Department of Mathematics and Statistics |

TOPICS IN CALCULUS (MAT 131)

Spring 2012

MAT 131-01, LEC 2474 MWF 10:20AM–11:10AM Adel Mathematics Room 146 |

INSTRUCTOR: | Dr. Carol JVF Burns |

INSTRUCTOR'S SCHEDULE | |

OFFICE: | Adel Mathematics: Room 112 |

OFFICE PHONE: | 928-523-6872 |

EMAIL: | carol.fisher@nau.edu (my former name is Fisher—I was married last term!) |

WEBPAGE: | http://www.onemathematicalcat.org (or google ‘math cat burns’) |

BBLEARN: | bblearn.nau.edu (online learning environment) |

OFFICE HOURS: | 9:00–10:00 MW, 9:00–11:00 Th |

CURRENT GRADE SHEET: | shows all course assessments to date |

You'll be introduced to multi-platform, web-based, free technologies, including GeoGebra and Wolfram|Alpha Computational Knowledge Engine.

Want to know what we're doing on a given day?

Many course materials, including daily activities and homework, are on the web:

- go to my homepage: http://www.onemathematicalcat.org (the easiest way is to google ‘math cat burns’)
- look around—then click on Current Classes at NAU: Dr. Burns
- select your course—you may want to bookmark the resulting page

A 3-ring binder is required to organize all class materials.

Please make tabs for FIRST DAY HANDOUT (this document), GRADE SHEET, and INDEX CARDS.

Index cards (4" × 6", both sides un-ruled) are used to summarize important material. You will need about 100 index cards.

It is strongly recommended that you purchase a 3-hole punched plastic zippered pouch in which to keep your index cards.

We will cover most of chapters 1–6 in the text.

The exam dates listed below will not change:

EXAM #1: Friday, February 17

EXAM #2: Friday, March 23

EXAM #3: Friday, April 27

Every time an assessment is passed back, you'll update your grade sheet (see example below).

Here are a few sample rows filled out:

SPRING TERM 2012 |
YOUR POINTS |
POSSIBLE POINTS |
|||||

# |
BRIEF DESCRIPTION |
DATE |
PTS EARNED |
CUM EARNED(C) |
MAXPTS |
CUMMAX (M) |
YOUR % GRADE100*(C/M) (round to tenths place) |

1. |
Homework | 1/20 | $16$ | $16$ | $20$ | $20$ | $100\cdot\frac{16}{20} = 80$ |

2. |
Quiz | 1/25 | $45$ | $16+45=61$ | $60$ | $60+20=80$ | $100\cdot\frac{61}{80} \approx 76$ |

3. |
QQ points | 1/27 | $5$ | $61+5=66$ | --- | $80$ | $100\cdot\frac{66}{80} \approx 83$ |

Homework is assigned daily, as indicated on the daily syllabus.

A Friday quiz covers material from the prior Wednesday, Friday, and Monday. This way, you will always have a class period to get homework questions answered before you are quizzed on the material.

FINAL EXAM DATE:

Monday, May 7 | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM |

You

(You

An extreme exception: if you have three or more finals in the same 24-hour period, then you are allowed to reschedule one of the exams.

Pick up a piece of scrap paper as you enter: the long side goes up/down; name in upper-left; your number (see below) in upper-right.

One purpose of the QQ is to

The QQ also gives me a

The Quick Quizzes are graded with a ‘1’ (one point) or an ‘N’ (

I keep track of your QQ points, and they are periodically added into your point total as

Quick Quizzes are discarded immediately after grading.

Quick Quizzes can't hurt your grade, but they can certainly help! They can make a difference of a letter grade (especially if you're borderline).

A: 90-100% | B: 80-89% | C: 70-79% | D: 60-69% | F: 0-59% |

**EXAMS**

Exams and quizzes are graded according to work displayed; correct answers without supporting work (where needed) will be given no credit. Show your work! No re-tests are allowed. All assessments are closed book, closed notes, closed neighbor, and open mind.**MAKE-UP POLICY**

There are no make-ups, except in the case of documented institutional absences, and dire emergencies.**MISSED ASSESSMENTS**

Life stuff happens, which may cause you to miss a quiz or a homework assignment.

To account for a reasonable amount of ‘life stuff’, I will add 60 points into each student's point total at the end of the course.

(This is equivalent to about three dropped small assessments.)

So, you can count on these *bonus points* at the end of the term!

**ATTENDANCE**

Attendance is important!

Attendance is taken daily (via the Quick Quiz); attendance is mandatory.

If you miss the Quick Quiz at the beginning of class, be sure to sign the clipboard for late arrivals.

