Welcome to Week 1 of the online version of MATH 232 for Spring 2020.
I know from the survey that a lot of you are nervous about trying to learn content online. I know also that a lot of you are dealing with stressful situations due to the virus and its economic impact. Please know that I am here if you need anything.
I’ve tried to keep the workload low while at the same time giving you as many resources as possible to help you learn the material. To help you navigate this new world, each week I’ll give you a list like this that will guide you step-by-step through what you need to do to succeed.
Please let me know if you need any assistance or have trouble accessing or working with any of the resources. You can reach me by Canvas, email, or even by texting my personal cell phone number (posted in a recent Canvas announcement).
How to use this guide: After attending or watching the kickoff meeting, go through these steps in order to learn the material. Don’t be worried about the length of this list; right now I’m being as verbose as possible in order to guide you through the process of learning the material from the available resources. Just start at the beginning and work your way down…
Step 1: Week 1 kickoff meeting – Monday 10:10 am
- Attend the Zoom meeting Monday 3/23 at 10:10 am: See Canvas or JMU email
- Or, if you can’t attend, watch the recording: Link is now in Canvas
- Agenda: Say hello, learn to use Zoom, overview of weekly plan, a little bit of math
Step 2: Warm-up Videos
- Watch this Khan Academy video about basic summation notation
- Then do this followup Khan Academy activity about basic summation notation
- Also watch this Khan Academy video of basic worked examples
- NEW – Watch this Dr. Taalman video: Introducing summation fomulas
- NEW – Watch this Dr. Taalman video: Shifting index before applying formulas
Step 3: Read the Book
Step 4: Take a break
- Deep breath. Cup of tea. Sit for a few minutes and close your eyes. You deserve to have time to rest. Resting will help you have more energy later for all the things you need to do. It is okay to rest.
Step 5: Start the WebAssign homework
- Log into WebAssign from Canvas and do the Section 7.1 homework
- At this point you should be very prepared to do Problems 1-7
- Then attempt problems 8-10… but watch the videos below if you get stuck 🙂
Step 6: Watch some more videos
- Watch the Calc Clip video for Section 7.1 (under Resources in WebAssign)
- Click here if you want to see more video resources
Step 7: Reach out if you need help!
- You can actually do this at any time, but this might be the point where you start wanting some help in your studies. For math questions, use Canvas Chat or Discussion, or contact the SMLC. For other questions text Dr. Taalman directly.
- Click here for details about help and communication
Step 8: Week 1 Roundup Meeting – Friday 5:00 pm
- Attend the Zoom drop-in session 5-7pm Friday 3/27: See Canvas or JMU email (NOTE MODIFIED TIME)
- Or, if you can’t attend, watch the recording: (Link to be added in Canvas later)
- Agenda: Get math help, ask Dr. Taalman anything
Step 9: Finish the homework
- If you haven’t finished the WebAssign yet then do that now 🙂
- Some weeks there may be extra paper problems (not collected), but only as absolutely necessary. This week the WebAssign had everything we needed.
Step 10: Take the Mastery Quiz for Section 7.1
- When you’re ready, take the 7.1 Mastery Quiz in Canvas (and retake if needed)
- Click here to read details about quizzes - read BEFORE ATTEMPTING any quiz
You have all week to do the steps above. Once you finish the WebAssign homework and take the Mastery Quiz in Canvas (and the retake, if you need to), you’re done for the week! You must finish the WebAssign and both quiz attempts before 11:59 pm on Sunday — but having said that, these are not normal times; please just text me if you need an extension due to personal, economic, or family situations.
When you’re done with everything for the week, please fill out this End-of-week Survey so I can think about what might need changing in the coming weeks and how I can best help you learn.
Good luck, stay safe, wash your hands, and please encourage your friends and family to practice effective social distancing. Every effort to reduce social contact will slow the spread of the virus and help avoid a health care catastrophe before it is too late.