# OpenLab Assignment #1: Mathography

This assignment is due Thursday, June 13th, at the start of class. Â Late submissions will receive partial credit.

Assignment. Â Choose ONE of the following two topics. Â Write a comment in reply to this post (click “Leave a Reply” below), responding to the topic in 1-2 paragraphs. Â Begin by telling us which topic you chose. Â  Be sure to include your name so I can give you credit.

Topics.

1. Was math ever your favorite subject? If so, when was it? What about math made it your favorite? If math has never been your favorite subject, what about it do you not like?
2. Sometimes people can recognize a time when their opinion of math dramatically changed either for the better or the worse. If such a time happened for you, tell about it. If you did not experience such a thing, tell about your steady feelings about mathematics.

Extra Credit. Â For extra credit, write a response to one of your classmatesâ comments. Â Do you feel the same? Â Did you learn anything? Â Do you have any advice? Â Be kind.

Why are we doing this, anyway?Â  Having progressed this far in your school career, you are familiar with many of the tools for learning math:Â Â studying, practicing by doing problems, asking questions when you need help, and so on. Â Iâd like to talk about two activities that may NOT seem related to learning math â but research shows that engaging in these activities canÂ dramaticallyÂ increase the amount that you learn, and change the way you learn it. Â The first isÂ writingÂ â something not typically associated with mathematics. Â When you express your ideas in words, it forces you to think them through very carefully, detail by detail. Â A great way to check and see if you really understand something is to try to explain it to someone else, either out loud or in writing. Â Example: if you know how to add fractions, try teaching it someone who doesnât know how. Â The second is calledÂ metacognition, or âthinking about thinking.â Â This happens when you think about what was going on in your head while you were working on a problem or trying to learn a new idea. Â What train of thought did you follow? Â Where did you get stuck, and what did you do next? Â What were you feeling at the time? and so on. Â Combining writing and metacognition can be a tremendously powerful tool in identifying the ways we learn best and the ways we make mistakes, and learning to improve. Â However, like any skill, it takes practice. Â Thatâs why weâre getting started by writing a little about our past experiences with mathematics.

# Getting Started with WeBWorK

WeBWorK is accessible from on and off campus (anywhere you have access to the internet). Â Your first 4 assignments are due on Monday, June 10th, at midnight, and will cover the material from the first week of the course. Â Hereâs what you have to do:

Assignment. Â To get started on your first assignment, you must complete the following three steps.

Step 1. Â Log in to WeBWorKÂ here: Â http://mathww.citytech.cuny.edu/webwork2/MAT1180-Reitz/. Â I have created Usernames and Passwords for each student registered for my class.

Step 3. Â Complete the first assignment, titledÂ Assignment1-WelcomeAndGettingStarted, by clicking on it in the main screen.

If you haveÂ any troubleÂ â either with logging in, or with completing the assignment, post a comment here or send me an email and I will get back to you.

WeBWorK Tips:

1. Click on a problem to see the details (the list of problems appears in the menu on the left). Â Enter an answer and hit âSubmit Answersâ. Â Donât worry, if you get it wrong you can try it again.
2. If the answer is a number: Â you can enter it either as a decimal, like 3.57143 (round your answer), or as an exact answer, like 25/7.
3. You can work on the problems in any order you wish. Â You can do some problems now, and come back and do the rest another day (your work will be saved, as long as you submit your answers).
4. If you want to print out a copy of the assignment, click on the assignment name in the main menu on the left, and then click the link in the main screen area that reads âDownload a hardcopy of this homework set.â

# Welcome and Getting Started

This course is MAT 1180, Mathematical Concepts and Applications, taking place in the Summer 2013 semester with Professor Reitz. Â We will be using this website in a variety of ways this semester â as a central location for information about the course (assignments, review sheets, policies, and so on), a place to ask and answer questions, to post examples of our work, and to talk about mathematics, education, reality and imagination.

Getting Started on the OpenLab

Anyone on the internet can look around the site and see what we are doing, and even leave a comment on one of the pages. Â However, only registered users can create new posts and participate in the discussion boards.

How do I register?

You will need to do two things:

1. If you have not used the openlab before, you must first create an account. Â You will need access to yourÂ citytech email addressÂ (LIVE@CityTech) for this. Â Detailed instructions for signing up on the OpenLab can be foundÂ here.
2. Once you have created an account on the OpenLab, log in and then join this particular course, 2013 Summer â MAT 1180 â Reitz. Â To do this, first click the âCourse Profileâ link at the top left of this page (just under the picture). Â Then click the “Join Now” button, which should appear just underneath the picture of the blackboard.

Problems with the OpenLab or with your CityTech email:

Please let me know if you run into any problems registering or joining our course (send me an email, jreitz@citytech.cuny.edu). Â I also wanted to give you two resources to help out in the process:

1. Â For problems with yourÂ citytech email account, contact theÂ Student Computing Helpdesk, either in person, by phone, or by email:

Student Computing Helpdesk
Location: Namm First Floor â Information Booth
Hours:Â Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00am â 5:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00am â 6:00pm
Phone: 718.260.4900
E-mail: studenthelpdesk@citytech.cuny.edu

2. For problemsÂ registering for the OpenLab, contact theÂ OpenLab admin team, either by email atÂ openlab@citytech.cuny.edu, or byÂ following this link.