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									                       Math 65: Introductory Algebra
                     Course Calendar – Campus/Online/Hybrid WebCT
                     Weekly /Unit Assignments and Suggested Practice

                                                            rd
           Text: Introductory Algebra for College Students 3 edition Robert Blitzer


A. This is a tentative schedule! Keep checking the course frequently for updates. Print off 3-4 pages
   at a time and check off each item as you do it to stay on track-note changes as they occur. Note
   important due dates on a calendar that you check regularly.
B. For Fall, Winter and Spring terms we complete one unit per week. In Summer we complete one
   unit every 3-5 days as the term is only 8 weeks long.
C. Fall, Winter and Spring: Unless otherwise noted: The deadline for all unit assignments is Sunday
   at 11PM. Summer only: Deadlines are all 11PM but the day of the week varies.
D. From your syllabus regarding LATE WORK: Better late than never. If unusual circumstances arise,
   one late assignment should not impact your grade. The assignment will most likely NOT be
   graded. (If I feel it is needed to help me decide a border-line grade AFTER your final exam, I will
   then look at it.) More than one late assignment may result in lower grades. It will be harder to
   know how you are doing if any of your assignments are late. Let me know by WebCT email why
   an assignment is late, and remind me again at the end of the term
E. From your syllabus regarding MISSED (OR POOR) EXAMS and QUIZZES: NO make-up exams or
   quizzes are given. A missed exam (or a poor exam) score will be replaced by your final exam
   score. If unusual circumstances arise you may be able to submit a missed exam (or quiz) that
   might be used to help decide a borderline grade-but the exam will NOT be graded. It will be
   harder to know how you are doing if you miss an exam, and the bulk of your grade will depend on
   your final. Ask by WebCT email for permission to take a missed Quiz or exam, and remind me
   again at the end of the term that you have taken one.
F. I highly recommend that you aim for at least 2 days EARLIER than the deadline, so that you have
   more room for emergencies!
G. Practice, practice, practice: Go to Homework Advice
 For each section there are suggested problems listed toward the end of this document. Go to
   Practice Problems for Blitzer     You should really do ALL odds! You can also do the problems
   generated in MathPro 5.

        Whether you are working from the text or using the on-line software, DO NOT JUST
        WRITE ANSWERS. You should show your work (on paper, not on the computer) and
        keep a record of your errors to help you study. Keep the work neat and labeled. 2
        points for each section reasonably completed before your final exam. Bring them in
        when you take your final. Students that skip this essential practice do not do well
        in the course. You should be able to do all questions without notes or a
        calculator (check with a calculator and with the back of the text). Remember to
        use the discussion board to ask questions if you get stuck!
H. Read the corresponding “Course Content Module” in WebCT if one is available.
I. Feel free to work ahead as your schedule permits. If you have questions, post them to the
   discussion board. It is important that you post them in the appropriate week/unit and clearly state
   the week/unit that your question is from.
J. Go to the text book’s web site, or use the text tutorial for extra practice problems.


       WEEK/ READ                                           TO DO
        UNIT    FROM                GRADED ASSIGNMENTS, EXAMS, QUIZZES, ETC.
       One unit TEXT          The deadline for all unit assignments is 11PM, unless otherwise
 per week AND    noted. (Fall, Winter Spring –Sundays) (Summer deadlines vary-
  (Except COURSE must complete in 8 weeks)
 Summer CONTENT
             NOTE:
             “§” means
             “section”
                         There are 11 items in Unit 1.
Unit 1       Blitzer:    1) Read and follow the alphabetic list at the top of this page.
             Chap. 4
Start::      Review      2) Learn WebCT. Complete the orientations and read the syllabus
             P266-269
Monday                      under “Step 2” on the home page.
             § 5.1
Sept. 26
             § 5.2
             § 5.3       3)   Read all about Math Placement at
                              http://spot.pcc.edu/academ/math/placement/index.htm to make
Unit 1                        sure you’re in the correct class.
work
should be                4) Read the Are You Ready for Math 65? brochure, at
completed
by :                          http://spot.pcc.edu/academ/math/placement/are_you_prepared/index.htm
                              and take the self-graded quiz (not collected). To be successful in
11PM                          Math 65, you should be comfortable with all questions. Make
Sunday.                       sure you work without a calculator and check your own answers.
Oct.,2

