General Policies and Procedures
While I realize that you have only a limited amount of time available
for this class, the following strategy has proven very successful in
studying for math classes, and I strongly advise its use: Prepare for
the lecture by reading the scheduled section(s) in the textbook; even
if you do not understand everything, you will have an overview of what
to expect in class. At this point, you should review any section,
which might be needed as background for the new material. Then attend
the lecture and take your own notes. Afterwards, you should review the
textbook and your notes as much as necessary to understand the
material; test yourself by working out the examples in the text! At
this point, you are ready to do the homework problems for this section
as a final test of your understanding. You should realize that this
approach actually saves time over the whole semester, since it is
easier to do homework problems right after studying the material, and
thus reinforcing the lecture.
The purpose of homework is to reinforce concepts introduced in class.
Mathematics can only be learned by applying these concepts yourself.
Only as a secondary purpose is the homework designed to help your
self-evaluation and to prepare you for the tests! The homework
problems are not collected, but you should do all homework problems
and ask about those you have difficulty with.
Additional help is available in the Mathematics Tutoring Center,
located in the Johnson Center room 344. Hours are posted on the
Tutoring Center website.
There are three recitation sections for this course, and you must be
enrolled in one of them. You are expected to attend recitations, where
quizzes will be taken and homework problems will be reviewed. Due to
space constraints in the class room for the recitations, you have to
attend the recitation that you are registered for.
There will be two tests and one comprehensive final exam.
See the syllabus for the dates and times,
as well as the material covered by each of them. In addition,
eight quizzes will be given during the recitation sections. All
quizzes, tests and the final exam will be closed book. The use
of calculators, cell phones, or smart watches is not allowed. No make-up
tests or quizzes will be given. If you miss a test due to a
legitimate reason, the final exam will be used in its place. For this,
you have to contact me immediately (i.e., on the day of the test!) via
e-mail, and provide documentation upon your return. If I do not
hear from you before the exam starts, the exam will count zero points.
Also, do not arrange to leave before the final exam and expect to take it
early. Per university policy, the final exam has to be taken at the
According to university policy, attempts at cheating are considered a
serious offense against the student honor code and will be looked upon
seriously. The right is reserved to check a picture identification
during any of the exams.
Your final grade will be determined from your performance in six
quizzes (the two lowest scores will be dropped), the two tests,
and the final exam. Weights for the various items will be
distributed approximately according to the following schedule:
|| Test 1
|| Test 2
|| Final exam
| 100 points
|| 100 points
|| 100 points
|| 200 points
The assignment of your course grade is based on the percentage of
total points earned out of these 500 points. The following grading
scale may serve as a guideline, although changes are possible:
| Score above
| Letter grade
|| A-, A, or A+
|| B-, B, or B+
|| C or C+
Both the weight distribution and the grading scale are subject to
change by announcement in class.
Thomas Wanner, August 22, 2017.