Welcome to Math 112

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Transcript Welcome to Math 112

Welcome to the MTLC
MATH 121
Fall 2009
Course Requirements
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Prerequisites
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Grade of C– or better in Math 112
Minimum of 440 on the placement test
Every student must have an active
University “crimson” e-mail account for
computer/course login.
Textbook and access code
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Textbook—Calculus with Applications: Brief Version, 9th
edition by Lial, Greenwell, and Ritchey.
This course is a computer based course. All
assignments for this course will be accessed through a
publisher’s website.
(www.mylabsplus.com)
An access code will be necessary to complete your
assignments. No work can be completed until you
have entered an access code into your account.
Access Codes
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Every student must have a new access code
to access to the publisher’s online website
where assignments can be completed.
An access code gives you access to the
mylabsplus website where you will find your
assignments.
The code gives you access to an online
textbook, video lectures, examples of
assignments and many more useful tools to
help you be successful in this course.
Access Codes
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Access codes may be purchased with or without
a printed version of the textbook.
You may purchase the code with the textbook at
any of the bookstores in town.
You may purchase the code without a printed
version of the book either at one of the
bookstores in town or online on the mylabsplus
website set up for your specific math course.
Again, no work can be completed until you have
entered your access code into your account.
Access Codes –Repeating Students
If you are repeating the course, then you
should be able to log in to the new course by
automatically re-activating your previous
access code. If you have any trouble, then
be sure to come to the MTLC for assistance.
Initial Skills Assessment
When you login to MyLabsPlus you will see two links,
a course link and a link for the MyMathTest:
 Math121_Smith_Math121_01
 Alabama Skills Assessment Math121_Smith
BEFORE beginning your work in your class, click the
Skills Assessment link, click the Placement button on
the left of the screen, and take a brief skills
assessment.
 Important assessment tool for us
 Will NOT hurt your grade in the course, could help
it
 PLEASE take it seriously
Calculator
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Only the calculator on the computer is
allowed in this course.
No other calculators are allowed during
testing.
It is the student’s responsibility to learn
how to operate the computer calculator
before testing.
Course Grades
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Possible grades in this course are A, B, C,
D, F, (+/-).
A grade of D or F will affect your GPA and
you would need to retake the course.
The last day to withdraw from the course
is Wednesday, October 28. No
withdrawals will be given after this date.
Course Grades
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4 tests (100 points each)
400 pts
Final Exam
300 pts
Quiz average (43 points each test period)
172 pts
Homework average (22 points each test period) 88 pts
Class Meetings (1 or 1.5 points for each class)
42 pts
Lab Survey
2 pts
TOTAL
1004 pts
Students must earn a minimum of 700 points to
successfully pass this course.
Class Attendance
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Math 121 meets everyday your schedule
shows. (MWF or TR)
Each class meeting counts for points.
MWF—1 point each
TR—1.5 points each
Success Rates based on
Class Attendance—MWF
3 or fewer absences
4 or more absences
A
40
40.8%
A
23
10.1%
B
31
31.6%
B
40
17.7%
C
22
22.5%
C
73
32.3%
Below
70%
90
39.8%
Below
70%
Avg
Passing
5
5.1%
86
94.9%
Avg
Passing
62
60.2%
Success Rates based on
Class Attendance—TR
2 or fewer absences
3 or more absences
A
27
53%
A
32
12.7%
B
9
17.6%
B
47
18.7%
C
14
27.5%
C
58
23.1%
114
45.4%
Below
70%
Avg
Passing
1
2%
Below
70%
87
Avg
98.0%
Passing
51
54.6%
Homework & Quizzes
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There will be homework assignments for each section
and they will be graded. Homework assignments usually
have around 20 questions.
Homework assignments can be worked until you have a
100. You get 3 attempts per homework problem before
it is counted incorrect. You then can select similar
exercise and re-work that type of problem to get it
correct. Everyone should have a 100 on every
homework assignment. If you need help, come to the
lab for assistance.
You can review homework anytime during the semester
under the unofficial grade book in the software.
Homework & Quizzes
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There will also be a quiz given after each section. Only
one attempt is allowed on quizzes. Each quiz has
approximately 10 questions.
You will be shown the correct answers on the quiz once
it is graded.
You can only review the quiz immediately after it has
been scored. So be sure to notice which questions you
missed and why.
You will be allowed to drop one lowest homework grade
and one lowest quiz grade each test period.
Homework & Quizzes
Homework is worth 22 points each test period.
 Quizzes are worth 43 points each test period.
 Quizzes are worth about twice as much as homework.
So prepare accordingly.
 If you missed any assignment and have a serious
verifiable excuse, then you can fill out a petition request
form in 345 Gordon Palmer asking for permission to
make up your missed work.
NOTE: The MTLC staff will help you with your homework.
However, no help will be given on quizzes. Once you
have graded your quiz, then we will be more than
happy to help you understand any problems that you
missed.
