Q SCI 291: Analysis for Biologists I --- Autumn 2014

Class Email Archive

During the quarter, a series of emails will be sent to all students who are enrolled in the class. Each of these messages is also posted to this page for later reference.


Email Communication:

All course email is automatically sent to each student's UW email account. Thus, students who use a private commercial email account or a departmental email account are responsible for having their UW email forwarded to their other account. Also, for access to some course web pages you must use your UW NetID and UW password.



Subject: Introduction to Your Online Autumn Quarter 2014 Course -- Q SCI 291

This is a preliminary message to let you know that you are registered for Q SCI 291 during autumn term. If you wish to become familiar with how this online class will be conducted, please reference the following web site:

http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/qs291

Also, complete the registration process to gain access to the MyLab & Mastering web site and eText book as discussed on the Course Content web page (see above link for more information).

There are no formal lectures for this course, but we will communicate frequently with you via email, the online discussion board and through our TA's office hours. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the course web site materials.

I will be back in touch as the beginning of autumn term approaches. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy your break.


Sent: Monday, September 15, 2014 8:48 AM
Subject: Text for Autumn Quarter

Before you purchase your text for autumn quarter read the following information:

http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/qs291/text.html

We are using the 13th edition of the Barnett et al. text this quarter. No other edition is sufficient.


Sent: Monday, September 22, 2014 9:58 AM
Subject: Welcome to Q SCI 291

We wish to welcome you to the start of autumn quarter and to Q SCI 291. We hope you have an enjoyable experience this term.

To access information about our course go to the following web site:

http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/qs291

All course information is posted on this web site, so please familiarize yourself with all of this information. Also, please note that additional study materials are available on the MyLab & Mastering web site which is accessible from the above course web site. Please register on the MyLab & Mastering web site so you can access the additional online course materials. Free access to MyLab & Mastering via an access code comes with a purchase of the NEW textbook package purchased from the U Bookstore. See the textbook information on our course web page for more information before you purchase any books for our course.

The first hourly exam is on Wednesday, October 8th. As with all exams, it is closed book. Please bring a hand held scientific or graphing calculator, your Husky Card, and the applied calculus study card to all exams (see next email for more information about the applied calculus study card which comes with the purchase of MyLab & Mastering at the Tools for Success tab).

If you wish to take the exams at an off-campus location such as UWB, UWT, a regional university, a community college or a city/county library you must let me know the name and email address of the exam proctor at your preferred location by the end of week one of the term. If you use the services of UW DRS, please read the instructions shown beneath the table on the following page: http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/qs291/qs291.html

All homework is self-evaluated and is not turned in for grading. Exam dates are shown on the course web site and all exams MUST be taken on the dates shown unless arrangements are made with the instructor. Our web site shows the times for all exams and locations will be posted when available.

Please use your UW email account and UW Net ID when communicating with us. If you use an alternate email system please set your UW email account to automatically forward your email. You will not be able to use the class email list or the online discussion group unless logged into the UW system. Also, be careful when using the class email list as your response might be sent to the entire list instead of only me or the person you intended.

If you need assistance please plan on coming to MGH 084 during our graduate assistants office hours.

If you have any questions please email me or our graduate assistant. Thanks and welcome aboard!


Sent: Monday, September 22, 2014 10:03 AM
Subject: On-line quizzes, exams, reserve materials, calculus study card), MyLab Access

Access to MyLab & Mastering

The course id for access to MyLab & Mastering is bare63324. The web site is www.coursecompass.com. You should familiarize yourself with the materials available on this web site.

On-line Quizzes and Tests

The quizzes and tests that you may access on-line through the MyLab & Mastering web site are for YOUR USE only. Do NOT send to me or our graduate assistant as they are not graded and they are not counted in computing your grade for the course.

Reserve Materials

The reserve copy of the Barnett et al. text (13th Edition) and a copy of the student's solution manual are available in closed stacks reserve in the OGUL. Online study aids, including an online version of the text, are also accessible from the MyLab & Mastering web site (multimedia library or eBook tabs). No other edition of the text will suffice.

Applied Calculus Study Card

The applied calculus study card may be used during all of our closed book exams. You access the applied calculus study card from the MyLab & Mastering web site - Tools for Success tab.

You should bring your hand held scientific or graphing calculator, your Husky card, and the applied calculus study card to all exams. You may write additional notes on the applied calculus study card. You cannot use your text or any old exams during the exams and you cannot share anything with anyone during any exam.

