Syllabus and important information

Date: 8/15/2008 4:52:00 PM

Category: Syllabus

Math 440: Pre-Calculus Mathematics
Queensborough Community College
G. Michael Guy
Fall 2008
Mondays, 9:00-10:40 am; Tuesdays, 10:00-10:50 am; Thursdays, 9:00-10:40 am


The syllabus for the class can be found here.

The departmental syllabus can be found here.

You may wish to consult the Academic Calendar for other important dates and holidays.

Before you email me, read this!

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Iwill post important announcements, homework and test dates here on thisblog. You may subscribe to this blog and receive emails whenever I postannouncements by following the link at the bottom left of this page.There is also an RSS feature (Use the address http://blog4.gmichaelguy.com/rss2.aspx) if you are familiar with this. By clicking the previous link in Firefox or Safari,you will have the option to make a bookmark directly to the entries inthe blog. You will need to unsubscribe to the blog at the end of theterm as I will likely recycle this blog for use in future classes.


Office Hours

Date: 8/30/2008 2:25:17 PM

Category: Office Hours

Regularly scheduled office hours for this semester will be the following:

Mondays: 1:00-2:00pm
Tuesdays: 2:00-3:00pm
Wednesdays: 10:00-11:00am

If you are unable to make it during these times, you may schedule an appointment.

My office is located in S-250 in the Science building.

You may see my entire weekly class schedule by clicking here.


Homework 9/2

Date: 9/2/2008 1:32:52 PM

Category: Homework

Complete the following exercises:
Section 1.2: 7,9,11,15,19,25,29-49 odd,67,71,77-91 odd

Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.


Math Center Schedule

Date: 9/2/2008 1:36:00 PM

Category: Tutoring, Tests, General

The Math Center is available for tutoring on a walk-in-basis in S-216.

The schedule is as follows:

Monday
9am--8pm
Tuesday 9am--6pm
Wednesday 9am--6pm
Thursday 9am--8pm
Friday
 9am--3pm
Saturday
 10am--3pm



Homework 9/4

Date: 9/4/2008 12:40:00 PM

Category: Homework

Complete the remaining portions of the homework from 9/2 and additionally complete:

Complete the following exercises:
Section 1.3: 1-21 odd, 23-28

Note:
Homeworkwill not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommendedthat you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you willhave the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previousday's assignment.


Homework 9/8

Date: 9/8/2008 5:02:18 PM

Category: Homework

Complete the following exercises:
Section 1.3: 29 40 odd, 41, 42, 57, 59, 61 (skip part l. on 61)

Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.



Homework 9/9

Date: 9/9/2008 12:45:10 PM

Category: Homework

Complete the following exercises:
Section 1.3: 1 – 31 odd, 107 – 117 odd

 

Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.



Homework 9/11

Date: 9/11/2008 2:56:12 PM

Category: Homework

Complete the following exercises:
Section 1.7: 7, 9, 17, 19, 27, 31, 37, 43, 47, 49, 53, 55, 57, 67

Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.



Religious Observance Dates

Date: 9/11/2008 6:41:58 PM

Category: Tests, General

As the date for our first test nears, I would appreciate you taking a few moments to check your calendar for the ENTIRE semester and gathering together a list of any religious observances for which you will miss class. I would prefer to schedule graded activities on days whenever there are as few absences as possible. I respect and excuse any absence for a religious observance, but am not fully aware of all which you may honor. If you would like, you may send them to me anonymously at http://feedback.gmichaelguy.com but you are welcome to email them to me at michael (at-symbol) gmichaelguy.com



Attendance Reminder

Date: 9/11/2008 7:08:26 PM

Category: General

As a reminder, please note that I am required to give a WU to any student who misses more than ten class hours. Double periods (Mondays and Thursdays), count as TWO hours. You can review the syllabus if you are unsure. You can find the syllabus by clicking on the "Syllabus" on the left of this screen at any time or by clicking here.