(Please
                              If the Math 65 quiz seems extremely easy, try the one for Math 70
read above                    or Math 95. If the Math 65 quiz seems too hard, try Math 20
about late                    CAUTION: These are skills needed BEFORE you take the
work.)                        course-they should be well understood-not just “familiar”! The
                              brochures are also available in the Math Department in SY ST 104,
                              (There are also links from My Web site and from WebCT)

                         5) Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this unit to
                            check for additions or corrections. (You do NOT have to post 3
                            times!)

                         6) Get your text and calculator. There are copies of the text for use in
                            the library if you are not able to purchase one immediately. You
                            could also team up with a classmate!

                         7) The sections listed in column 2 are to be covered in this unit.
                            Read those sections both in your text AND the similar topic
                            sections from the content area modules in WebCT.

                         8) Do the assigned practice problems for the sections covered in
                            this unit. (Read G at the top of this page.) Students that skip
                            this essential practice do not do well in the course.
                            Remember to use the discussion board to ask questions if you
                            get stuck!

                         9) Take the A & B quizzes Math 60 skills at least once. (under
                              “Exams and Quizzes”). Keep taking them to improve your
                              score and to refresh your skills.
                         10) Submit the Graded HW for unit #1 (13 points) using the
                          Assignment         Drop       Box       in        WebCT            (see
                          http://webct.pcc.edu/support/     Assignment Tool for help).
                          (Note: I can only read .doc (Word) or .rtf (rich text file) files.

                       --Make sure you read and follow the directions in the
                       assignment drop box in WebCT. (3 pts)

                          Blitzer: (2 pts each)
                          --page 272-273 Chapter 4 Test #7, 12,15
                          --page 273 Cumulative Review Exercises (chap 1-4), #4, 6,

                       11) You can try the Optional Practice HW Assignment for insurance
                           points.

  Unit 2               There are 8 items in Unit 2
            Blitzer:
Dates:      § 5.4      1) Submit Unit 2 Graded HW Assignment (30 points) using the
Start by:   § 6.1         Assignment         Drop      Box       in        WebCT            (see
Oct. 3      § 6.2
                          http://webct.pcc.edu/support/    Assignment Tool for help).
                          (Note: I can only read .doc (Word) or .rtf (rich text file) files
Due by:
11PM
Oct 11                    --Make sure you read and follow the directions in the
                          assignment drop box in WebCT to do the following
                          problems. (3 pts)

                          Blitzer: (5pts each except p283 #10)
                          --page 283 #10 (2pts), 20
                          --Page 290 #10,13, 34 (Remember here to give the definition of
                          the variables AS PART OF YOUR ANSWER.)
                          --page                        299                         #18

                       2) On-Line Students only: (disregard if Exam 1 is given on-
                          line) Inform me of any exam 1 conflicts. Check the discussion
                          board and/or announcement area for Exam 1 sessions and
                          rooms. If you can’t make any, you need to arrange for someone
                          to proctor the exam for you. Details given in the course.

                       3) Take Regular Quiz 1 Covers sections from Unit 1: (review of
                          math 60) and (solving systems of equations).
                          Blitzer: Chapters 4 and 5

                          Please Note:
                           a. This quiz is timed and your first attempt counts (Once
                              you begin-the clock keeps on going until it’s submitted.) -
                              study before taking!
                           b. Make sure you disable any Pop-up blockers or your quiz
                              won’t pop-up!
                           c. DO NOT USE the equation editor. When showing work,
                              use <br> or ; at the end of a line that you type, or I can’t tell
                              where one line starts and another begins. (WebCT removes
                              all the “enter” s)
                           d. If you run out of time, you MAY KEEP WORKING. Just
                              keep ignoring the pop-up warning. Email me after WHY,
         and we’ll work something out. It is better to take your time
         and finish than to guess, rush or leave blank and submit.

