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COURSE INFORMATION – MA 22300, Nichols’ Sections Only Fall 2010HOMEWORK AND QUIZZES:Homework will be submitted online, using a program called MathZone. (More informationon this will be provided next week.) Only the MathZone coordinatorcan extend the deadline orexcuse an online homework.There will be frequent quizzes, possibly more than once a week. No make-up quizzes will begiven. Only your instructorcan excuse a quiz.Requests to have deadlines extended and/or work excused must be made at the time ofyour absence. No consideration will be given to requests made after that time.EXAMS There are three evening midterm exams and a final exam. Exams 1 & 3 are written andgraded by your instructor, with partial credit being possible. Exam 2 is a course-wide, multiple-choice, machine-graded exam written by the course coordinator. The final exam is a course-wide,comprehensive, 25-question, multiple-choice, machine-graded exam, also written by the course co-ordinator.The dates of the midterm exams are as follows. (Mark them on your calendar.)EXAM 1: evening exam in LILY 1105 on September 20 at 6:30 p.m.EXAM 2: evening exam in the Elliott Hall of Music on October 18 at 8:00 p.m.ALT EXAM 2: October 22 at 6:00 p.m.EXAM 3: evening exam in LILY 1105 on November 17 at 8:00 p.m.FINAL EXAM: date, time and location to be announced.If you have a class or exam conflict with any of the exams, you should contact your instructorbefore the exam. You will be allowed to take an alternate exam without any penalty.If you miss any exam, contact your instructor immediately to explain your absence. Youshould be prepared to present documentation about your absence to your instructor. Withoutdocumentation, you may or may not be allowed to take an alternate exam. If you are allowed to,there may be a 20 point penalty. Only your instructor (notthe course coordinator) can giveyou permission to take any makeup exam.GRADES: There is a total of 600 points in the course. Homework and quizzes are each worth75 points. Each of the three mid-term exams is worth 100 points, and the final exam is worth 150points. Since the only assessments common to all students and graded identically for all studentsare the two, course-wide exams (Exam 2 and the Final Exam), a normalization process based onthem is used to determine the number of each letter grade given in a section. The Departmentdecides on an A–range, B–range, C–range, etc., for the combined two exams. Each instructor thengives the same number of A’s, B’s, C’s, etc., that his section earned on the combined exams. Theassignment of the letter grades is based on students’ total points (a number between 0 and 600).For example, if in a particular section there are 8 A’s, 10 B’s, etc., on the two combined exams,the 8 students with the highest total points receive an A, the next 10 a B, and so on. If yourtotal points is within 0–2 points of the next higher grade cut-off, your grade will be raised and nominus sign will be added. If your total points is within 3–7 points of the next highest grade cut-off,your grade will be raised and a minus will be added. If your total points is within 8–12 points ofthe next highest grade cut-off, a plus sign will be added. (Your grade will notbe raised.)ACADEMIC ADJUSTMENTS: Students who have been certified by the Office of the Dean ofStudents-Disability Resource Center as eligible for academic adjustments should go to MATH242 with a copy of their certification letter and request an Information Sheet for this semester,that explains how to proceed this semester to get these adjustments made in Mathematics courses.COURSE INFORMATION – MA 22300, Nichols’ Sections Only Fall 2010It is not the same as last semester. This should be done during the first week of classes, oras soon as the student receives his/her letter. Only students who have been certified by theODOS-Disability Resource Center and who have requested ODOS to send their certification letterto their instructor are eligible for academic adjustments. Students who are currently undergoing anevaluation process to determine whether they are eligible for academic adjustments, are encouragedto find out now what procedures they will have to follow when they are certified, by requestingthe above mentioned Information Sheet from MATH 242. Large print versions of the InformationSheet are available in MATH 242 upon request.OFFICE HOURS: All instructors have office hours in MATH 205, the Math Help Room. (Inthe Help Room, in addition to instructors from your course, instructors from other courses canalso help you.) Most instructors also have an office hour in their own office. After the first weekof classes, the office hour schedules are posted on each instructor’s door and on the course webpage. You are strongly urged to go to office hours if you have questions. It is the best way to getindividual help.ADDITONAL HELP: Please see the Resources listing on the course web page for additionalhelp resources.CHEATING: The Mathematics Department will not tolerate cheating of any sort. Grade penal-ties will alwaysbe imposed by the Department. All cheating cases will also be reported tothe Dean of Students Office for disciplinary action (probation, suspension, or expulsion).SECTION CHANGES AND DROPS: During the first week of classes, section changes aremade via Banner and no signatures are required. No requests will be addressed by instruc-tors until after that time. After that, until the end of the 9th week of the semester, see theinstructor of the section you want to enter. The schedule of classes can be found on the Mathemat-ics Department web page or at the main desk in MATH 835. If you want to drop a course duringthe first nine weeks of the semester, your instructor can sign your drop form. If your instructor isnot available, go to MATH 835. No section changes or drops are allowed after the firstnine weeks of the semester.LAST ADD DATE: The last day you can add this course is Friday, September 24. Studentsadding at this time must complete alternate exam 1 by Friday, October 1. Students are expectedto keep up with the current material while studying for alternate exam 1.IF YOU NEED TO TAKE MA 224: A requirement of a grade of ’C−’ or higher in MA 223is a prerequisite for MA 224. So, please keep this in mind if you need to take MA 224.COURSE EVALUTIONS: During the last two weeks of the semester, you will be provided anopportunity to evaluate this course and your


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