Prof. Sybil Shaver       MAT 1275CO           Course Policies                         Fall 2019

Class blog: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/shavermat1275cofall2019/
email: profshaver@gmail.com (preferred)
or you can use my City Tech email sshaver@citytech.cuny.edu
Office: N724 Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 12:00 – 1:30 PM or by appointment

General Information:
• Textbook: College Algebra and Trigonometry, by Alexander Rozenblyum, plus supplementary materials available at https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/groups/mat-1275-d534-rozenblyum-spring-2018/files/
• You will need a three-ring looseleaf binder.
• You will need a scientific calculator.
• You may not use a cell phone or iPod as a calculator or watch during tests. Cell phones may not be used in class except when permission is given to use them for WeBWorK, and the ringers should be turned off.
• You will need a watch or small clock to monitor your use of time while working or taking tests.

• It is very important that you commit to attending every class, arriving on time and staying until the end of the class. We will discuss many things in class which may not be in the textbook, and we will engage in activities designed to enhance understanding of the material. Attendance will be taken at the start of each class.  If you miss any part or all of a class for any reason, you must make sure to master the material that you missed as soon as possible, preferably  before the next class. (However, there is no real substitute for being in class!)

• There will be a short quiz at the start of each class meeting, consisting of problems similar to the material covered in the previous class. No extra time will be given for latecomers. The lowest 10% of the quiz grades will be dropped in computing your final class grade, and quizzes are 5% of your grade.
• WeBWorK homework: these will be done online, in WeBWorK, and are required assignments, normally due the evening before each class meeting. These will also count toward your grade.
• Challenge assignments: There may be occasional extra credit take-home assignments of a more challenging nature. They will be due one week after assigned. You are expected to write these up in good form and to submit them on or before the due date. Details will follow.
• Tests: There will be 4 tests during the semester. Each test will be approximately 50 minutes long, and will begin at the start of the class period. No extra time will be given to late arrivals. If you miss any of these tests, you will receive a score of 0 for that test. No make-up tests will be given. The lowest test grade will be dropped in computing your term grade. (In other words, if you miss one test, that is the grade that will be dropped.)

Computation of grades:
Quizzes 5% of total
WeBWorK 10% of total
top 3 of 4 tests 60% of total
Final Exam 25% of total
The final exam is a comprehensive exam, and is required in order to pass the course. Our Final Exam is scheduled for Thursday 19 December 2019.


WeBWorK policies:

All students are expected to have logged in to WeBWorK by no later than the 4th class meeting.

Students are responsible for doing all WeBWorK assignments in a timely manner, and to seek help in the appropriate way when necessary. Preferably use the “Ask for Help” button at the bottom of the problem.

A student may be given an extension for a WeBWorK assignment as long as the answers to that assignment have not been posted yet. The student must request the extension before the assignment closes. Normally the extension will be until the next WeBWorK due date. Each student may have one such extension for free: after the first extension, that WeBWorK assignment will have its score reduced by 25%.



Academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York. Penalties for academic dishonesty include academic sanctions, such as failing or otherwise reduced grades, and/or disciplinary sanctions, including suspension or expulsion.


Cheating is the unauthorized use or attempted use of material, information, notes, studyaids, devices or communication during an academic exercise (i.e. exams). In particular,the use of cell phone in any manner during the exam is prohibited.


The mathematics department takes violations of the academic integrity policy seriously.Any observed violations will be reported using the Faculty Action Report (FAR) form and may result in an academic sanction.


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