See the program schedule for a list of instructors, course times, class rooms, office hours and final exam dates.
OVERVIEW AND COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is designed to sharpen algebra skills and concepts. Some of the topics covered are linear functions, power functions, quadratic functions, rational functions, composing and decomposing functions, inverse functions, logarithmic and exponential functions. In addition to this, the course is designed to strengthen analytical thinking. You will be asked and encouraged to find patterns, make conjectures, and judge the validity of given conjectures. You will test your conjectures and eventually provide counter examples to disprove invalid conjectures or give justifications for conjectures they determine are valid.
This course serves as a prerequisite course and does not satisfy the Proficiency 3 general education requirement.
Required course materials
In addition to our textbook you will also need a graphing calculator, WileyPlus with Orion, and a course pack. If you purchase a new textbook from the WMU bookstore then an access code for WileyPlus will be bundled with your text. To cut down on the price of your text, I have created a custom version which contains only the chapters we will be covering. You may purchase either the custom version or the full version of the text. If you purchase the full version, then you might also need to purchase WileyPlus. Some retailers will bundle the textbook with WileyPlus.
- Textbook: Algebra: Form and Function edition 2 by McCallum, Connally, Hughes-Hallett, et al.
ISBN-13 of e-text packaged with WileyPlus: 9781119434115
there are two ways to purchase this bundle. Currently the cheapest option is to purchase WileyPlus and the E-Text when creating a WileyPlus account through the class WileyPlus URL.
- form the WMU bookstore
- or when creating a WileyPlus account
- Graphing calculator: If you already own a graphing calculator, then that will suffice for this course. If you do not all ready own a graphing calculator, then you should determine which course you will be taking to satisfy proficiency 3 and then find which graphing calculator best suits your future need. Also note that your instructor will be demonstrating on a TI84. Feel free to discuss your graphing calculator needs with either your instructor or the director of the Developmental Mathematics Program.
- Math 1110 Course Pack: The course pack contains all of the worksheets for the course and the reading assignments. The course packs can be found in the bookstore next to the text book.
- Three-ring notebook.
Accessing WileyPlus with Orion
WileyPlus is an online interactive tool packaged with our textbook that provides immediate feedback. The majority of the problems come straight from the text, so this application will provide you feedback on many more problems than traditional paper and pencil homework. Orion is an online application that assess your knowledge on a subject and then tailors practice problems in terms of your individual needs. Orion is not offered for all WileyPlus class, but is for "Algebra: Form and Function" and comes with WileyPlus (so you only need one access code and will log into WileyPlus each time you use either tool). We will be using these tool to help strengthen your mathematical skills and more importantly to help you become more efficient in these skills. Efficiency in these skills is vital for success in this course as well as the courses in which Math 1110 serves as a prerequisite.
To create a new account or access your previous Wiley Account proceed as follows:
- Each class is assigned a unique WileyPlus URL. Find and click on your class WileyPlus URL.
- If you have an Algebra II WileyPlus account, log in.
- If you are new to Algebra II, click on create account, and follow the directions. Do not use your WMU Bronco NetID or password. The Wiley login page might not be SSL/HTTPS (encrypted) protected. This means that any time you log into the site, someone could intercept the username and password. You are strongly encouraged to use only secure wireless access like WMUSecure and to avoid free, public wireless that can be found in coffee shops and other eating establishments. If using unsecured wireless, it is advised to connect to web services with a VPN (virtual private network). If you are unfamiliar with this, you are advised to contact WMU’s Help Desk, (269)387-4357, if you have any questions.
- Eventually you will be asked to input the registration code packaged with your text or purchase a code ($80).
- Continue to follow the directions and when asked for an email address provide your WebMail Plus address.
