Mike Pierce


Math5 – Precalculus

My email address is . Feel free to email me any questions you have, but please be thoughtful with your emails. We will have discussions Tuesdays and Thursdays in Bookstore 128, just to the left of the entrance to the campus bookstore, Noon–1pm if you’re in Section 23, and 3–4pm if you’re in Section 25. My office hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays 1–3pm, the time between the two daily discussion sections, in Skye 347. The primary instructor of the course has office hours listed in the course syllabus. The three exams for the course will be held on the following dates:

The Discussion & Worksheets

Every Tuesday in discussion I’ll begin guiding everyone through a worksheet. The following Thursday we'll continue the worksheet and address any questions you email me about. In total these correspond to 20% of your grade. Your write-up for each worksheet will be due by Tuesday at 4pm the week after we start the worksheet. The worksheets will be graded out of three points according to this rubric:

Please don’t underestimate how much time and attention you’ll need to give these worksheets. Here is a copy of each of them:

One    Two    Three    Four    Five    Six    Seven    Eight    Nine    Ten    Eleven    Twelve

These worksheets are intended to be either a challenging extension of what you’ve been covering in lecture, or a useful aside from the main material covered in the course. Please collaborate with everyone at your table; working as a group is fundamental learning anything in depth. If you feel frustrated when struggling to answer a question, please realize that it’s normal. Struggling is essential to learning, and it means that your brain is working hard to internalize a new idea.

Very seldom will the questions on the worksheets ask you do simply do a calculation or recall a fact. Instead you’ll be asked to analyze a situation, or synthesize a few concepts to solve a problem. This is why the “one point for participation,” isn’t trivially earned. Look over some of these write-ups I've done to get a sense of what is expected of you to earn this point:

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