M119: Applied Calculus I Boggess Sections Spring 08 INSTRUCTOR: WEBSITE: OFFICE: EMAIL: PHONE: Jeremy Boggess www.boggess.info/m119 SE 131 firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: (317) 979-3834 Office: (812) 855-9832 **Check www.boggess.info/m119** OFFICE HOURS: Grades Your course grade will be based upon the following grade weights based upon a straight scale (97,93, 90, 87, 83, 80, etc.). Each exam and quiz will be curved (although curving doesn’t mean your grade will always go up) and all grades are based upon these “standardized” grades. You can see your current grade in WebWork. Webwork 10% Quizzes 15% Exams 1 & 3 15%*2=30% Midterm 20% Final 25% There is usually little to no curve at the end of the class and grades are not rounded up (so an 89.99 is still a B+). Webwork WeBWork is homework on the web. It will be assigned almost every class period and will be due by midnight one week later. For example, if we talk about a topic on Tuesday, the WeBWork would be due on Monday at midnight. This is to allow you to ask questions over the assignment the next class period. The computer may allow you to have some extra time later in the night, but homework will not be extended for computer crashes after midnight. I will drop two WeBWorks when calculating your final grade. If you are stuck, please get help by hitting the “email instructor’ button in WebWork. This will let me or a grad student link directly to your problem to better help you. Suggested Problems Several suggest problems are listed on the departmental syllabus. While these are not collected, quiz and exam problems are often very similar to these problems and students who regularly do these problems tend to do significantly better in the class. Keeping these all in a work notebook can help your grade if you are borderline at the end of the semester (see below). Quizzes All quizzes and the first and third exam will be fill in the blank and only work on the cover page will be graded. Notation is important and you will lose partial credit for poor notation. I expect to see both labels (ex. y = ) and units (ex. feet). There are two types of quizzes. Announced quizzes count 10% of your grade for the semester and are given every other two weeks alternating with exams, usually on a Thursday. Pop quizzes count 5% your grade and are very short and relatively easy and can occur at any time during the class. I will drop one pop quiz at the end of the semester. Exams Exams are listed on the departmental schedule. Samples for exams are posted on the class website: www.boggess.info/m119. Makeups or excused absences will only be given if: A) ample prior notice is given before the quiz or exam (a week ahead of time when possible) or B) The instructor is notified as immediately as possible for emergencies (unless you are hospitalized, you should be able to get an email out that same day). All excused absences must have written documentation. For exams, you MUST have your cell phones off and put away. Anyone using a cell phone during an exam or quiz will be considered cheating. For all exams, you must also bring a picture ID with you. Students who are late or forget their IDs or calculators will lose 5% on their exams Class Etiquette You are expected to behave courteously during class time. Students will not be allowed to attend class if more than 5 minutes late, and are expected to stay the entire class period. The exception is if you have emailed me ahead of time explaining their situation. If you do have to leave early, please sit at the back of the classroom so you don’t disturb other students. You may leave when you complete a quiz or exam, but please sit near the back or aisles if you want to leave early. Laptops, MP3 players, cell phones and newspapers should be off and put away during class. Academic Misconduct The Mathematics Department expects its students to comply fully with the University's policies on academic integrity. The penalty for a student caught cheating is a course grade of F. Additional penalties may include probation, suspension, or expulsion from the University. Cheating cases are always reported to the Office of Student Ethics. Even a glance over at another student’s paper is considered cheating, so keep your eyes on your own paper! Borrowing a calculator is also considered cheating if it occurs during a quiz or exam. Using your cell phone in any way is considered cheating. Please remember to turn them off before quizzes or exams. Extra Credit Exams and announced quizzes may have one difficult question that will count as extra credit. In addition, students who keep a work notebook can turn them in by the last day of class to help in borderline cases. If you are borderline (like 89.7%), these can help you get the next higher grade if the work is sufficiently strong. Work Notebook: In addition to computer graded homework on Webwork, we also want to make sure you are doing book problems and are using good notation. To do this, you will need to keep a notebook of all work you do for this class, more notably Webwork and suggested book problems. This should not include your class notes. 1) Notebook: Use a standard size, left-bound notebook. Please don’t use spiral bound notebooks as they are difficult to stack. Composition notebooks are recommended. If you fill the notebook, just turn in two notebooks and continue your work in a second notebook. 2) Index: Save the first 2 full pages to act as an index. Number the other pages you use in the upper corner of each page. You may use the front and back of each page. On each line you should include: the date and times worked, what you are working on, and the notebook page numbers of your work. Here is an example of what your index should look like: Jan 8 th Jan 10 th Jan 12 th Jan 12 etc. th 6-7pm, 8:30-9pm 8-9pm 3-4pm 8-8:20 pm WW1 WW2 1.1 Book WW2 Continued pp.1-3 pp. 5-7 pp. 8-9 pp. 9-10 For notation, I am looking for several things: A) Organization: How well can I follow your steps? This included equal signs between equivalences. If you need to use your calculator and the decimal doesn’t stop, then you need to use an approximate sign instead of an equal sign. B) Setup: Are all your variables well-defined? Is it clear what is given and what we are looking for? C) Labels: You should almost always be able to label an answer. Many times this will just be y =… or f(x)=…., but it is important to communicate your answers fully. All quiz and exam answers should also be labeled correctly. D) Units: This is an applied math class, so most numbers mean something. Are we talking about 3 feet or $3 when the answer is “3”. All quiz and exam answers should have units when appropriate. E) Interpretation: Especially on word problems, try to answer problems using a complete sentence. You can work with others on notebooks, but you must do your own work and be able to explain your work if I ask you.
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