1. Homework and projects will be assigned throughout the
semester. Due dates will be
given when the assignments are announced in class. If you are absent from the
classroom when the assignments are made, you are still expected to submit the
assignment on the given due date. You are required to speak with me in person
during
office hours if you miss getting the assignment during class. I will not give
assignment
information out over the phone or by email.
2. Since the homework will account for a portion of the final grade in the
course, you must
do your own work. While it is acceptable to consult with each other on these
assignments, it is not acceptable to copy another student’s work or to allow
other
students to copy your work. This is a form of plagiarism and will result in a
penalty that
includes (but is not limited to) a grade of zero on that assignment for all
parties involved.
3. The homework assignments from the text book must be done on loose leaf paper
(not
spiral bound notebooks) and brought to every class meeting. All the pages
containing the
solutions to the assigned problems for a particular day must be stapled together
before
class begins. You are required to use strictly correct mathematical notation
when
showing work and giving answers for all problems. Failure to use correct
mathematical
notation will result in a loss of credit, regardless of the final answer.
4. All submitted papers must be neat, legible and properly formatted. Problems
must be
submitted in the order they are assigned. If I cannot read your writing, if you
fail to use
correct mathematical notation for all work and answers, or if the sequence of
steps
required to solve a problem is incomplete or disorganized, you will receive zero
credit for
the problem, regardless of whether the answer is correct or not.
5. You will be required to submit some text assignments for a grade. When any
assignment is called for, you will be required to submit the assigned problems
immediately. If you are not present in the classroom when the problems are
requested, if
you submit multiple pages that are not stapled together, if you do not have the
problems
with you in class, or if you have not done the requested problems before hand
and outside
of class, you will receive a grade of zero. No exceptions.
6. You are required to purchase an access code that will allow you to access the
online
homework portion of this course called MathXL. This code either came packaged
with the
textbook or it can be purchased by going to the Pearson web site or by going to
the
campus bookstore.
7. Computer problems often occur. If you are unable to complete the online
MathXL
assignment for any reason, there are no makeups or extensions. MathXL
assignments
not completed on time due to computer problems, illness, tardiness or any other
reason
will receive a grade of zero.
8. All material and dates are subject to change. Any changes made to the
schedule or
assignments will be made during class time or by emails sent to the entire class
using the
students’ blinn.edu email addresses. Each student is responsible for keeping
track of
any announcements and assignments made in class and for following all
instructions
given in the syllabus and during class.
FORMAT FOR THE DAILY ASSIGNMENTS FROM THE TEXTBOOK
Mathematics is a language and, like any language, you need
to learn how to
communicate your ideas effectively. Much of this communication will be in the
form of
homework, quizzes, and exams. Most of the feedback you receive will come from
your
homework. Exams and quizzes will be your opportunity to demonstrate that you
have
acquired the ability to use correct and concise mathematical notation to
demonstrate your
understanding of various topics.
In order to provide you with meaningful and worthwhile
feedback on your homework, you
will be required to present your work in an easy to read, easy to navigate
format. Your
work must enhance your communication, not impede it. Here are a few things that
you
will be required to do when submitting homework.
• Your handwriting must be legible. Final answers MUST be
highlighted or boxed. For
assignments from the course packet, blanks and boxes have been provided. For
textbook assignment, you must write out the entire problem and then highlight or
box
the final answer.
• All assignments must be done in pencil. Pens and markers may only be used to
write
questions or highlight final answers. Errors must be erased, not scratched out.
• Homework with multiple pages must be stapled in the upper lefthand corner.
If
multiplepage homework assignments are not stapled, they receive zero credit.
Folded corners and paper clips are not acceptable.
• In the upper righthand corner of the top sheet you must write, in this
order:
your last name and due date
your Blinn ID
course number and section
• The first page of the textbook assignment must have a heading that gives the
course
(MATH 2412) and the assignment (i.e. p. 12, homework assigned Sept. 3), and a
list of
the assigned problems.
• Problems must be clearly labeled and numbered on the left side of the page.
There
must be at least one blank line between each problem. Do not write in the left
margin.
• Problems must be written and solved in the order they are assigned.
• All work and final answers must be shown in strictly correct mathematical
notation.
Numerical answers that are given without notation that provides meaning for the
number will be counted as incorrect.; i.e. “2” is not an acceptable answer, but
“x = 2”
or “n(S) = 2” or “2 dogs” would be acceptable (depending on the statement of the
problem). Answers not given in acceptable mathematical format receive zero
credit.
• Incorrectly formatted assignments will not receive full credit and may
receive a grade
of zero. The due date and time for these homework assignments are announced in
class. Any assignment submitted after the due date and time will receive a grade
of
zero.
Here is an example of the proper format for the textbook assignments.
Smith HW 2/3/09
Blinn ID 555555
Math 2412  A1
Math 2412 p. 439: 13  16,20,21 p. 510: 1,5,7,9
p. 439
13. [Write the problem, show all work neatly, using
correct mathematical notation]
Write and box answer; use
correct mathematical notation
14. [Write the problem, show all work neatly, using
correct mathematical notation
Write and box answer; use
correct mathematical notation
15. [Write the problem show all work neatly, using correct
mathematical notation]
Write and box answer; use
correct mathematical notation
TEXTBOOK ASSIGNMENTS
review and exercise topics 
textbook assignments 
factoring techniques 
A29: 2  5,7,9,10 A31: 138 
laws of exponents 
A10: 4,8 274: 83  86 
rational expressions 
A41: 1  4 
roots and rational expressions 
A87: 3  6,[111,113  give both and
exact answer
and an approximate answer] 
solving equations 
A51: 7,8,134 
lines 
31: 1  10,112,129  132,136  142 
rules of logarithms 
297: 1  6,95,96,105,107,108
305: 101 
solving inequalities 
A10: 5,141,142 213: 2,57 
polynomial and rational expressions 
A51: 9  12,136,137 180: 6,8
226: 5,116,118 
applications of trigonometry 
515: 4,5,7,8 523: 3  8 
analytic trigonometry 

estimations 
A13: 147,148,150 
verbal and symbolic representations 

physics and geometry 
591: 3  6,15,16,18,19,21,22 
ABSENCE WORK SHEET INFORMATION
Following every absence, a student must complete and submit an Absence Work
Sheet
within two class meetings after returning from the absence. The copy of the
Absence
Work Sheet can be found on the next page. If the Absence Work Sheet is not
submitted
within the two class periods, then the student will receive a grade of zero for
the day of the
absence AND an additional deduction of ½ of the daily grade will be taken from a
previous
or subsequent class day when the student was present.
When submitting the Absence Work Sheet, there are two optional attachments. If
the
Absence Work Sheet and both completed attachments are submitted, then the
student
can earn up to ½ of the daily grade from the missed class period. If only one
complete
attachment is submitted and the other is not submitted, is not correct, or is
not complete,
then the student can only receive zero to ¼ of the daily grade.
One attachment must be the lecture notes, examples, and inclass work sheets
from the
class period you missed. All this information should be obtained from a reliable
fellow
student, but all notes and work must be done by you and must be in your own
handwriting. No xeroxed copies will be accepted.
The second attachment will be the completed homework assignment that was due on
the
date of the absence. Since this homework will be submitted late, it will not be
graded and
will, in and of itself, receive no grade. However, if the completed homework
assignment is
not submitted, you will not earn ½ of the daily grade and, in fact, may receive
a zero for
that day.
The Absence Worksheet must be submitted for every absence. The two attachments
consisting of the class work and homework should be submitted if you want to
receive a
nonzero grade for the missed class period.