Algebra – MyMathLab Course ID

MAT-087-D01 Algebra 1 Spring 2019 MWF 8:00am
Course ID:   silvestri83368  


MAT-097-D03 Algebra 2 Spring 2019 MWF 11:10am
Course ID: silvestri56417


MAT-097-E60 Algebra 2 Spring 2019 Th 5:30pm
Course ID: silvestri96574

Math – Silvestri’s Special Apps Center!

Check out:   https://cs.stcc.edu/specialapps/

I have some ideas for apps to add to this website, so please visit every now and then.

If you have an idea for an app that you think would be useful, would benefit a student, or would make the world a better place, please share ( silvestri@stcc.edu ), and if it isn’t too involved, and I have the time, I’ll code the problem and make it a special app.

Great Algebra Courses!!!

Want to take a lecture course, but do your exams at home…then these Algebra courses are for you!

Hello!  My name is Prof. Tony Silvestri, and this is a quick note to make you aware of the Algebra courses I am teaching this Spring 2019.

I have 1 section scheduled:

  • MAT-087-D01 on MWF 8:00am  (Algebra 1)
  • MAT-097-D03 on MWF at 10:10am (Algebra 2)
  • MAT-097-E60 on Th evening at 5:30pm (Algebra 2)

What sets my courses apart from many of the other Algebra courses is I try to eliminate the anxiety many students have towards math.  I do this by allowing you to take the exams AT HOME where you can take your time, use your notes, and other resources!

If that isn’t enough, you get 2 takes on the exam.  The better grade of the two takes gets entered in your record!

This idea of home testing may be controversial to some who teach a traditional lecture class.  But my experience with this technique showed much more student success than what tradition offers.

Another feature that sets this course apart from the online courses is that you get to listen to me describe what’s needed to solve the algebra problems.

I also provide some special apps I wrote that you can use to help you navigate through your algebra 2 journey.  Check them out here:  Special Apps!

Here is an unsolicited comment a student emailed me about my course:

I was so bad at math during my HS times, idk why but being in your class, math makes sense and i can understand.. for example, i’m weakest at graphing and never understood, but being in your class, i’ve improve and i can feel it. Well, good luck to me. PS, you are too funny sometime.

It is nice to get comments like that!

So if you have an algebra phobia, or if you just want to increase your level math proficiency to prepare for college level math, then this is the course for you!

To take my courses, you must have access to a computer as this will be a hybrid lecture / online study course.  We will be using http://www.mymathlab.com/.

If you like what you’ve read, just go into your webadvisor account, and do the necessary add/drop of classes. 

Questions about this course? Email me: silvestri@stcc.edu

Download and Use JDK 10.0.2!!!

Don’t use the latest Java 11. For whatever reason, Oracle decided to not bundle JavaFX with it.

If you really what to use Java 11, you’ll need to download and install JavaFX separately. I’ll leave you to google the instructions on how to do that.

Use JDK 10.0.2. It has JavaFX built in and is what is installed in our labs.

If you already installed Java 11, uninstall it entirely.  

Download JDK 10.0.2. Since Oracle is pushing the latest and greatest Java 11, you’ll need to jump through some hoops to get it. Here’s how:

  • Go to the JDK download page.
  • At the bottom of the page, there’s a Java Archive.  Click that.
  • Select Java SE 10
  • You may need to create an account to download it. Go ahead; it’s safe.

You’ll have a much better JavaFX experience!

Good Luck

Algebra – Welcome to Professor Silvestri’s Algebra Courses

  • There are math lecture videos based on our textbook.  You can access them here:    Algebra Videos      (This is STCC’s portal website.  You’ll need to login with your Webadvisor credentials.) If you miss a class or need another prospective on the material, give these videos a try.
  • To take these courses, you must have access to a computer as this will be a hybrid lecture / online study course.  We will be using http://www.mymathlab.com/. So you must purchase the Student Access Code package and register using the appropriate Course Code (ID) shown above.
  • (Optional Textbook)  Introductory Algebra through Applications, 3rd Edition, Akst and Bragg, 2012, Pearson Education, ISBN: 9780321746696algebratext
  • (Free Textbook)  Bedinelli Algebra 1 Textbook
  • (Free Textbook)  Bedinelli Algebra 2 Textbook

CSC-112 – Linux Accounts and Orientation

Welcome CSC-112 Students!