COURSE FORMAT AND PARTICIPATION
Whole class discussions of different solutions to a problem and the mathematics underlying these solutions will play a central role in this course. Though these discussions will take different forms on different occasions, it will always be the case that your ideas, strategies and questions will guide the discussion. Thus, as a class, we will examine each others thinking and come to a better understanding of the mathematics by doing so. Given the student-centered nature of this course, attendance and participation is of the utmost importance. Satisfactory participation means that you are willing to share your thought process, questions and solutions with the class (even when you don’t think you have the right answer), that you support your classmates by listening and thoughtfully reacting to their ideas, and that you attempt all of the homework before lass so that you can actively participate in our discussions. Consistent and productive participation in class will be considered in determining final grades (see participation rubric below).
If all course requirements have been met, grades will be assigned according to the scale:
A: 90-100 percent
BA: 85-90 percent
B: 80-85 percent
CB: 75-80 percent
C: 70-75 percent
DC: 65-70 percent
D: 60-65 percent
E: Below 60 percent
You must attain at least a "C" in this course in order to take the mathematics course which satisfies Proficiency 3 of your general education requirements.
The following is a tentative outline of the required graded assignments and their weights.
Exams: 40 percent of final grade
Comprehensive final exam: 25 percent of final grade
Participation/Presentations: 5 percent of final grade
Course pack: 10 percent of final grade
WileyPlus with Orion: 20 percent of final grade
Each class utilizes tools and concepts learned from previous classes, so be sure to arrive on time and stay until you are dismissed. Not only do excessive absences, tardiness, and early departure suggest a lack of professionalism and commitment, but they also guarantee that you will not attain the objectives of this course. You will not earn any participation points if you do not attend class.
We suggest you organize your work for this course in a notebook (e.g., one-inch three-ring binder) that includes the following sections:
- In-class and post-class notes. It is often the case that you may have difficulty taking notes on the discussions that occur during class. For this reason we strongly recommend that you take at least 10 minutes after each class to capture important mathematical ideas that have been discussed during class. This will help to solidify your understanding, and highlight areas/issues around which you still have questions. Post-class notes will save you valuable time when studying for an exam. Along with providing the main ideas of the activity, the post class notes could also contain "aha" moments (a defining moment in which you gained real wisdom or insight), a list of questions you still have about the material in the activity, and a "cheat sheet" like list (things you would need to know for an exam: definitions, formulas, important examples, calculator key strokes, etc).
- Initial homework thoughts. Use this section to organize scratch work, strategies, and your first attempt at a homework assignment. You will us this to rewrite your homework in a well organized manner. We highly recommend crossing out incorrect work rather than erasing it and then write yourself some notes as to why your fist methods were invalid. This will help you learn from your past errors rather than repeat them.
- Assignments. Your aim should be to make your notebook into something that will serve as a resource for you over time. This will also serve as your main resource when studying for each exam. Items within your notebook will be assessed through various means. Therefore, it is critical to always bring your notebook to class with you, and to keep up on your daily work and seek help when you don’t understand an assignment. Here are suggestions for each section of your notebook. This section will contain journaling, reflections, and any other assignments that will be assigned by your instructor. You will want to keep both the graded and not graded assignments in this section so that you can reflect on all before tutor sessions, group homework sessions, or an exam.
Pre-reading a textbook is a key element to success in a course, but students often have difficulty reading a mathematics/science text/journal. All of you are taking math 1110 as a prerequisite either to chemistry or to calculus. As such you will all be required to read a science/mathematics text in the near future. Each of you have also chosen a field in which you will at sometime need to read a technical journal. To help you with these future tasks, we have created reading questions to help students learn how to read a mathematics text. One main difference between reading a science text and casual reading is that you will need to read sections from the text several times. During the first read through you should not try to understand all of the pieces instead you should determine the main goals of the section. You might need to read the section several times before seeing the key points. After this, you will want to read with a more technical eye and determine why all of the pieces are valid and how they fit together. Then look over the reading questions and reread the text as needed to answer the reading questions. Since pre-reading is so important, the Academic Skills Center devotes an entire College Success Seminar to Text Book Reading Strategies. Recall that the Academic Skills Center service are free to all WMU students. I highly recommend utilizing these services.
