Precalculus II
Math 1151, Lecture 030
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Last updated on 01/13/05.

Welcome to the class web page. This page is intended for people who are in Lecture 030, although there may be useful things here for students in other classes. You should look in the syllabus if you're trying to remember anything about the course -- calculator policy, policies on incompletes, etc. Let me know if you have any questions.

Final Exam Information: The final exam is on Monday, December 16th at 1:30pm-4:30pm. No other department on campus has final exams scheduled during this time, so you shouldn't have any conflicts (unless you have two math classes). If you have a scheduling problem, talk to me immediately! Our lecture is split into four rooms, as follows:

31EE/Csci 3-230
32EE/Csci 3-125
33EE/Csci 3-115
34EE/Csci 3-111

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Handouts and Other Downloadable Material

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Current Office Hours

Here's a list of our current office hours. Anybody in lecture 30 can come to my office hours. If you're in sections 31 or 33, you should also go to Jason's office hours; sections 32 and 34 should go to Eric's.

Note: Jason will have a special office hour on Tuesday, 11/19, at 1:25.

Day 10:10 11:15 12:20 1:25 2:30
Mon     Class Jon Eric
Tue Eric Eric   Class
Wed     Class Jon / Jason  
Thu   Jason Jason Class
Fri   Jon Class Jason / Eric  

I highly encourage you to use office hours -- they're a great resource for you. If you have some questions and none of them work for you, email me or your TA to arrange an appointment. If you want to know when I'm around, you can look at my whole schedule. I try to be flexible about meeting times for students, but be aware that some big gaps on my schedule aren't really open, because I'm at home taking care of my son.

Help me, Please!

Occasionally somebody will ask me how to do well in a math class. After twenty some years of math classes, I can tell you that there is only one surefire method: do lots of math problems. This is why we assign homework; the only way to learn math is by doing math! If it makes you feel any better, I realize this isn't the most welcome advice in the world. Sometimes I don't follow it myself in my graduate courses. But it really is true. You can read something in a book and think you understand it, but you'll only know for sure if you work out some of the exercises.

If you need specific help with the course, you have many options!

If all else fails, you can always ask Dr. Math.

Grades and Gradelines

Gradelines for the exams are really just rough guidelines of how we think you're doing. In other words, we set the guidelines according to how we feel an A-student (or B, or C, etc.) would do on a given exam. Your midterm letter grades are not part of your final grade -- only the raw scores are used, together with the gradelines on the final exam. However, if you are in the A range on all three midterms and do similar work on the final, you should get an A in the course.

Note for Exam 3: Because of how grading assignments are made, one person graded #3 for sections 31 and 33, and a different grader did sections 32 and 34. Partial credit was generous for 32 and 34 and rather strict for 31 and 33. Hence the separate gradelines for these sections.

GradeExam 1Exam 2Exam 3
A18016531,33: 180; 32,34: 180
B16013531,33: 140; 32:34: 155
C14010531,33: 100; 32:34: 115
D/F<140<10532,34: <115

Thoughts on Teaching

If you're interested, I think you have a right to know my general outlook on teaching. So here goes. Before I taught my first class at the University, I asked the professor if he had any advice for a brand new teaching assistant. He said, "If you let students know that you actually care about them and about how they're doing in the class, everything else will fall into place." That has been my goal since I started teaching, and it has served me pretty well. If you're in my class, I promise to respect you and put a lot of effort into helping you learn the material. All I ask is that you return the respect and put some effort into the class yourself!

In short: I want you to do well, and I put a lot of work into my teaching. I can't guarantee that if I'm your teacher, you'll get a good grade. My goal, however, is to make sure that nobody can ever say, "I would have done much better, except for my teacher."

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