Course Objectives and Student Learner Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:
• Demonstrate application of inductive and deductive reasoning.
• Evaluate complex relations using symbolic abstraction and generalization.
• Demonstrate problem solving using symbolic representation and manipulation.
The student-learning goals of Math 127 include learning to work with exponents,
radicals , polynomials , fractional expressions , exponentials, logarithms, and matrices; and
all of these. It will prepare students for either Math 229 Fundamentals of
or Math 143 Trigonometry . Students who need to take Math 261 - (Calculus I) will
need to take
Math 143 before Calculus.
With the exception of exam days, each class day will start with discussion of
problems followed by a lecture period for which guided notes will be provided.
notes are basically an outline of what I will cover during that day, the details
of which you will
have to fill in during the lecture. They save some time in copying the problems
from the board,
but still serve to keep your attention on the lecture and help with being able
to think about why I
am solving problems as I am, instead of just routine copying. The guided notes
practice problems that are to be completed mostly in-class to give you a chance
problems before doing the book assignment.
In addition to the Guided Notes, there are homework
assignments for each section. It is in your
best interest to do all the homework even though most will not be graded it is
your opportunity to
get the practice that is needed to become proficient on the material.
Assignments are posted and regularly updated on the course
Webpage listed above, and student
grades are posted within D2L. Bonus problems will be available on each test, but
no extra credit
assignments will be available.
Attendance is mandatory in the sense that you will not be given an opportunity
to make up work
from class that you miss, and it is up to you to learn the material on your own.
For a known
absence due to military duty, jury duty, or other legal requirement, you must
give me notice as
soon as feasible and prior to the absence if it will require missing an exam or
quiz. For an
absence due to personal reasons such as illness or family emergencies, you
should notify me as
soon as feasible, before the absence in most cases. In order for a makeup exam
to be graded,
written documentation of the reason for the absence will be required. Examples
are: a note from
the doctor saying you were seen (it does not have to say what you were seen
for), a copy of the
police report for a minor car accident, funeral program or obituary, etc..
Absences due to family vacations, reunions, weddings,
etc., are not excused absences. I expect
you to inform me of scheduled unexcused absences by Friday, July 6, 2007.
will result in no credit on homework and quizzes missed, but you will receive
copies of these
missed works to study from if you provide the requested notification. I count on
you to plan to
attend such events around your class schedules if they come up during the
since the exam dates are already set.
You are expected to do your own work. You may certainly work with others and get
homework assignments and labs, but the work you submit should be your own work.
during exams you will not be allowed to get help from others. Make sure that you
material while you do the homework and labs - that is the purpose of the
during the exam you can demonstrate your knowledge - that is the purpose of the
Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated in any college course (or any
course at any level).
See the MSUM Academic Honesty policy for more information and possible
1. Three Cumulative Unit Tests: 75-100 pts/each
2. Quizzes will occur about every other day: 10-15 pts/each
3. Select problems from the textbook, handouts, & Guide Notes: 5-10 pts/each
4. Comprehensive Final: 150 pts given Aug. 8th
If you are having trouble please see Dr. Harms during office hours from
10:00-11:30 or make an
appointment. Study sessions are scheduled July 9th, 17th, 27th and Aug. 6th to
provide extra test
preparation with Professor Harms, times to be announced. One-on-one tutoring is
available at no
cost through Career Services and if you would like to take advantage of that see
Drop in tutoring through the Math Department is available in Lommen 90-A from
9:00-1:00 M – F.
Students with disabilities who believe they may need an accommodation in this
encouraged to contact Greg Toutges, Coordinator of Disability Services at
477-5859 (voice) or
1-800-627-3529 (MSR/TTY), CMU 114 as soon as possible to ensure that
implemented in a timely fashion.
Please turn off your cell phone while in class to show respect to your
classmates. If you use your
cell phone for a calculator and watch please make arrangements to get a
scientific calculator and
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