Hello and welcome to MAT1375 D369!

Please take some time to explore this OpenLab course site. Use the menu to explore the course information, activities, and help. As the course progresses, you will be adding your own work to the Student Work section.

City Tech email

The college, and your professors will most likely be using your City Tech email to converse with you. Go to this site for all things City Tech email related. You can find your email name, reset your password, and log in from here. As per City Tech rules, I will be communicating with you using your City Tech email, regardless of what is preferred on your profile.

Join this Course

If you’re new to the OpenLab, follow these instructions to create an account and then join the course. You must use your City Tech email to join OpenLab.

Joining OpenLab and becoming a member of this course are 2 different things. Think of it as creating a login for Instagram (ie. joining OpenLab) and then choosing to Follow someone (ie. becoming a member of MAT1375 D369).

Click here, and then click on the “+” next to “Join Now” underneath the picture.

Activate your CUNYFirst Account

If your CUNYFirst account is not activated, go here and click “Claim your CUNYFirst account.” CUNYFirst gives you access to Blackboard and Dropbox, both of which will be used for this class, and probably your other classes as well. Once your CUNYFirst account is set up, you can log in to Blackboard and Dropbox. You will also be able to see which email you have on your CUNYFirst file, which you should change if it is not updated.

WeBWorK Homework System

This semester we will be using WeBWorK for homework. If you have used WeBWorK in the past, then you will be used to the platform to input your homework answers.

The website for WeBWorK can be found here. A login and password will be emailed to you using the email that is found on your CUNYfirst profile. This is why the steps above are so important! If you did not get the email, the login is your first initial (eg. Boba Fett is bfett, Oprah Winfrey is owinfre) and the first six letters of your last name, all lowercase. The password is your Student ID. Please click on the link and make sure you are able to log in. If you did not get the email, or if your login does not work, email me at mailto: bkan@citytech.cuny.edu.


If you have any questions, reach out via email or in Office Hours. If you need help with the OpenLab, you can consult OpenLab Help or contact the OpenLab Community Team.

OpenLab Assignment #1: Upload a 3-page PDF File to Dropbox

Practice uploading a PDF document to Dropbox. This assignment is due Thursday, February 2, 2023.

  • First page: Answer these questions on a piece of paper. Handwrite your answers. You’ll see why later.
  • Second page: A doodle! I miss seeing all of the drawings my students put on their quizzes! This drawing can be as detailed or as simple as you like, just make sure it’s lighthearted and fun!
  • Third page: Include a photo of yourself. It can be a selfie, a scan of another photo, or an attached photo from your phone (this can be done in the Dropbox app). Just make sure the photo is of you only. Go here on your phone to take an awesome photo: www.whatsmycallsign.com
  • Scan a 3-page PDF, rename the file using this scheme
    • lastname firstinitial date assignment.pdf
    • Use 2 digits for the month and day. August 27 is 08-27 and September 8 is 09-08.
    • Example: If Darth Vader submits his file on March 5 he will name it VaderD03-05drawing.pdf
    • Upload the file to our shared Dropbox folder. Do NOT email me asking if I received the file. Instead, use the comment feature in Dropbox to ask, and I will reply if I received it. Assume I do not see the file if I do not reply.
    • Instructions on using Dropbox can be found here, or here. Look here on naming Dropbox files.
    • This assignment is due Thursday, February 2, at the start of class.
    • Name your file lastnamefirstinitial0202assignment01.pdf

Naming Files on Dropbox

Naming files is imperative to keeping your folder organized. Please follow these rules so that grading is easier for me and less annoying for you.

  1. All files must be pdfs. Multiple page assignments must be uploaded as a single pdf file.
  2. Every single file that you upload has to be named beginning with your last name and first initial, with no spaces.
  3. Follow that with the date of submission. Use 2 digits for a single digit month or day. Please use month first and day second.
  4. After the name and date, you can put a small descriptor. Examples are assignment02, quiz07, exam01, etc.
  5. Here’s an example: Saquon Barkley will upload his fifth assignment as barkleys09-03assignment05.pdf.
  6. Make sure your file are easily readable. You can play around with the margins and contrast to do this.

If you get points off for your filename, fix it and I’ll give you those points back. Send me a comment in Dropbox letting me know you fixed it and I’ll look at it. Also, please fix all the files in your folder so everything is orderly.