Home, 5/12 (last message)

The course is over, the final grades are in!   You can view the final exam statistics on the usual page, and find the solutions of the final (not that many will care...)  You can also see the final grade distribution on the "scores and docs" page.

It's been a great pleasure to have you in this class!  Thanks to everyone who participated in class discussion: you helped a lot!

Everyone have a great summer!

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Home, 4/30

Exam 4 turned out so-so, but the average score is the best so far!  Scores and solutions are posted in the usual place.

If you did not have a chance to pick up exam 4 and final grade on Friday, you can find me at the office next week (see office hours for next week below), or you can email me to find out your grade.  Make sure you email me from your Murray State account, so that I know it is you.

As you recall, the final exam replaces your weakest exam only if it is better, so there is nothing to lose by taking the final exam.  The final exam will have 6 pages (as opposed to 4 for a regular exam), will be comprehensive, and will essentially consist of problems that were given on our four exams, with some numbers and functions changed.  Therefore, the best way to start studying for the final is to make sure that you can do all the problems on the exams we had so far.  For additional practice, it is good to review all the joysheets as well.  You can find solutions to all exams and joysheets, as well as all blank exams and joysheets (if you wish to practice) on the "scores and docs" page.

Check out the grade computer to find out how well you need to do on the final in order to have a desired grade.

Should you need any help, I will be in the office during the following hours the week of final exams:

Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Office hours

Good luck on your finals!

Home, 4/23

Exam 3 turned out rather poorly, but hopefully the extra points that I offered last week will help you out.  You can see the scores in the usual place (solutions will be coming once I return the redo's on problem 7).

Exam 4 is coming next week on Thursday (4/29).  It will cover sections 5.1-5.5.  Make sure you check out sample exam 4.  Note, however, that our exam will NOT have a take-home part, unlike the sample exam.  We will have one more joysheet next week to help you get familiarized with the material ahead of the exam.

On Friday (4/30) of next week we will meet at our usual time to return exam 4 and to give everyone their grade.  This will help you decide whether you should take the final exam.

Home, 4/9

Exam 3 is scheduled for Thursday, 4/15.  It will cover sections 3.3-3.5, 4.1, 4.2.  4.6 may also be included if we get to it before the exam.  Check out the practice exams for some ideas on whay may be on this one:

Sample exam 2: problems 9
Sample exam 3: all problems.

Joysheet 7 was handed this week and collected on Thursday.  If you have not had a chance to turn it in, make sure you do so on Monday.  If you did not get the sheet, find it on the scores and docs page.

Since the end of the semester is rapidly approaching, here is the plan for our last exam (number 4).  It will be on the last Thursday of classes (4/29).  I  will have it graded by Friday and we will meet at our usual class time to distribute final grades.  If you wish to improve your final grade, you can do so by taking the final exam.

Home, 3/11

Joysheet 6 was handed out today and is due on Tuesday.  You can still get it on Monday, or find it on the documents page.

Performance on Joysheet 5 was spotty - it would serve everyone well to check out the posted solutions.

Exam 2 has been scheduled for Thursday, 3/18.  It will cover sections 1.3-1.5, 1.7, 2.1-2.4, 3.1, 3.2.  You can practice for this exam by looking at the following problems in old exams:

Sample exam 1: problems 6, 7, 8, 9.
Sample exam 2: all problems except 9.

See me during office hours if you need help.

Home, 3/4

Joysheet 5 was handed out today and is due on Tuesday.  You can still get it on Monday, or find it on the documents page.

Many people had errors on joysheet 4 that I thought we were past.  Remember to calculate carefully, using rules that we learned at the beginning of the semester.  And check your work against solutions to joysheets and exams, found on the "scores and docs" page.

Homework has been assigned up to 2.3.  We are aiming for an exam the week after next, sometime earlier in the week.

Home, 2/26

Joysheet 4 was due yesterday.  If you have not turned yours in, do it as soon as possible (you can find a copy of it in the "scores and docs" page.

The grade computer is now operational.  Try it!

Home, 2/16

First exam scores were a little weak, perhaps due to emphasis on computations.  If you did not the grade you were hoping for, there will be plenty of opportunities to improve your scores.  Make sure you keep working on the homework and the joysheets.  Solutions and statistics of the first exam can be found in the usual place.

Homework has been assigned up to 1.3.

Home, 2/4

Our first exam is scheduled for Wednesday of next week (2/10).  It will cover sections 0.2-0.7, 1.1 and 1.2.  To get a feel for the exam, check out the sample exam found on the "scores and docs" page.  Since our exam covers a slightly smaller set of sections, problems like 7, 8, 9 and bonus will not appear on our exam (but there will be more algebra problems).

A joysheet was handed out today and it is due on Tuesday (you can still pick it up on Monday).

Home, 1/28

You can find the solutions and overall class scores for joysheet 1 on the "scores and docs" page.  Note other new additions on this page, such as blank exams from the previous semester.

If you did not do as well on the joysheet as you had hoped, try to put more effort into it next time (or stop by office hours with questions).

I did not get a chance to put together a new joysheet for you, so it will have to wait for next week.

Home, 1/26

Free tutoring information has been added.  If I find out about other tutoring opportunities, I will post them.

Homework has been assigned up to 0.5, and a joysheet was due today.

Home, 1/15

Content has been updated a little, most importantly, office hours information has been posted.

Homework has been assigned up to section 0.3.

Home, 1/12

Welcome to the course!  Look around to familiarize yourself with the layout of these webpages.  Note that the most important links at left are highlighted.  All documents (homework assignment, solutions to exams, etc.) can be found at the "scores and documents" page.

These pages will get more content as information becomes available.  Check back often: useful information is provided in the "home" section (which you are reading), typically updated weekly.  Homework assignments will be updated when we start a new chapter.