Office Hours
My office hours are at 10:30am MWRF or by appointment (it's best to give me advance notice that you expect to drop by or else I will likely depart after 10-15 minutes if no students have shown up). My office (313E Parker Hall) is a bit tricky to find. When you enter Parker Hall through the main front (north) entrance, go up the stairs. You will be in the front hallway of the 3rd floor. On the inner wall of that front hallway, between the doors for the Men's and Women's Restrooms is a large door labeled "313". My office is down the hallway behind that door.
If you need to reach me via email, my email University email address is: ech0006@auburn.edu. I do my best to check this email at least once per day.
Fall 2019 Classes
I am teaching these sections of 1150 Pre-Calculus in Fall 2019:
- Section 081, 8:00am Mon, Wed, Fri -- Parker Hall 326; 8:00am Thu -- in Parker Hall 356
- Section 090, 9:00am Mon, Wed, Fri; 9:30am Thu -- in Parker Hall 301, all days
- Section 120, 12:00n Mon, Wed, Fri; 12:30pm Thu -- in Parker Hall 305, all days
Here is a tentative Class Calendar showing projected test dates and which sections of the book will be covered on which days. This calendar is subject to change throughout the semester; students should attend class to learn of any modifications.
Textbook
This class is participating in the All Access program, and you should have already received an email about this (from the AU Bookstore). The Class Key for this particular class is: auburn 6343 6477. You are currently OPTED IN to be charged for this material. No charge will be made if you drop the class or opt out of All Access before the fifteenth day of class (9 September). Instructions on how to opt out should also have been in the aforementioned email. If you have taken a Pre-Calculus class before at Auburn (MATH 1000, 1120, 1130, or 1150) you should opt out as your previous access will still work.
You should be able to access a copy of the ebook (digital version of the textbook) through this program. If you would like to have a printed copy of the textbook or have other questions about how to access the digital copy, direct those questions to the AU Bookstore (they run the All Access program).
Final Exam Calculator
Here is a webpage where you may calculate what you need to make on the Final Exam to achieve various grades in the class as a whole
Study Guide for Final Exam
Here is a link to the MATH1150 Study Guide for MATH1150 (answers are included in the document). This is a study guide created by the Math Department in anticipation of the uniform Final Exam. The study guide is very long and comprehensive; if you can get through all of these problems and understand them, you should feel very prepared for the actual Final. The actual Final Exam will be multiple choice format (you do not need a Scantron form); it will be 35 questions long (3 points apiece).
Polar Graph Paper
PDF file of a blank Polar Graph diagram.
Exam Answers
Below are the answer keys to the actual (not Practice) exams given in the class.
Practice Exams
Practice Exams are meant to give students an idea as to what type of problems (and roughly how many problems) will be on the actual Exams administered during the semester. Students should be familiar with all exercises from the sections covered in class, not just those on the Practice Exams. Any such problems may appear on the actual Exams.
Class Policies
Attendance
There is no formal attendance policy. You are expected to show up to class every day. Any changes to test dates or other class policies will be announced in class. There is no online component to this class; I will occasionally send emails to the whole class with announcements, but all of the material I cover is done so in class, lecturing at the blackboard. I do not use WebAssign to administer any quizzes or homework. You should only need WebAssign/All Access to access a digital copy of the textbook for the class (as mentioned above).
Homework
There are no formal homework assignments, but you are encouraged to look over the
problems I suggest at the end of each section relevant to what we are studying. Here is a tentative list of the problems I generally suggest through the entire semester (listed by section in the textbook). I will be happy
to answer any questions about such problems in class, time permitting (or at my office).
Tests
I personally create and grade all regular tests for my class. You will not need Scantron forms for those tests. For a calculator you are only allowed to use the TI-30Xa, TI-30XA, or TI-30XIIS scientific calculators (as pictured to the right); this is a Math Department policy. This calculator is readily available at bookstores, department stores, and online. All phones must be turned off and stowed away during test periods. You should take your test with your particular class section (that is, do not show up to one of my other MATH1150 class sections trying to take the test at a different time).
Make-up Tests
If you are absent during a Test Day, you will only be eligible for a make-up test if you provide me with a valid, University-approved, excuse for your absence within one week of missing the original test. These valid reasons are typically limited to:
- A personal illness (bring me written, signed documentation from a doctor or the AU health clinic dated for the missed day of class)
- A family emergency involving an immediate family member (parent, child, spouse, or sibling; not aunt, uncle, grandparent, boyfriend, etc...)
- A University sanctioned extra-curricular activity (sport participation, etc) -- whatever organization is involved should be able to provide you with documentation excusing the absence
Some examples of invalid excuses (I have had students try to use these before -- they were not excused):
- You overslept
- You forgot about the test
- Bad weather (unless the University officially cancels classes)
- You have a ticket for a plane flight somewhere
- You want to go home a day early before a University vacation/break
- "Sick" but no doctor's excuse provided
- You suffered a "panic attack" for some reason (if your panic attack is so severe that you cannot attend class to take a test, you had better have a Doctor's Excuse for it).
- You have other tests that day
I am very strict about requiring documentation for missed tests. I do not require you to show up on non-tests days (although you should if you want to learn the material), but if you do not, within one week, provide me with a valid, documented excuse for missing a Test Day, you will receive a 0 (zero) for the missed test and not be allowed to make it up.
If you do provide me with a valid, documented excuse, then you will be eligible to take a make-up exam for that particular test, and we will schedule a time for you to take it as soon as possible.
Grades
There are five regular tests during the semester, each graded out of 100 points. The dates of the tests are tentatively on the Class Calendar, but they are subject to change (I
will always give you at least one week's notice of an exact test date). The Final Exam is the
uniform Final given to all MATH 1150 classes in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. It
will be comprehensive and also worth 100 points toward your grade in this class. The time and
date of the Final Exam are also on the Class Calendar.
The five tests and the Final Exam will allow you to accumulate up to 600 points throughout semester, and your total number of those points will be compared
to the following chart to assign your final letter grade for the class as a whole:
Total Points Grade
540 - 600 A
480 - 539 B
420 - 479 C
360 - 419 D
below 360 F
The points you earn on the tests and Final Exam will be the only factor in determining your
grade for the class.
Be very clear on the following things:
- I do not "round up" any grades. Ever. If you end up with, say, 538 points at the end of the semester -- which is technically an 89.67% -- that is a B, not an A. An A is earned only if you get 540 or more points total during the semester.
- I do not award any points for attendance, doing homework, or class participation. You are encouraged to do all of these things (since they will definitely help you learn the material), but they are not directly part of your grade. Your grade is calculated solely from the five tests and the Final Exam.
- I do not drop any test grades or allow students to retake any tests.
- Other than a few possible bonus points on the exams, there is no other oppotunity for extra credit of any sort.
I do not use Canvas to post grades. If you ever need to know your current grade in the class, talk to me after any class period or email me.
Additional Learning Resources
Below are additional resources that students may wish to take advantage of if they feel they are not learning the material well enough just from attending the lectures every day. Of course, studying the textbook could prove valuable as well.
Math Department Tutoring Center
The Math Department offers free tutoring for most lower level math courses. The sessions for MATH1150 are in Parker Hall 320 in the afternoon at various times (click to see the flyer). No appointment is needed.
AU Study Partners
Auburn University offers a Study Partners Program at the main campus library. Information about this free program is at the provided link.
Private Tutors
The Math Department also maintains a list of private tutors that are available for hire.