An attendance grade (maximum 60 points) will be added into your grade at the end of the term.

You are allowed three absences; each additional absence lowers your attendance grade by 5 points.**CHEATING**

Cheating is**BAD**and is forbidden. Cheaters will be punished following university guidelines.**EXAM BEHAVIOR**

-- I must be able to see your eyes (think hats, hair, sunglasses, ...)

-- No headphones are allowed during assessments.**CELL PHONES/TEXTING**

Out of respect for a classroom environment conducive to learning, cell phones should be put on vibrate or turned off.

There should be no cell phone usage in class.

In the case of an emergency, quietly leave the room to do any talking/texting (and then please come back).

**FOOD IN CLASS**

Eating in class is discouraged. If you do need to eat something, please be sure it is non-messy, non-noisy, and non-smelly.

The Mathematics Department does

**Ask questions in class.**A question you have is likely a question that others have.

Be the one brave enough to ask, and you'll do the entire class a favor.**Burning question? Too shy to ask?**Write it on a piece of paper and drop it on my front desk (anonymously) as you leave.

I'll address it at the beginning of the next class.**Come to my office hours.**- The Student Learning Centers offer free tutoring, and much more.

(Click on ‘Math Help’ in the left column.)

You can mix up the order, so your learning isn't order-dependent. You can pull out cards that you already know.

Here's how the ‘index card method’ works:

- The index card material is available on the web (from the daily syllabus).

YOU ARE EXPECTED TO WRITE UP THE INDEX CARDS**BEFORE**COMING TO CLASS.

This index card material will be covered efficiently in class, to leave plenty of class time to work problems and go over homework.

You will**not**have enough time during class to write down all the index card contents.

Also, by having thought a bit about the material ahead of time, you will be better prepared to understand and ask good questions when we go over the material in class. - You will
**hand-copy**(no cutting-and-pasting) the material onto $\,4'' \times 6''\,$ index cards.

After the material has been covered in class, make sure you understand*everything*on your cards!

Feel free to add additional material to make the index cards more useful to you. - Index cards are passed in and graded at the end of the term. Each card is worth 1 point (1/2 point for each side).

This number is written in the upper-right corner on all passed-in material.

Please record your number below:

If you're not putting in this time, then it's likely that you won't get the grade you desire.

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS

** Course Prerequisites and Placement:**
Prior to enrollment in a course in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
a student must have completed the course prerequisites or have proper placement for the course.
It is the students' responsibility to check that they are properly enrolled in a course and to drop the course
if they are not. Failure to do so could result in not receiving credit for the course.
The department may cancel students' registration in a course in which they are not properly enrolled.
However, it is the student's responsibility to monitor their own enrollment.

** Administrative Drops:**
An instructor may administratively drop from a course any student who does not attend the first two class meetings.
Students who have not met all prerequisites for a course may be administratively dropped.
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** Class Attendance:**
Students are expected to assume full responsibility for class attendance and are accountable
for work missed because of absences. Instructors are under no obligation to make special arrangements
for students who have been absent unless such absence has been excused by a formal institutional excuse.
Institutional excuses permit a student to be absent from classes to represent the University in athletics
and extracurricular or academic activities. Institutional excuses must be hand-delivered to the instructor
and arrangements made for the work missed prior to the planned absence from class.

** Dropping/Auditing a Course:**
The last day you may drop a course (and receive a W) is October 28, 2011.
Academic policy requires that a student who never attended class or stopped attending class receive an F
should the student fail to officially drop the course.
The deadline to change from credit to audit or vice versa is September 9, 2011.
Once a student has registered and completed a class as an auditor,
the audit grade cannot be changed to a credit-earning grade.
The grade of AU is awarded to auditors for satisfactory attendance.
See the most recent Academic Catalog for more information.

** The Grade of Incomplete:**
A grade of I is given by an instructor only if a student is unable to finish a course due to extraordinary,
unforeseeable circumstances, and the deadline to drop has passed.
An incomplete is only given to a student who was passing the course with a grade of C or higher
at the time the student was forced to stop attending.
Before a grade of I can be given the student and instructor must complete the official department form
indicating the work to be completed, as well as the date(s) by which the work must be completed.
A grade of I not removed within a one-year period automatically reverts to a grade of F.

** Final Examinations:**
Final examinations are required in all classes and must be given at the scheduled times
and dates indicated in the university final exam schedule.
An exception to the official final examination schedule can be made if a student
is scheduled to take more than two examinations in one day.

__Other University Policies__

Students are responsible for the following policies:
Safe Environment, Students with Disabilities, Institutional Review Board, Academic Integrity,
and Academic Contact Hour.