Here is the course information sheet.
Basic courses in algebra (such as Math 117/118), logarithmic and exponential
functions (such as Math 124), and
trigonometry (such as
Math 125) are prerequisites. A comfortable working
knowledge of this material is essential; you should
be prepared to spend extra time in review if you
are rusty on the prerequisites.
(required): Modeling the Dynamics
of Life, 2nd edition by Frederick R. Adler,
ISBN 0-534-40486-3, Thompson, Brooks/Cole,
Modeling the Dynamics
of Life, 3rd edition by Frederick R. Adler,
ISBN 0-8400-6418-7, Thompson, Brooks/Cole,
(optional): A graphing calculator
such as the TI-82 -83, -85, or -86 (available
in the bookstore) is highly recommended and may be
used on quizzes and exams. Any calculator that
does symbolic manipulation (such as the TI-89)
as well as cell phones and palm pilots may not
be used on quizzes or exams (although such
devices may be used otherwise). Please verify
with your instructor the admissibility of any
calculator other than the ones mentioned above
for use on quizzes and exams.
You might be interested in an
online graphing calculator for homework
(optional): The optional text
Just in Time Algebra and Trigonometry for
Calculus is available in the bookstore as
one option to aid algebra and trigonometry
Attendance is required. You should come to
class to participate, to work, to think. Please
turn off your cell phones.
Written Homework: 50 points
WebWorK Online Homework: 50 points
Quizzes: 100 points
Exam 1 (Thursday, February 23;
5:00-6:50 pm): 100
Exam 2 (Thursday, April 6;
5:00-6:50 pm): 100
Comprehensive Final Exam
(Wednesday, May 10; 7:30 am -9:30 am): 100 points
(50 points) Homework (HW) problems to be handed in will be posted
here. For some of the homeworks, you may need to download and print a .pdf file.
Some problems will be designated as practice problems, and some problems will be assignments to be handed in. Assigned homework will be collected, and selected problems will be graded. See the course calendar for the HW Schedule. One HW assignment will be dropped. If you fail to hand in a HW assignment, you will receive a zero. No late HW will be accepted. Please visit office hours for HW questions that are not answered during in-class problem sessions.
Each of the 11 written homework assignments will be worth the same number of points. A complete solution to a written homework problem must include not only the final answer but also the (legible!) work needed to obtain the solution. Do not leave it until the evening before the due date to work on the homework problems, as you would likely run into time problems.
Homework that is turned in should NOT look like scrapwork. It must show all of your relevant work clearly and legibly.
WebWorK Online Homework: (50 points) We will be using the system WebWorK (there is no relation to the University's RamCT, and you cannot access it through RamCT) for part of the homework assignments. To do these problems, you have to log in to WebWorK and then select the log in link. Your user name is set to your university eName. This is typically your university email name, e.g. the address email@example.com has eName myname. Your initial password is set to your CSU ID number (this is the 9-digit number on your university ID card, starting with 8). Please as a first step change your password. As the login is not encrypted, do not choose the same password as used for any important login (such as banking or email).
Webwork homework is due at 8pm on the days indicated on the course calendar or indicated by your instructor (usually, these days are Wednesdays and Fridays). However, there is a grace period until midnight (on the server!) that is to make up for clock drift or network issues. We initialize the data base for WebWorK with the students registered the weekend before classes start. If you registered for the course late, you might not yet have been added to WebWorK. In this case, talk ASAP to your section instructor to be added. You must provide your CSU eName and your CSU-ID, otherwise we will not be able to transfer grades correctly. Also talk to your section instructor in case you cannot log into WebWorK or have forgotten your password.
Your WebWorK score out of 50 points will be determined by the your percentage correct on the WebWorK assignments (that is, (the number of points you get on WebWorK assignments divided by the total number of points possible) multiplied by 50).
quiz will be given most weeks on days indicated on the calendar (or by your instructor). If you miss a quiz, you will receive a zero (no make-ups). However, your
lowest three quiz grades will be dropped,
including any zeros. This includes missed
quizzes due to illness or emergencies. Missing
a quiz is strongly discouraged.
on topics of mathematics and biology are
linked on the calendar. You may earn one
extra credit point (up to a maximum of 10
extra credit points) by correctly answering
a question on the quiz pertaining to the
reading or an extra credit problem, as
determined by your instructor.
There will be two common exams and a final. Note that the midterm exams are held on Thursday evenings on the days noted above, and you are REQUIRED to be there.
Cellphones must be turned off during the exam and must remain in a bag during the entire exam. A ringing cellphone or use of an unauthorized electronic device (in any form: clock, calculator, camera, notepad, toy, ...) during the exam may lead to disqualification (0 points) from the exam. Exam scores cannot be contested after the following exam.
Exam conflicts/Alternate arrangements: The only excused absences from exams are official university-approved absences. If a CSU event conflicts with an exam or the final, or if you are ill, you must submit the alternate exam
time request form, together with supporting documentation (e.g. a letter from the athletics department) to your section teacher. This request, including documentation, must be submitted at least 8 days before the exam (or, in the case of sudden illness, as soon as reasonably possible). If you need alternate exam arrangements through Resources for Disabled Students, submit the RDS qualification letter at least 8 days before the first exam to your section teacher. Alternate exam requests are processed once per exam; failure to submit requests, including documentation, in time can mean that no alternative arrangements will be possible! If you have questions concerning alternate exams, please contact the course coordinator, Dr. Shipman.
The following percentages of the 500 total possible
points will guarantee minimally the following
91-100%, A; 90, A-
81-89%, B; 80, B-
below 60%, F
The University Policy on Academic Integrity (see CSU General Catalog) is enforced in this course. Misrepresenting someone else's work as your own (plagiarism) and possessing unauthorized
reference information in any form that could be helpful while taking an exam
are examples of cheating. Submitting work from a Solutions Manual or an
on-line homework web site as your own are examples of plagiarism. Students
judged to have engaged in cheating may be assigned a reduced or failing
grade for the assignment or the course and may be referred to the Office of
Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services for additional disciplinary
Just like playing a musical instrument or a
sport, mathematics is learning by doing it, not
by watching someone do it. Expect to spend
about 3 hours of quality study time outside of
class doing and discussing problems for each
hour in class.
Look at the study
resources page for study tools.
Talk to your instructor and go to the Great
Hall for tutoring help with any of the concepts
or the homework problems. Ideas build on each
other throughout the semester, so you should
seek help with things that trouble you as soon
Best wishes for a productive semester!
"Which calculators are allowed for the
TI-82, 83, 85, 86 and very basic calculators
are allowed. If you are not sure if your
calculator will be accepted, please show it to
your instructor. It is prohibited to use your
cell phone as your calculator. The TI-89 or
other calculators that do symbolic manipulation
will not be allowed on exams.
"What time are the evening exams?"
5:00 to 6:50 pm.
"I have a conflict with another exam. When can
I take the M155 exam?"
Please use the Alternate Exam Time Request Form
to request an alternate time. This form is due
at least one week before the exam. Please turn
in your request as early as possible!