4) AFTER you’ve taken Regular Quiz 1, Take RegQz1HiScore
   more practice and to get a better score. On this quiz, your
   HIGHEST score counts-you may take it as often as you like. If
   you don’t take it or if you take it and don’t do as well as
   Regular Quiz 1, your score from Regular Quiz 1 will be
   counted instead. The time has been shortened; you must
   work toward speed and accuracy with understanding.

5)    Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this unit to
     check for additions or corrections

6) 5 point Quiz grade: On the discussion board in Unit 1 or 2,
   post a question and answer from the practice HW that you think
   might appear on an exam OR ask at least one MATH question
   from the practice HW problems that gave you difficulty. Write the
   question, the directions, where the problem is located and what
   your difficulty seems to be OR answer someone’s MATH
   question. The subject of the post must be specific: Page,
   problem #, text

7) The sections listed in column 2 are to be covered in this unit.
   Read those sections both in your text AND similar sections from
   the content area modules in WebCT.

8) Do the assigned practice problems for the sections covered in
   this unit. (Read F at the top of this page.)
 Unit 3                        1) Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this
            Blitzer:              unit to check for additions or corrections.
            § 6.3
10/10-10/18 § 6.4 (start)      2) Read sections from the text and related content area
                                  sections and do assigned practice problems. Go to
  11PM                             Assigned Practice Problems

                               3) Begin to study for Exam 1: 2 parts: long answer portion
                                  and a short answer portion. no calculator

                               Covers the sections in Units 1 and 2: Basic Skills from Math
                               60, Systems of Equations, Beginning polynomials

                                 Blitzer SECTIONS COVERED: Chapter 4, 5.1-5.4, 6.1,6.2
                                 LET ME KNOW IF NOTHING HAS BEEN POSTED YET!!
                             If proctored: ON-LINE Students Only Check the discussion
                             board and/or announcement area for Exam 1 sessions and rooms
                             at Sylvania Campus, If those times do not work-let me know
                             within 4 days after they have been posted. You may also use a
                             proctored setting at a testing center at PCC, or another
                             accredited, college nearer to you.
                            If proctored: one, 100 question scantron (50 questions on each
                            side) for some multiple choice questions recommended, but not
                            required.
                                 4) There is no graded hw assignment for Unit 3-study
                                      and do the assigned practice for the sections in
                                      column 2 (See F above)!
 Unit 4                          1) Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this unit
            Blitzer:                  to check for additions or corrections.
            § 6.4
10/17-10/25 (finish)           2) Take Exam 1 (may be given on-line): 2 parts: long
            § 6.5                 answer portion and a short answer portion. No calculator.
   11PM
            Review             Units covered:
            Chapter 6
                               Blitzer SECTIONS COVERED: Basic Skills from Math 60,
                               Chapter 4, 5.1-5.4, 6.1,6.2
                               If given on-line: It is a TIMED exam. Your first attempt
                               counts. Once you begin-the clock keeps on going until it’s
                               submitted.) There may be some FILL-IN questions and
                               some “show your work” questions. DO NOT USE THE
                               EQUATION EDITOR! Using the ENTER key does not keep
                               the new line after you submit. Please use a ; after each
                               line.

                               If proctored: Try to bring one, 100 question scantron (50
                               questions on each side) for some multiple choice questions,
                               writing paper for long answers, SASE (Self Addressed
                               Stamped Envelope) to have exam returned to you.


                               3) Read sections from the text and related content area
                                  modules and do assigned practice problems. Go to
                                   Assigned Practice Problems
4) Begin to study for next unit’s Regular Quiz 2-there is a
   practice quiz under Student Tools, Exam Study Helpers:
   Polynomial and Factoring Practice.

