Prof. J Reitz
NYC College of Technology, Spring 2012
Course and Section: Math 1275, College Algebra and Trigonometry, Section 6542
Class Meets:  T/Th 2:15 — 3:55, Namm 703
Book: Custom text by McGraw-Hill containing material from Intermediate Algebra, 3rd Edition, by Miller, O’Neill and Hyde, and Trigonometry, 2nd Edition, by Coburn
Calculator: A scientific calculator with the trigonometric functions (sin/cos/tan) is required (for example the TI-30XIIS).
Office:   Namm N707
Office Hours:   Tuesdays 11:30 — 12:30, Thursdays 12:00 — 12:30 and 5:45 — 6:15
Email:   jreitz@citytech.cuny.edu

The class website will be on the OpenLab (openlab.citytech.cuny.edu). The site contains important information about the course, and will be used in various ways throughout the semester. See instructions below for registering for the openlab and joining our class online. The address for the class website is:


Homework will be completed on the WebWork website.

Grading (percent / letter grade correspondence)

A = 93.0 — 100
A- = 90.0 — 92.9
B+ = 87.0 — 89.9
B = 83.0 — 86.9
B- = 80.0 — 82.9
C+ = 77.0 — 79.9 C = 70.0 — 76.9
D = 60.0 — 69.9
F = 0 — 59.9
W = withdrawal up to 4/19/12
WF = withdrawal after 4/19/12 (WF = F)
NOTE: Withdraw before 4/19/12 to avoid an F or WF

Grading (how your grade is calculated)

Homework (20%) You must complete assignments on WebWork to earn homework points. Homework will be assigned for each topic through the WebWork website and must be completed by the due date (usually about 1 week from the day the assignment is given). Over the course of the semester, you will only need to complete 80% of the assigned problems to earn the required points (the total required points will be provided near the end of the semester, when all assignments have been created). Any additional points earned will count as bonus credit (50% value of required points).

OpenLab participation (15%) You will be participating in the OpenLab (website) by posting and making comments each week in response to assigned readings, homework problems, and so on. Your first assignment is to register for the OpenLab and join this class (go to the course website for instructions). Further assignments will be posted on the OpenLab.

In-Class Exams (40%) There will be 4 exams during the semester not including the final. Students with good attendance will have their lowest exam score dropped (see Attendance below). No makeup exams will be given, and a missing exam will receive a grade of 0.

Final Exam (25%) A final exam is given on the last day of class covering all topics. The final exam must be taken to pass the course.


Absence is permitted only with a valid reason. Anything in excess of 10% of the total number of class meetings is considered excessive absence (more than 3 absences). A student who is excessively absent will have all 4 exam grades count towards class average.

Two latenesses count as one absence.

Bonus Points
Interested in doing a project for bonus points? We may be able to work something out – send me an email or come talk to me during office hours in the first few weeks of the semester.

Records should be kept by every student of all grades received, exam papers, other work completed and any absences.

Academic Integrity
The New York City College of Technology Policy on Academic Integrity: Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions, and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting, and citing sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the College recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and at New York City College of Technology and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion. The complete text of the College policy on Academic Integrity may be found on p. 64 of the catalog.

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