Martin Flashman's Courses
Math 109 Calculus I Spring, '14
12:00-12:50 Art 27
OFFICE: BSS 346
Office Hours : MW: 13:00 -
13:50 BSS 346;
R: 14:00-15:50 BSS 308; AND BY APPOINTMENT or chance!
***PREREQUISITE: Math 115 or Math code 50 or permission.
- TEXTS: Required: Calculus,
Transcendentals, James Stewart, 7th edition (single
variable ok). [CET]
- Cartoon Guide to Calculus, Gonick (HarperCollins, 2012)
- Excerpts from Sensible Calculus and Mapping
Diagrams from A(lgebra) B(asics) to C(alculus) and
D(ifferential) E(quation)s by M. Flashman as available
from this webpage and Moodle.
FINAL GRADES: Though final
grades for the course are subject to my discretion, I will use the
following overall percentages based on the total number of points
for your work to determine the broader range of grades for the
- TESTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:
There will be several tests in this course. There will be an oral
quiz on the chain rule, many on-line reality check
quizzes, two self-scheduled midterm exams and a
comprehensive final examination.
- We will
use Moodle for on-line reality quizzes. You can also go directly to the HSU Moodle .
- There will be one oral quiz during
the course covering "the chain rule."
Readiness Diagnostic Test: (CRDT) During the first
week of classes students will take an on-line calculus
readiness diagnostic test. This test will assist students in
focusing review work for the course.
The score (out of 40) that you report from taking
this test does not counts toward
your grade. The test itself is required and
a printed copy of your results should be submitted to me
no later than 5:00 pm of January 29th.
Upon submission of the test
score you will receive 20 points toward your final grade.
The CRDT's purpose is to recognize what your background is for
this course. This test is diagnostic and may help you by
indicating where you may need additional work to prepare for
work in this course.
When you complete the test, it will give you a total score and
a diagnostic score. Print the results and submit a copy to me
or e-mail an electronic copy to me no later than January
- Homework assignments are made
regularly. They should be done neatly. We
will be using WebAssign to grade homework. Record your homework
results by 10:30
AM of the due date.
Problems from the assignments will be discussed in
class based on the WebAssign report on submitted homework. Homework
will be used in determining the
110 course points.
MAY NOT BE GRADED THREE CLASS DAYS AFTER THE DUE DATE.
- You MAY e-mail or submit a written request
before the start of class for me to discuss in class
a problem or a question you have about the
previously assigned reading or problem work.
- I will be available after class and during
my office hours and by appointment for other
- Midterm Exams will be self-scheduled and announced at
least one week in advance.
- THE FINAL EXAMINATION WILL BE SELF SCHEDULED. See the Final
Examination in the Course
Schedule for available times and days.
According to the University exam schedule the final exam
will be Monday , May 12 10:20-12:10.
- The final exam will be comprehensive, covering the
- MAKE-UP TESTS WILL NOT BE
GIVEN EXCEPT FOR VERY SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES! It is
the student's responsibility to request a makeup promptly.
*** DAILY ATTENDANCE SHOULD BE A HABIT! ***
- Partnership Activities: Every two weeks your
partnership will be asked to submit a summary of what we have
covered in class. (No more than two sides of a paper.) These may
be organized in any way you find useful but should not be a copy
of your class notes. I will read and correct these before
returning them. Partners will receive corrected
Your summaries will be allowed as references at the final
Every other week (with some exceptions) partnerships will
submit a response to the "problem/activity of the week."
All cooperative partnership work will be
graded 5 (well done), 4
(OK), 3 (acceptable), or 1(unacceptable) and will be used in
determining the 50 points allocated for cooperative
- GRADES: Final grades will
be determined taking into consideration the quality of work
done in the course as evidenced primarily from the
accumulation of points from tests, various individual and
The total points available for the
semester is 750 or 850. Notice that 350 of these points are not
from examinations, so regular participation is essential to
forming a good foundation for your grades as well as your
- Midterm exams will be worth
100 points each and the final exam will be worth 200 or 300
- Homework performance will
count for 110 points.
- On-line Reality quizzes will be used to determine 150
points.[I will not use the
lowest 20% of these scores.]