Start the Linux Orientation Assignment.  You are going to need to create and maintain a small website to deliver your GUI apps to the world.  Use your winter session downtime to get this done and free up your time during the regular semester.

Email me silvestri@stcc.edu to request an account on this cs machine.  I’ll respond with your username and an initial password so can proceed with this exercise.

Students who complete this Linux configuration assignment during the break will receive an extra 10 points.  That’s right, a big 20 out of 10 for demonstrating their enthusiasm for learning.

(There may be an issue or two as the cs server is running on a different environment than in previous semesters.  Just email me if you encounter an error and I’ll fix the problem ASAP.)

The assignment describes utilities for Windows users.  For Apple users, check out these utilities: Graphical SFTP Utilities for Apple and  What is the equivalent of PuTTY for Mac OS-X

An Extra Activity

Having to continually enter a username/password gets tiring.  To configure Putty to autologin using public/private keys follow this tutorial: http://support.hostgator.com/articles/specialized-help/technical/ssh-keying-through-putty-on-windows-or-linux .  If everything goes well, you will not have to enter a password.  Do this on computers you own as the private key is a file on your computer.  You can’t permanently save files on STCC computers.

Links and Resources for Java Courses

Liang 11th Edition Resources

Common Resources

Sign up for a GitHub Account

If you going to be a programmer, then github is a site you’ll need to use.

Go here: https://github.com/ and create an account for yourself.  We will be using github for homework submissions.

In particular the part of github we’ll  be using is the gist function located here:

https://gist.github.com/

You can submit multi-file projects under just one URL! You also have a record of all your work in one convenient location.

PreAlg – Final Exam Is Now Available!

To give students an opportunity to end this course early, I decided to enable the final exam.  It will be due Monday, December 17, 11:20am.

Exam 3 is due on Wednesday, December 12, 11:59pm.

All homework and quizzes need to be completed by Monday, December 17, 12:00pm.  All work that is not has been issued a zero.  Your grade average in mymathlab will reflect that.  If you do those homeworks and quizzes, whatever grade you get will overwrite the zero.

The course will shutdown on Monday, December 17, 12:00pm..  There is no way to access it after that.  There’s no extra credit or extensions on time.

Happy Holidays!

 

PreAlg – Progress as of Friday, Dec 7

As of Friday, December 7,  we did a review of Exam 3. 

To give you an accurate reflection of what your grade is as of now, all work that should be completed, but isn’t, has been issued a zero.  Your grade average in mymathlab will reflect that.  Now of course if you do those homeworks, quizzes, and tests, whatever grade you get will overwrite the zero.  So get that work done!  All homework and quizzes should be done by now!

Exam 3 is available now and is due Wednesday, December 12 11:59pm.

On Monday, Dec 10 we’ll do a review of the entire course by doing a sample Final Exam.  The Final Exam will be enabled right after that.  It will be due the very last second this course is supposed to end, Monday Dec 17 at 12:00pm.

The course will shutdown at that time, and there is no way to access it after that. There’s no extra credit or extensions on time.

Happy Holidays!

PreAlg – Progress as of Wednesday, Nov 30

As of Friday, November 30, we finally finished Section 10.2 If you didn’t attend that class, please watch the video on that section.  Here are the instructions to view the videos:  https://cs.stcc.edu/welcome-to-silvestri-math-classes/

To give you an accurate reflection of what your grade is as of now, all work that should be completed, but isn’t, has been issued a zero.  Your grade average in mymathlab will reflect that.  Now of course if you do those homeworks, quizzes, and tests, whatever grade you get will overwrite the zero.  So get that work done!

We did Sections 11.2 and 11.3.  On Monday, Dec 3 we’ll do Section 11.4 on Volumes.  On Wednesday, Dec 5, we’ll do Section 11.6 on Square Roots.  That’s it for new material lectures!

On Friday, Dec 7 we’ll do a review of Chapters 7, 8, 10 and 11 by doing a sample Exam 3.  I’ll enable Exam 3 for you to do at home right after the review.  It will be due: Wednesday, December 12 11:59pm.