5) 5 point Quiz grade: On the discussion board in Unit 3
   or 4, post a question and answer from the practice HW
   that you think might appear on an exam OR ask at least
   one MATH question from the practice HW problems that
   gave you difficulty. Write the question, the directions,
   where the problem is located and what your difficulty
   seems to be OR answer someone’s MATH question. The
   subject of the post must be specific: Page, problem #, text

6) There is no graded hw assignment for Unit 4-study and
   do the assigned practice!
Unit 5     Blitzer:         Take Regular Quiz 2: Covers units:
           § 7.1             Blitzer: Chapter 6 and 7.1-7.3. 25 questions: Multiple choice
10/24-11/1 § 7.2             and fill in.
  11PM     § 7.3             Please Note:
                             o This quiz is timed, your first attempt counts-study before
                                  taking!
                             o DO NOT USE the equation editor. When showing work,
                                  use <br> or ; at the end of a line that you type, or I can’t
                                  tell where one line starts and another begins. (WebCT
                                  removes all the “enter” s)
                             o Make sure you disable any Pop-up blockers or your quiz
                                  won’t pop-up!
                             o If you run out of time, you MAY KEEP WORKING. Just
                                  keep ignoring the pop-up warning. Email me after WHY,
                                  and we’ll work something out. It is better to take your time
                                  and finish than to guess, rush or leave blank and submit.

                            Take RegQz2HiScore-AFTER you’ve taken Regular Quiz
                             2, you MAY take this quiz for more practice. Your
                             HIGHEST score counts-you may take it as often as you like.
                             If you don’t take it or if you take it and don’t do as well
                             as Regular Quiz , your score from Regular Quiz will be
                             counted instead. The time has been shortened, you
                             must work toward speed and accuracy with
                             understanding.

                            Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this unit to
                             check for additions or corrections.

                            Read sections from the text and related content area
                             modules and do assigned practice problems. Go to
                             Assigned Practice Problems

                          There is no graded hw assignment for Unit 5-study and
                           do the assigned practice!
  Unit 6    Blitzer:      Unit 6 Graded Assignment-
            § 7.4          --Make sure you read and follow the directions in the
            § 7.5          assignment drop box in WebCT to do the following
 10/31-11/8 § 7.6          problems. (3 pts)
11PM        Review
            Chapter 7:   Blitzer: Unless otherwise noted, the questions are 1 point
            Problem
                         each.
            Solving
                         Chapter 6 test, page 394 #4,7,8,9,16,20,23
                          7.1 Page 404-405 #60,86 (3 points),88 (2 points)
                          7.2 page 412-13 #20,22,24, 52,73(2 points)
                          7.3 page 419 # 4,10

                            Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this unit to
                             check for additions or corrections.

                            Read sections from the text and related content area modules
                             and do assigned practice problems. Go to Assigned Practice
                             Problems
   5 point Quiz grade: On the discussion board in Unit 5 or 6,
    post a question and answer from the practice HW that you
    think might appear on an exam OR ask at least one MATH
    question from the practice HW problems that gave you
    difficulty. Write the question, the directions, where the problem
    is located and what your difficulty seems to be OR answer
    someone’s MATH question. The subject of the post must be
    specific: Page, problem #, text
  Unit 7 Blitzer:         Exam 2 on-line: 2 parts: a calculator, long answer portion
11/7-11/15 § 9.1           and a short answer, no calculator portion.
  11PM                     Covers Units:
                           Blitzer Sections 6.1-6.5 and 7.1-7.6.
                           It is a TIMED exam. –Your first attempt counts. Once you
                           begin-the clock keeps on going until it’s submitted.) There
                           are some FILL-IN questions and some “show your work”
                           questions. DO NOT USE THE EQUATION EDITOR! Using
                           the ENTER key does not keep the new line after you
                           submit. Please use a ; after each line.

                            Read sections from the text and related content area sections
                             in the course and do assigned practice problems. Go to
                             Assigned Practice Problems

                            There is no graded hw assignment for Unit 7-study and
                             do the assigned practice!
  Unit 8    Blitzer:
            § 10.1
11/14-11/22 § 10.3          Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this unit
  11PM                       to check for additions or corrections.