- Cooperative problem
assignments and summaries will be used to determine 50
- The oral quiz on the chain
rule will be graded on a credit(20 points)/no credit(0)
- A grade on
the final examination below 50% may result in a final grade
of F without offsetting high quality work on the other parts
of the course.
- The final examination will be
be worth either 200 or 300 points determined by the
The final grade will use the score
that maximizes the average for the term based on all possible
|2 Midterm Examinations
MORE THAN 4 ABSENCES MAY LOWER THE FINAL GRADE FOR POOR
; B 70- 84% ; C 60- 69%
; D 50- 59% ; F 0- 49%
with Disabilities: Persons who wish to request
disability-related accommodations should contact the
Student Disability Resource Center in the Learning
Commons, Lower Library, 826-4678 (voice) or 826-5392
Some accommodations may take up to
several weeks to arrange. http://www.humboldt.edu/disability/
policy: Students are responsible for knowing the
University policy, procedures, and schedule for
dropping or adding classes.
See the University rules and dates related to the following:
- No drops will be allowed
without "serious and compelling reasons" and a fee after
- No drops allowed after this
- Students wishing to be
graded with either CR or NC should make this request
using the web registration procedures.
evacuation: Please review the
evacuation plan for the classroom (posted on the orange
signs), and review http://www.humboldt.edu/emergencymgmtprogram/evacuation_procedures.php
for information on campus Emergency Procedures.
During an emergency, information can be found campus
conditions at: 826-INFO or www.humboldt.edu/emergency
honesty: Students are responsible for knowing
policy regarding academic honesty: http://www.humboldt.edu/studentrights/academic_honesty.php or http://pine.humboldt.edu/registrar/catalog/
and disruptive behavior: Students are
responsible for knowing policy regarding attendance
and disruptive behavior:
- Technology: The
computer or a graphing calculator may be used in class and
on assignments for many problems.
- We will use Winplot,
GeoGebra, Microsoft Excel, and Wolfram|Alpha [and possibly SAGE].
- Winplot and GeoGebra Materials: Winplot
(freeware for PC's that we will use) may be downloaded
from Rick Parris's
website or directly from Winplot
- Winplot is freeware and
may be downloaded from Rick Parris's
website or directly from this link for Winplot
- This software is
small can be used on any Windows PC on campus.
- Online introductions and
help for Winplot is available.
- Graphing Calculators: Though
much of our work this semester will be using the computer,
graphing calculators are welcome and highly recommended.
- The HP48G, HP 49 and the TI-89, 92 and Inspire are
particularly useful though most graphing calculators will be
able to do much of the work.
- A limited number of
graphing calculators are available for students to
borrow for the term through the Math department.
- Should you decide to
purchase a graphing calculator, see me if you would like
- Students wishing help
with any graphing calculator should plan to bring their
calculator manual with them to class.
- I do not use a hand-held
graphing calculator during class time.
- Lap top computers and pads
are welcome in class at tools. (Not for other purposes.)
They will not be allowed on exams.
- No calculators or computers will be
allowed on exams.
- I offer help to you with your own technology when possible
during office hours or by appointment (not in class).
- Use of Office Hours and Optional
"Calculus Workshops: Many students
find beginning calculus difficult because of weakness in their
pre-calculus background skills and concepts. A grade of C
in Math 115 (Algebra and Elementary Functions) might indicate
this kind of weakness. Difficulties that might have been
ignored or passed over in previous courses can be a major
reason for why things don't make sense now.
- You may use my office
hours for some additional work on these background areas
either as individuals or in small groups. My office time is
also available to discuss routine problems from homework
after they have been discussed in class and reality check
quizzes as well as using technology. Representatives from
groups with questions about the Problem of the Week are also
Calculus Drop-in Tutoring from HSU
Faculty in BSS 308 (Tentative 1-20-2014)
- Calculus Workshops (formerly called Academic Excellence
Workshops) MATH 109 students. Convenient- in the same hour as
the 109 sections on Wednesdays. More information to
be available at first class.
- I may try to organize and support additional time with small
(or larger) groups of students for whom some additional work
on these background areas may improve their understanding of
- Regular use of my time
outside of class should be especially useful for students
having difficulty with the work and wishing to improve
through a steady approach to mastering skills and
- Don't be shy
about asking for an appointment outside of the scheduled
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