Course pack assignments
In order to succeed in any class, it is critical that you stay on top of your assignments. Be sure to start your homework early and utilize your instructor and the tutor lab when needed. Also to keep you on schedule, late homework will not be accepted. In the event that you must be absent from class, have your homework delivered to your class. If allowed by your instructor, you may either send an e-mail scanned copy of your homework before class or have your homework delivered to the Math Department mail room before class. Each instructor has a mailbox in the Department of Mathematics, 3319 Everett Tower. Be sure to attach a cover sheet to your homework that contains your name, class time and instructor's name.
Your instructor might allow and encourage students to work together on assignment. What this means is that students can share strategies. You cannot share final versions of assignments. The final polished version of the assignment must be your own work. Similar problems may appear on an exam, so you will want to be sure that you can complete each problem on your own after working with peers.
Most students must take an active rule in order to learn/ understand mathematics. For this reason we will encourage each student to present at least one problem during the semester.
There will be four unit tests worth a total of 40 percent of your final grade. Most of the problems on the unit tests will be similar to, or elaborations of, WileyPlus with Orion, course pack assignments and group work. Other questions may test definitions, example problems, and/or in-class work. Note that answers to selected section problems are in the back of your text and each chapter has review exercises. You may wish to use these as practice problems. The final will be a comprehensive test worth 25 percent of your grade. If you are unable to attend class on any exam day you must notify Dr. Eisenhart (269) 387-4117 or (269) 873-8194 before the exam or a make-up may be denied. All APPROVED make-up exams will be given on the mass make-up exam date: Thursday, April 26 during the evening.
Any student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact their instructor and the Office of Disability Services at the beginning of the semester. If you believe you need some type of accommodation due to a disability, contact them.
Policy on incompletes
According to University policy, incompletes are given only in those rare instances when extenuating circumstances have prevented a student from completing a small segment of the course. An incomplete is never given as a substitute for a failing grade and the Chair of the Department of Mathematics must approve all incomplete grades. The last day a student can process an officially withdrawal from a class to avoid a failing grade is Monday, March 19 for fall 2017.
You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs that pertain to academic honesty (under Academic Policies, Student Rights and Responsibilities). These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.
Please familiarize yourself with the student code of conduct and the definition of plagiarism. The use of cell phones is strictly prohibited during class, unless it’s a life-and-death emergency. Silence your phones, tablets, iPods, etc., at the entrance of the classroom and store them. If seen using one of these devices, you will be asked to leave since this is disruptive not only to the class but also the instructor. If there is an emergency situation, place your devise on vibrate, sit close to the door and leave the classroom as inconspicuous as possible. For a complete copy of the student conduct code go to the student code of conduct.
Class participation rubric
Class participation will be informally assessed on a continuing basis. Class participation grades will be based on participation in both small group and whole group settings.
A: Contributing to others' learning
- This is the goal of the class. This does not mean telling or showing someone else how to do something. Sometimes it means sharing your thoughts about the mathematics so that others can analyze and learn from it. Always it means listening carefully to what others are saying, connecting what you hear to your own thinking and asking questions that will help everyone involved better understand the mathematics. The expectations for receiving this grade will increase as the semester goes on. That is, it is assumed that these are skills that you are learning so in the beginning attempts at doing this will be sufficient to earn the grade. As you develop these skills, it will require competence in them to earn the "A".
B: Contributing to one’s own learning
- Here you are clearly engaged in learning the mathematics, but haven’t moved outside yourself to interact well with others. It generally means doing quality work, but not being willing to share your thinking with others or not showing interest in making sense of their thinking. In the context of whole class discussion, it would mean listening and learning, but not sharing your ideas or observations with the class.
C: Getting by
- This involves showing up, minding your own business and doing what you are told.
D: Interfering with learning of self or others
- There are various ways one can do this; the most obvious are distracting group members from the task at hand or being belligerent about what one is asked to do. More subtle ways include implying someone is stupid because they don’t understand a problem or telling someone how to do a problem and thus undercutting their opportunity to figure it out for themselves.