Study Groups

We encourage you to utilize the online discussion board if you have questions. It is accessible from our class web page.

Purchasing MyLab & Mastering Access Separately from the Text

If you purchased a used copy of the text or a new copy from a vendor other than the U Bookstore, you probably do not have an access code to use the MyLab & Mastering web resources for our course. If this is the case, the following instructions will allow you to purchase this access code online. You should also review the information provided on the textbook page of our class web site before buying any books.

Go to the MyLab & Mastering web site and click the Get Registered button under the Student box and follow the instructions.

I highly recommend that you review the information contained on our Text Book web page for more information about purchasing access to MyLab & Mastering and/or the online text.


Sent: Monday, September 22, 2014 10:08 AM
Subject: Week One

I hope you have found our course web page and are working problems contained in homework assignment one which covers Chapter 1. In Weeks One & Two we study Chapter 1 -- a review chapter. Review of this chapter allows everyone to brush up on basic concepts of elementary functions including linear and quadratic, polynomial and rational, exponential, and logarithmic.

Our course web site is: http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/qs291

The MyLab & Mastering web site is: www.coursecompass.com.

To register for MyLab & Mastering the course id is bare63324.

All information about the course is available online. You are responsible for reading this information.

A word about the course-- Although this is a relatively easy course, you must spend considerable time with the material and you must keep up. Expect to spend at least ten hours per week studying the material. Once you fall behind it is very difficult to catch up. We cover about one chapter per week and we have five hourly examinations spaced about every two weeks. Plan on spending a good amount of time reading and working problems each week. If you have questions, contact either our graduate assistant or me and come to our office hours for extra help. We are here to help you succeed, but you are ultimately responsible for learning the course material and showing your proficiency on the exams.

An online discussion board is also available for you to exchange questions and answers. We monitor this site every day and will participate as needed. We also answer email inquiries frequently during the day. Note you must be logged into the UW computer system to access the online discussion group.

Hourly Examination One is on Wednesday, October 8th and covers Chapter 1 (1-6). A practice examination (with answers) is available on our course web site. In addition, the MyLab & Mastering web site contains chapter quizzes and practice tests that you may use to test your understanding of material presented in the text.

I suggest that if you need extra help you use the video lectures available from the MyLab & Mastering web site under "Tools for Success and Multimedia Library" tabs.

Best wishes.


Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 9:21 AM
Subject: Information for Class If You Registered Late

If you registered late for our class, please note that all of the information you need to succeed in this class is available online at: http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/qs291.

We post all class emails online so you can always look back and find something sent earlier in the quarter. There is also a discussion board available for you to post questions/answers.

MyLab & Mastering is an integral part of this course as it contains much information to help you succeed in the class. You should purchase access to this online resource. Access comes with the purchase of a new textbook package from the U Bookstore.

Only purchase the 13th edition of the text as earlier versions do NOT correlate with the material available on our web site.

Any questions let us know.


Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 9:23 AM
Subject: Mathematical Calculation Aids

Any hand held scientific or graphing calculator will suffice for all problems encountered in this class. However, if you are purchasing a new calculator you may wish to consider a graphing calculator such as the TI 83/84/86. You can access useful information about these calculators from the MyLab & Mastering website for our class under Tools for Success.

Other online math tools are located on our class web site at:

http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/qs291/res.html

Remember, all information concerning how this class is run is available on our class web site at:

http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/qs291


Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 9:22 AM
Subject: Online Communication for Q SCI 291

All online communication for this course is done through the use of email, a class discussion board or the MyLab & Mastering web site.

The online discussion board is accessed by going to our course home page (http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/qs291) and selecting Online Discussion Board. This Board uses the UW Catalyst GoPost System.

From our course home page you can also access the MyLab & Mastering web site which provides videos, extra homework and test problems, answers to the assigned homework problems, etc. which will help you learn the material discussed in our text.

We do not use the UW Canvas system in this course.


Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 9:22 AM
Subject: pdf of Applied Calculus Study Card

If you purchased a used text, a pdf of the applied calculus study card is available here. You may also find this on the MyLab web site at the Tools for Success tab.


Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 1:44 PM
Subject: Week Two and Hourly Exam One

In Week Two you should be completing your reading of Chapter 1 (sections 1-6). Here you study the basics of functions; using elementary functions with and without graphs and their transformations; quadratic functions; polynomial and rational functions; exponential and logarithmic functions.