On Monday, Dec 10 we’ll do a review of the entire course by doing a sample Final Exam.  The Final Exam will be enabled right after that.  It will be due the very last second this course is supposed to end, Monday Dec 17 at 12:00pm.

The course will shutdown at that time, and there is no way to access it after that. There’s no extra credit or extensions on time.

Happy Holidays!

PreAlg – Progress as of Wednesday, Nov 21

As of Wednesday, November 21, we finished Section 10.1 If you didn’t attend that class, please watch the video on that section.  Here are the instructions to view the videos:  https://cs.stcc.edu/welcome-to-silvestri-math-classes/

To give you an accurate reflection of what your grade is as of now, all work that should be completed, but isn’t, has been issued a zero.  Your grade average in mymathlab will reflect that.  Now of course if you do those homeworks, quizzes, and tests, whatever grade you get will overwrite the zero.  So get that work done!

Remember, the last day to withdraw from a class is Tuesday, November 27.  If you haven’t been keeping up with the work, have a low grade average, or have missed a multitude of classes, please drop the class. I will issue a failing grade if your average is below a 60.  To continue on to Algebra 1, you must earn a minimum of a 70.

PreAlg – Progress as of Friday, October 26

As of Friday, October 26, we finished Chapter 6.  On Monday, October 29, we will do a Sample Exam #2 as a review.  This exam covers Chapters 4, 5, and 6.  You should complete all Chapter 4, 5, and 6 homeworks and quizzes by Monday, Oct. 29.

To give you an accurate reflection of what your grade is as of now, all work that should be completed, but isn’t, has been issued a zero.  Your grade average in mymathlab will reflect that.  Now of course if you do those homeworks, quizzes, and tests, whatever grade you get will overwrite the zero.  So get that work done!

Exam 2 will be enabled after the review on Oct 29. It will be due Saturday, November 3 at 11:59pm. You have two takes; the better grade of the two is used. Remember, if you use a take(s) after the due date, there will be a 10 point deduction from the grade on that take.

Wednesday’s class on October 31 is cancelled. Use can use that time to find a working computer on campus and take the test!


If you find you are too far behind and guilty of not keeping up with the material, instead of failing this class, you can transfer to what is called a self paced class.  You can transfer whatever work you did manage to complete and perhaps get 1 or 2 credits for it.  You won’t be able to continue to Algebra 1, but at least you’ll get some credit for what you did.  In self paced, it is possible to earn 3 credits by studying and doing work on your own.  To go on to Algebra 1 you must either pass a lecture class with a C- or earn 3 credits in self paced.

If this sounds like a good option, please see the staff in the testing center  17/425.  They can help with getting you assigned to a self paced class.

PreAlg – Progress as of Friday, October 12

As of Friday, October 12, we finished Chapter 4.

To give you an accurate reflection of what your grade is as of now, all work that should be completed, but isn’t, has been issued a zero.  Your grade average in mymathlab will reflect that.  Now of course if you do those homeworks, quizzes, and tests, whatever grade you get will overwrite the zero.  So get that work done!

Pre-Alg Class Announcement

First, let me apologize for the first day confusion. 

I called the IT helpdesk, and they actually came down quickly to resolve the problems.

On Friday, Sept 7, let’s meet in our regular room 17/403.  I’ll show you the website that we’ll use, and I show you how to register for it.

We’ll even do some math!  Go figure…

Here’s the website:  https://cs.stcc.edu/prealg

See you Friday!!!

PreAlg – Welcome to Professor Silvestri’s Pre-Algebra Course

  • There are math lecture videos based on our textbook.  You can access them here:    Pre-Algebra Videos   (This is STCC’s portal website.  You’ll need to login with your Webadvisor credentials.) If you miss a class or need another prospective on the material, give these videos a try.
  • To take these courses, you must have access to a computer as this will be a hybrid lecture / online study course.  We will be using http://www.mymathlab.com/. So you must purchase the Student Access Code package and register using the appropriate Course Code (ID) shown above.
  • (Free Textbook)  Bedinelli Basic Mathematics Text Book