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Syllabus
ABSE Level C Math

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

- Albert Einstein

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Class times: Tues/Thurs 6:00pm to 7:50pm in our Zoom room

Study session times: Tues/Thurs 7:50pm to 8:20pm (and maybe more?)

CRNs 44005 for GED and 44006 for other ABSE, with a Moodle meta-class

Instructor: David L. Van Slyke, vanslyked@lanecc.edu, cell phone (541) 221-3163

Office hours by appointment: in Zoom during remote terms, otherwise at building 16 and room 261

Tutoring available at the Lane Support Hub and TRiO, and our class Get Help Forum.

(Please communicate with me using the above cell phone or LCC email. Please do not use my LCC office phone or moodle's messages.)


This week, in addition to getting introduced to each other and to the course, we review some topics like rounding, estimating, division and divisibility, and adjusting fractions.

This Week's To Do List

1. Smile. Attend the Zoom sessions with your camera on as much as possible. If you are ever absent, watch the archived videos of the lessons, ask questions, and check in by submitting a video of you doing that math work taught that class.

2. Connect. Connect with classmates outside of class by either attending a study group or contributing to this week's Moodle discussion forum.

Shapeshifting Online Notes3. Study. This week's topics are on the Shapeshifting page. Review the online notes. Use the provided video links and textbook sections. Practice with the recommended textbook problems.

4. Assess. When you get to a set of ten exercises, try those and talk about your work with someone else. When you are happy with your work turn in the code. If you want yet more practice, use the random exercises.

5. Explore. Explore this website, especially the seven icons in the left side upper menu.

Being a Mather Achievements Syllabus Study Skills Library Playgrounds Resources

6. Celebrate. Tell your instructor about any achievements you have completed, so those get checked off.

Week 1, Tuesday rounding, estimating, division, divisibility Jamboard notes Zoom video YouTube video
Week 1, Thursday division, factors, denominators, fractions to and from decimals Jamboard notes Zoom video YouTube video

This week, we finish talking about adjusting fractions, then introduce ratios, rates, and percentages. We might even get to measurement units.

This Week's To Do List

1. Smile. Attend the Zoom sessions with your camera on as much as possible. If you are ever absent, watch the archived videos of the lessons, ask questions, and check in by submitting a video of you doing that math work taught that class.

2. Connect. Connect with classmates outside of class by either attending a study group or contributing to this week's Moodle discussion forum.

Shapeshifting Online Notes3. Study. This week's topics are on the Shapeshifting page. Review the online notes. Use the provided video links and textbook sections. Practice with the recommended textbook problems.

4. Assess. When you get to a set of ten exercises, try those and talk about your work with someone else. When you are happy with your work turn in the code. If you want yet more practice, use the random exercises.

5. Explore. If you have not yet, explore this website, especially the seven icons in the left side upper menu. (This will help you with this week's discussion forum topic!)

Being a Mather Achievements Syllabus Study Skills Library Playgrounds Resources

6. Celebrate. Tell your instructor about any achievements you have completed, so those get checked off.

Week 2, Tuesday ratio and rate, percent format, percent/decimal/fraction switching Jamboard notes Zoom video YouTube video
Week 2, Tuesday after class study session Jamboard notes Zoom video YouTube video
Week 2, Thursday measurement units, one-step conversions, shortcut for SI units Jamboard notes Zoom video YouTube video

This week, we started our second big topic: Mad Science! We learned about fraction arithmetic, which was a great second look at many of the Shapeshifting topics. Then we paused to do a practice test for the Shapeshifting topic.

This Week's To Do List

1. Smile. Attend the Zoom sessions with your camera on as much as possible. If you are ever absent, watch the archived videos of the lessons, ask questions, and check in by submitting a video of you doing that math work taught that class.

2. Connect. Connect with classmates outside of class by either attending a study group or contributing to this week's Moodle discussion forum.

Mad Science Online Notes3. Study. This week's new topics are on the Mad Science page. Review the online notes. Use the provided video links and textbook sections. Practice with the recommended textbook problems.

4. Assess. When you get to a set of ten exercises, try those and talk about your work with someone else. When you are happy with your work turn in the code. If you want yet more practice, use the random exercises.

