2 This Syllabus Is Subject to Change. All changes will be announced during class.
3 Instructor: Cheryl Cantwell Office: S204APhone:E mail:Include course number in subject lineOffice hours:Monday & Wednesday: 7:45-8:009:15-9:3010:45-11:001:20-2:15Tuesday & Thursday: 7:45-8:009:15-11: :40-2:00
4 Text: College Algebra Essentials, 3rd ed., Robert Blitzer Get your textbook as soon as possibleYou may use either the eBook through MyMathLab or a hard copy of the textbookSolutions manual is your optionMyMathLab is mandatory for homeworkSee your syllabus for course IDStart a notebookHalf for notesHalf for homeworkKeep it neat and organized
5 Graphing Calculators Get a graphing calculator immediately TI84 Smartview is used in classOther models can be acceptable for useTI-Nspire may not be used during a testSome tests may have a no calculator partBring your calculator to class everydayPractice using your calculatorIn-class exercisesHomeworkDo not wait until the day of a test
7 Method of Grading 4 tests Cumulative final exam Homework Quizzes Extra creditThere is no rounding on the overall course average so take advantage of every point opportunity that arises.
8 Homework All homework is done through MyMathLab. Each homework grade is determined the day of the test. I average the homework section grades and then take this percentage of 15 points.Show the work you did to get your answers in an organized homework notebook.
9 Quiz Check-up5 QuizzesLowest score droppedMay not make up if absent, late, or leave earlySome are announced, others are notSome may be given on MyMathLab
10 Extra CreditGo to our class webpage and click on the Extra Credit linkAll extra credit is turned in and graded on test dayThere are always Challenge Problems posted on MyMathLab that count towards your extra creditSometimes there are links to extra credit problems that you will print off and turn in, again on test dayTake advantage of all opportunitiesPossible to improve class grade by a letter
11 Attendance Taken daily Deadline for grade of W is Oct. 29, 2012 No instructor may give a grade of W after Oct. 29, 2012No W can be given for 3rd attemptYou may be withdrawn before the above date if you miss 4 consecutive classes without contacting instructor or a total of 6 classesYou may be given a grade of F after the above date if you miss 4 consecutive classes without contacting instructor or a total of 6 classes
12 Test Taking Policies NO make-up tests unless: Medical emergency with documentationJury Duty, Court-Mandated Appearance, Religious Holiday, Military Duty, Work-Related TravelMake arrangements ahead of timeFinal exam score counts twice and replaces first missed test score2nd missed test gets a score of 0
13 Prerequisites Grade of C or better in Intermediate Algebra, or Acceptable placement test scoreIt is your responsibility to make sure these prerequisites have been metIf they have not been met, please see me after classIt is important to get into the correct class as early as possible
14 Academic Integrity Honesty is expected Cheating on tests will result inGrade of 0 on that testPossible 0 for the courseQuizzes are just like testsStudents may work together on out of class extra credit problems
15 COMMON COURTESIES Put your cell phone away when you enter class If phone usage is seen or heard during class there may be an immediate pop quiz for the entire classIf there is a possibility of an emergency call you must alert me before class beginsArrive late or leave early-sit by doorClose door quietlyNo side conversations-distracts others
16 Schedule It will be adhered to as close as possible All changes to test dates will be announced in classKnow when your tests are scheduled-be prepared!Must move at a very fast pace to complete all materialNo lecture on prerequisite material
17 Resources Instructor’s office hours My website at www2.seminolestate.edu/ccantwellwww2.seminolestate.edu/mathstudentFree tutoring in the Academic Success CenterStudent Study GuideVideotapes:on MyMathLab or check-out of libraryMyMathLabStudy groups
18 Study Groups 2 or more students in a group 10 or more hours over the semesterReplace lowest test score with final exam scoreFlexibleCommunicate with each otherTime sheets turned in every 5 weeks1st and last namesClass titleTotalsAll timesheets submitted by the day of the 4th test
19 Class WebpageVisit our class webpage at www2.seminolestate.edu/ccantwellClick on the button for MAC 1105 College AlgebraClick on each link and explore the sitePay special attention to the Extra Credit link, the Test Preparation link, and the Grade Calculator link
20 Opening page of Cantwell’s Website You will find a button for printing your own graph paperYou will find a button for printing your own study group timesheetYou will find a button for Helpsheets on topics from Intermediate Algebra that we revisit in College Algebra
21 Calculator HelpGo to our class webpage and click the link for Additional ResourcesYou will see a link for an excellent calculator help site
22 What is expected on test days Before the test, put your extra credit papers on the front table in the classroomFor test 1 all extra credit is on MyMathLabYou may keep out 1 or 2 pieces of scratch paper for the testPut your name on the scratch paper and turn it all in with your testNumber the problems on your scratch paper and keep it neatAll books, notes, phones, backpacks, etc must be under the table during the testYou must show all supporting work for answers on the test in order to get creditOnce you complete the test, turn it in and you are free to leave
23 How to Succeed in This Class Do not miss classTake good, thorough notesUse your notes to help you when you do the homeworkDo the homework in a timely mannerRemember the homework and quiz grades combined have the same weight as a test. This can really impact your grade!If you are struggling, get help! Do not wait and let it get beyond you.Work with others in a study group, use each others’ strengths.
24 How to Prepare for the Tests Do homework on a daily basis and keep upA few days before the test take the Test Preparation Quiz on MyMathLabTake the quiz without books, notes, or help. This will give you an honest assessment as to how prepared you are.You are allowed to take it twiceOnce the quiz is completed MyMathLab will prepare for you a personalized homework assignmentIt will only contain problems that you are still missing so you can practice some moreYou may work on these problems an unlimited number of timesLook at the Test Preparation Guide on our class webpage to see information concerning the test
25 Good luck!I want nothing more than for each of you to succeed in this course.To me, success means you leave with an understanding of the material, you have developed some critical thinking skills, you have improved your study and organizational habits, you have a better eye for detail, and you care about the quality of the work you produce!