Math 115: Precalculus College Mathematics, Fall 2011

Location: SERC 216, Busch Campus
Time: 1:55 PM – 2:50 PM on Mondays
Lecturer: Richard Klein, rik1942 [at] hotmail [dot] com
Recitation Mentor: Mark Kim, markhkim [at] dimax [dot] rutgers [dot] edu

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General Information

This is the one-semester version of Precalculus I and II (Math 111 and Math 112), covering first seven chapters of Precalculus by James Stewart, et al. The mathematics department offers an official syllabus for the course, though the pace of the course may differ from what the syllabus prescribes.

The recitations will meet on Mondays at 1:55, in SEC-216. Attendance is mandatory, for there is a quiz. Here are the details:

  1. Each quiz is 15-minute long and is administered at the end of the recitation.
  2. You may refer to your homework write-ups and notes (either from class or recitation) during the quiz. You may not, however, use your textbook. This means that you should take good notes in class and do your homework. Do not, however, copy from the solutions manual. Your homework write-ups will be collected and checked, and you will receive a zero on the quiz if you cheat.
  3. Each quiz is worth 10 points. If you are not too fond of your quiz grade, you may request a make-up take-home quiz. Each make-up quiz consists of eight problems, each of which is worth one point. By submitting the write-up, you agree to forfeit your original quiz grade. This means that you should make sure that your write-up is correct before you choose to submit it.
  4. If you do not take the original quiz, you will not be allowed to request a make-up. In case of an excused absence, you may take a modified version of the 15-minute quiz (not the eight-problem take-home) at an office hour. “Excused” typically means “notified in advance, with a note from a dean/doctor/etc.,” though exceptions may be granted.

Your recitation grades are determined primarily by your quiz grades. Nevertheless, you should consider doing your homework for the following reasons:

  1. Unless you did not belong to this class to begin with, you will not be able to do well on quizzes and exams if you do not keep up with the homework.
  2. Diligence counts: if you put consistent effort into your homework, it will show—and your recitation grades will be adjusted accordingly.

Office hours will be held in Hill 323 on Mondays, from 3PM to 4PM. You may also email me to schedule an appointment.

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