MGF1106 Math for Liberal Arts Sections 01-14 Course website: www.math.fsu.edu/~wooland Lecturer: Jim Wooland Lectures: MWF 8:00 – 8:50, 101 HCB Labs: Mondays, time and room determined by section #. MGF1106 labs will not meet today. Your first lab, and first quiz, will be two weeks from today. You can only attend the lab section in which your are enrolled. Course website All study materials for this course, including the textbook, can be accessed from our course website: www.math.fsu.edu/~wooland There is also a link to the course website on the BlackBoard page for this course. Your syllabus Your syllabus is on the web. You can access it from the “Syllabus and Schedule…” link on our home page, or from the “Syllabus” link on the BlackBoard page for this course. Your syllabus You must read your syllabus. Your syllabus contains all the operating rules for this course, including such things as test dates, procedures for make-ups and excused absences, the way your grade is determined, and how to access your posted scores. Eligibility for MGF1106 Virtually everybody is eligible for MGF1106. Rare exceptions Either of these two cases make you ineligible: 1.Your math SAT is less than 470 AND your math ACT is less than 21 AND you have not passed Intermediate Algebra (MAT1033). 2.You have already passed THIS COURSE with a C- or better. Note that having taken other math courses, including higher level math courses, does not affect your eligibility for this class. Eligibility – International Baccalaureate If you were an International Baccalaureate (IB) student in high school, your college transcript might already include credit for this course. In that case, you should not take this course. If you were an IB student and you aren’t sure if you already have credit for MGF1106, e-mail me and I will check. i>Clicker We will use i>Clicker for class participation. i>Clicker points will add extra credit to your quiz average. To participate, you must purchase the clicker and register it according to instructions. You may not arrive late or leave early. If you are going to attend this lecture class, please try to get here on time, and stay for the whole class period. Attendance For most students, skipping class is not a very good idea. In this course, almost every student who gets a D or F is a student with poor attendance habits. The typical D/F student in this course racks up more absences in a two or three week period than their instructor had in all of his courses combined over the many years that he attended college. I>Clicker We will start using I>Clicker in class ASAP. Follow the instructions for registering your clicker. It is your responsibility to ensure that your clicker is correctly registered. For registration purposes, your “student number” is your FSUID. Important fact: Your FSUID is not the rectangular piece of plastic bearing your photo. That thing is your FSUcard. Your FSUID is the part of your FSU e-mail address that comes before the “@” symbol. For example, if your e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, then your FSUID is jrw57c. i>Clicker When answering class participation questions, you should always assume that getting the correct answer is important (even though some questions may be graded in a way that gives full credit for any answer). A wrong answer is always better than no answer, so pay attention to the timer, and at least make a guess before time runs out on a question. A. Yes, I get it. B. No, I don’t get it. Your grade Your grade is determined by Average of three unit tests (75%) Quiz average (15%) Regular homework average (5%) Finals Week Homework average (5%) The grade scale is in your syllabus, along with other conditions that may affect your grade. No Final Exam This course does not have a final exam. Instead, you will have a comprehensive series of four homework assignments that are all due by noon, Thursday of finals week. More details will be provided at the appropriate time. Homework Your first homework assignment will be posted after drop/add ends. At that time, you will be sent an e-mail explaining how to access homework for this class. All homework is done via the Internet, using our eGrade web server. You will have one or two assignments each week (usually one), and you will have several days or more to complete each assignment. You get three attempts at each homework assignment. The highest of the three scores is the one that counts in your homework average. Homework Each homework assignment is intended to prepare you for the upcoming quiz or test in lab. For that reason, it is a bad idea to wait until after your quiz or test before attempting the homework (even though you will have several days to complete an assignment). It is a good idea to ask questions about homework exercises that you don’t understand. You are always welcome to print problems from your homework and bring them to lecture class for explanation. Give printed problems to me before class starts. I will usually have time to work at least a couple of homework exercises at the beginning of each lecture class. Quizzes Each Monday in lab (beginning Monday, Sept. 10) you will have a quiz, except on days when you have a test. There are no make-ups for missed quizzes. If you have a documented, justifiable excused absence from a quiz, then the zero for the missed quiz will not count in your quiz average. The policy for missed tests is different. Read your syllabus for more details. Tests Test 1: Monday, October 1, in lab. Test 2: Monday, October 29, in lab. Test 3: Monday, December 3, in lab. The policy for missed tests is different from the policy for missed quizzes. Read your syllabus for more details. If you know in advance that you have a conflict that will cause you to miss a test, then you should discuss it with me in advance. Wednesday On Wednesday we will begin discussing material from Part 1 Module 1 of the text. Part 1 Module 1 is mainly an introduction, or reintroduction, to some basic terminology and notation from set mathematics. The slideshow “Part 1 Module 1 preview” will give you an idea of what to expect.
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