Martin Flashman's Courses - Math 115 Fall, 2010
Tentative Course Information- Subject to Change
Algebra and Elementary Functions
TR 1100 12:20 NR 101
"Lecture 31" W 800 850
"Lecture 32" W 900 950 FR_107
"Lecture 34" W 1100 1150
W 1300 1350 HGH_106
OFFICE: BSS 356 E-MAIL: flashman at humboldt.edu
Hours (Tent.): TR 9:15-10:30 W
14:30-16:00 AND BY
or by CHANCE!
[ I am available after class for appointments.]
PREREQUISITE: Math code 40 (or better) or
IMPORTANT: You may not need this course to take
calculus. MATH PLACEMENT AFTER THE ELM Using ALEKS is not available after Sunday,
August 22nd. If you think you have demonstrated you ability to do the
work in this course in previous course work, you should see me AS SOON
A quick self-check on your capability to proceed to a calculus course
may be found on the course Moodle page, which you can access as a guest
if you are not yet enrolled in the class.
Description: In-depth treatment of exponential,
logarithmic,trigonometric, and polynomial functions. Prereq: HSU MATH
or 44 or 45 or math code 40.
11e ,Swokowski and Cole, Published by
MOODLE: The course syllabus,
announcements, and posted materials for the course will be available on
Moodle. Access to the course page on Moodle will be available to guests
without current enrollment until the September 15.
On-Line Materials: Sensible
PreCalculus (Text Notes plus) by M. Flashman
SCOPE: We will cover topics primarily related to theory
application of Functions: Polynomial, Rational, Exponential,
Logarithmic, and Trigonometric. Supplementary materials will be
TESTS and ASSIGNMENTS: Homework assignments are made
We will use Webassign (which is linked through the Moodle
to assign and
grade homework. Link to Student Quick Start Guide (pdf file). You
should check Webassign regularly for current homework
assignments.[These will be also announced in class.]
Homework results should be recorded by 10:00 am of the
due date [Usually a Tuesday or Thursday] to receive full credit.
I will discuss this further at
first class meeting. Assignments
will be discussed in class on a daily basis.
The class quizzes (usually taking 15-30 minutes) will be given on
Wednesdays as in-class tests during the section meetings. These quizzes
will have problems similar to assignments and
The final examination for the
course will be
The final examination is scheduled for
Tuesday, December 14 @ 10:20 am.
MAKE-UP TESTS WILL NOT BE GIVEN EXCEPT FOR VERY SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES!
It is the student's responsibility to request a makeup promptly,
especially for unauthorized absence.
On Wednesdays the class will meet in separate sections for which you
have registered. "Section" assignments may be done in
(at most three people to a partnership) and submitted at the end of
section time. "Section" time will also be used for quizzes and
You are expected to attend the section for which
you are registered.
Assigned Seating and Attendance: After August 31, students
will have a seat assigned for the lecture meetings.
You may be marked absent if you are not in your assigned seat by 11:10
or at 12:15.
WARNING: MORE THAN 4 ABSENCES CUMULATIVE FROM LECTURE OR SMALL
MAY LOWER YOUR
FOR POOR ATTENDANCE.
*** DAILY ATTENDANCE SHOULD BE A HABIT***
GRADES: Final grades will be
taking into consideration the quality of work done in the course as
primarily from the accumulation of points from tests and
The final examination will be be
400 or 600 points determined by the following rule:
The final grade will use the final
that maximizes the average for the term based on all possible points.
|Reality Quizzes 1-7 Best 6 scores
|Reality Quiz 8
|Homework ( on webassign)
||400 or 600 points
||1400 or 1600 points
A grade of less than 50% on the final
examination may result in a final
grade of F without offsetting high quality work on the other
of the course.
Notice that only 400 or 600 of these
are from formal in-class examinations, so regular
FINAL GRADES: Though final grades for the course are subject to
my discretion, I will use the following overall percentages based on
the total number of points for your work to determine the broader range
of grades for the course. A 85-100% ; B 75- 84% ; C 65- 74% ;
D 50- 64% ; F 0- 49%
Persons who wish to request disability-related accommodations should
contact the Student Disability Resource Center in House 71, 826-4678
(voice) or 826-5392 (TDD). Some accommodations may take up to several
weeks to arrange.
•Add/Drop policy: ** See the
University rules and
dates related to the following:
Students are responsible for knowing
the University policy, procedures, and schedule for dropping or adding
- No drops will be allowed
and compelling reasons" and a fee after this date.
- No drops allowed after this
- Students wishing to be graded
CR or NC should make this request using the web registration
•Emergency evacuation: Please review the evacuation plan for
the classroom (posted on the orange signs) , and review http://studentaffairs.humboldt.edu/emergencyops/campus_emergency_preparedness.php
for information on campus Emergency Procedures. PLEASE, take a moment
to download and read this page carefully. Although it may seem as a
waste of time to you right now, it may save your life one day and you
will not have time to read it when you really need it.
During an emergency,
information can be found campus conditions at: 826-INFO or http://www.humboldt.edu/emergency
•Academic honesty: Students are responsible for knowing
policy regarding academic honesty: http://studentaffairs.humboldt.edu/judicial/academic_honesty.php
disruptive behavior: Students
are responsible for knowing policy regarding attendance and disruptive
Winplot and Microsoft Xcel.
Graphing Calculators: Graphing calculators are welcome
- $$ Winplot
Parris's website or directly from this link for Winplot .
- Online help for Winplot is available.
- If you would like to purchase a graphing calculator, let me know.
The best calculators currently.for taking calculus are the TI 89, the
HP 49 series, and the Casio (C)FX-9700+ or1.0.
Use of Office Hours:
Many students find pre-calculus difficult because of weakness in
their algebra background skills and concepts. A grade of C in
44 or intermediate algebra might indicate this kind of weakness.
- Students wishing help with any graphing calculator should
their calculator manual with them. I try to help with technology
when possible during office hours or by appointment (not
Difficulties that might have been ignored or passed over in previous
courses can be a major reason for why things don't make sense now. You
or in small groups. My office time is
also available to discuss quizzes, routine
Regular use of my time outside of class should be
useful for students having difficulty with the work and wishing to
through a steady approach to mastering skills and concepts.
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