F: Not there
- This includes not being there physically and/or mentally. Note that whenever you are absent, it is your responsibility to make up the work, preferably before the next class so that you are able to participate in class.
Completing an Assignment
In the Assignment tab, click an assignment in the list. The Open Assignment screen appears.
Once you have selected an assignment from the assignment list you are taken to the first page of the assignment. This page outlines the settings and polices that your instructor selected for this assignment. Make sure you read these policies carefully before you begin working on your assignment.
Following is a description of all the assignment details available in WileyPLUS. Since your instructor can select many of these or not, your assignment details may not contain everything described here.\
Student Access Settings
Start Date - This is the date that you can begin to work on the assignment.
Due Date - This is the date that the assignment is due. Your instructor can also allow access to the assignment after the due date.
Student Access after Due Date
There are three options for access to an assignment once the due date passes:
Yes, Mark Late - Students can complete their assignment after the due date, however if they do, it is marked in red in the gradebook.
Yes, View Only - Students can access the assignment but all answer fields are locked. The score received on the assignment before the due date is recorded in the gradebook.
No - Students cannot access the assignment at all, however, they can see the details of their score in their gradebook. The score received on any questions submitted before the due date is recorded in the gradebook.
Graded- Graded assignments record the scores achieved on assignments in the gradebook.
Ungraded- Ungraded assignments record the percentage assignment attempted or amount of reading content accessed.
WileyPLUS allows your instructor to set two kinds of Question Policies:
Attempts Per Question - The maximum number of answer attempts that you are allowed for each question. Note: If you answer the question correctly before you reach the maximum number of attempts allowed, the question is locked and you can no longer answer it.
Question Assistance - Your instructor may allow access to five types of assistance in an assignment. For each type of assistance, the number of question attempts that must be completed before the assistance becomes available may be different. For example, your instructor may allow you to see a hint after the first question attempt and the text link after the second question attempt. The following forms of question assistance are available in WileyPLUS:
Show Hints - Hints can be text, an animation/simulation, video or other resource that provides you with some help to answer the question.
Show Links - These are e-book text links that open to the chapter and section of the e-book that describes the material the question is assessing. There may be multiple text links.
Show Solution - This is the fully worked out solution for the problem.
Show GO Tutorials - These Guided Online (GO) tutorials step you through how to solve the question you answered incorrectly. The steps may contain guidance on the order you should use to solve a problem (e.g., all of the steps required to answer a calculus question), similar problems, readings, videos, animations, etc. Once you complete the GO Tutorial, you are returned to the original problem and are required to answer it to get a score for the question.
Show Answer - This displays the answer to the question.
Point Potential Policy
Your instructor may decide to deduct a percentage of your score if you access question assistance. You can see if your instructor has enabled this in the Assignment Details under Question Policies in the column labelled Point Potential. The percentage listed is the percentage of your score that you receive if you answer the question correctly and you access that form of question assistance.
The deductions are applied as follows: the first time you access question assistance, your score is 100% minus the percent allocated as the point potential policy for that question assistance. For example, if the question is worth one point, and you access Hints which is set to 95% of your total score for that question, your grade is .95, if you answer the question correctly and do not use other forms of question assistance. If you access another form of question assistance which is set to 90%, the percent allocated is deducted from the .95, etc. Your score for that question is now .86. The equation is:
Max point potential = (point potential for assistance 1) X (point potential for assistance 2)
Plugging in the example above to the equation, we get:
1 = .95 X .90 = 0.855
which is rounded to 0.86
The score deduction only occurs once for each form of question assistance per question. For example, once you access the solution for a particular question, you can access it over and over without receiving additional deductions to your score.
When you are working on an assignment and you click on question assistance, you receive the following message:
Earn Maximum Points available only if you answer this question correctly without Question Assistance.
You then have the option to continue or to exit out of question assistance.
