Martin Flashman's Courses - Math 115 Summer, 2012
Tentative Course Information- Subject
to Change (5-17-12)
Algebra and Elementary Functions
11:00 12:20 BSS 313
Work in Progress
OFFICE: BSS 356 E-MAIL: flashman at
Office hours :(Tentative) MTWR 9:30-10:30 and by
appointment or chance.
PREREQUISITE: Math code 40 (or better) or
All Math 115 students in this class should take the Required
Baseline Course Pre-Test on-line by Thursday, May 24th.
The test will take about 1 hour.
Print the results of the test and bring the results to submit in
class on Thursday.
This work will not count toward your grade, but will allow me to
plan some of the course more effectively for your benefit.
Catalog Description: In-depth treatment of exponential,
logarithmic,trigonometric, and polynomial functions. Prereq: HSU
MATH 42 or 44 or 45 or math code 40.
TEXT: Precalculus: A Right
Triangle Approach, 4/EPearson, 2012) with
MyMathLab/MyStatLab Student Access Kit
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 May 24.
On-Line Materials: Sensible
PreCalculus (Text Notes plus) by M. Flashman
SCOPE: We will cover topics primarily related to theory and
application of Functions: Polynomial, Rational, Exponential,
Logarithmic, and Trigonometric. Supplementary materials will be
provided as appropriate.
TESTS and ASSIGNMENTS: Homework assignments are made
regularly. We will use MyMathLab (which is linked through
the Moodle course page) to assign and grade homework.
You should check MyMathLAb regularly for current homework
assignments.[These will be also announced in class.]
Homework results should be recorded by 9:00 am of the due date to
receive full credit. I will discuss this further at the
first class meeting. Assignments will be discussed in class
on a daily basis.
The class quizzes (100 points each,
usually taking 15-30 minutes) will be given on Tuesdays as
These quizzes will have problems similar to assignments and class
In most cases a missed quiz will
be graded 0. The best 6 of the first 7 quizzes together with the
8th quiz will be used for the course grade.
Calculus Readiness Diagnostic Test:
During the last week of classes students will take an on-line
calculus readiness diagnostic test. Besides assisting students in
focusing work prior to the final exam, submission of the reported
test score will be used for 40 points of the grade.
examination for the course will be comprehensive.
The final examination will be
given in two parts during the last Wednesday and Thursday
**MAKE-UP TESTS WILL NOT BE GIVEN
EXCEPT FOR VERY SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES!
It is the student's responsibility to request a makeup
especially for unauthorized absence.
Assigned Seating and Attendance: After May 24, students will
have a seat assigned for the class.
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
MAY LOWER YOUR FINAL
GRADE FOR POOR ATTENDANCE. *
** DAILY ATTENDANCE SHOULD BE A HABIT***
GRADES: Final grades will
be determined taking into consideration the quality of work done
in the course as evidenced primarily from the
accumulation of points from tests and various assignments.
The final examination will be be
worth either 400 or 600 points determined by the following rule:
The final grade will use the final
examination score that maximizes the average for the term based
on all possible points.
|Quizzes 1-7 Best 6 scores
|In Class work
|Homework ( on MyMathLab)
||400 or 600 points
||1500 or 1700 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 parts of the course.
Notice that 1100 or 1300 of these
points are from formal in-class quizzes and examinations, so regular participation is essential to
forming a good foundation for your grades as well as your
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
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 classes.
- No drops will be allowed
without "serious and compelling reasons" and a fee after
- No drops allowed after this
- Students wishing to be
graded with either CR or NC should make this request
using the web registration procedures.
•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
•Attendance and disruptive behavior: Students are responsible for knowing
policy regarding attendance and disruptive behavior: http://studentaffairs.humboldt.edu/judicial/attendance_behavior.php
A computer or a graphing calculator can be used for many
problems. We will use Winplot and Microsoft Xcel.
Graphing Calculators: Graphing calculators are welcome
and highly recommended.
- $$ Winplot
from Rick 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.
- Students wishing help with any graphing calculator should
plan to bring their calculator manual with them. I try to
help with technology when possible during office hours or by
appointment (not in class).
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 Math 44 or intermediate algebra might indicate
this kind of weakness.
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 may use my office hours for some additional
work on these background areas either as individuals or in small
groups. My office time is also available to discuss
quizzes, routine problems from homework after they have
been discussed in class, as well as using technology.
Regular use of my time outside of class should be especially
useful for students having difficulty with the work and wishing to
improve through a steady approach to mastering skills and
Don't be shy about asking for an
appointment outside of the scheduled office hours
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