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Importance of
Homework and Quizzes (from Fall 2007)
80% or above average
Below 80%
A
125
40.8%
A
3
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B
100
32.7%
B
24
7.5%
C
72
23.5%
C
93
29.1%
200
62.5%
Below
70%
Avg
9
2.9%
Below
70%
85.5
Avg
46.7
Syllabus Quiz
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The Syllabus quiz contains questions about the
syllabus.
You may take this quiz as many times as you
like, and you may have your syllabus with you
when you take it.
The purpose of the quiz is to make sure that
you understand the policies set out in the
syllabus should it become necessary to refer to
them later, so take this quiz very seriously.
This quiz must be taken in the MTLC. It is
password protected.
Tests
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There will be 4 tests and a comprehensive final given
during the semester. All tests combined count for 70%
of your grade.
Tests days are shown on the front page of your
syllabus.
You will need to register for a test time during a test
registration week as noted on the front page of your
syllabus. Details will be discussed later in class as test 1
gets near.
There are penalties for failure to register on time.
Read test rules on syllabus for more information.
Replacement Policy
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Everyone will be allowed to replace his or her
lowest test grade with the grade made on the final
exam.
Zero grades due to unexcused absences or
academic misconduct will not be replaced.
If a test is missed due to a serious, verifiable
circumstance, the zero test grade will also be
replaced with the final exam grade, but only if a
petition request form is filed within 2 days at Room
345 Gordon Palmer and if the petition request panel
approves the excuse.
Working at Home
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Students can do homework from home by
downloading all of the necessary plug-ins.
 Web page: http://www.mylabsplus.com
 Use the installation wizard in the software. Be sure
to check for ALL components and install all
necessary plug-ins.
Tests must be completed in the MTLC.
Homework and quizzes may be completed at home.
However, if grades are not successfully sent from
home for any reason, you will not be able to retry the
work after the deadline has passed. If you work
from home, there is a risk your grades may not be
properly saved.
Software Login
Username: your crimson email address
Password: your CWID
Example:
Username: [email protected]
Password: 12345678
(This login has already been created for you. If you
cannot log in for any reason, you need to come to
the MTLC for assistance.)
You will find your course for this semester under
Alabama Fall 2009 Term
Acknowledgement Form
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An acknowledgment form stating that you have
read the syllabus and understand the policies set
by this course must be completed in the software
before you will be allowed to begin any
assignments. You must complete it with a score of
a 100%.
The acknowledgement form can be found under
the “Test 1 Work” folder in the software.
Log into Software
Select Course—under course list
Getting Started
After logging into MyLabsPlus and selecting
your course from course list:
 Install the plug-ins on your own computer if
necessary using the installation wizard found
on the screen on the right.
 Read the announcements, then click on the
Test 1 Work tab.
 Select Acknowledgement form link. You will
now be prompted for your access code.
 All information from today’s orientation can
also be found in the link for orientation.
Basic Look of software
Finding your assignments
Click on Folder for work
Orientation
Everyone must fill out syllabus ack. form
Each section
Videos, textbook, practice, homework, and quiz
Problems or Questions
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If you have any trouble logging into the
software or finding your assignments, then
you need to come by the MTLC during
operating hours and let someone assist you.
Remember you cannot complete any
assignments until you have entered your
access code.
MTLC Information
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Hours of Operation
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Sunday:
4:00pm – 10:00pm
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Mon. – Thursday:
8:00am – 10:00pm
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Friday:
8:00am – 5:00pm
**This first week the MTLC will close at 5pm each day. Normal
hours will begin Sunday 8/23.
Closings
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Labor Day: Sunday 9/6 & Monday 9/7
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Fall Break: Thursday 10/8 until 8am Monday 10/12
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Thanksgiving: 5pm Tuesday 11/24 until 8am Monday 11/30
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Last day for help in the MTLC will be Sunday 12/6
Phone Number: 348 – 2592
Website: www.mtlc.ua.edu
EMAIL: [email protected]
Please put your instructor’s name in the subject box for email.
Common Rules for the MTLC
ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD,
DRINKS, TOBACCO PRODUCTS,
CELL PHONES, COMPANIONS,
OR PROFANITY ARE
ALLOWED.
NO EXCEPTIONS!!
Need Extra Help
The MTLC is open 71 hours each week for help.
 Center for Teaching and Learning(CTL) offers
weekly help sessions and private tutoring
sessions.
 Check the CTL website (www.ctl.ua.edu) for
days/times of weekly help sessions.
 Free personal tutorial appointments are
available at the CTL in Osband Hall. Call 3488854 to schedule an appointment.
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What to do this week
Log into software
 Take the Initial Skills Assessment under the
Alabama Skills Assessment course link.
 Make sure you have an access code (or credit
card to purchase one online)
 Select Math 121 course, enter in access code (or
purchase online) and take Syllabus
Acknowledgement form.
 Come to MTLC and take Syllabus Quiz
 Have questions? Email your instructor
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Final thoughts
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We are looking forward to your success
in this course.
Work hard
Get help
Enjoy the semester!