Month: August 2016

Getting Started with WeBWorK

WeBWorK is accessible from on and off campus (anywhere you have access to the internet).  Your first two WeBWorK assignments are due on Tuesday, September 6th, at midnight, and will cover the material from the first two weeks of class (primarily from the second week).  Here’s what you have to do:

Assignment.  To get started , you must complete the following three steps.

Step 1.  Log in to WeBWorK here:  I have created Usernames and Passwords for each student registered for my class.

Username. ¬†Your username for WeBWorK consists of your first initial plus your last name, all lowercase (for example, John Smith would have username ‚Äėjsmith‚Äô).

Password. ¬†Your temporary password is the same as your username (if your username is ‘jsmith’, your password is currently ‘jsmith’).

Step 2. ¬†Change your password and update your email address. ¬†To do this, select ‚ÄúPassword/Email‚ÄĚ from the main menu on the left. ¬†Use whatever email address you like (I suggest using one that you check often).

Step 3.  Complete the first two assignments, titled Assignment1-Sec1.2-1.3 and Assignment2-Sec1.4-1.7. Click on an assignment on the main screen to get started.

If you have¬†any trouble¬†‚Äď 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). ¬†Enter an answer and hit ‚ÄúSubmit Answers‚ÄĚ. ¬†Don‚Äôt worry, if you get it wrong you can try it again.
  2. You can work on the problems in any order you wish.  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).
  3. 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 ‚ÄúDownload a hardcopy of this homework set.‚ÄĚ

Week 2 Assignments

Week 2 Assignments
Written work – none
WeBWorK¬†–¬†Assignment #1 and #2, due Tuesday, September 6th, at midnight.
OpenLab РOpenLab #2, due Thursday, September 8th, at the start of class.

Week 1 Assignments

Hi everyone,

Your first homework assignment will be exclusively in the book (you do NOT have a WeBWorK assignment this week), and is due on Tuesday.  Your first OpenLab Assignment is due on Thursday.

Welcome back,
Prof. Reitz

Week 1 Assignments
Written work  due Tuesday August 30th Р Sec 1.1 p.7: 1, 12, 19, 26, 29, 35
NOTE: On this assignment, odd problems are worth 2 points and even problems worth 4 points.
WeBWorK Рnone
OpenLab¬†– Register for the OpenLab and join this course (instructions provided in a separate post). ¬†“OpenLab #1: Advice from the Past” due Thurs Sept 1.

OpenLab #1: Advice from the Past

A year ago I taught this same course.   At the end of the semester, I gave my students the following assignment:

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 … describing what you would tell them.

To see the assignment and the students’ responses, follow this link.

Your assignment, due at the beginning of class next Thursday, September 1st, is to:

  1. Read through ALL the responses (there are 19 of them).
  2. Write a reply to this post (1 paragraph) responding to all of the following:
    1. What advice seemed most relevant to you personally? Why? (you can copy/paste a short statement, or put it in your own words)
    2. Based on this advice, what changes can you make right now to help you succeed in this course?

Extra Credit. For extra credit, write a response to one of your classmates’ comments.  Do you have any advice?  Be kind.