Hourly Examination One is scheduled for Wednesday, October 8th and covers Chapter 1 (sections 1-6). It is closed book. A practice examination (with answers) is available on our class web site. Our exams usually consist of short problems similar to the homework, true-false and sometimes multiple choice. In addition, the MyLab & Mastering web site contains review questions and practice tests that you may use to test your understanding of material presented in the text. See our class web site for more information at:

http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/qs291/exam.html

Bring all pages of your applied calculus study card; a hand held scientific or graphing calculator and your Husky Card to the exams. You cannot use your text, nor any printed materials other than the applied calculus study card, during the exams and you can't share your applied calculus study card, or calculator with others. You may add notes to the applied calculus study card.

Check our class web page for the location and time of the exam.

You may arrange to take the exams at a remote location such as UWT, UWB or a county/city library. If you live away from the Seattle campus and wish to do this, I need the email address and name of the exam proctor by the close of business three work days prior to the exam so I can make proper arrangements with the remote site.

If you have questions or concerns about the class send me or our TA a cheerful email.


Sent: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Subject: Special Study Session for Exam One

I'm planning to hold review sessions on Mon and Tuesday evening in MGH 084. The room is not that large, but it is the only room available unless something else becomes available in MGH in the meantime. The times for the review sessions will be:

Monday (10.6): 5-6 p.m.

Tuesday (10.7): 5:30-6:30 p.m.

If you complete homework 1 and the review exam questions in section 1.6, you should be prepared for the exam. I will plan to use questions from these as examples and highlight areas that I think would benefit you when studying for the exam.

Nathan


Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 4:27 PM
Subject: Week Three

In Weeks 3 & 4 we study Chapter 2 (sections 1-7) which includes an introduction to calculus using limits and derivatives. Please work homework problems as assigned in Homework Two for these sections of our text. Also, please work as many problems as you have time for on the MyLab & Mastering web site.

To help you keep track of the general types of functions we study in the first four weeks of the course, take a look at the attached summary sheet.

If you have questions or concerns about the class send me an email.


Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 4:57 PM
Subject: Week Four and Exam Two

In week four, we complete our study of Chapter 2 (sections 1-7).

Hourly Examination Two takes place on Wednesday, October 22nd. It covers Chapter 2 (sections 1-7) from our text. It is closed book. A practice examination (with answers) is available on our class web site. In addition, the MyLab & Mastering web site contains review questions and practice tests that you may use to test your understanding of material presented in the text. See our class web site for more information: (http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/qs291/exam.html).

Bring all pages of your applied calculus study card, a hand held scientific or graphing calculator and your Husky Card to the exams. You cannot use your text, nor any printed materials other than the applied calculus study card during the exams and you can't share your applied calculus study card or calculator with others. You may add notes to the applied calculus study card.

Check our class web page for the location and time of the exam.

If you need assistance please contact our TA. Thanks and good luck.


Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 8:32 AM
Subject: Exam One Grades

Grades are posted on the UW Catalyst Web site in the Grade book.


Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 7:48 PM
Subject: Week Five

In week five, our attention turns to Chapter 3 (sections 1-7) and further investigation of the derivative. Included is the study of the chain rule; implicit differentiation; derivatives of products and quotients; the definition of the constant e?; and derivatives of exponential and logarithmic functions.

As usual, work plenty of problems to ensure that you have grasped the basics being described. You can also view videos available from our MyLab & Mastering web site if you need extra help.

Best wishes.


Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 7:50 PM
Subject: A Summary of Rules for Differentiating Common Functions

Attached is a page which summarizes the rules for differentiating some common functions encountered thus far.


Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 2:08 PM
Subject: Week Six and Examination Three

In week six, we complete our study of Chapter 3 (sections 1-7). As usual, work plenty of problems as shown in Homework Three to ensure that you have grasped the basics being described. MyLab & Mastering is available to provide additional problems and study materials.

Examination Three is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5th. It covers Chapter 3 (sections 1-7) of our text. It is closed book. A practice examination (with answers) is available on our class web site.

In addition, the MyLab & Mastering web site contains review questions and practice tests that you may use to test your understanding of material presented in the text. See our class web site for more information:

http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/qs291/exam.html

Bring all pages of your applied calculus study card, a hand held scientific or graphing calculator and your Husky Card to the exams. You cannot use your text, nor any printed materials other than the applied calculus study card, during the exams and you can't share your applied calculus study card or calculator with others. You may add notes to the applied calculus study card.

