Math 151

Linear Mathematics

Spring 2020, Section 900

Instructor : Margaret Wojcicka-Hitczenko                                        

Office: B1-9E   Phone 751-8943        E-mail:  please communicate with me through Canvas or MathLabPlus

Office Hours: Tuesday 1:40-2:40 pm,  4:10-6:00 pm,  9:40-10:40 pm; Wednesday 11 am-12 pm (by appointment); Thursday 1:40-2:40 pm, 4:10-4:40 pm

Contacting Instructor: The best way is to write an email. I check my email daily (often more than once but at least once a day; I do not guarantee that I will answer your email during weekend). 

Prerequisite: FNMT 118 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement in Math 161 or higher.

CANVAS and MyLabsPlus:      Although our initial communication and list of assignments will be managed through the college’s learning management system – CANVAS, the quizzes and materials to help you study will be provided to you through MyLabsPlus. 

If you experience any difficulties accessing CANVAS, please contact IT Support. You can call them at 215.496.6000. You can also look for help at 215.751.8702 (Peter Margolis) or click on the help icon and submit a trouble report as a backup when nobody is in the office.

If you experience any difficulties accessing MyLabsPlus, please call  (888) 883-1299.                    

The Course:Cartesian coordinates, linear equations in two variables, graphing lines, systems of linear equations and inequalities, Gauss-Jordan elimination, matrices, matrix addition and multiplication, matrix inversion, geometric solution of linear programming problems, the Simplex method, duality.

Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to apply course concepts to interpret and solve problems relating to the following topics:

  1. Graph lines, linear inequalities and systems of linear inequalities in the plane
  2. Determine whether a system of linear equations is independent, dependent or inconsistent, and solve systems of linear equations using matrices
  3. Solve linear programming problems graphically and using the simplex method

Materials/Textbook: Linear Math Math 151 Community College of Philadelphia Third Custom Edition, Pearson; It should be available to you in CCP bookstrore.

Enrollment Policy:    It is the responsibility of each to student to maintain his or her enrollment in the class. If a student wishes to register late for this course, he or she must obtain my permission before the third class and there must be a seat available.  All missed work will be expected to be completed once enrolled. Students who no longer wish to participate in the course must withdraw themselves. I will not withdraw students for poor attendance. Any student who has stopped attending or submitting required work and is still enrolled in the course at the end of the semester will receive a grade of F. Persons who are not enrolled in the course are not permitted to be in the classroom without prior permission of the instructor.

Disability Policy:       Students who believe they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss their accommodation form and specific needs as soon as possible, but preferably within the first week of class. If you need to request reasonable accommodations, but do not have an accommodation form, please contact the Center on Disability, room BG-39, at 215.751.8050.

Academic Integrity:  Each student is responsible for being familiar with the college’s academic integrity policies.  Cheating and plagiarizing are violations of these policies and open students to disciplinary action. Cheating is accessing unauthorized material, persons or information for purposes of meeting or completing an assignment. Plagiarism is the unattributed use of another’s work as one’s own. Students who are caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive a zero for that assignment and may be reported to the Office of the Dean of Students. Please contact me if you have any questions, confusion or concerns regarding academic honesty. 

Student Conduct:     Each student is responsible for being familiar with the Student Code of Conduct and following all college policies regarding appropriate use of college facilities and resources. Students are expected to be respectful and considerate of their fellow students and me. 

Attendance:               Not submitting homework on time will be considered as an absence.  Any student absent for the equivalent of two weeks may be dropped. 

Course content:        The course will cover chapter 1-4 (see the detailed syllabus at the bottom of this document)

Tests:                         There will be 3 on-line tests. No test score will be dropped.  

Missed tests:             Missed tests can be made up only if a student has a justifiable excuse. If you know beforehand that you will have to miss an exam, please contact me, so you can take the exam in advance of the rest of the class. In case of emergencies impossible to foresee, to be ‘eligible’ for a make-up exam, please contact me as soon as possible (e-mail or voice-mail). Once I determine that you indeed have a legitimate excuse, you will be given a make-up exam.

Homework is going to be assigned twice a week on MyLabsPlus. If you miss the deadline, you will  be allowed to make it up but 20% penalty will be imposed for every day you are late.

Final Exam:                Final Exam will be comprehensive and it will be given during the  Final Week on line.

Grading system   Tests will account for 60%, the final exam for  20%, and homework on MyLabsPlus  20%, 

Grade scale is as follows:   A= 85-100%   B=75-85%   C=65- 75%   D=55-65% 

How to create the account on Mylabsplus: (Links to an external site.)

(you can also find the instructions that you see below in your text on page iii)

1. Go to (Links to an external site.)

2. In the Log In Name space, enter your J number- use an upper case J

3. In the Password space, enter your MyLabsPlus Password from a previous course or the word "password" if this your first time using MyLabsPlus.

4. Click on Log In

5. If this is not your first time using MyLabsPlus, skip to #6. If this is your first time to use MyLabsPlus;

     -  at the Welcome Screen, find and click on MyProfile in the upper right

    -  In the old Password space, enter "password"

    -  create and verify a new password for your account

    -  click Update with new Values

    -  click Sign Off

    - enter your Log IN (CCP Student ID with the upper case J) and your NEW password

    -  click on Log In

6.  Click on Math 151 (your appropriate section number will be listed as well)

7. On the left side, click on Study Plan

8. Click on the MML Study Plan link in the middle of the screen

9. You will see the Licensing agreement, scroll to the bottom and click on: I Accpt

10 You will be prompted for an access code, click on Access Code and enter the access code packaged with your Textbook, or that you purchased on line

  - If you do not have an Access Code, you can purchase one on line, click on Buy Access Now

   - The access code will look something like this:


Once you have entered the Access Code successfully, you will not need it again. You will have full access to all the on line materials for your course.


 The syllabus below is a subject to change. 

week #

Session #

Topics Covered



 1.1 Slope and Equations of Lines

 1.2 Linear Functions and Applications



 2.1 Solutions of Linear Systems by the Echelon Method



  2.2 Solutions of Linear Systems by the Gauss-Jordan Method



  Review of 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2 ; Test 1



2.3 Addition and Subtraction of Matrices

2.4 Multiplication of Matrices

2.5 Matrix Inverses



3.1 Graphing Linear Ineqaualities



Review of 2.3-2.5, 3.1   Test 2



Spring Break March 2- March 7



3.2 Solving Linear Programming Problems Graphically



3.3 Applications of Linear Programming



4.1 Slack Variables and the Pivot



4.2 Maximization Problems



Review for 4.1, 4.2     Test 3



 4.3 Minimization Problems: Duality



 Final Exam

Course Summary:

Date Details Due