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Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald
- Office 326 Walker Hall 262-2363 Office Hours
(see web page), or by appointment
- Web Page
http://www.cs.appstate.edu/ ~ sjg/class/1010/1010.html
(Check this often!)
- E-mail email@example.com I usually check e-mail every day,
and this is the easiest way to contact me outside of class
and office hours.
- Attendance and participation are expected and required.
- Please try to be punctual in attending, as I try to start each
class on time.
- You are responsible for all material covered and all announcements and
assignments made at each class, whether you are present or not.
You are also responsible for announcements made on the web pages,
so check these frequently.
- I will often facilitate
discussion in order to reinforce concepts.
Rather than lecturing from the textbook and then responding to your
questions, I will combine some lecturing with being your ``coach''
as you explore problems, either
individually or in groups,
which facilitate discussion, as well as deep understanding of the
Students report, and surveys document, more involvement,
interest, and enthusiasm
by students who take exploration based courses.
I will gladly meet with you during my office hours or by
appointment, and I will try to respond to any concerns you may have.
- Asking questions, and explaining things to others,
in or out of class, is one of the
best ways to improve your understanding of the material.
So, we will sometimes vary the structure, so that
students work in small groups on problems,
or present solutions at the board. The
course is to
be an environment in which everyone feels comfortable asking questions,
making mistakes and offering good guesses and correct solutions.
- When you have difficulty with the material,
or are otherwise concerned
about your work in the course, see me and I'll see what I can do to help.
You may wish to obtain a private tutor for this course through the learning
assistance program (LAP).
- We'll use the top-down approach to problem
solving throughout the course. When attempting
a problem, try to break it
into successively simpler pieces which you can solve.
Then, try to to reassemble the pieces into a
solution of the original problem. You should
explore each question and write out your thinking in a
way that can be shared with others. Focus on your own ideas.
Turn in homework even if it is not
complete, even if only to say, "I do
not understand such and such" or "I am stuck here." Be
as specific as possible. Conjecture. Use pictures.
- You must turn in all written work on time, but revisions
are allowed in response to comments
I have made. Respond to the
comments-use them as invitations to clarify your understanding of the
problem or our understanding of your solution.
You cannot turn in revisions unless you have turned in
work when it was originally due.
When turning in revisions, you must address
the grader's comments on your original paper, and must
resubmit the original paper along with the revision.
See the web page for revision due dates. Typically, you will have
1.5 weeks from the due date to revise your work.
- It is important that your work be neat and coherent,
in addition to being
even if you are turning in a partially completed problem.
You will not receive credit for homework which is
not clearly organized and easily readable.
All work and problems
must be answered with a brief (if possible) and careful explanation. In
particular, if an exercise is a "yes/no" or "true/false" type of question, a
simple "Yes" or "False" is not sufficient. An answer
requires an explanation on your part for credit.
- This course carries a "W" designator. That means that
you are expected to write well and frequently. If you have trouble
writing, come see me - there are places I can send you for help!
to spend at least 10
hours per week, out of class, studying for this course.
- Read your textbook! How do You Know? Using Math
to Make Decisions
is more than just a collection of exercises.
Always read the text and worked examples in the relevant
section before attending lectures and attempting the exercises.
- Do plenty of exercises, more than those that are assigned.
- Work with friends and compare your answers.
You should write up work
on your own, however. Submitting someone else's work as your own
(PLAGIARISM) is a serious violation of the University's Academic Integrity
- When working on an assignment,
make certain you are doing the
correct problems - in an English class you would not get credit for
answering the wrong essay question.
- Participation and Group Work 10% (participation,
problem presentations, in class work, as well as
Attendance and participation is expected and required. Missing more
8 hours during the course (careful - the lab is 2 hours!)
will result in a grade of F.
- Homework and Project Reports 50% (see also written work-above and
Guidelines for Writing for more details)
Homework and Computer Project Reports,
consisting of handwritten and/or computer work,
will be collected at the begining of class.
Revisions will be accepted and are encouraged and are due by 5pm on
the date indicated on the web.
Each person is allowed one computer crisis. Otherwise, no late HW
- Exams 20% No make-up exams will be given
- Final Exam 20%
You must show work and give written explanations on all
work turned in. Work will not be accepted
without explanation and must also be
turned in on or before the due date.
If there is some reason you must miss a class,
then e-mail me, or talk to me about and turn in the assignment early
into my mailbox.
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