Homework 9/15

Date: 9/15/2008 3:05:46 PM

Category: Homework

There are no additional problems to work. today. Please complete the problems from 1.6 and 1.7. At this point, all the material from these sections has been covered. The next topic will be in section 1.8.



Homework 9/16

Date: 9/16/2008 1:00:30 PM

Category: Homework

Complete the following exercises:
Section 1.8: 7, 11, 13, 17, 21, 27, 29 – 34, 35 – 38, 39, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 57

Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.



Homework 9/18

Date: 9/18/2008 2:49:04 PM

Category: Homework

Complete the following exercises:
Section 1.9: 3, 7, 9, 10, 17, 25, 27, 29, 31 – 39 odd, 41, 49 – 59 odd

Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.



Test 1 Study Guide

Date: 9/19/2008 8:17:43 PM

Category: Tests, Study Guide

The study guide for Test 1 (which includes an answer key at the end) is ready. Since it is contains so many pages, I will NOT be making copies and handing them out in class. Please print your own copy or use the electronic version. The test date will be announced soon. Check back for details. In the mean time, complete all homework and the following study guide to prepare.

The study guide is available here!

Note: Due to copyright restrictions, this study guide will only be online until the day of the test. If you wish to use this guide again later, please make a copy NOW!



Homework 9/22

Date: 9/22/2008 12:41:41 PM

Category: Homework

Complete the following exercises:
Section 1.10: 1, 3, 11, 15, 17, 29, 35

Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.



Test 1: Thursday 9/25

Date: 9/22/2008 2:52:49 PM

Category: Tests

Test 1 will be this Thursday 9/25. It will only cover the material from Chapter 1. We cannot have the test on Monday since it is a holiday!



Academic Calendar Including Holidays

Date: 9/22/2008 2:53:50 PM

Category: General

There are some upcoming holidays. In case you have not consulted the Academic Calendar, please do so by clicking here!



Test 1 Answer Key

Date: 9/30/2008 1:39:15 PM

Category: Tests

The Answer Keys to test 1 can be found here. There were multiple versions of the test. Make sure to look at the right key when checking yours. If there are questions about the grading of your exam, please read this information about how to question the grading of your exam.

 

The statistics for the grading are:

Mean 70.7
Median 75.0
Std Dev 22.1


Homework 10/2

Date: 10/2/2008 2:46:31 PM

Category: Homework

Complete the following exercises:
Section 2.2: 5 – 8, 11, 15, 23, 25, 31, 35, 37, 41, 51, 57, 59
Section 2.3: 3, 7, 11, 13, 15, 20, 21, 25, 29, 31, 37, 43, 47, 57, 61, 77

Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.



Homework 10/6

Date: 10/6/2008 2:53:49 PM

Category: Homework

Complete the following exercises:
Section 2.4: 3, 7, 15, 19, 29, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 45
Section 2.5: 1, 9, 11, 15, 23

Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.



Reminder: Next Tuesday (After Columbus Day) is a Monday!

Date: 10/6/2008 3:12:28 PM

Category: General

As a reminder, note that next Tuesday (The day after Columbus day!), October 14, we are following a MONDAY class schedule. This is for ALL of your classes!



I've graded you; feel free to grade me, too! (Feedback form Reminder)

Date: 10/6/2008 3:16:47 PM

Category: General

As a reminder, there is an anonymous feedback tool available on my website. If something is really bugging you or there is something you just must tell me, but don't want to say it in person, feel free to click the link here! This is a COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS way of sharing information with me in time for me to be more effective in YOUR class. Don't wait until evaluations to tell me what you hate--tell me now, and perhaps I can change it and make a difference immediately! You are also welcome to speak with me in person. Since I will have no way of knowing who sent me the information, it is best to ask questions about grading of your assignments in person.



Homework 10/7

Date: 10/7/2008 3:00:35 PM

Category: Homework

Complete the following exercises:
Section 2.6: 1, 3, 5, 37, 39, 43

Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.



