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Water 131 - Advanced Waterworks Mathematics - Michael Alvord

Course:Advanced Waterworks Mathematics
Professor:Michael Alvord
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Welcome to Water 131 - Spring 2022

My name is Michael (Mike) Alvord and I will be your instructor this semester. I have been teaching part-time for COC in the Water System Technology department for more than 20 years. I have also been working in the water industry for more than 25 years. I have a D5 and T3 certifications through the State Water Resources Control Board - Division of Drinking Water.

I look forward to meeting all of you and helping prepare you for a career in water.


Course Description

In this class you will learn advanced math principles and how they apply to water related math problems. It is an advanced waterworks math course that builds on concepts learned in Water 130 and introduces new concepts such as water quality blending, horsepower, CT calculations, and others. By the end of the class you will be able to solve advanced level water distribution, treatment and wastewater related math problems.

What to Expect in this Course

Course Format:

This is offered as a HyFlex course. In a HyFlex course, you have the option of attending class each week via Zoom or attending in person on campus. For additional assistance, please visit the COC Online Education website.

The course is offered using Canvas and Zoom. Please read the COC Canvas & Zoom Student Guides:

Whether you choose to come to campus or join via Zoom each week, attending class is essential to your success in this course. Therefore you are expected to be present each week. If you join via Zoom, it is imperative that you have a good internet connection and access to a computer or other device that can access both Canvas and Zoom.

All course correspondences and information regarding assignments, exams, etc will be conducted through Canvas which uses your COC student email address.  If it’s helpful, you can forward your student email address to your personal email address.

All exams will be given during class and will need to be completed within the time allowed. You will be able to take the exams via Zoom or in person in the classroom.

No make ups will be allowed. If you have an emergency or extenuating circumstance, please let me know immediately.

Class Meeting Dates:

This course starts on Monday, February 7, 2022 and ends on Monday, May 23, 2022.

Contacting the Instructor:

Michael Alvord

Office: CCC ATEC 704


Phone: (661) 702-4429

Types of Assessments

Your syllabus will have all the details related to course expectations, but here is some information you might find useful.

There are 3 exams; 2 Midterms and 1 Cumulative Final

There are 3 Quizzes

There are 10 Homework Assignments

There is one project and one extra credit assignment.

Participate and do the work and you will have no problem passing the course.

Textbook Information

Text Book

You will be able to download the text from Canvas, but you can also get it here...

Technical Requirements:

This course is offered using Canvas and Zoom. The following links provide information and assistance for Canvas and online learning.

Online Education Home Page:

Canvas and Zoom resources and tutorials:

Access to the course:

Course Requirements:

You will need a reliable internet connection, your college email address, and basic computer skills including familiarity with basic windows formats, opening and closing files, sizing windows, starting programs, sending emails, attaching documents, and basic file management skills. If you have any course related questions, please contact me via email at or by telephone at (661) 702-4429. When sending an email, please include “Water 131” in the subject line of the email. Doing so will likely improve the promptness of the reply. In general, emails will be replied to within 24-48 hours. I look forward to seeing you in the class and on Zoom!

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 01/13/2022 Sub#: 1222