Check our class web page for the location and time of the exam.

If you need assistance please contact our TA. Thanks and good luck.


Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2014 9:36 PM
Subject: Week Seven

This week we study Chapter 4 (sections 1-6) which discuss L'Hopital's Rule; absolute maxima and minima; graphing techniques; and optimization of functions.

As usual, work plenty of problems to ensure that you have grasped the basics being described.

Thanks and best wishes.


Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 8:28 PM
Subject: Week Eight and Examination Four

In week eight we complete our study of Chapter 4 (1-6). This chapter covers graphing techniques as well as how to find a maximum (minimum) of a function using the 1st and 2nd derivatives.

Hourly Exam Four is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19th. It covers Chapter 4 (sections 1-6). It is closed book. A practice examination (with answers) is available on our class web site. In addition, the MyLab & Mastering web site contains review questions and practice tests that you may use to test your understanding of material presented in the text. See our class web site for more information:

http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/qs291/exam.html

Bring all pages of your applied calculus study card, a hand held scientific or graphing calculator and your Husky Card to the exams. You cannot use your text, nor any printed materials other than the applied calculus study card during the exams and you can't share your applied calculus study card or calculator with others. You may add notes to the applied calculus study card.

If you need assistance please contact our TA. Thanks and good luck.


Sent: Friday, November 21, 2014 2:58 AM
Subject: Week Nine

This week we study Chapter 7 (sections 1-4). This chapter discusses functions of several variables; partial differentiation; and maxima and minima of several variables.

As usual, work plenty of problems to ensure that you have grasped the basics being described. If you need assistance please contact either our TA or me. Thanks and good luck.


Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 8:41 AM
Subject: Week Ten and Examination Five

In Week 10 we finish our study of Chapter 7 (1-4) and continue on with Chapter 8 (1-2).

Hourly Exam Five is scheduled for Friday, December 5th. It is closed book and covers Chapter 7 (sections 1-4) and Chapter 8 (sections 1-2). A practice examination (with answers) is available on our class web site. In addition, the MyLab & Mastering web site contains review questions and practice tests that you may use to test your understanding of material presented in the text.

Bring all pages of your applied calculus study card, a hand held scientific or graphing calculator and your Husky Card to the exams. You cannot use your text, nor any printed materials other than the applied calculus study during the exams and you can't share your applied calculus study card or calculator with others. You may add notes to the applied calculus study card.

Check our class web page for the location and time of the exam.

If you need assistance please contact either our TA or me. Thanks and good luck.

There are NO makeups for Exam Five. You must take it before, or on, the scheduled date. Remember, we drop the lowest of your five hourly exam scores when computing your course grade.


Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 8:46 AM
Subject: More Rules for Differentiating Common Trigonometric Functions

Attached is an additional summary page of some rules for differentiating some common trigonometric functions.


Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 8:51 AM
Subject: Class Evaluation Survey

An online student class evaluation form will be available for you to provide feedback on this class. The web site is available between 12/1 and 12/12, inclusively.

You will receive an email from the UW Office of Educational Assessment asking you to complete an anonymous course evaluation. You must login using your UW NETID to access the evaluation form. Thanks much, we appreciate this feedback so improvements can be made for future classes.


Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2014 4:15 PM
Subject: Q SCI 291 Final Examination

The FINAL EXAM will be given on Monday, December 8th. See our web site for the times and location for the exam. The room location for the Final Exam is different from the room used for our hourly exams. No makeups for this exam.

The final exam is closed book. Please bring your applied calculus study card, your Husky Card, and a hand held scientific or graphing calculator. It is a comprehensive two-hour (110 minutes) exam that is structured to be very similar to the five hourly exams and covers chapters and sections that were covered during the quarter. A practice final exam is available on our class web site.

You cannot use your text, nor any printed materials other than the applied calculus study card during the exams and you can't share your applied calculus study card or calculator with others. You may add notes to the applied calculus study card.

Thanks and best wishes.


Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2014 2:59 PM
Subject: Hourly Exam Five and Final Exam

Just a reminder that Hourly Exam Five is this Friday, Dec 5th and the Final Exam is Monday, Dec 8th. Please check the web site for the times and locations for both exams.

Since we drop the lowest of the five hourly exam scores when calculating your course gpa, you may decide to skip taking the fifth hourly exam on Friday and use it as your one dropped exam score. However, you MUST take the Final Exam to complete course requirements. Many thanks and best wishes.


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