voice mail message at (530) 938-5316 or email me at ( In any case I will reply as soon as possible.

  • Time Expectations:
    Expect to spend approximately ten to twenty hours (10-20) per week over the semester.
    You will be required to participate each week.

  • It is important to have your book¬†for the START of the class.¬†Please check with the COS bookstore regarding the required textbook.

  • Canvas Login
    Login Instructions and tutorials are located at

Is an online course right for you?

Online courses are more convennt than traditional face-to-face courses, but they are usually more difficult and require more time and effort. You should be comfortable using the internet, managing files on your computer, and have good time management skills. Since this class is complete in six weeks, you will need to be ready to go on the first day of class.

  • You must have a reliable internet connection and a backup plan just in case your first connection is not available.
  • You will be participating in class and submitting some assignments as attachments for the games and some as written responses.
  • You should know how to use your internet browser program.
  • You should review the "Online Survival Guide", which will go over the significant commitment that an online course requires.