Vic Reiner- Syllabus supplement
The purpose of this syllabus supplement is to give you somewhat
more information about my classes than one can fit on the usual
one-page syllabus. The hope is that having this info will help
you as a student, and help you to feel that the University is not
such a cold, unfriendly place.
Information about me and my office
My name is Vic Reiner, and I prefer if you call me ``Vic".
I will generally call you by your first name, unless you prefer
256 Vincent Hall
If you cannot make the office hours agreed on for
your class, feel free to see me in class, phone me, or e-mail me
to arrange an appointment for another time.
Please do not see office hours exclusively a time to address
problems with the course. You can use them to clarify points
you don't understand, find out about additional readings, talk
about your particular interest in the material, or make suggestions
about the content of the course. You don't need a crisis to make
productive use of these hours.
There is a wheelchair ramp near the Physics building,
between it and Murphy/Vincent Halls. This leads to a tunnel into
Murphy Hall, and an elevator to the second floor. My office is on
a second floor hallway that is a bridge from Murphy to Vincent.
The best time to reach me is during the regularly scheduled office
hours for your course, or most mornings. Make sure you leave your
name and number (the voice mail automatically records the time)
if you want me to call you back.
Math dept. FAX: (612) 626-2017
E-mail is probably the best way to reach me, as I am generally
more diligent about checking my e-mail than my phone messages. I also
consider it entirely appropriate for students to ask me questions
about the homeworks by e-mail.
Departmental mailbox: in the mailroom next to Vincent Hall 105
(Vincent Hall is attached to Murphy Hall).
General info on courses
Depending upon the class, I may not insist that people attend
all of the class sessions if they feel that they understand the
material as presented in the book. If you plan on missing a class,
talk to me first so that I can warn you about any extra material
not in the book which I will be talking about.
Also, some of the classes will
be intended to be more interactive and participatory, possibly
involving cooperative learning in groups. Although at present
I do not base a student's grade at all on how much they participate
in these class activities, my feeling is that you will be missing
out on an important part of the course if you do not attend these
When you do come to class, I expect your mind to be engaged.
The process of learning should not resemble the process of watching
television. I strongly encourage and expect that you will ask me
questions if you don't understand something. I will be happy to
try to explain it again, or in a different way if possible.
I generally encourage collaboration on homeworks, but each
student should understand the solution to problems they have collaborated
on, and be able to explain it in their own words on the pages
they hand in. My feeling is that collaboration is extremely
valuable, and you may learn more from your fellow students than from me.
Incompletes I detest giving incompletes, and will do almost
anything to avoid giving them out. My policy generally is that
incompletes will only be given in the case where a
student has completed almost the entire course with a passing
grade and something unexpected happens to prevent
completion of the course. In particular, incompletes are not
intended for the student who figures out late in the course
that it was too much for them and wants to "bail out"..
Students with disabilities If you have a disability which
requires accommodation in this course, please see me as soon as
possible. I will be happy to make (what I consider to be)
Resources for help If you are having trouble with
the course, there may be help available. Chances are, the lower
the level of the course (e.g. 1000-level vs. 5000-level) the more
resources there will be. Come and talk to me, or to the people
in the Undergraduate Math Office in Vincent Hall 115.
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