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Ch 3 Notes and Lecture Handins Posted
First, GOOD LUCK on your exam tonight! I've been working with a lot of you who have been working really hard, and I think that work will pay off on the exam tonight. Second, we'll get right into new material on Wednesday, starting with sections 2.9 and 3.1. You will NOT have a quiz this week, but you will be responsible for completing those problems to attempt before class (pg. 7 on the Ch3 Notes) for +1 on your quiz next week. I've updated the structure of the course website to help with organization a bit. Now, you'll find the specific lecture handin for each day as a link for that topic (the links no longer link to the chapter course notes). You can find the chapter notes in the "Course Materials" folderthese are updated through most of March. I'll get the Ch4/5 notes uploaded soon! 
Recitation on 2/15 or 2/16  Exam Prep!
We are just one week away from Midterm Exam 1, so recitation is going to be a little different this week. You will earn your quiz points by participating in exam prep activities and there will be NO standard quiz during recitation (but attendance is required to earn points). This week, your Quiz 5 grade will consist of 3 components:

Hw11 Due Thursday 2/1 + Start Studying for Exam 1!
Remember that Hw11: Drop Date Review is due this Thursday (2/1) at 11:59pm. This is another "test" type assignment, which is listed at the bottom of the assignment list. The deadline for this assignment cannot be extended. Also, the drop deadline for full refund is this Friday (2/2) at 8:00pm. It is time to start reviewing for Exam 1 (only 3 weeks away). Reviewing webwork and the lecture notes are both crucial, but you should also try some other activities that help you tie together ideas across section. Here's some things you might try:

WeBWorK payment system now open
The WeBWorK payment system is now open. Make sure to pay for WeBWorK by 10:00AM on Monday 2/5. Students that do not pay by then will have their account locked. To unlock them, they will need to go to http://www.math.msu.edu/webwork, login and pay. After that, once the payment info is processed (up to 4 hours), the accounts will be unlocked. All work is saved. No extensions on assignment deadlines will be made in this circumstance. 
Lecture Handins and Webwork Due Dates
Here's a quick list of the things you need to hand in during lecture through Exam 1.
Also note that after our beginningofsemester warm up, the Webwork due dates are not on schedule for the rest of the semester. This means that each Webwork assignment is due 2 days after the lecture that the content is covered to help you learn the mathematics better. 
Extra Credit Survey DUE TOMORROW!
Remember to complete the extra credit survey by Friday 1/19 (tomorrow) at 5pm for 1% extra credit on your total course grade. It is impossible to extend the deadline! You can find a link to the survey on the main course website. Here's a direct link: https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dirueLBPZ3ixGDj 
BeginningofSemester Flexibility
I know that lots of people were confused about what they needed to do for MTH 132 during the first two weeks of the semester, so I've reopened the first three homework assignments so that everyone can catch up. Here's a quick list of the Webwork assignments that you need to complete this week:

THE IMPORTANCE OF HOMEWORK
I wanted to stress to all of you the importance of doing the HW. To the right I have used MTH 132 FS16 data and mapped Ex 1 averages based on HW averages. As you can see the majority of students (n values) scored 90100% on their HW averages however you can see that the students who scored less than 90% on their HW did significantly worse (on average) on Exam 1. In addition, because there were so many students who did 90100% of their homework I decided to plot a grade distribution for this set of students. As you can see there are still a decent number of students (just over 24%) who scored below 70% on the exam... despite doing so well on the HW! The takeaway lesson here is that not only do you need to do the homework, but you also need to understand how to do it! If you receive help from a tutor/friend/whoever you need to go back 24 hours later and make sure YOU understand it and could do it on your own if it came up on a quiz/exam. 
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