Class Meets: TR 11 - 12:20 PM
Instructor Office Hours: MF: 11 - 1; TR 1:30 - 3; W 1 - 3
Instructor's Office: BO 113A
Instructor's Office Phone: (940)-397-4013
COURSE DESCRIPTION (from 2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog):
Equations, inequalities, rational expressions, exponents, logarithms, radicals, functions, graphs, and systems of equations. Each student must have a graphing calculator. (This course is designed for students planning to take additional mathematics.)
Homework: A list of assigned homework problems is attached to the syllabus. Completing all problems with an emphasis towards understanding of concepts and strengthening your problem solving skills in the context of the mathematical concepts presented in class and the text is essential for successful completion of this course. The odd numbered problems within the homework list are answered in the back of the textbook. Students are expected to check their answers to these problems with the answers in the book and to seek help whenever needed. Working a lot of homework problems is necessary to learn and master the objectives of the course. Students should work additional problems (problems in addition to those assigned) as needed. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure s/he has worked enough problems to ensure mastery of course content. Besides the assigned odd numbered problems for each section of the text a few even numbered problems are assigned. Both the odd numbered and even numbered assigned problems will be turned in and will contribute to your daily component of your course grade.
Exams: Exams will be written to test your ability to work exercises that are comparable to the exercise in the textbook. For this reason it is imperative that you spend a significant amount of time working problems from the textbook.
GRADING POLICY: Grades will be calculated using the following percentage scheme:
Daily Work (includes HW): 25% of course grade
Exams (3 in total): 50% of course grade
Comprehensive Final Exam: 25% of course grade
Course grades will be determined using the standard 90 – 80 – 70 – 60 percentage grading criteria.
If you have made every effort to succeed in this course (good attendance and an honest effort on homework assignments) and you are having difficulty, seek help immediately. The first step is to take advantage of the office hours set up by the instructor. If the listed hours are unsuitable, see the instructor outside of class for individual appointments at mutually agreeable times. In addition, you are encouraged to seek help by going to the department’s math help sessions in Bolin101. See the above “office hours” section of this syllabus for the days and times the math help lab is open.
Make-up Exams: Make-up exams are not generally given; however, such exams may be given for an absence that is a result of a documented medical or personal emergency. If an exam is going to be missed due to an approved university activity, the student should request to take the exam early. For missed exams, timely notification (for emergencies, on or before the scheduled day of the exam, and for approved university activities, a week prior to the scheduled day of the exam) is necessary to receive consideration to make up the missed exam or take the exam early. Once graded exams have been returned to the class, it is not possible to take a make-up. No student will be allowed to make up more than one exam during the semester.
Attendance: Midwestern State University’s Class Attendance Policy is stated on page 45 of the 2013-2014, which you can find at http://mwsu.edu/Assets/documents/student-life/2013-14%20Student%20Handbook.pdf. It states that “students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled.” Among other things, the policy covers the universities position on authorized absences and who students should contact to inform faculty in cases of personal emergencies or an illness which requires hospitalization or a prolonged absence. You may wish to review MSU’s Class Attendance Policy. With regard to this class, the nature of the study of mathematics is such that absences may cause you to fall behind resulting in poor performance. Any student who has accumulated more than 3 absences prior to March 3rd (one week from the last day to withdraw from any class) and is not making adequate academic progress in the course (has a grade of D or F) is subject to being required by the instructor to withdraw from the class. In such cases if the student does not process a student initiated withdrawal the instructor will process an instructor drop with an assigned grade of “WF” or “F.” In addition, any student who is absent more than 4 class periods at any time during the semester and is not making adequate academic progress (has a grade of D or F) is subject to dismissal from the class via an instructor drop with a course grade of “F.” Students who consistently fail to complete homework assignments by the due date also face being dismissed from the course via an instructor drop and assigned a grade of “F.” You may wish to review page 49 of the 2013-2014 Student Handbook for reasons that an instructor may drop a student from a course.
Calculator: A graphing calculator is required for this course. Bring your graphing calculator to each class meeting.
Cell Phones and Pagers: Please turn these off or put them in silent mode and do not use them in class. Incompliant students will be dropped by the instructor from the class. A student will not receive more than one warning concerning cell phone usage before being dropped from the course with a grade of F.
Adhering to Scheduled Class Time: Students who need to leave class early should have permission from the instructor or be counted absent for the entire class period. Students should make every effort to arrive to class on time and remain for the entire period. Excessively leaving class early (except in the case of sudden illness) or arriving to class late will result in dismissal from the class with a grade of F. Students who arrive late or leave early may be counted absent at the instructor’s discretion.
Academic Dishonesty: Evidence of academic dishonesty on any of the assessments from which your course grade will be determined will result in a grade of zero on the evaluated work and possibly a grade of F in the course. This includes homework. The work you turn in for homework should be your own work. Even students who work together on homework should not have identical or nearly identical papers.
Student Rights: All students should refer to the MSU Student Handbook for information related to student responsibilities, rights and activities. Topics such as Student Affairs and Student Life, Academic Issues, Financial Issues, University Policies and Procedures, and Code of Student Conduct are included in this handbook.
Disability Policy: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.