Math 131 Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers, Online

Olympic College Winter Quarter 2013

Item Number 4224

Getting Started Information for Registered Students

1)      Send an email to ‘’ with the words “Getting Started in Math 131 online” in the subject line.

2)      Beginning Friday, January 4, 2013, you will receive a return email with instructions on accessing the course site.  (The professor will verify your course registration and your prerequisite status.)

3)     The schedule for returning emails is twice a day, at approximately 9 am and 5 pm

         beginning Friday, January 4, 2013 .

a)      If you do not receive an email according to this schedule, please send a second email. Your first may have been blocked by the OC mail system.

b)      If you do not receive a response to your second email, leave a voicemail message at 360-475-7719. In your message, please include your phone number and your email address. Speak each item slowly and carefully and then spell your email address clearly.

4)      Access to the course website will be available beginning Monday, January 7, 2013. At that time, the first few assignments will be available.

5)      This course is NOT part of the WAOL system. The class website is not available through the WAOL system.

Getting Started (for registered students):

***On Friday, January 4, 2013,  detailed instructions on obtaining  access to the online course will be sent to you by return mail. 

***Access to the website will be available January 7, 2013.

***Enrolled, eligible students must sign in to the website by Wednesday, January 9, 2013 or be administratively withdrawn from the course.

***The first assignment is due Tuesday, January 15, 2013.







Are you considering registering for this class?  Please read the information below as you decide if this is the right class for you.

Course Description:  Second course in the two quarter sequence of Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers.  Emphases include mathematical reasoning, problem solving, sets, the real number system, and number theory. A scientific calculator is required.  The prerequisite is Math 99.

Textbooks:  Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers, Edition 5, by Long, DeTemple, and Millman.  We will cover the first six chapters.  This course uses a version of the text packaged with a “MyMathLab” access code included.  This version will be stocked in the Olympic College bookstore.  If you purchase a used text or a new text from another source, you must buy the access code for the class website separately (cost:  about $50) directly from here:

Class Website:  The class will have a dedicated area inside  This class is NOT part of the WAOL system.  If you have used WAOL before, you will find some familiar features and some new, enhanced features. 

Grading:  Course grades will be based on homework assignments, chapter exams, and then a final exam.  Some of these will be completed online.  Others must be printed by each student, completed paper and pencil style, and then faxed or mailed to the professor for grading.  All of these may be completed off campus, except for the Final Exam.  Each student is expected to abide by rules of academic honesty as delineated in the Olympic College Student Code of Conduct Handbook.  The course website will have a statement attesting that these rules will be followed.  Each student will be required to print, sign, and mail or fax this statement to the professor.

Final Exam:  This will be held on the Bremerton Olympic College campus during Winter Quarter finals week at a time, place and date yet to be determined.  You will be required to show a picture ID to sit for this exam.

If you do not live within driving distance of the OC Bremerton campus, alternate testing times and places need to be arranged in advance, by March 1, 2013.  If you do not make arrangements with your instructor prior to March 1, 2013, you will not be allowed to sit for the final exam and you will fail the course.

Suggestions to Encourage Success with Online Courses:

Be sure to allot enough time in your schedule for an online course.  As with on ground courses, plan to spend an average of at least three hours per day on this math course.

Online courses require extra patience, particularly if you are new to this method of learning.  If you are not comfortable with using a computer, plan on spending extra time increasing your comfort level with this medium.  You need strong internet navigation skills; ability to open, download, save, and print files; know how to use and have access to a fax machine.

You should be comfortable reading math and learning it independently.

Technical Requirements:

With Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista:  Internet Explorer 6.0 (XP only), Internet Explorer 7.0, Firefox 2, Firefox 3.

Macintosh Operating Systems:  Safari 3.1 (Recommended), Firefox 2, Firefox 3.

Additionally, you will want to run the browser check to make sure your browser has the most recent versions of Adobe Flash Player, Quicktime (for videos), and Adobe Reader. This is a very quick process, and most of you probably already meet the requirements. For those who don’t, you can link to the website for each free download.

If you have decided to enroll in this course, please visit the Olympic College website ( and proceed with registration.

After completing your registration, send an email to ‘’ with the words “Getting Started in Math 131 online” in the subject line.