Dr. Sarah's 1010 Lab 2
To satisfy the Math 1010 computer designator, we will
programs that are widely available and that you are likely to use again
in other classes.
We have used Netscape and Internet Explorer as web
browsers, and Microsoft Word as a word processor.
Today we will use Microsoft Excel, which is useful
for amortization tables, calculations and spreadsheets.
Word and Excel are bundled together
in the "Office" package that also includes Microsoft PowerPoint,
a program for creating and viewing professional presentations that we
will use later in the semester. All of
these programs can be
found on most computers.
We will spend the rest of the semester learning about basic features,
especially concentrating on web searching techniques.
Writing Designator To satisfy the writing designator on MAT 1010,
as mandated for any writing designated class,
you will be assigned a significant amount of writing in this class.
There will be four major writing assignments (Part 2 of Ben Franklin
will be the first) and all of
grades will be based on how many questions
you answered correctly and completely, and the clarity
and depth of your writing and explanations, so take your time to
think carefully and discuss the issues in your group before writing down an
answer and be sure to write in complete sentences!
You may always attach extra pages if you need
more room for explanation.
Even if there had not been a writing designator on MAT 1010, we still
would have done some writing in this class, because
explaining your ideas to others is an important
part of mathematics and is also one of the best ways to improve your
understanding of the material.
The effort you expend in clearly explaining your work solidifies your
learning. In particular, research has shown that writing and
speaking trigger different
areas of your brain. By writing something down - even when you
think you already understand it - your learning is reinforced by
involving other areas of
your brain. In addition, when you are studying for tests
or for the comprehensive final exam, you will find that your explanations
will help you review and understand the material and will make for a much more
useful study guide.
Much of your success in this course depends on you carefully listening
to and taking notes on what I say, carefully
following directions, engaging the material, and practicing on your own.
You can obtain a passing grade in this class by
completing your work and missing no more than 8 credit hours of class.
You should expect to work hard in this class, and put in the
necessary time outside of class in order to complete homework
and assignments on time, as I also work hard to help you succeed.
To obtain an A in this class, you must demonstrate deep
understanding of the material.
You should always expect to stay for the entire time that
class (Tues/Thur) meets. If activities are finished early
or you are waiting for us to come back together as a class, then you should
use the time effectively to work on class homework or ask me questions
(using your time effectively forms part of your participation grade).
Labs are designed to take 1 hour and 50 minutes, but everyone works
at a different pace. You should expect to leave having completed the
mathematics correctly (I try to check work and give you instant feedback
as I make my way around the classroom since I want you to succeed.)
Some people will work quickly enough to be able to answer all of the
questions in lab itself. Other people will need to spend time outside of
class completing questions.
If you finish all of the listed lab activities early then you may
leave early or spend the remaining lab time working
on class materials.
Part 1 - Ben Franklin Part 1
Take out the Review of lab 1 basics handout, which you received
during the first lab.
how to get to the class web pages using NETSCAPE
(for example, this is on
the Review of lab 1 Basics handout, which is also available on the web
as a link on the class highlights page).
From the main class web page, click on the
class highlights link and then on the Ben Franklin Part 1
link. Recall that if something is underlined on a web page, then
it is a link to click on, and that you can use the Back key to
return to the page you just came from.
Follow the directions on the lab. The completed lab is due Thursday
Part 2 - WebCT
Logon to campus pipeline and then to WebCT.
Click on grades and tracking info. Click on grades.
Take a look at how many credit hours of absences you have so far.
Recall from the syllabus that there is a departmental attendance policy.
Click on the WebCT home link, and then click on the Bulletin Board link.
Read any NEW messages that you
Recall that you are
supposed to read them at least three times a week.
Click on the WebCT home link, and click on the
Click on Quiz 1.
Click ok. Click ok at the
amount of time remaining.
Save each question's answer. Notice that the red dots will turn into green stars (on the right side of WebCT) as you save each question.
Be careful to follow the input directions for each
questions since WebCT will mark your
answer as incorrect if it is not in the correct format.
Note that for multiple choice questions,
boxes mean that more than one choice may be chosen.
When you are finished, click Finish.
Then click ok to Submit Quiz for Grading.
Then click on View Results.
For Future Reference
Notice that under quizzes, you can view your previous tries
(and how they were graded)
by clicking on
them to the right of each quiz. In general, you will
have up to 5 tries to get a perfect score. Quiz 1 retakes will
be due next Monday and can be performed from any computer on or off
campus with web access.
Note that retakes are similar to the original quizzes, but there
are usually differences (and numerous versions of the same
question), so read the problems and
answers carefully each time!
Use your quiz retakes as a way to reinforce learning and prepare for
tests. As you answer each question, ask yourself whether you could
explain WHY answers are true or false
and show the work necessary to obtain the correct answers
on a test.
Part 3 - Homework for Tuesday, Ben F Part 1 and Quiz 1 Retakes
If time remains, then you should
work on the homework for tomorrow (see the main class web page for the
finishing questions 5 and 6 on the Ben Franklin part 1 lab,
and work on quiz 1 retakes.
You may also ask me any questions you have about anything in this course
as I make my way around the room. For example, I know that
some of you have questions on the homework that was just returned today.