                            Read sections from the text and related content area
                             modules and do assigned practice problems. Go to
                             Assigned Practice Problems

                            On the discussion board in Unit 7 or 8, ask or answer
                             at least one MATH question from the practice problems.
                             DO NOT just give the page and problem number. Write
                             the question, the directions, and what your difficulty
                             seems to be.

                            There is no graded hw assignment for Unit 8-study
                             and do the assigned practice!
  Unit 9    Blitzer:        Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this unit
            § 10.5           to check for additions or corrections.
            § 6.7
11/21-11/29 § 10.6          Read sections from the text and related content area
  11PM                       units and do assigned practice problems. Go to Assigned
            Review           Practice Problems
            Chapters 9
            and 10
                            Unit 9 Graded Assignment-
                             Make sure you follow the directions in the drop box (3 pts)
                         Blitzer:
                          6.7 page 385 for 1 point each:
                         #12,22,30,32,40,48,82,90,94,100
                          10.5 Page 619
                         for 1 pt each:#2,4
                          For 2 pts each: #8,10, 20
                          For 3 points: #34 for 4 points #42
                         10.6 Page 628 for 1 pt each:#4,6 For 3 points: #18
                         For 5 points: #42 (Make sure you define a and V(a), Correctly
                         use function notation, show correct substitution, and write
                        your answer to this application problem in a complete
                        sentence.

                           Inform instructor of any final exam conflicts.

 Unit 10   Blitzer         Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this unit to
                            check for additions or corrections.
           Review all
11/28-12/6 chapters      Take Regular Quiz 3:
 11PM                   Units covered:
                        Blitzer SECTIONS COVERED: 9.1, 10.1, 10.3, 10.5, 10.6 Some
                        basic skills from Chapters 6 and 7, and one question on Solving a
                        System from Chapter 5. (Start reviewing for your final!!)
                        Please Note:
                            o This quiz is timed, your first attempt counts-study before
                               taking!
                            o Make sure you disable any Pop-up blockers or your quiz
                               won’t pop-up!
                            o DO NOT USE the equation editor. When showing work,
                               use <br> or ; at the end of a line that you type, or I can’t
                               tell where one line starts and another begins. (WebCT
                               removes all the “enter” s)
                            o If you run out of time, you MAY KEEP WORKING. Just
                               keep ignoring the pop-up warning. Email me after WHY,
                               and we’ll work something out. It is better to take your time
                               and finish than to guess, rush or leave blank and submit.

                           RegQz3HiScore-AFTER you’ve taken Regular Quiz 3, you
                            MAY take this quiz for more practice. Your HIGHEST score
                            counts-you may take it as often as you like. If you don’t
                            take it or if you take it and don’t do as well as Regular
                            Quiz , your score from Regular Quiz will be counted
                            instead. The time has been shortened; you must work
                            toward speed and accuracy with understanding.

                           Read sections from the text and related content area
                            modules and do assigned practice problems. Go to Assigned
                            Practice Problems

                         Unit 10 Graded Assignment
                        Make sure you follow the directions in the drop box (3 pts)
                                 Final Exam is to be proctored, cumulative
                                2 parts: long answer portion and a short answer portion No
        Finals                  calculator allowed on your final. Final exams are not returned.
        Week                    Helpful: one, 100 question scantron (50 questions on each side)
      12/7-12/15                (You may use the back of a previous scantron.)

                   Study for    ONLINE STUDENTS ONLY: Check the discussion board and/or
                   final       announcement area for Final Exam sessions and rooms. If the
                                given times do not work-let me know within 4 days after they
                                have been posted. You may also use a proctored setting at a
                                testing center at PCC, or another accredited, college nearer to
                                you.