Homework 10/14

Date: 10/14/2008 2:40:59 PM

Category: Homework

Complete the following exercises:
Section 2.6: 1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 13, 21, 23, 29, 31, 37, 39, 43, 59, 61

 
Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.



Homework 10/16

Date: 10/16/2008 12:13:22 PM

Category: Homework

Complete the following exercises:
Section 2.7: 1, 3, 5, 13, 19, 27, 33, 37, 39, 45

Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.



Homework 10/20

Date: 10/20/2008 2:42:13 PM

Category: Homework

Complete the following exercises:
Section 3.1: 3, 7, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 41, 43, 49
Section 3.2: 1, 3, 9, 15, 33, 37, 41, 49, 55, 67, 68, 69, 75, 97

Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.



Absent from class? Read this!

Date: 10/20/2008 6:18:33 PM

Category: General

I have compiled a short section of my web site to address some common questions and guidelines related to missing class. Click here to read it! Note that if you miss more class time than the syllabus states you are allowed, I am REQUIRED to penalize you. The syllabus is the best source of information about this. You may find it by clicking on the "Syllabus" link here, or on the left of this blog!



Homework 10/21

Date: 10/21/2008 1:33:02 PM

Category: Homework

Complete the following exercises:
Section 3.3: 1, 5, 13, 21, 23, 27, 31, 41, 43, 53, 67, 71, 73, 78

Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.



Test 2: Thursday, October 30

Date: 10/23/2008 12:26:52 PM

Category: Tests

Test 2 will be Thursday, October 30. It will last only one hour! We MUST have class that day in addition since we are VERY behind schedule. A study guide and details about exactly what will be covered will be posted sometime BEFORE Monday! It will most likely be Friday or Saturday so check back!



Homework 10/23

Date: 10/23/2008 2:41:51 PM

Category: Homework

This is the LAST homework which will be covered on Test 2!

Complete the following exercises:
Section 3.4: 1, 3, 5, 9, 19, 21, 29, 35, 37, 49, 51
Section 3.5: 1, 3, 5, 7, 13, 15, 17

Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.



Test 2 Study Guide Attached

Date: 10/24/2008 5:41:16 PM

Category: Tests, Study Guide

The Study Guide for Test 2 can be downloaded by clicking below. I'll tell you a secret... That means you can't tell, right? Ok, fine--tell anyone you want; I know you can't keep a secret anyway. The Study Guide has 34 questions on it. That's not a secret; you can see that for yourself once you download it. But the ACTUAL TEST has 21 questions on it. And if you didn't know better, you'd swear you had seen those exact questions before--with different numbers of course! But you should know, I'd never put the same problems on the test that were on the Study Guide... or would I?

 

Note that the answer key is on the last page!

 

Click here to download the study guide.



Homework 10/27

Date: 10/27/2008 3:32:33 PM

Category: Homework

This homework will NOT be covered on Test 2!

Complete the following exercises:
Section 4.1: 31, 33, 39, 43, 53, 59, 65, 69, 71, 73, 77, 81
Section 4.2: 1, 3, 5, 7, 13, 15, 17

Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.



Homework 10/27

Date: 10/27/2008 9:56:39 PM

Category: Homework

This homework will NOT be covered on Test 2!

Complete the following exercises:
Section 4.1: 31, 33, 39, 43, 53, 59, 65, 69, 71, 73, 77, 81
Section 4.2: 1, 3, 5, 7, 13, 15, 17

Note:
Homework will not be collected and graded. However, it is highly recommended that you complete all assignments. At the beginning of class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything from the previous day's assignment.



Test 2 Answer Key

Date: 11/3/2008 3:45:15 PM

Category: Tests

The answer key to test 2 can be downloaded below. Make sure to download the one for your test. Look at the letter on the bottom of your page to determine which one is correct.

 

If you think I made a mistake grading your paper, please follow the procedure listed here!

