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Quizzes. They will be 5-10 minute long, open book. One or two will be dropped.
Homework Assignments. You can discuss it with other students but you can't copy. You shouldn't use the internet to search for answers. Everything should be written legibly with generous margins and room between lines. Always state the problem being solved at the top. Unless a special arrangement has been made, the homework is to be submitted on paper. Please staple.
Assignments submitted in TeX will receive extra credit. However, to claim this credit one will have to send the original by email -- in addition to paper -- as it might be posted online.
Mathematical Writing. I expect you to write in complete sentences. In your work you need to justify all your steps and conclusions. For justification you can use all theorems, examples, formulas etc stated in class, unless you are specifically asked to prove one of those. While making references be as specific as possible. You cannot use for justification: the results that appeared in homework, quizzes, or other classes. If your proof is "This is just an instance of this theorem", you've probably misunderstood what you are expected to do.
Exams. Midterms will be based on the material covered since the last exam. The final exam will be comprehensive and cumulative. The material since the last midterm will receive more coverage.
Calculators. You won't need them but they are allowed. There will be no instruction on how to use them.
Your syllabus lists computer restrictions not requirements. Any equipment more complex than what's indicated is not allowed. This applies to quizzes, tests, and the homework. You can certainly use them to test your answers.
Whatever you submit, it should be able to stand on its own -- without references to a calculator. For example, the graph of a function that comes from nowhere is suspect.
Grading Policy. Individual problems will be graded as follows: A - 10 or 9 points, B - 8 points, etc. The zero score will be given for problems not submitted or not attempted but I will give partial credit if you've made meaningful progress in the problem. Please keep a record of all your grades.
The scores for exams, quizzes, projects, and homework will be combined according to the formula provided in your course-specific syllabus. The total score will then determine your letter grade according to the table below.
I assign grades only for individual problems in homework, quizzes, and exams; my spreadsheet does the rest. Please download and use it. The scale:
- A: 90-100, B: 80-89, C: 70-79, D: 60-69, F: <60,
may be adjusted (very slightly) after the final exam. There will be no curving.
If you are unable to do the math to compute your grade on your own, you shouldn't be taking this course.
Missed Assignments and Exams. There will be no late homework accepted or make-up tests given.
However, you can recover the points lost if
- you have a valid reason for absence: illness, death in the family, approved institutional activity, etc (see the university policy below); and
- you submit an explanation in the form of an e-mail (you may be asked to provide a note from a relevant authority).
In that case the missed score is assigned based on other scores, as follows:
There is no provision for a final exam missed without a valid excuse.
Attendance. You should make all efforts to be there. Expect a high degree of "continuity" from one period to the next, so that if you miss a class (for any reason) next time you may feel lost unless you work out the lesson at home.
If you have missed a class without a valid excuse, you are not allowed to attend the next class without permission.
In Class. During lectures, feel free to interrupt me at any time if you want to ask a question, or if you feel that I am moving too fast.
I expect you to participate in class work by asking questions, answering questions, correcting mistakes, making suggestions, comments, possibly solving problems on the board, etc. Immediate feedback will be greatly appreciated! To ask a question, you don't have to raise your hand, just go ahead and ask (you can attract my attention by saying "Question!" or "Peter!"). Bring the book.
Please refrain from:
- using cell phones, laptops, and other electronic equipment;
- eating and other disruptions.
Getting Help. Come see me during my office hours. You can test your ideas on me. You can ask for help with homework problems that you have tried (bring your work), explanations of the material, hints, etc., but not for the actual solutions. Consider also the tutoring services provided by the university.
Academic Integrity. Cheating will result in the zero grade for the assignment.
Final request. You should save a copy of this document as well as your course-specific syllabus. When you want to ask a question about any of the issues discussed above (such as your current grade, missed assignments, etc) you should bring these documents with you. If you don't, I'll know that you haven't read this.
