Last Day to Withdraw From Classes

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.

If the course has an associated lab, please drop that as well.

Unless you have a medical issue that can be verified by the Dean of Students, there are no extensions, extra work, or any other way for you to extend this semester.

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!!!

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.

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