WEB for MATH 109 S08

This is a reverse chronological order log for the Spring 2008 sections of Math 109 that I am teaching.  The general format is <date> <entry> so you can scroll down to the date you are interested in.


3-5-2008 Gave out a Class Participation Policy paper which explains how to earn participation points.  At the end of the semester participation will form a potential 5 point addition to your grade, so it's worth your while to participate.  The focus is on interaction in class in the form of questions, suggestions, problems you want solved, recitations, and also completion and turning in of homework.  Any and all of these constitute participation point opportunities.  The award will be scaled at the end with a percentile scale applied to the participation scores to hand out 5, 4, 3, 2, or 1 points.

3-3-2008 We are skipping Chapter 1.4 which is about using graphing calculators to graph functions.  The Homework for Chapter 1.5 is #'s 1, 5, 11, 27, 31, 37, 41.
We agreed in Section 2 that I'll pick up the homework and give you credit for completion.  Neatness, doing the work, and completeness will count.  Correct answers will be less important.  In Section 1 we agreed to maintain a question sheet to give class participation credit.

2-29-2008 A Make-up test which was also take-home was scheduled to give everyone a shot at improving their grade.  HW for Ch 1.1 was 2,10,16,26,36,42,48,54 and for Ch 1.2 was 2,6,20,26,30,44.  Today we are having a quiz on this material and we had a brief lecture on Chapter 1.3, linear equations and looked at the slope-intercept, and the point-slope form of the linear equation.  Then we did a quiz.

HOMEWORK for Chapter 1.3 is #'s 2, 6, 8, 18, 28, 38, 40, 58.  But of course you should do as many problems as you can to learn the material.

TEST 1 on Wednesday February 20th Didn't go all that well! The figures express the cumulative distribution of the grades so if you find your grade on the graph and look down at the y-axis you'll find the fraction of the class that did that well or worse.

2-20-2008 We had a Test, Test1 on Chapters 0.1 to 0.7  -- the scores were not too terrific so we need to do something about that.

2-13-2008 Friday we'll be having a QUIZ on Chapters 0.6 and 0.7.  Then next Wednesday we'll be having a TEST on Chapters 0.1 to 0.7 inclusive.  The test will be Open Book but you'll be "on-your-own" -- I encourage you to prepare NAVIGATION NOTES for the test.  I will collect the notes with the test and grade them as Extra Credit from 0 to 5 points on the basis of my judgment of their CLARITY, COMPLETENESS, and EFFECTIVENESS.  By Navigation, the notes should provide page numbers for tricky things in the book that you might have to look up.  The typical Extra Credit will be: 0 = didn't do notes, 1 = did do notes but they are not very good, 2 = not great but better than nothing, 3 = pretty fair set of notes, 4= notes stand out in one or more dimensions (very clear, or very complete, or a lot of thought obviously went into them), and 5 = These are incredible, would you sign my copy!  I want to remember you when you become famous.

2-9-2008 The homework which will be due on Wednesday Feb 13th will be Chapters 0.6 and 0.7: HOMEWORK Ch 0.6(41-42)#s 2, 8, 20, 42, 48, 62 and HOMEWORK Ch 0.7(48-49) 6, 10, 32, 36, 46, 52, 58.  So if you want to get started studying those chapters and doing the problems then you can!

2-4-2008 The homework due on Wednesday will be Chapters 0.4 and 0.4 which is Ch 0.4 is: HOMEWORK Ch 0.4 (pgs 25-27) 4,12,28,54, 68, and 74.  Ch 0.5 (pgs 34-36) 4, 12, 46, 66, 72, 74 (Note: Problem 74 involves using a spreadsheet.  If you don't have a spreadsheet you can use one in the computer labs.  Spreadsheets are among the most helpful applications for everyday use besides Wordprocessors and Email.

1-29-2008 Wednesday we'll be covering the homework from Ch 0.2 and talking about 0.3.  The Quiz on Friday will be on 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3 and will be a little longer than the average quiz in the class because we will be covering three sections instead of only two.  For those who want to get a little ahead of the game, the Homework for Ch 0.4 is: HOMEWORK Ch 0.4 (pgs 25-27) 4,12,28,54, 68, and 74.

1-26-2008 A few Homework Assignments:  For MONDAY we're supposed to do Problems for Section 0.1 problems: 18, 28, 34, 38, 52, and 58 and we'll be going over them on Monday and then proceeding to sections 0.2 and 0.3

The Homework for Wednesday in anticipation of Friday's QUIZ will be:  Section 0.2 (pgs 13-15) problems: 4, 10, 18, 26, 32, 48 and Section 0.3 (pgs 18-20) problems 12, 24, 42, 46, 64, and 66.  You can certainly work ahead if you like.  We'll be going over the problems and any questions you might have on Wednesday.