Monthly Archives: December 2015

READ Survey

Hi everyone,

Check out the message below from Prof. Seto.  I encourage you all to take this survey, as this is one of the ways that the college makes decisions about its programs and needs.

“On behalf of READ, we would like to invite your students to participate in an online survey on college reading. This survey is discipline specific, with a drop down menu that includes your programs. The responses will help us learn more about how your students read/study in your programs and in which areas they need help.

You may share the link on Blackboard, through emails or your Openlab sites. 

Good luck with your studies!
Prof. Reitz

Update to the Final Exam Review

Hi everyone,

After checking in with Prof. Thiell, I have revised the Final Exam review to eliminate the following problems:

  • Problem 18e
  • Problem 19ab
  • Problem 18c could be on the final, but I will not ask the final part (“find a formula for the inverse”)

Prof. Reitz

ps. This was taken last Tuesday in Kolkata (Calcutta) at the Victoria Memorial, dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria and a reminder of India’s colonial history. India was once a British colony (like America), and achieved independence in 1947.IMG_7637



OpenLab #9: Advice for the Future

Assignment (due Thursday, December 17 – final exam day).  Imagine that you are invited to speak on the first day of MAT 2071, to give advice to entering students.  Write at least three sentences responding to at least one of the following, describing what you would tell them.

  1. What do you wish that you had been told at the start of this class, to help you succeed?
  2. Choose one topic in the course that is especially challenging. Identify it, and give advice to students trying to master that topic.
  3. What is the most important prior knowledge (not taught in the class) that you need in order to succeed?  Why is it important?

Extra Credit.  Respond to someone else’s comment.  Do you agree? disagree? Have anything to add?

Weeks 15 and 16 Assignments

UPDATE 12/3/15:  As discussed in class today, I’ve adjusted the assignment due next Tuesday (as we didn’t cover the material in Sections 12.1 and 12.2 this week).

Following are the assignments for the last two weeks of class.  NOTE: I will be out during the week of Dec 7-11, returning on Dec 15.

Assignments for Week 15 (11/30 – 12/4):

Written work – Due Tuesday, 12/8:
Sec 11.2 p187: 1,2,7 (In addition, complete Example 11.8 at the top of p182).
WeBWorK – none
OpenLab – none
Project – Project Reflection is due BY EMAIL on Thursday, 12/8

Assignments for Week 16 (12/7 – 12/11):


Written work – The following problems from the book are due next Tuesday, 12/15 suggested (for practice), but not required (and will not be collected).
Sec 12.1 p200: 1,3,7,10
Sec 12.2 p204: 1,7,8
Sec 12.4 p210: 3, 7, 10
Sec 12.5 p214: 2,6
Sec 12.6 p216: 1,2
WeBWorK – none
OpenLab – OpenLab #9: Advice for the Future, due December 17 (final exam day)

Project Reflection

This assignment is the final deliverable for your project (worth 10 points).  It is an individual, not a group, assignment and should be submitted by email, not on the OpenLab.

The Semester Project consisted of a number of related activities and assignments – before you begin writing, please take a look at the list and click each of the links to remind yourself  of all the parts of the project.

Assignment (Due Thursday, December 10th, at midnight).  SUBMIT BY EMAIL, NOT ON THE OPENLAB.  This is your chance to reflect on the Semester Project, and to describe your contributions to the major group activities.   Please respond to all of the following.

Part 1 (200 words minimum).  Write one or two paragraphs reflecting on the Semester Project, from the initial assignment (“OpenLab #5: Bridges and Walking Tours“) through to the final presentations.  You can use the following questions to guide your writing if you wish (or you can respond in whatever way you wish):

  • What was your overall impression of the project?  What did you enjoy the most? Least?
  • Do you feel that the project enhanced your experience of the class?  Was the project related to the course material?
  • How did you feel during the process? What was the best moment? The worst?
  • Was the project scaffolded appropriately? Did you need more or different support for any of the assignments? Do you have any suggestions for making the project more effective?

Part 2.  Describe your  personal contributions to the final two major group assignments, the group paper and the group presentation.  Do you think that you were an equal contributor in your group? Be as specific as you can.