SHS/PDCCC Dual-Credit Math
Block 3 - PreCalculus in Room 204 during 1st Quarter, and Room 314 thereafter in 2019/2020
Lecture Monday - Friday
Need Help...See me in Student Success on Tuesdays
or after school Wednesdays!
My philosophy and message to students:
Mathematics is a universal language. Just about everything we do involves mathematics. As an engineer teaching math, my philosophy is to learn the basic mathematical concepts and apply them to real-world problems. I don't believe in merely memorizing formulas and plugging numbers into a calculator; however, we do use a non-graphing scientific calculator, the TI-30X IIs when necessary for exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and calculations. Each student must buy their own calculator and take it to class. We will also use sliderules (provided in class) in order to visualize mathematical functions and relations. Most tests will be taken without a calculator. I will have loaner TI-30X II calculators, if a student forgets to bring one to class.
In my classes, we use a flexible and systems approach to problem solving:
1. Take a close look at the problem.
2. What are you trying to do or solve?
3. What facts do you know?
4. What are your limitations?
5. Simplify and break it down into parts or modules you can understand.
6. What approaches (mathematical, scientific, engineering, and/or otherwise) can help you reach the desired outcome?
In order to be an effective problem solver, you must have a firm understanding and knowledge of basic mathematical concepts. I expect my students to fully immerse themselves into their mathematics course. The student must read the text and work assigned problems before going to class. When in class, the student must be prepared, stay focused, and participate. Put away and tune out all distractions. Students will have to study and work on homework problems outside of class. I expect about 1 to 2 hours per day. My students need to participate in a study group or work with a study partner. Communicate with your classmates, and more especially with your instructor.
Mathematics is a mentally stimulating experience. All you need is paper, pencil, and your brain.