5. Explore. Keep exploring this website. (The study skills page is used in this week's discussion forum.)

6. Celebrate. Tell your instructor about any achievements you have completed, so those get checked off.

Week 3, Tuesday fraction arithmetic (it took two Jamboards) Jamboard notes more Jamboard notes Zoom video YouTube video

(More weekly foldouts will appear as the term progresses.)


Course Description

LCC ABSE

Level C Math: Strategic Problem Solving reviews working with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, including competency with rounding, estimation, and order of operations. New topics that emphasize real world context include ratios, proportions, percent, measurement, one-step equations, multi-step word problems, basic geometry, and graphing of points and lines.

You will be required to learn and use specific techniques and processes that may be different from what you have used in the past, and develop your ability to communicate mathematically by showing all work in a neat and organized manner.

Students are encouraged to work together on all types of homework (but not the final exam).

This is a non-graded course. You will still receive feedback on your work and participation throughout the course, so you will know how you would do in a comparable for-credit class.

Students will develop math strategies and student behaviors to prepare them for both the GED Mathematical Reasoning test and/or for subsequent credit-bearing courses. A passing score on the final exam may be used for placement into MTH 098, 082, 075, 060, 052, 025C, or 025.

The formal names for this course include ABSE III 0500B and GED 517A.

The official course outline lists our learning outcomes and how they fit the GED Math Topics (start on page 7) and the state standards (start on page 19).


Instructor Information

instructor photo You may call me David. I have taught Math 20 and Math 25 at LCC for over a decade. I recently began teaching Math 105 too. Winter 2021 is my first time teaching with the ABSE program. I am still getting used to the changes.

My teaching philosphy is summarized by the motto celebrating eating an elephant together.

I let the pace of class be guided by student questions and discussion instead of planning out a weekly schedule before the term begins. The website's topics are carefully designed so we move forward with fundamental skills in the most clear and sensible order, and also have opporunities to take side trips that explore all kinds of interesting applications.

My personal interests include gluten-free baking (my wife is extremely Celiac), hiking, reading, computer and board games, and much more.

I have lots of silly and inspiring stories from my years of teaching almost every grade level from Head Start through college. Here are a few to ask me about:

Head Start

Time and Materials Needed

Our class has a lot of homework. Students with an an average math foundation who want to be prepared for the final exam should expect to spend 4 to 8 hours each week doing homework.

the Sharp and TI calculators

Because we meet in Zoom you will need a reliable internet connection and a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Please bring to class paper, a pencil, a highlighter, and a notebook.

You will need a scientific calculator that can do exponents and has a π key. A model with parenthesis keys and a fraction key is highly recommended. The online Desmos Calculator that is always linked at the top of our website works great. This Sharp is most popular for handheld calculators. The TI-30XS is the official calculator for the GED test. Your smartphone might also work.

textbook cover An optional resource is Basic College Mathematics by Charles McKeague. It has nice videos for every example problem. It is available as a physical book or an e-book. (If you buy the physical book, you also get the e-book for free.) ABSE has copies to loan out.

A very optional item is an inexpensive computer stylus and drawing tablet. Students who want to contribute to our online whiteboard during class and have kids attending school remotely might possibly find this purchase worthwhile.

Together our class times, study sessions, this class website, the textbook if used, and the videos and OER textbooks linked from the class website provide many different ways of understanding each math topic. Find the resources that work best for you!

One of your key tasks is to condense your class notes, thoughts, homework, and favorite example problems into an improved set of notes that you are ​allowed to use on the final exam. Preparing these notes carefully is invaluable!


Calendar

warning - objects in syllabus are closer than they appear By LCC policy, missing all classes and assignments during the first week causes you to be dropped from the class.

The Spring term holidays are Spring Conference (Friday, May 7th) and Memorial Day (Monday, May 31st). Neither is one of our class days.

You can add this calendar to your own calendar app using this ICAL address.

Please note that LCC policy allows students with three or more finals on the same day to reschedule one of them. Sometimes final exams may be taken early because of medical or other concerns.


