|Home, 12/30 (last message. I know, it's late)
The final exam turned out rather well, as final exams go, with a 75% average. Solutions to all the exams, including the final one, can be found on the "Scores and Solutions" page. There you may also find the final grade distribution.
If you use the grade computer to figure out your overall score, you will need your final exam grade, which you can get from me by emailing me from your Murray State account (so that I am sure it is you).
I enjoyed teaching the course. Special thanks to people who participated in class discussion and those who came prepared with questions over the homework.
Have a great winter break, everyone!
Exam 4 turned out very poorly, due to several factors: everyone was busy during this week and didn't have time to study or people didn't study or didn't take the exam because they were happy with previous exams scores (this exam would only make an impact if you did better than your worst previous exam. Solutions are posted.
The final exam is set for Thursday at 1:30PM in our usual classroom. It will cover the whole course and will have only the most essential skills on it. The best way to prepare for it is to make sure you can do all the problems on previous exams, since the final exam will look very much like the previous exams.
Sample final exams for algebra and trigonometry are available. You may ignore these problems:
No.7 on algebra exam, Nos, 14,16,17 on trigonometry.
Office hours for next week are:
Good luck on finals!
Exam 4 is scheduled for Thursday, 12/8. It will cover sections 6.3-6.6, 7.1-7.5, 7.7 and 8.1. Three sample exams from a previous trigonometry course are posted. Any of the problems on those sample exams can be expected on exam 4, with the exception of problems 7 and 8 on exam 2.
Next week is the last week of class. The only remaining part of the course after that is the final exam, which will take place on Thursday, 12/15 at 1:30PM. Recall that the final exam is comprehensive.
We finished with chapter 6 today (we skipped 6.4 and 6.8). Homework is now assigned up to 6.7.
Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!
Exam 3 turned out quite well (see "scores and solutions"). Many people still have trouble working with logarithms. Go over the solutions to redo the problems you missed.
The homework assignment for the rest of the semester is now posted.
Exam 3 is scheduled for Thursday, 11/10. It will cover material from chapter 4 as well as two or more sections from chapter 6 (trigonometry), depending on how far we get in the next few days.
Sample exams from College Algebra and Trigonometry have been posted. Problems relevant to our upcoming exam 3 are:
College algebra: exam 4, problems 3,4,6, exam 5 (all)
Trigonometry: exam 1, at least problems 1-3,5,6,8,10-12, bonus.
Make sure to come and see me if you are having any trouble with the material.
Worksheet 7 was given out on Thursday and is due on Monday. If you haven't received it, email me.
Monday is Halloween! Everyone who on Monday shows up in costume gets 1 bonus point on previous exam!
Note that, due to my error in copying problems to the homework page, I had to amend the homework problems for section 4.4. Please correct your homework lists.
We will get into chapter 6 in the book (basic trigonometry) before our next exam, which will take place week after next.
Worksheet 6 was given out on Thursday and is due on Monday. If you haven't received it, email me.
Attendance has dropped significantly this week. It is as though people got good grades on the last exam and decided it wasn't necessary to come to class any more.
However, part of the story is that the last exam was over fairly easy material that did not require you to compute a whole lot (which instantaneously raises grades). This is not the case for the sections we are working on. There will be a fair amount of computation and we will be using tools (logarithms) that many of you have not seen or are poorly acquainted with. People usually have trouble with logarithms, so get your asymptotes to class if you hope to get a decent grade on exam 3!
Exam 2 turned out rather well! See "scores and solutions" for the statistics and the solutions. Everyone give themselves a pat on the back! (Or, better yet, find someone to give it to you!)
The next homework assignment will be up shortly.
Exam 2 is scheduled for Thursday, 10/13. It will cover chapters 2 and 3. Sample exams are available for you to work on (again, solutions can be found on the web with a little work).
Material on our exam is similar to material on sample exams 3 and 4. On sample exam 4, consider only problems 1ab, 5, 7, 9, Bonus.
Make sure you come to see me before the exam if you are having any trouble with the material.
Exam 1 turned out quite well. See the "scores and solutions" page for statistics and the solution to the exam.
We are close to finishing chapter 2. Homework up to 2.6 has been assigned. After that, we'll work on chapter 3 and then have exam 2. This exam is planned for week after next.
Exam 1 will be returned next week. Sorry for the delay.
The homework assignment for the future two chapters is now posted. Old assignments are under "old homework", where else!
Exam 1 is scheduled for Wednesday, 9/21. It will cover chapter 1 and will look much like the assigned homework problems in the book. There is also a sample exam on the "scores and solutions" page. See previous message below for more details.
Don't forget to stop by for help if you are having trouble with anything!
Exam 1 is coming up next week, Tuesday or Wednesday. On the "scores and solutions" page you can find an exam (Exam 2) from a College Algebra class that I had taught. The material there and the problems are much like the ones that will be on our exam. This sample exam did not cover complex numbers or inequalities, topics that will be on our exam.
If anyone is having trouble with the material, now is the time to see me. Check "office hours" to see when you can always find me in the office (we can make an appointment for other times). Free math tutoring is available at other times and locations around campus, see "free tutoring".
Currently, homework up to 1.4 has been assigned. Worksheet 2 was handed out in class today and is due on Tuesday. If you haven't received it, email me and I'll send it to you.
Worksheet 1 turned out OK, but could have been better. If there were things you had trouble with, make sure you check with the solutions to this worksheet, posted under "scores and solutions". Also, anytime things aren't clear, you can come to see me during office hours.
So far, R.4-R.7 and sections 1.2 have been assigned for homework. We will look at some problems from 1.2 on Tuesday.
Also Tuesday, worksheet 1 is due. If you haven't received it, email me and I'll send it to you.
Welcome to the course! Look around to familiarize yourself with the layout of the webpage. Play with the grade computer! Note that the most important links are highlighted.
These pages will get more content as the semester progresses. Check back often: useful infomation is provided in the 'home' section (which you are reading), typically updated weekly. Homework assignments will be updated when we start a new chapter.