My office hours are at 11:00am MWRF or by appointment (it's best to give me advance notice that you expect to drop by or else I will likely depart after 10-15 minutes if no students have shown up). My office (313E Parker Hall) is a bit tricky to find. When you enter Parker Hall through the main front (north) entrance, go up the stairs. You will be in the front hallway of the 3rd floor. On the inner wall of that front hallway, between the doors for the Men's and Women's Restrooms is a large door labeled "313". My office is down the hallway behind that door.
If you need to reach me via email, my email University email address is: email@example.com. I do my best to check this email at least once per day.
Spring 2018 Classes
I am teaching two sections of 1150 Pre-Calculus in Spring 2018:
- Section 090, 9:00am Mon, Wed, Fri; 8:00am Thu (Parker Hall 228, all days)
- Section 100, 10:00am Mon, Wed, Fri (Parker Hall 305); 9:30am Thu (Parker Hall 249)
Here is a tentative Class Calendar showing projected test dates and which sections of the book will be covered on which days. This calendar is subject to change throughout the semester; students should attend class to learn of any modifications.
To the right is a picture of the textbook that will be used for the class: Precalculus, Mathematics for Calculus, 7th edition by James Stewart, et al. Note that the cover might actually be different, but be sure that you get the seventh edition.
Study Guide for Final Exam
Here is a link to the MATH1150 Study Guide for MATH1150 (answers are included in the document). This is a study guide created by the Math Department in anticipation of the uniform Final Exam. The study guide is very long and comprehensive; if you can get through all of these problems and understand them, you should feel very prepared for the actual Final. The actual Final Exam will be multiple choice format (you do not need a Scantron form); it will be 35 questions long (3 points apiece).
Polar Graph Paper
PDF file of a blank Polar Graph diagram.
Practice Exams are meant to give students an idea as to what type of problems (and roughly how many problems) will be on the actual Exams administered during the semester. Students should be familiar with all exercises from the sections covered in class, not just those on the Practice Exams. Any such problems may appear on the actual Exams.
Below are the answer keys to the actual (not Practice) exams given in the class.
There is no formal attendance policy. You are expected to show up to class every day. Any changes to test dates or other class policies will be announced in class. There is no online component to this class; I will occasionally send emails to the whole class with announcements, but all of the material I cover is done so in class, lecturing at the blackboard.
I personally create and grade all regular tests for my class. You will not need Scantron forms for those tests. You may use non-graphing calculators during a test, but not on a smartphone. All phones must be turned off and stowed away during test periods. You should take your test with your particular class section (that is, do not show up to one of my other MATH1150 class sections trying to take the test at a different time).
If you are absent during a Test Day, you will only be eligible for a make-up test if you provide me with a valid, University-approved, excuse for your absence. These valid reasons are typically limited to:
Some examples of invalid excuses (I have had students try to use these before -- they were not excused):
- A personal illness (bring me written, signed documentation from a doctor or the AU health clinic dated for the missed day of class)
- A family emergency involving an immediate family member (parent, child, spouse, or sibling; not aunt, uncle, grandparent, boyfriend, etc...)
- A University sanctioned extra-curricular activity (sport participation, etc) -- whatever organization is involved should be able to provide you with documentation excusing the absence
I am very strict about requiring documentation for missed tests. I do not require you to show up on non-tests days (although you should if you want to learn the material), but if you do not provide me with a valid, documented excuse for missing a Test Day, you will receive a 0 (zero) for the missed test and not be allowed to make it up.
- You overslept
- You forgot about the test
- Bad weather (unless the University officially cancels classes)
- You have a ticket for a plane flight somewhere
- You want to go home a day early before a University vacation/break
- "Sick" but no doctor's excuse provided
- You suffered a "panic attack" for some reason (if your panic attack is so severe that you cannot attend class to take a test, you had better have a Doctor's Excuse for it).
- You have other tests that day
If you do provide me with a valid, documented excuse (and you should do your best to get this to me within a week of missing the test). Then you will be eligible to take a make-up exam for that particular test. All make-up exams will be given on the last regular day of class: 27 April.
There are five regular tests during the semester, each graded out of 100 points. The dates of the tests are tentatively on the Class Calendar, but they are subject to change (I
will always give you at least one week's notice of an exact test date). The Final Exam is the
uniform Final given to all MATH 1150 classes in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. It
will be comprehensive and also worth 100 points toward your grade in this class. The time and
date of the Final Exam are also on the Class Calendar.
There are no formal homework assignments, but you are encouraged to look over the
problems I suggest at the end of each section relevant to what we are studying. Here is a list of the problems I generally suggest through the entire semester (listed by section in the textbook). I will be happy
to answer any questions about such problems in class, time permitting (or at my office). Other
than some possible "bonus points" available on the tests, there will be no extra credit
available of any sort during the semester. The five tests and Final will allow you to accumulate
up to 600 points throughout semester, and your total number of those points will be compared
to the following chart to assign your final letter grade:
Total Points Grade
540 - 600 A
480 - 539 B
420 - 479 C
360 - 419 D
below 360 F
The points you earn on the tests and Final Exam will be the only factor in determining your
grade for the class.
I do not use Canvas to post grades. If you ever need to know your current grade in the class, talk to me after any class period or email me.
Additional Learning Resources
Below are additional resources that students may wish to take advantage of if they feel they are not learning the material well enough just from attending the lectures every day. Of course, studying the textbook could prove valuable as well.
Supplemental Instructor (SIs) for my class
There is a Supplemental Instructor associated with my classes. She is a student who has already taken mathematics courses well beyond Pre-Calculus, but sits in on my class every day, takes notes, and devises her own study aids for the class. She then holds two sessions per week to which students of my classes may go as an additional learning resource.
The SI for my classes is:
Students are not required to attend these sessions, but they are encouraged to do so if they feel additional instruction about Pre-calculus is needed. Students may contact the SI directly (via the email addresses above) if they have questions about the Supplemental Instruction.
- Claire O'Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org); her sessions are Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00pm in Haley Center 3150.
Math Department Tutoring Center
The Math Department offers free tutoring for most lower level math courses. The sessions for MATH1150 in Parker Hall 320 in the afternoon at various times (click to see the flyer). No appointment is needed.
AU Study Partners
Auburn University offers a Study Partners Program at the main campus library. Information about this free program is at the provided link.