 

Version B Answer Key

Version C Answer Key



Homework 11/3

Date: 11/3/2008 3:52:26 PM

Category: Homework

Based on our discussion of trig functions, you should be able to complete the following problems (Some of these have been assigned previously!):

4.1: 31, 33, 39, 43, 53, 59, 65, 69, 71, 73, 75, 77, 81
4.2: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 17, 19, 21, 23, 29, 33, 37, 45, 51, 57a
4.3: 1 to 49 by odds (Skip 35-41)
4.4: 1 to 27 by odds, 35 to 85 by odds

In the next class, I will answer homework questions from any section we have covered on trig so far.



Homework 11/6

Date: 11/6/2008 3:49:41 PM

Category: Homework

4.5: 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 33, 37, 41, 45

Also try:
4.7: 1, 5, 9,19,25
We will talk more about 4.7 next time!



Homework 11/10

Date: 11/10/2008 3:57:02 PM

Category: Homework

4.7: 1, 5, 9 every fourth to 29
5.5: 11, 13, 19, 25, 41,55,  85, 97, 101



Homework 11/11

Date: 11/11/2008 4:16:50 PM

Category: Homework

Finish the homework which was assigned on 11/10.

Also complete:

5.5: 15,19,21, 27, 33, 37, 39, 53



Test 3: Tuesday, November 18

Date: 11/11/2008 4:17:47 PM

Category: Tests

Test 3 will be Tuesday, November 18. More details and a study guide will be forthcoming.



Test 3 Study Guide Attached

Date: 11/12/2008 1:35:06 PM

Category: Tests, Study Guide

The Study Guide for Test 3 can be downloaded by clicking below. Make sure to notice the statement at the top of page 1!

As a note: The study guide is significantly longer than the test. The study guide asks you to do lots of computations and very short exercises. On the actual test, I will not ask you to do such things directly. These are skills you must master in order to do the other problems. They are here merely for practice.

 

Note that the answer key is on the last page!

Click here to download the study guide.



Test 3 Info

Date: 11/13/2008 3:53:53 PM

Category: Tests, Study Guide, Homework

The study guide is a good place to start studying for the test. The test will be very similar to it! The test will be only 50 minutes long since it is on a Tuesday so it is highly recommended that you come on time. On Monday, I will answer any question about old homework and the study guide.

 

For the test, you will NOT be allowed to bring ANYTHING in. However, you will be provided with a copy of the handout which was distributed in today's (11/13) class. A copy of it can be found below if you missed it.

 

Trig Identities and Unit Circle Handout.



Homework 11/13

Date: 11/13/2008 4:01:52 PM

Category: Homework

Do as many of these as possible and the study guide. I know it's a lot, but just do as many as possible.


This is the last homework which be covered on Test 3.

5.1: 1, 5,9, 13, 27
5.2: 1,3,13,15,21,39,41,45
5.3: 1,3,7,9,23,27,39,45,47,51,57



Test 3 Answer Key

Date: 11/18/2008 3:59:17 PM

Category: Tests

The answer key to the test can be downloaded below. Make sure to download the one for your test. Look at the letter on the bottom of your page to determine which one is correct.

If you think I made a mistake grading your paper, please follow the procedure listed here!

Trig Answer Key (Both Versions)

Version B Answer Key

Version C Answer Key



Homework 11/20

Date: 11/20/2008 4:53:11 PM

Category: Homework

6.1: 1, 3, 7, 9, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 31, 33, 35, 37, 43, 45, 49
6.2: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 33, 39, 41



Homework 11/24

Date: 11/24/2008 3:45:15 PM

Category: Homework

9.1: 1, 3, 9, 13, 15, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 31, 33, 35, 37, 41, 45,

After next class:

9.1: 51, 53, 55



Homework 11/25

Date: 11/25/2008 4:11:28 PM

Category: Homework

Finish the Homework from 11/24 including the second set of problems listed there.



Homework 12/1

Date: 12/1/2008 1:48:53 PM

Category: Homework

9.2: 1, 3, 13, 15, 17, 19, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 37, 39, 43, 45, 47, 49
9.3: 1, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 31, 35, 39, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53



Absence Excusal Request

Date: 12/1/2008 3:36:23 PM

Category: General

If you have been absent more times than you are allowed (more than 10 hours), you must fill out an Absence Excusal Request Form. If you do not do so, you will receive a grade of WU for the class regardless of your class average. Please return this form to me as soon as possible.

