Instructions for Starting a Web Course
Math 1730-W1 is an online course that require students to have www access. Only those students that are unable to attend a regular on-campus class should consider taking a mathematics class in this format. If your situation makes it extremely difficult to attend class on a regular basis, if you are an above average mathematics student, and if you need to take Math 1730 this term, then this online section may be a good choice for you.
Note for Austin Peay State University students: The purpose for offering Math 1730 Precalculus is to build the specified algebra skills(functions, logarithms, exponential, transformations, and all of the trigonometry skills) for students whose major requires calculus. To be successful in precalculus requires an ACT-Math score of 23 or greater or successful completion of Math 1110-Algebraic Problem Solving or Math 1710-College algebra. If you are majoring in language/literature, communication, art, music, theater, history, etc. then you probably should take Math 1010. If you are majoring in business, nursing, political science, psychology, etc. you probably need to take Math 1530. I have not listed requirements for all majors but advise you to check with your advisor and follow their advice if you have questions pertaining to your core mathematics requirement.
There will be two on-campus tests that will be given in evening sessions (see syllabus). One will be around the midterm date and the other will be during final exam schedule. If you are located too far from campus to attend APSU campus exams (more than 100 miles), then you should contact me soon after the course begins. It will be your duty to make arrangements with the campus test facilities at a local university where you reside. The syllabus contains the dates that the midterm and final exams will be administered. Please print a copy of the syllabus that contains all dates for QZ(quizzes), Midterm Exam and Final Exam.
Students will be expected to complete homework exercises(HW) and quizzes(QZ) on a daily basis via the www. In order to do this students must register into CourseCompass using MyMathLab(MML). You must notify the staff of the bookstore that you are in the W1 section of Math 1730 so that they will sell you the correct materials. The textbook for the course is Precalculus, Graphs & Models, Fourth Edition, Marvin L.Bittinger, Judith Beecher, David J. Ellenbogen, and Judith Penna, Pearson/Addison Wesley Publishers @2009. Also, you must purchase MyMathLab Student Access Kit and may purchase it online from Pearson/Addison Wesley Publishers on the web using your credit card. The MyMathLab Student Access Kit contains the instructions for accessing CourseCompass and contains an e-book.
NOTE: IF YOU LIVE AWAY FROM CLARKSVILLE AND CANNOT COME TO CAMPUS TO PURCHASE YOUR MATERIALS, I STRONGLY ADVICE YOU TO PURCHASE MyMathLab Student Access Kit THAT CONTAINS THE STUDENT ACCESS CODE ONLINE USING YOUR CREDIT CARD. THE CODE WILL BE SENT TO YOU ALMOST IMMEDIATELY IN AN E-MAIL THAT YOU PROVIDE. ONE CANNOT WAIT ONE OR TWO WEEKS FOR AP BOOKSTORE TO SNAIL MAIL THE KIT AND TEXT. ONCE YOU HAVE ENROLLED IN THE COURSE USING THE CODE, YOU HAVE ACCESS TO TEXTBOOK MATERIALS.
After you purchase the MyMathLab Student Access Kit you will need to register in CourseCompass(CC). Click the link How Do I Access MyMathLab? given below for additional information.
The use of CourseCompass/MyMathLab is a major change in this course. It will allow me and you to monitor your progress in the course on a daily basis. Both of us should know when you are or are not able to work relevant precalculus problems. For each section of the text, MyMathLab has one set of homework exercises(HW) for which I have enabled numerous help facilities including correct answers and worked solutions. The HW are just that, I will know how many times you attempt these exercises but a score will not be recorded(30 points will be awarded for taking the HW) . For each section of the text MyMathLab has one (or more) quiz exercises(QZ) which are very similar in number and in type to the HW. The QZ exercises may be completed numerous times and you will be told which exercises you answered correctly and which exercises you missed but you will not have access to help or worked solutions. You will be able to access all of the HW for the entire term. However, there will be deadlines for the quiz exercises(QZ) after which you will not have access to the specific QZ exercise. Another important point, the HW and the QZ exercises are generated by algorithm; thus, in each attempt of a HW (or QZ) exercise the problem types will remain constant but the numbers in the problem and consequently the answer will likely change. I will use your best QZ score when grades are calculated at the end of the semester. Thus, try QZ quizzes numerous times but no more than five times. To take QZs more than 5 times indicates that one should study examples in the textbook, work on HW practice exercises to become proficient rather than trial and error on QZs, see me or attend Academic Support Tutoring in the Marks Building or go to tutoring provided in MML.
Some homework problems from the textbook have been listed in Math 1730 Textbook Suggested Exercises given below. However, this is simply a suggested list that resembles the problems on the HW and QZ.
Extensive video clips, animations, and media text will be available via CourseCompass. There are many other helpful tools found in the CourseCompass. To access the valuable course materials for this course go to http://www.coursecompass.com/ where you will register for the course by inputting the course ID given in the link How Do I Access MyMathLab? and the access code found in your MyMathLab Student Access Kit purchased online or from the APSU Book store. One time is all you have to register, but you must login with the same username and password each time you access CourseCompass.
Before classes begin on Thursday, January 14, 2010 please open the seven links given below, read and follow the information carefully to be better informed about what to expect in this course.