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Ch 3 Notes and Lecture Hand-ins Posted

posted Feb 19, 2018, 12:22 PM by Andrew Krause

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 hand-in 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" folder--these are updated through most of March.  I'll get the Ch4/5 notes uploaded soon!

Recitation on 2/15 or 2/16 -- Exam Prep!

posted Feb 12, 2018, 10:07 AM by Andrew Krause   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 10:33 AM ]

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:
  1. Lecture Hand-ins: +1 point for the 2.8 Hand-in (pg 60) on 2/12 and +1 point for the Exam 1 Review Hand-in (pg 65) on 2/14.  The course documents are all updated to include the Exam 1 Review Hand-in.
  2. Completed Practice Exam: You will earn +4 for having attempted a practice exam (found on the course website) and showing your attempt to your recitation leader. You don't need to have the correct answers, I just want you to show that you've attempted a practice exam.
  3. Recitation Activity: You will earn +4 for participating in the recitation activity, which means that you will be there on time and will work on 2.8 material and exam review for the entire class period.  Your recitation times are a limited opportunity for you to work with your recitation leader, who knows the nuances of the course and can help guide your studying.

Hw11 Due Thursday 2/1 + Start Studying for Exam 1!

posted Jan 29, 2018, 1:26 PM by Andrew Krause   [ updated Jan 29, 2018, 1:26 PM ]

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:
  1. Concept mapping: this is a great way to visualize the connections between topics.  Here's an example: Limit Concept Map.  You should be able to fill in the lines between the ideas to explain how the ideas are connected.
  2. Short summaries: Try to fit a summary plus example problems from each section on as small a space as possible.  This helps you see all of the content on the same page and also helps you distill lots of pages of notes and problems into just the big ideas.
  3. Write your own exam: Practice by writing problems for a friend.  Writing your own problems helps you focus on the components of problems that determine what solution method you need to use.  This is a great exercise for mastering product/quotient/chain rules because you can construct each problem to use each rule and see if a study buddy can decode it.  You can use Wolfram or Symbolab to check you work.
  4. Practice Exams: There's lots of practice exams on the main course webpage.  You should try one today to see where you're at.  Remember, the practice exams are NOT study guides.  They are best used as a self-assessment for you to see where you're at and what you need to keep working on.  Try to complete the whole exam without your notes or looking at the solution first.  Then, check your work by looking at the solution and using your notes to figure it out.

WeBWorK payment system now open

posted Jan 25, 2018, 11:35 AM by Andrew Krause

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 Hand-ins and Webwork Due Dates

posted Jan 22, 2018, 9:59 AM by Andrew Krause   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 7:20 PM ]

Here's a quick list of the things you need to hand in during lecture through Exam 1.
  • Monday 1/22: 1.8 Problems (pg 31 -- End of Ch 1)

  • Wednesday 1/24: 2.1/2.2 Problems (pg 10 -- Ch 2 notes)
  • Monday 1/29: 2.3/2.4 Problems (pg 25)
  • Wednesday 1/31: 2.5 Problems (pg 33)
  • Monday 2/5: 2.7 Problems (pg 42)
  • Wednesday 2/7: 2.6 Problems (pg 52)
  • Monday 2/12: 2.8 Problems (pg 60)
  • Wednesday 2/14: Exam 1 Review (pg 65)
Also note that after our beginning-of-semester 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!

posted Jan 18, 2018, 11:12 AM by Andrew Krause   [ updated Jan 18, 2018, 11:14 AM ]

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.

Beginning-of-Semester Flexibility

posted Jan 17, 2018, 8:52 AM by Andrew Krause   [ updated Jan 17, 2018, 10:21 AM ]

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:
  1. Tutorial (no other homework assignments will open until this is complete)
  2. Hw01-Precalc-Review test - DUE 1/21 @ 11:59pm. This is listed at the bottom of the assignment list because it is a "test" item. When you attempt this, Webwork will generate a "test" that you can only submit once. For example: Hw01-Precalc-Review (test 1). You can attempt this an unlimited number of times (after a 30 minute cooldown), but you only have 1 submission per "test". So, if you don't do as well as you want, you need to review what you got wrong, then reattempt 30 minutes after you started your try.
  3. Hw02-1.4 -- Due 1/18 @ 11:59pm
  4. Hw03-1.5 -- Due 1/18 @ 11:59pm
  5. Hw04-1.6 -- Due 1/21 @ 11:59pm


posted Jan 16, 2018, 1:10 PM by Andrew Krause   [ updated Jan 17, 2018, 8:43 AM ]

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 90-100% 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 90-100% 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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