Mathematics 140 (4 credit hours)
COLLEGE ALGEBRA AND ELEMENTARY FUNCTIONS
www.utm.edu/~caldwell/classes/140/

Teacher:
Dr. Caldwell, office 429 Humanities, office phone 7336.  Department office 7360.  E-mail: caldwell@utm.edu.  Web page: www.ccaldwell.com or www.utm.edu/staff/caldwell.  (E-mail is the standard method for us to communicate if the school is closed for an extended period of time.  I will use your e-mail as stored in Banner, usually an @ut.utm.edu account.)
Text:
Algebra & Trigonometry, John W. Coburn, McGraw Hill, ISBN: 9780077374228.
Syllabus:
A copy of the departmental course syllabus (with course outline and objectives) can be viewed in my office or on the web at http://www.utm.edu/departments/cens/math/courses/
Grading:
The course grade will be determined as follows.
  • 16 %   quizzes (daily five-minute quizzes) 
  • 64 %   tests (about five fifty-minute tests)
  • 20 %   final (the final is comprehensive)

Letter grades will be assigned as follows:

90-100% A, 80-89% B, 70-79% C, 60-69% D, 0-59% F.

No WF's will be given.  Students dropping after the WD period will receive a WP.  The grade of I is given very rarely and never just to temporarily improve your GPA.  No extra credit.

Quizzes:
There is no way to pass a real mathematics class without doing the homework. So to help you focus on the homework, we will start most days with a brief "quiz" (usually less than five minutes).  This will usually be one problem directly from the previous night's homework.  You will be allowed to use your personal handwritten notes; but not your book, computer or printed notes.  If you have attended class and done all the homework, the quiz points should be automatic!

These quizzes will be graded on a four-point scale: one point for your name, four points for the correct answer, and two or three for a partially correct answer.  If you are late, you will get a one.  If you cheat, you may get a zero or negative score. 

If you miss the day, or leave early, then you will get a zero.  Exceptions will be made for appropriate excuses, but you must let me know (and provide documentation) within two weeks.  Being excused from an absence does not excuse the next day's quiz.  If you miss class for any reason, you should still do your homework and be ready for the quiz.

The three lowest quiz scores will be dropped (other than "earned" zero or negative scores, see above).  All of your remaining quiz points will be added, then converted into a percentage score.

Quizzes will usually be returned the next class meeting. Those that are not picked up will be tossed out a week later.

Tests & Final:
The homework, quizzes and classroom examples indicate the type of problems that will be on the tests, though some (probably the final) may be changed to a multiple-choice format.  No make-up tests.  If you miss a test, you will be given the average of the following tests and final.  The final will be a comprehensive.  Review for the final by studying the hour tests, homework and quizzes.  (Check also to see if there is a practice final online).   You may not leave the room during any test.
Homework:
Homework will not be checked, but if you do not do the homework, you will not do well on the tests or final, and you will not pass the class.
Attendance:
Attendance is mandatory and enforced by the quiz policy.
Calculators:
This course requires a graphing calculator (we strongly recommend any TI 83+ or TI 84), and those with algebraic operating systems are not allowed.  TI-Inspires must be used with a TI 84 face plate.  Students may not share calculators during tests.  Check your batteries before tests.
Cancelled classes:
You (and the state) have paid well for the courses taught here so mathematics and statistics teachers very (very) rarely cancel classes. However, sometimes (especially in the spring) the university closes due to bad weather.  If this happens, I will contact you by the e-mail address stored in the Banner system to let you know how we will make up the work.  I will also adjust the homework schedule on-line as needed.
Honesty:
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in at least an F for the quiz, test or assignment.  Your Student Handbook clearly states "suspension from the university is the expected penalty" for "plagiarism, cheating, and academic integrity issues" and this includes submitting the work of another person as your own or permitting another to submit yours as his/her own.
Note:
If you are a student with a legally documented disability that may require assistance or accommodation, or if you have questions related to any accommodation for testing, note taking, use of readers, etc., please speak with me as soon as possible. You may also contact the Student Academic Support Services in Clement Hall Room 210. The contact person for disability assistance is Ms. Sharon Robertson at 881-7719.
Questions:
If you have any questions: 
  • Ask in class after the quiz.
  • Study with a friend.
  • Form a study group in the class
  • Drop by my office (office hours are posted on my door)
  • Ask in the Math Lab (begins 2nd week) : MTWTh 9-3 in B103A (Humanities Basement), 4-9 in Humanities 408
  • Find a private tutor (perhaps ask Mr. Bush, director of the Math Lab, if he has a list)