Although not allowed on all examinations, a graphing calculator is required for this course.
I use a Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Silver Edition mode, but
most graphing calculator models are acceptable,
The preferred models are the Texas Instruments 82, 83, 84+, 85, 86, or 89.
Also, the department has placed four TI-84+ calculators in the library for student use.
Students may check out one of these calculators at the circulation desk in the library for a
Be sure to acquire a manual for your own calculator for reference.
You should bring a calculator to class everyday.
The following is the Albion College statement on attendance:
"Regular attendance in all classes is expected. Every absence from class
is inevitably a loss — usually one which can never be made up. A student has
the responsibility to inform his or her faculty member, whenever possible
in advance, of an absence due to serious or prolonged illness, and
verification of absences due to emergency reasons, may be obtained from
the Office of Residential Life."
In this course
class absences are only excusable in documented
extreme cases of unforeseen hardship
or official College event, as described in the Student Handbook.
Please notify me in writing (email is preferred) prior to official college
events (sporting, class trips, etc.) that make it impossible for you to
If you miss class because of participation in an official College event
you must make prior arrangements with me.
In extreme cases of unforeseen hardship, please contact me as soon as possible.
In either case, you are still responsible for all material and assignments.
In cases where you have not taken personal responsibility,
you will forfeit the possibillity of earning points.
No credit will be given for a missed test or other scheduled in-class assignment,
nor will late assignments be accepted.
You will have an opportunity to review your grade and other unreturned assignments
for four weeks after the start of the subsequent semester.
After that time, I will discard all unclaimed materials.
As an academic community, Albion
College is firmly committed to honor and integrity in the pursuit
of knowledge. Therefore, as a member of this academic community,
each student acknowledges responsibility for his or her actions and
commits to the highest standards of integrity. In doing so, each student
makes a covenant with the college not to engage in any form of academic
dishonesty, fraud, cheating, or theft.
The goal of this course is for you to learn a rigorous academic discipline, not
penmanship, typing, or other forms of plagiarism.
details instances and penalties for academic dishonesty.
It also describes acceptable usage of the campus computing/networking
In this class you are expected to do your own
work unless explicitly stated.
Here are some things which will be considered cheating:
Typically, I grade papers one problem at a time. If you turn in someone else's
work as you own, it really stands out. Please do your own work!
If you are having trouble on an assignment come see me as soon as possible - I'm here to help!
We, as students and faculty, have the privilege and challenge of
promoting higher standards of ourselves, the College, and society in general.
Here are several expectations we should have this semester.
Communication is essential in any relationship. Our student-teacher
relationship is no exception. If you have any concerns with the class
material or logistics, please talk to me as soon as possible.
There are a variety of effective teaching and learning styles. Part of the challenge of college
is learning your individual particular learning style and how to learn from a variety of
teaching styles. I will try and use several ways of presenting the material to help you
learn the course material. Ultimately you are responsible for learning the material.
Here are some things that will help you succeed in this course:
See advice from previous students for more ideas on how you can become a successful math student in my course!
One of the goals of this course is for you to improve you problem solving skills.
Here are some general problem solving steps.
Accommodations statement: Any student with a disability who believes the requirements of this course may require accommodations or modifications should contact the Learning Support Center (LSC) Director, Dr. Pamela Schwartz, who will work with you to develop a plan for reasonable accommodations based on your information and supporting documentation. If you have completed this process and have requested accommodations through the LSC for this semester, plan to meet with me as early as possible to discuss a plan for implementing these modifications in this class. It is best if we can talk at least one week prior to their implementation. The LSC is located in 114 Ferguson Hall (on the first floor of the administration building) and is open during regular business hours throughout the school year. The main phone is 517/629-0825, and the number for the Adaptive Technology Office is 517/629-0411.
College-Wide Learning Support:
Academic support at Albion College is provided through the Academic Skills Center and the Learning Support Center.