Math Models Fall 2017
Problem sets should be neatly done on lined binder
paper, following the format of shown on this sample
Clearly show your name, the chapter of the assigned work, and
(e.g. Reading Comprehension, Math Skills,
Problems in Context) and number. Leave a 3 inch margin on
side of each sheet for comments and corrections. For
show steps leading to the final answer; for essay questions or
use complete sentences. Do NOT put multiple problems on one line,
use a multi-column format.
Reading. The most
effective way to learn the important concepts in the course
is to read each chapter at least twice: once before it is covered in
class, and once after. On the first reading, try to get a sense of the
main ideas of the chapter and note any questions or parts that are
unclear to you. On the second reading, try to get a complete
understanding of the material. On some days, there will be group
activities rather than lecture. To make best use of this class time, it
is essential that you are prepared to work with the new material. Make
note of anything you do not understand on the first reading, and raise
it at the start of class.
Usually I will not announce
specific reading assignments. It will be up to each student to do
a careful reading of each section before starting homework problems,
and to also skim the next section listed in the class
Do a little math every
day. You should plan on doing homework for this
class every day,
even if no homework assignment will be collected the next day. Ideally,
least half an hour on the material every day of the week. That is the
effective way to understand and retain the ideas we will cover.
Homework assignments will not always be announced in class. A
detailed assignment sheet
available on our course webpage.
Check that before every class to see what has been assigned and when it
will be due. I will also often send emails about the
course. Please be sure your email address in Blackboard is
correct, and check your email frequently.
Homework assignments will be collected for review on a regular basis. This will usually happen once or twice per week. If you complete an assignment early, leaving a day with no specific assignment, you should still take at least half an hour to review the assignment. Redo one or two problems; reread a confusing part of the book; review the main ideas or techniques. Make a commitment now: half an hour or more each day on math!
Get Help If You Need It.
you get stuck on an exercise, DO NOT SPEND HOURS SPINNING YOUR
WHEELS!!! Sometimes a few short minutes with a classmate, tutor, or
with me can get you
back on track again. This can even be done over the phone. Please feel
to call me in my office if you have a question. You can also seek
assistance at the Math/Stat
In any case, DO NOT LET IT SLIDE. Get the help you need right away, so you don't fall behind. Working with another person, or in a group, can be very helpful in this regard.
Although you are encouraged to work with others, you are expected to
work actively on the problems. Do not let someone else do all the work,
or just copy their answers. This will not contribute to your
understanding, and will result in poor exam grades. Remember, handing
in assignments is not an end in itself. The assignments are there to
help you learn the material.