Martin Flashman's Courses
Tentative Course Information- Subject to
MATH 40 – Elementary Algebra
TR 14:00- 15:20 – Room BSS 302
syllabus is subject to change at any moment***
changes will be announced in class.
you are absent, it is your responsibility to check with other
students in the class, so it behooves you to get to know a few
You are expected to arrive on
time and to leave when the class is dismissed.
Arriving late or leaving the class before being dismissed is disruptive
to your fellow students.
If you must miss a day, please check with a classmate to see what you
I expect you to be a responsible, respectful, and courteous member of
OFFICE: BSS 356 E-MAIL: flashman at humboldt.edu
Hours (Tent.): TR 9:15-10:30 W
14:30-16:00 AND BY
or by CHANCE!
[ I am available after class for appointments.]
PREREQUISITE: Math code 10.
IMPORTANT: You may not need this course. MATH PLACEMENT
AFTER THE ELM Using ALEKS is not available after Sunday,
August 22nd. If you think you have demonstrated you ability to do the
work in this course in previous course work, you should see me AS SOON
A quick self-check on your capability to proceed to the next algebra
course (Math 44) may be found on the course Moodle page, which you can
access as a guest if you are not yet enrolled in the class.
You may also want to consider taking Math 42 if you have already had
courses in intgermediate algebra and feel ready for a very rapid review
of algebra I and II.
Description: Elementary Algebra:
Transition from arithmetic to algebra; operations on real numbers and
algebraic expressions; polynomials, fractional expressions; , square
roots, solving elementary equations and word problems. Prereq: HSU math
This course may not be repeated upon receipt of a grade below C- or a
grade of U, NC, or W. This course does not satisfy the GE math
requirement for the baccalaureate degree and does not count as credit
towards the baccalaureate degree.
TEXT: Beginning and Intermediate
Algebra, prepared for Humboldt State University, 9th edition, by
Gustafson, Karr, Massey. If you purchase your text at the HSU
bookstore, you will receive a license to use Enhanced WebAssign
included with the purchase of the text (i.e. it is a bundled package at
the HSU bookstore). If you purchase the text elsewhere, you will be
required to pay an additional $35.00 to purchase the license to
In either case, the Enhanced Web Assign license is required for the
MOODLE: The course syllabus,
announcements, and posted materials for the course will be available on
Moodle. Access to the course page on Moodle will be available to guests
without current enrollment until the September 15.
TESTS and ASSIGNMENTS:
WebAssign problems will be assigned each lecture period, and due by
1:00 pm of the next class meeting day. For example, an assignment given
on Tuesday is due by 1:00 pm on Thursday. It is your responsibility to
ensure that WebAssign problem solutions are submitted on time for
credit. You can submit each assignment on WebAssign up to 10 times and
the last score will be taken. At the end of the course the lowest 3
scores will be dropped. Assignments can not be made up or retaken, and
late assignments will not be accepted without an exceptional reason.
[“I forgot” will not work!] Link to Student Quick Start Guide (pdf file). You
should check Webassign regularly for current homework
assignments.[These will be also announced in class.]
The assignments will often take much time, so I recommend you start
working on them as soon after class as possible. This way you will have
time to ask for help. Set aside 2 hours/day, 5 days/week to do
assignments and/or quizzes. Set yourself up to succeed: Don't try to do
too much at a time.
I suggest writing out your work for each problem. Doing a first draft
on scratch paper helps. Once you know exactly how a solution goes,
transcribe it neatly onto a paper you can use for review. Keep your
work in a folder or binder where you can find it easily.
I encourage collaboration on assignments, but remember that in the end
it is your understanding that will be assessed in quizzes and exams,
which account for 75% of your graded work,. More importantly, your
understanding and skills will be the real asset you can keep with you
for further mathematics related studies.
There is no extra credit in this course.
will be discussed in class on a daily basis.
will be a quiz every other week. The quiz will be given at the
beginning of the Thursday class and you will have approximately have
10-15 minutes to finish this quiz. The
lowest quiz score (except the score for the last quiz) will be
dropped at the end of the semester. These quizzes will have problems
similar to assignments and class examples.
be retaken or made up.
will be three 50 minute exams during the semester, in class, plus a
can not be retaken or made up.
The tentative schedule for the exams is below.
I Thursday, September 23th
II Thursday, October 14th
III Tuesday, November 9th[Changed 9-20-10]
FINAL EXAM Thursday Dec. 16
travel plans accordingly !!!).
of less than 50% on the final examination may result in a final
grade of F without offsetting high quality work on the other
of the course.
Notice that only 55% of the grade
are from formal in-class examinations, so regular
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
FINAL GRADES: 90-100% A;
B; 70- 79%
C; 60- 69% D;
0- 59% F
above grading rubric serves as a guideline.
final course grade and +/- are determined at my discretion
The final examination for the
course will be
The final examination is scheduled for
MAKE-UP TESTS WILL NOT BE GIVEN EXCEPT FOR VERY SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES!
It is the student's responsibility to request a makeup promptly,
especially for unauthorized absence.
WARNING: MORE THAN 4 ABSENCES
CUMULATIVE FROM LECTURE OR SMALL SECTION MEETINGS
MAY LOWER YOUR
FOR POOR ATTENDANCE.
*** DAILY ATTENDANCE SHOULD BE A HABIT***
Persons who wish to request disability-related accommodations should
contact the Student Disability Resource Center in House 71, 826-4678
(voice) or 826-5392 (TDD). Some accommodations may take up to several
weeks to arrange.
•Add/Drop policy: ** See the
University rules and
dates related to the following:
Students are responsible for knowing
the University policy, procedures, and schedule for dropping or adding
- No drops will be allowed
and compelling reasons" and a fee after this date.
- No drops allowed after this
- Students wishing to be graded
CR or NC should make this request using the web registration
•Emergency evacuation: Please review the evacuation plan for
the classroom (posted on the orange signs) , and review http://studentaffairs.humboldt.edu/emergencyops/campus_emergency_preparedness.php
for information on campus Emergency Procedures. PLEASE, take a moment
to download and read this page carefully. Although it may seem as a
waste of time to you right now, it may save your life one day and you
will not have time to read it when you really need it.
During an emergency,
information can be found campus conditions at: 826-INFO or http://www.humboldt.edu/emergency
•Academic honesty: Students are responsible for knowing
policy regarding academic honesty: http://studentaffairs.humboldt.edu/judicial/academic_honesty.php
disruptive behavior: Students
are responsible for knowing policy regarding attendance and disruptive
use Microsoft Xcel.
Graphing Calculators: Graphing calculators are welcome
- If you would like to purchase a graphing calculator, let me know.
- Students wishing help with any graphing calculator should
their calculator manual with them. I try to help with technology
when possible during office hours or by appointment (not
Use of Office Hours:
Many students find beginning algebra difficult because of
their arithmetic background skills and concepts.
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
in small groups. My office time is
also available to discuss quizzes, routine
Regular use of my time outside of class should be
useful for students having difficulty with the work and wishing to
through a steady approach to mastering skills and concepts.
You are more than welcome to come to my office hours for help, but I do
not provide individual lessons – only help on work you are doing or
concepts you are having trouble with understanding from the text or the
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