Key Resources

LaneCC Student Resources

LCC provides dumploads of resources to help students succeed. You can click on the image to the right to see my own compilation of student resources.

The MRC and other LCC tutoring centers, as well as the Student Help Desk (nicknamed the SHeD) that provides technology loans and support to students, have all combined to form the Lane Support Hub which uses this Zoom Room.

links for Lane Support Hub

TRiOThe link to start TRiO tutoring is http://lanecc.edu/meettrio.

Teresa MasonTeresa Mason is the GED advisor, your expert for advice about reaching GED goals.

Jennifer Sacklin Jennifer Sacklin (e-mail, appointment) connects ABSE with STEP at Lane to offer advising, job search assistance, and help purchasing class books and equipment (requires receiving SNAP but not TANF, and a bit more).

Katherine Kaylegian It is often valuable to visit an Early Outreach Specialist who is trained to connect students to whatever resources can help. The one who normally works most closely with math students is Katherine Kaylegian (e-mail). Alternatively, Norma Scovell (e-mail is their Spanish speaker.)

CAR Lane Community College is dedicated to providing inclusive learning environments. The Center for Accessible Resources coordinates all academic accomodations for students. If you anticipate or experience academic barriers due to a disability, to request assistance or accommodations, contact CAR at 541-463-5150 or accessibleresources@lanecc.edu.

All LCC classes adhere to the college's student rights and responsibilities and code of conduct.

You didn't click on my link to a big page of resources, did you? Then please at least click here to read about the many different workshops and other nice things offered by the college's advisors and counselors, and here for a reminder about help doing taxes.

Emergency Phone Numbers

Procedures for Bad Weather

Sign up for LaneAlert

Distance learning is more immune to weather issues, but we should still know the routines...

Sign up for LaneAlert to receive e-mails or texts about weather closures! Log into mylane. In the Home tab, locate the box labeled Personal Information. Select the Lane Alert Emergency Notification link. Select which notifications you would like to receive. Scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click Save Changes.

You can also listen to KLCC (FM 89.7) or KUGN (AM 590 or FM 97.9) for campus closure information. You can also check the websites of LCC and FlashAlert.

If class is canceled or you are absent, please read ahead using the class website to familiarize yourself with the upcoming topics and assignments. Then we can more quickly cover the missed material.

LCC's website has more about its weather closure policies.


GED Practice Tests

There are two types of math GED practice tests.

Both normally cost money, but a big benefit of being an ABSE student is that you will receive a voucher to pay this cost for you.

For both you will want a copy of the official formula sheet and some experience with a borowed TI-30XS calculator.

GED Ready Test

The first is the GED Ready Test.

Let your instructor know when you are ready for a GED Ready Test. Being ready includes:

When all those are true, I can send an e-mail to the ABSE office with your name, your LCC L#, your GED ID number, and that you are ready for a voucher.

A voucher you do not use within three months will go obsolete.

Your score will be color coded.

color coding for the GED Ready Test

Does a green score mean you are ready to move on to the real test?

If your only goal is to pass the GED Official Test then yes!

However, if you have any interest in taking for-credit math classes at LCC then maybe not. Keep reading to learn why.

GED Official Test

The second test is the actual official GED Official Test, which is a "practice test" if you do not pass it the first time.

Being ready includes all five items listed above, and also a GED Ready Test math score in the green range of 152 or higher.

As before, let your instructor know when you are ready for a GED Official Test, and the instructor will work with you to get a voucher. These are different vouchers than for the GED Ready Test. They are not interchangeable.

This time your score is not color coded.

score for the GED Official Test

You pass the GED Official Test by earning a score of 150. Hooray!

But score higher than 150 is extra special. It also counts as a placement test into higher level math classes at LCC.

This is why not every student who earned a green score in the GED Ready test should rush to take the GED Official Test. That green score is possible with only Level C math. But to score higher than 150 needs a lot of Level D and even Level E math.

placement after the GED Official Test

So if your goal is to take as many tuition-free classes in ABSE as possible before transitioning to the for-credit math classes at LCC, it makes sense to celebrate your green score in the GED Ready test but wait until you have taken more ABSE math classes before taking the GED Official Test.