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. Here is a copy of each of them:


Please don’t underestimate how much time and attention you’ll need to give these to meet our expectations. The worksheets will be graded out of three points by to this rubric:

These worksheets are intended to be a challenging extension of what you’ve been covering in lecture. Please collaborate with everyone at your table; working as a group can help you learn. If you feel frustrated when struggling to answer a question, please realize that struggling is normal and expected. 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 some concepts to solve a problem. Please look over some of these write-ups I’ve done in the past to get a sense of the depth of thought I’m expecting from you on these worksheets. These write-ups also provide you samples of mathematical writing that you can model for your own writing.

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