Math 106:
Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Fall 2016
Section 650 Course Policies
Petronela Radu (Instructor):
Office: 239 Avery Hall
Office Hours: Tu 9:30am--10:30am
Wd 11:30am-12:30pm
or by appointment
Phone: 472-9130 (do not leave voice mail)
Email: pradu@unl.edu

I will try to announce any changes to my office hours during lecture or by email.

Course Procedures: The class is structured with two large 75 minute lectures and two 75 minute recitations each week. Recitation and lecture attendance is required. In the lectures, I typically introduce new material and sometimes administer a short unannounced extra credit quiz. During your recitation, material from the lecture is further discussed. Recitation time is also used to provide help with the online assignments and other components of the course, to administer written quizzes and to return your graded work. Occasionally, there may be new material presented during the recitation in order to keep pace with the syllabus. The semester exams are administered during a common exam period in the evening, as indicated in the course syllabus.

Preparation: Before coming to lecture you should preview the section to be covered. I also strongly recommend that you attempt the suggested exercises from the syllabus after the lecture and before your next recitation.

Recitation Attendance: The recitations are an important component and resource for the course. Credit will be given for your attendance to recitations; also there will be webwork questions that will verify your participation in recitations.

Written Quizzes: Roughly once a week, a short (about 10 minute) written quiz will be administered during recitation. The problem will be very similar to those listed in the course syllabus and the online quizzes. The written quiz will be scored out of 3 points each:
No Work Submitted: 0 points
Some Work Submitted: 1 point
Nearly Correct Work Submitted: 2 points
Completely Correct Work Submitted: 3 points
Familiarity with the online homework and exercises in the syllabus will help with preparing for the written quizzes. Make-up quizzes will not be given.

Online Webwork: Once a week, an online homework will be administered through the WeBWorK system. http://math-webwork.unl.edu/webwork2/106-Fall-2016/

Exams: The mid-term exams for this course are scheduled on the following evenings, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm: September 22, October 27, and November 30. Exam content will be based on material from the text, lectures, homework and quizzes. The final exam will be comprehensive and will run from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Monday, December 12. All exams are closed book and closed notes. No calculators, ipods, cell phones, etc. may be used during any exam. After each exam is graded, a scale will be announced providing the cut-offs for A+, A-, A, B+, B, etc. for that exam.

Calculus Readiness Activity (CRA): There is a paper mastery exam given on Friday, August 26 in recitation. This exam covers prerequisite material essential to your success in the course. The exam consists of 15 problems. No notes, texts, calculators or tables are permitted. This exam is a PASS/NO PASS exam. To receive any credit you must have a score of 13 or better, out of 15. If you do not pass the paper exam, then you can take it online at the Arts and Sciences Testing Center (Burnett 127; student ID required) up to once per day until Wednesday, September 7.

Gateway Exam: On Thursday, September 29, the paper version of the Gateway Exam will be given during your recitation period. This exam will consist of 8 problems requiring routine but accurate manipulation. No notes, texts, calculators or tables are permitted. This exam is also a PASS/NO PASS exam. To receive any credit for the Gateway Exam, you must correctly solve at least 7 of the 8 problems. From October 2 through October 21, you may retake an online version of the Gateway exam up to once per day until you have passed the exam. The online version can be taken at the Arts and Sciences Testing Center (Burnett 127; student ID required).

Assessment: Grades will be computed mechanically. The maximum number of points possible for each component of the course is as follows:
Exam 1: 100 points
Exam 2: 100 points
Exam 3: 100 points
Gateway Exam: 70 points (10 additional bonus points will be awarded if the exam is passed on the first (paper) version)
Final Exam: 200 points
CRA: 30 points
Online Webwork: 90 points
Recitation Quizzes: 80 points
Recitation Webwork & Attendance: 30 points
Total: 800 points

For each of the above components, your score will be scaled to the appropriate number of points. For example, the sum of your quiz scores will be rescaled to 80 points. At the end of the semester, I will compute a composite score for you by summing your scores for each component of the course. We will also total the cut-off scores for A+, A-, A, B+, B, etc. on the exams, final, etc. If your score is greater or equal to the minimum A+ score, you have earned an A+ for the course. If your score is one point below the minimum A+ score, but at least as large as the cut-off for an A, you will receive an A for the course. A similar procedure will be followed for the other grades. The initial cut-offs (out of 800 points) for grades are
A+: 776 points
A: 736 points
A-: 720 points
B+: 696 points
B: 656 points
B-: 632 points
C+: 608 points
C: 560 points
C-: 536 points
D+: 512 points
D: 472 points
D-: 448 points
The cut-offs might decrease as the semester progresses based on scales for the different components of the course. All requests for additional credit after the end of the semester will be rejected.

Portfolio: It is your responsibility to maintain a complete portfolio of graded assignments, quizzes and exams. You should collect your graded work during the class period in which it is returned; your instructors are not required to safeguard your uncollected work. Whenever the need arises, your portfolio of graded work will be used to verify, update, or correct your records for the course. If your collection of graded work is incomplete, then this will have a negative impact on your final grade.

Boilerplate: Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses and may be punished by failure on the exam, quiz, or project, failure in the course, and/or suspension or expulsion from the University. For more information, refer to the Student Code of Conduct in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

I do not include the usual announcement about the honor code because I feel it is inappropriate. In this class, you are allowed and even encouraged to work together unless otherwise informed.

You are expected to attend lecture and recitation regularly. Absences should be cleared with me and your recitation instructor. In a situation where you are unable to contact us due to major illness, serious injury, hospitalization or military duty a notice should be sent by the University Health Center, a family physician, or the Student Affairs Office. This notice is for our information only and does not relieve you from contacting us regarding your absence. If you need to be excused from class due to a University sponsored event, it is your responsibility to request permission (preferably in writing) for the absence. You should do this as early in the semester as possible. Although, I and your recitation instructor will try to accommodate you if you need to be absent from class, neither your absence (nor the notification of an absence) relieves you from meeting the course requirements. For more information, refer to the University's Class Attendance policy in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

If you have any condition, such as a physical or learning disability, which will make it difficult for you to carry out the work as I have outlined it or which will require academic accommodations, you need to notify me during the first two weeks of the course.