University excused absence policy
Definitions of Excused Absences:
Excused absences fall into five categories:
- 1. University-sponsored activities:
- a. Academic activities including, but not limited to, performing arts, debate and individual events, honors classes, ROTC, and departmental functions.
- b. Athletics. Official athletic events sponsored by the Athletic Department.
- c. Other University activities, including student government and student organizations. The activity must have a clear educational mission and be closely linked to academic pursuits or to other official University functions.
- 2. Student Illness or Critical Illness/Death in the Immediate Family ”Immediate Family” is defined as a spouse/life partner, child, parent, legal guardian, sibling, grandparent or grandchild.
- a. Student Illness or injury: Absences will be excused only for illnesses or injuries that prohibit students from participating in class.
- b. Critical Illness of Immediate Family Member: Absences will be excused if the student documents that he or she had to provide needed care and/or support for a critically ill immediate family member.
- c. Death of an Immediate Family Member
- 3. Short-Term Military Obligation: This is defined as absence as the result of military orders for a short-term period. Note: Students subject to federal activation are covered by a separate policy. Please see the catalog for this policy.
- 4. Jury Duty or Subpoena for Court Appearance: This applies to absences that are a result of official requests from a court of law.
- 5. Religious Holidays: This applies to religious holidays.
Process to Secure an Excused Absence
The student who seeks an excused absence must do so immediately after the event/activity/incident by following these guidelines.
Whenever time permits, such as for University activities scheduled well in advance, the excuse must be obtained and presented to the instructor prior to the absence.
- 1. University Sponsored Activities:
- a. Academic Activities: These absences are excused by the dean within whose unit the activity is sponsored. The dean must pre-approve any notice that is given or sent to faculty regarding absences of this type.
- b. Athletics: These absences are excused by the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs who must pre-approve any notice given/sent to faculty.
- c. Other University activities: These absences are pre-approved by the Dean of Student Affairs and excused by the Office of Academic Affairs prior to any notice to faculty. The activity and the excused absence must be endorsed in writing by the organization advisor.
- 2. Student Illness or Critical Illness/Death in the Immediate Family:
- a. Student Illness or Injury: The student must submit official documentation of treatment by a medical practitioner to the Dean of Student Affairs as soon as he/she returns to class. Documentation must specify the inclusive dates to be excused. The dean will notify faculty that the absence(s) meets the criteria to be excused.
- b. Critical Illness of Immediate Family Member: The student must submit official documentation from the family member’s health care provider that substantiates the critical nature of the illness and the student’s need to provide the care/support. This documentation is to be submitted to the Dean of Student Affairs upon the student’s return to class. The dean will notify faculty that the absence(s) meets the criteria to be excused.
- c. Death of an Immediate Family Member: To obtain an excused absence, the student must submit one of the following to the Dean of Student Affairs upon return to classes: an obituary or a funeral program with the student named as a relative; verification on letterhead stationery of the death and the relationship by clergy or funeral home personnel. The dean will notify faculty that the absence meets the criteria to be excused.
- 3. Short-Term Military Obligation: The student who seeks an excused absence for military obligation must present official documentation of his/her orders to duty to the dean of his/her college prior to the absence. The dean will notify faculty that the absences are to be excused.
- 4. Jury Duty or Subpoena for Court Appearance: The student who seeks an excused absence for jury duty or court appearance must submit his/her subpoena or official notification of jury duty to the dean of his/her college prior to the date of the obligation. The dean will notify faculty that the absence is to be excused.
- 5. Religious Holidays: Absences resulting from religious holidays will be excused when the student presents the request in advance of the absence to the Dean of Student Affairs. The dean will indicate his/her approval on the request and forward it to the Office of Academic Affairs for the official excused absence notification to faculty.
Notice: Any student who falsifies information or documentation in order to obtain an excused absence has committed a violation of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities and will be referred to Judicial Affairs for appropriate sanctions.