 

You can click the form below. You can type the requested information and print it, or print it and write it in. Note that you must also include additional documentation with the form. Please read the instructions carefully. If you have any questions, please email me.

 

You may download the form here.



Final Exam Schedule

Date: 12/1/2008 7:09:23 PM

Category: Tests, Final Exam

Our final exam is scheduled for:

Thursday, 12/18/2008 from 10am-12noon in room S-213.

To see the time when your remaining classes have their final scheduled, see this link!



Homework 12/2

Date: 12/2/2008 3:58:37 PM

Category: Homework

Complete the previously assigned homework from 9.1, 9.2, and 9.3



Homework 12/4

Date: 12/4/2008 1:48:11 PM

Category: Homework

10.1: 1, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 21, 23, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 39, 41, 43, 47, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59



Test 4: Thursday, December 11; Study Guide Attached

Date: 12/7/2008 4:19:45 AM

Category: Tests, Study Guide

Test 4 will be Thursday, December 11.  There is a study guide below. There is also a sample answer sheet indicating how the short answer questions will be phrased so that you aren't surprised/confused. There will be between 10-15 multiple choice questions in addition to the short answer problems from the answer sheet. The point value on the sample answer sheet is likely to change. There are many duplicate questions on the study guide making it much longer than the actual test will be.

Note that the answer key to the multiple choice is on the last page!

Click here to download the study guide.

 

Click here to download the sample answer sheet.



Homework 12/8

Date: 12/8/2008 1:29:52 PM

Category: Homework

This is the last homework which will appear on Test 4

10.2: 1, 5, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 23, 25, 29, 31, 35, 37, 39, 43, 45, 47, 61, 67, 69
10.3: 1, 3, 5, 9, 13, 15, 17, 19, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 51, 53, 55



Absence Excuses MUST be submitted BEFORE the final exam

Date: 12/8/2008 1:39:16 PM

Category: General

If you have excessive absences, you MUST submit this form BEFORE the final exam. No extensions will be allowed. Read the original post about this here!



Test 4 Multiple Choice Answer Key

Date: 12/11/2008 3:49:05 PM

Category: Answer Key, Tests

The answer key to the test can be downloaded below. Make sure to download the one for your test. Look at the letter on the bottom of your page to determine which one is correct.

I will post the answer key for the short answer section later.

If you think I made a mistake grading your paper, please follow the procedure listed here!

Version B Answer Key

Version C Answer Key



Final Exam Study Guide

Date: 12/11/2008 7:54:30 PM

Category: Tests, Study Guide, Final Exam

I have prepared a Study Guide for the final exam. It is really just a "new" version of the first 3 tests. You should practice the problems on the old tests and on the old study guides. The multiple choice problems will look a lot like these. The short answer problems will be like the short answer problems on the previous tests and study guides. There won't be any new material on the final exam that hasn't already been covered on the previous tests and study guides.

 

Here is the study guide for the final.

 

As a reminder, the final exam is scheduled for Thursday, December 18 at 10am-12pm in room S-213.



Test 4 Short Answer Key

Date: 12/15/2008 3:35:09 PM

Category: Answer Key, Tests

Here is the Answer key to the short answer portion of Test 4.

Click here to download it.



Another version of Test 4 to study

Date: 12/15/2008 3:45:56 PM

Category: Study Guide, Final Exam

Here is another version of Test 4 to practice.



Final Exam Answer Keys

Date: 12/18/2008 5:04:50 PM

Category: Answer Key, Final Exam

There are 4 versions of the final exam. Make sure to download the correct version.

If you think there is a mistake on the key, please email me!

I will post your class grade to the registrar as soon as possible. I will NOT give out any grades via email.

Version A Answer Key

Version B Answer Key

Version C Answer Key

Version D Answer Key