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BLITZER PRACTICE HOMEWORK PROBLEMS—Not collected                   (Always do more problems as
needed for practice!)   Every term someone attempts to do all these problems on the computer
and submit them to be graded-DON’T BE THAT PERSON!                These are just for your own
practice. You still should do them neatly, and work them with paper and pencil-practicing the
steps as you would show them on an exam. That is how you get good at math.
Check your answers in the back of the book. Don’t forget to look for the completed problem
in the solutions manual (on-line, or the hard copy) if you need to see any problem worked out.



                        Section / Topic                  Read     Practice Problems (read above)
          Chapter 4 Review                               266-     1, 3, 6-11, 15, 19-29, 31, 35
                                                          269
          § 5.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by   276-     1,5,11,17,23,29,35,41,43,44,
          Graphing                                        282     47-50,59,
                                                                  Mental math: 66-68 all
          § 5.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by    285-    1-17odd,
          the Substitution Method                         290     27,33,35,37,38,41,42,48,49
          § 5.3 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by    292-    1,5,11,17,23,29,31,47,51,58,59,6
          the Addition Method                             298     3,71-73
          § 5.4 Problem Solving Using Systems of          300-    1,3,5,11,15,17,19,23,25,27,
          Equations                                       307     37-40
          Review Chapter 5: Systems of linear             317-    Pages 319-321, as many as
          equations                                       318     needed. Remember we skipped
                                                                  5.5.
          § 6.1 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials        324-    1-19 odd,
                                                          329     23,29,35,41,47,53,59,65,71,77,8
                                                                  3,85,87,90,91,92,93,112-114
          § 6.2 Multiplying Polynomials                   332-    1-35
                                                          340     odd,41,47,53,59,65,71,77,83,
                                                                  89,93,95,97,98,
                                                                  103,106,107,109-112
§ 6.3 Special Products                       343-   1-17 odd,25-35 odd,39,41,45-53
                                             348    odd,59,65,71,
                                                    77,83,85,87,89,91,93,100,101,10
                                                    2,103,105,107, 108-110
§ 6.4 Polynomials in Several Variables       352-   1,5,7,11,17,23,25,29,35,41,45,47
                                             356    ,49,53,57,65,77,81,
                                                    83-91odd
§ 6.5 Dividing Polynomials                   360-   1-77 odd, 79,81,85, 90-92
                                             366
§ 6.7 Negative Exponents and Scientific             Postpone until after 10.6
Notation
Review Chapter 6: Exponents and              389-   Pages 392-395 as many as
Polynomials                                  392    needed. Remember we
                                                    skipped 6.6
§ 7.1 The Greatest Common Factor and         398-   3,9,11,17,21,23,29,31,35,39,41,4
Factoring by Grouping                        403    7,53
                                                    55,57,59,61,67,69,71,81,87,101,
                                                    103-105
§ 7.2 Factoring Trinomials Whose Leading     406-   1,5,11,17,21,23,29,35,41,43,45,4
Coefficient Is One                           412    7,53,59,61,74,75,78-80
§ 7.3 Factoring Trinomials Whose Leading     413-   1,5,11,17,23,27,29,35,41,59-
Coefficient Is Not One                       418    67odd,90,91,98-100
§ 7.4 Factoring Special Forms                420-   1,5,7,11,17,23,25,29,35,41,45,47
                                             424    ,49,53,57,65,71,73,75,77,89-
                                                    92,110,111
§ 7.5 A General Factoring Strategy           427-   1-11odd,,15,17,19, 21, 25, 29,
                                             432    31, 33, 95,110,111
§ 7.6 Solving Quadratic Equations by         435-   1-31odd,41,47,53, 57-59, 64-
Factoring                                    443    67,69,71,75,
Review Chapter 7                             448-   Pages 450-453 As many as
                                             449    needed
§ 9.1 Finding Roots                          534-   1-26 Without a calculator, then
                                             539    check with! 27,31-51odd,
                                                    75,77,79,83,102,103
Review Chapter 9                             577    Page 579 1-11 Remember, we
                                                    only covered 9.1
                                                    Page 581 1-5, 11-13, 19-25
§ 10.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by the    584-   1,3,5,9,11,13,17,19, 21, 27, 31,
Square Root Property                         588    35, 41, 45, 47, 51, 55, 59, 61, 63,
                                                    73, 74, 76
§ 10.3 The Quadratic Formula                 597-   1,3,5,7,11,15,17,31,39,41,45, 47,
                                             603    49, 51, 55,57,60,62,70
§ 10.5 Graphs of Quadratics Equations        611-   1,3,7,9,11,13,19,21,25-35
                                             618    odd,37,39,43-49,53,54,57, 61,64
§ 10.6 Introduction to Functions             621-   1-19 odd, 25-32,
                                             627    33,35,36,37,41,42,44,45,46,49-
                                                    52,55,57
Review Chapter 10: Quadratic Equations and   632-   Pages 635-639. As many as
functions.                                   635    needed. Remember we skipped
                                                    10.2 and 10.4.
§ 6.7 Negative Exponents and Scientific      376-   1,5,9,13,19,21,23,27,29-49 odd,
Notation                                     385    53,61,73,79-111 odd
                                                                     127-137 odd, 139-141, 149-155
          Solving Systems of Linear Equations by                     Solve by tables 21,23,25,29, then
          Tables (not in text)                                       review by solving by adding,
                                                                     substitution and graphing!
                                                                     Study for final Check WebCT
                                                                     and Web for study guide. Until
                                                                     then, study old exams and
                                                                     quizzes!