This is an optional area where your instructor can provide a description of the assignment and/or instructions for the assignment.
WileyPLUS allows students to print individual questions. If your instructor allows it, you can print a copy of the entire assignment without the answers so you can work offline. Some questions may not print out exactly as they appear in WileyPLUS. Also, if your instructor selected the "Repeat with new values" policy, you see only the one set of values in your print copy.
After reading the assignment settings and policies, navigate to the first question by pressing next or selecting a question from the navigation bar on the left. This displays the full question.
In True / False or Multiple-Choice questions simply click on the radio button next to the option you believe to be correct, and click Submit Answer. For other question types, either type in your answer into the answer box or choose from the drop-down menus and click Submit Answer.
If the answer to the question you submitted can be automatically graded by the application, you are informed immediately if you answered the question correctly or not.
For questions where more than one answer is required (multipart questions), it is possible that you answered some parts correctly and not others. In this case, the question is marked as incorrect but any parts you answered correctly are shaded with a green background and you will not be able to answer these again, unless your instructor has set the numeric values to change on each attempt, in which case all of the answer fields, including those that were answered correctly, are reset and the whole question must be answered again.
Use any remaining question attempts to retry any incorrect answers. Your highest score in any of the attempts is recorded as your grade. However,
Answer Format, Tolerance and Significant Digits
Check the instructions in your assignments carefully, especially those instructions describing how you should format your answers. You may get the numerical answer correct but the question is marked wrong because it is not formatted correctly. Additionally, in some disciplines instructors have the option to set the question tolerance for answers (the answer can be +/- x%). You may also be required to use a specific number of significant digits in expressing your answer.
While working on your assignment or when you have completed it, you can see a summary of your score for that assignment by clicking on Review Score in the left-hand navigation column of the assignment. This page shows you the chapter and question number, whether you answered it, the number of points earned, your maximum point potential (total number of points you can receive if you answer the question correctly without using any question assistance that may change your score), number of question
Timed Assignments are a feature of WileyPLUS that allow instructors to set a time limit on assignments they assign to their students.
Timed Assignments are not based on start time of assignment availability. Once the start date is reached, students can do the assignment at any time prior to the due date, but only have access for the amount of time set by the instructor.
Instructions for taking Timed Assignments
You must complete a timed assignment in one session. If you logout of WileyPLUS you cannot return later to complete a timed assignment like for other WileyPLUS assignments.
A logout is usually confirmed by the user, but can be caused unexpectedly by a server or session timeout as well. Timeouts are commonly caused by a loss of internet connection. Please ensure your internet connection is stable prior to starting a timed assignment so that you will not be unexpectedly timed-out and lose access. This is very important since you cannot return to working on a timed assignment following a logout/server timeout.
If you are completing this assignment on a Laptop, we suggest having your power cable plugged in, as hibernation or sleep modes may disconnect you from the internet temporarily with some power settings. This disconnection from the internet can cause a session timeout.
If you try to click over to the ’Read, Study & Practice’ section while active in a timed assignment, you will receive a warning message. If you continue to ’Read, Study & Practice’ after reading the warning message you will lose all access to the timed assignment.
Do not open new browser windows and/or tabs while active in a timed assignment. You may not login to another session (i.e., open a new browser or tab and log into WileyPLUS) while active in a timed assignment. Your original session will be terminated and you will lose all access to the timed assignment.
You will have a specified amount of time to complete the timed assignment. The clock starts when you access a question in the assignment or click the next button to move on past the summary page, and acknowledge the following text:
You will have a Timer button above your list of assignment exercises. Click the Timer button and you will see how much time you have remaining. (Start Time: 01:06 PM / Remaining: 89 min.)
Remember to click the Submit button once you have entered your answers, to submit the answers to your instructor’s gradebook. Please be patient while the page refreshes before clicking to go on to the next question; it may take some time to load/refresh.
If you have a technical problem during your timed quiz, please contact WileyPLUS tech support at www.wileyplus.com/support via our live chat feature.