August 17, 2012
You are receiving this message because you've registered for Math 135, Business
Calculus, #19821 at CSU, Fullerton. The course begins Monday, August 27, 2012 and
continues Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00-5:15 pm until December 19, 2012.
My name is Randy Scott (You can call me Mr. Scott.) and I'll be your professor for this
course. I wanted to email you now so that we have a strong start to the semester.
Currently, the class is full. If you are on the wait list, this email does not guarantee you a
spot in the class. I am not familiar with the assigned classroom, so I am unable to
determine how many students I can add to the class. If you are on the wait list and you
have the opportunity to enroll in another section, I highly recommend that you do so.
The syllabus (course description) is posted on my school (full-time) website:
Feel free to download them and get an idea of what to expect.
Class begins at 4:00 pm sharp. I'll be in the room, CPAC-148, ready to begin class at
4:00 pm. I expect the same of you. If you suffer from persistent tardiness, then I
recommend that you enroll in another professor's course.
I feel strongly that use of your cell phone during class is a detrimental distraction to your
success. I will begin each day by asking you to turn off your cell phone. (If there is a
legitimate emergency situation for which you need to remain in contact with the outside
world, let me know.) If you are unable to refrain from checking messages or texting for
the seventy-five minutes we meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, please sign
up for another professor's class.
This course is an applied calculus course taught through the CSUF Mathematics
Department. This is NOT a simple or watered-down course. We will be learning the
fundamental concepts of differential and Integral calculus and applying those concepts
to interesting and important applications from business and economics. To be
successful in our class, you should anticipate spending an additional 8-12 hours a week
outside of class completing homework assignments, reviewing algebra and precalculus
topics, and studying for quizzes and exams.
On a less intimidating note, based on my previous experiences teaching this course at
both CSUF and Santiago Canyon College, if you approach the class with a serious
intent and make the necessary sacrifices for your academic success, then you will be
rewarded with both a fascinating mathematical experience and a passing grade.
A note to those of you who are repeating this class: You need to WORK EVEN
HARDER than you did the first time you took the class. Many, many times I've had
students say "I know this stuff because I took this class already" only to end up having
to take the class for a third time.
Here is a link to a great College Algebra review site:
Take some time and look over the topics. Get out some paper and a pencil and spend a
couple of hours doing some review problems.You need to be able to solve equations of
all kinds, factor, graph lines, and evaluate functions, all without hesitation.
As you review, carefully examine each problem. If you are 100% sure that you know
exactly what to do, then go onto the next topic. If you are less than 100% sure, then
practice problems until you can complete an exercise without looking at the solution.
If you review for a couple hours each day, then when class begins you will be able to
focus fully on the concepts and skills associated with understanding calculus without old
difficulties with algebra getting in the way.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at
and I'll get back to you within a day.
I look forward to meeting and getting to know all of you.