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Homework Advice:
You always have Homework - but it is not always collected! Students that skip this essential
practice usually do not do well.
 These homework assignments may be changed-some may be skipped, others added. In
   addition there will be assigned projects and work sheets. Make sure you keep checking the
   weekly assignments and announcements in the course.
 Check your answers to all the odd numbered problems with the back of your text.
 Don’t erase your errors! These are your best teachers. Circle them-or draw a line through so
   you can still read it. Use color. Then redo the problem correctly.   Try to also write down the
   reasoning.    When reviewing for a test, these are the ones to give extra special attention to.
   See separate handout on how to correct your errors. Make notes in the margins of your text
   and HW when you get stuck-but move on to complete the assignment. Don't stop when you
   are stuck. Just remember to come back when you’re done or the next day after it is discussed
   in class. Get help if is still doesn't make sense!
 Some students have discovered that one secret to doing math is practice, practice, practice
   (with understanding). They do many more problems than were assigned-and they do them
   over and over again until the methods are understood and can be applied quickly. So, always
   do AS MANY EXTRA PROBLEMS AS NEEDED for more practice.
 Also do some practice under time pressure. Each day, choose several problems (some old,
   some new) and give yourself 5 minutes to complete them. Always check your work! Study
   each day as if you will be getting a quiz!
 Get stuck on some questions? That means you’re learning!! Summarize those questions and
   attempt to solve them or write what the difficulty was. Leave some room so you can fill in
   correct responses from the discussion board - or come to my office for help. Your HW should
   not look like it was copied out of the solutions manual, or from a classmate. It should not be a
   page of answers only. There should be highlighting, directions, work, corrected errors and
   study notes. It should be a helpful living document. It is almost impossible to do well on
   exams if you don’t practice examples each night and study each night as if you were getting a
   test the next day. You should put in at least 8 to 12 hours a unit outside of class to be
   successful in this class (4 week classes will cover 2-3 units a week. 8 week classes will cover
   about 1-2 units per week!); more if your background is weak, less if your background is strong
   and this is a refresher course.
 You should also read ahead in your text to begin to become familiar with the new work that
   will be covered in the upcoming unit. Try the examples that the author has worked out for
   you. Write down all the bold-faced vocabulary words.          You will get more out of the
   supplementary material, and will be better able to tackle the homework.
 Remember: When possible, work problems by hand AND by graphing calculator-your
   weakest way FIRST! Check by your strongest. Finally check with the back of your
   textbook.




                                                                               Linda Bastian   Rev 9/7/2005

								
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