Announcements for eLearning Section E45
June 17 - Orientation for Section E45: Start by reading the syllabus, which is now available via the link below. Then take a look-see at the assignment sheet (link also below). The first exam will be available to take at the Newtown testing center from July 3 to July 10 and will cover sections 12.1 - 12.9 and 13.1, so the assignments for those sections should be done by then. That should give you some idea of the pacing, but the pacing is really up to you. I'll give 2.5 hours to complete Exam 1, and the testing center will insist on verifying your identification before allowing you to take the exam. If you want to take the exam at the lower or upper county campuses you'll have to let me know well ahead of time, because it'll take at least an extra day for things to get to those places. As for the remaining exams, see the syllabus for dates and sections. The dates of availability for the exams are fairly firm, but check this website for possible changes before heading anywhere to take the exam. Also take note: the lower and upper county testing centers have more restrictive hours than the Newtown testing center! See for yourself: Lower/Upper County Hours & Newtown Hours. Know the hours a testing center is open before you go, because they may change. Exams are paper-and-pencil affairs (no computers). They are printed on a single sheet of paper and are completed with a blue book that the testing center supplies.
As soon as the window of availability for an exam closes I put the exam and its key up on the website under Resources (link below), so there is no possibility of taking an exam late! I do this because I want everyone to learn about any mistakes they may have made on an exam as soon as possible. A missed exam is given a score of zero. Make-up exams are not allowed. Do not e-mail me asking to take an exam days after the deadline.
Exam scores I send out via your BCCC e-mail address, so get that set up if you haven't done so already. It may take awhile to get your exam score. By "awhile" I mean upwards of 10 days from the time you take the exam. This is because I adjust exam scores based on the performance of the class as a whole, but I can't do that until I have all exams in my hands and graded. So if you take Exam 1 on July 3, understand that I won't have all exams back from all testing centers until July 11 at the earliest, and then I've got other classes keeping me busy that could protract the grading process out to July 16 or so. That's a worst-case scenario, but the thing is I will not send out unadjusted scores that may be significantly different than the final adjusted score.
As stated in the syllabus, use of MyMathLab (MML) is optional but may be helpful. The course name is Math242SUM13, and the course ID is erickson86008. If you have questions, send an e-mail! There may also be access to tutors in MML, but I can't swear to it. Also a solutions manual is available via MML, as well as an electronic version of the book.
In Resources there is to be found exams from past terms, along with their keys. They should help shed light on what my exams generally look like, more or less. The exams are based on the homework, so if you do the homework thoroughly you should be well prepared. Do not rely too much on the old exams, though, because I change things up fairly frequently!
If you don't get a response to an e-mail, don't assume you're being ignored. Your e-mail could for some reason have been shunted automatically to a spam folder, or perhaps the delivery simply failed. Also I don't necessarily respond to messages that seem not to require a response. Whatever the case, contact me first if you are having any problems. The department chair should not be your first resort, because she'll simply bounce you back to me.
Overall I try to keep a course like this as self-paced as reasonably possible, without too many deadlines or other nuisances that tend to defeat the purpose of an online class. You do have to be disciplined to succeed in a course like this, there's no doubt about it. This concludes the Orientation.
June 15 - Goodies will be added to this space very soon (orientation, syllabus, and so on). For the time being here is the MyMathLab info: Course Name is Math242SUM13, and Course ID: erickson86008. Assignment sheet is already on display below. There are no assignments in MyMathLab. I offer access to MML only so you can get to the student solution manual and other resources that you may find to your liking. Use of MML is recommended but not required. For textbook information, consult the college bookstore. If you don't get the bundle at the bookstore you're on your own.
May 21 - So, due to popular demand this new section of Calculus 3 has been set up at nearly the last minute. The course does not start officially until June 17, however, and it runs for nine weeks.