Q SCI 190: Quantitative Analysis for Environmental Science --- Spring 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 Spring Quarter 2014 Course -- Q SCI 190

This is a preliminary message to let you know that you are registered for Q SCI 190 during spring 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/qsxxx/

Also, complete the registration process to gain access to the MyLab & Mastering web site and eBook 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 spring term approaches. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy your break.


Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2014 11:49 AM
Subject: Welcome to Q SCI 190

We wish to welcome you to the start of spring quarter and to Q SCI 190. 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/qsxxx

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 your purchase any books for our course.

The first hourly exam is on Friday, April 11th. As with all exams, it is closed book. Please bring a hand held scientific or graphing calculator, your Husky Card, the algebra review card, and definitions, rules and formulas to all exams (see next email for more information about the algebra review card and the definitions, rules and formulas which come with the purchase of a new textbook package purchased from the U Bookstore). The algebra card is also accessible from MyLab & Mastering at the Tools for Success tab and the definitions, rules and formulas are available at the Multimedia Library tab. Just select any chapter of the multimedia textbook and in the ensuing window check under Table of Contents at the bottom of the left-hand panel.

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/qsxxx/qsxxx.html

All homework is self-evaluated and is not turned in for a grade. Exam dates are shown on the course web site. All exams MUST be taken on the dates shown unless other 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: Saturday, March 29, 2014 12:01 PM
Subject: Week One

I hope you have found our course web page and are working problems contained in homework assignment one which covers Chapter P. In Week One we study Chapter P which is a review chapter. Review of this chapter allows everyone to brush up on basic concepts of algebra. In Chapter P we review algebraic expressions, real numbers and simplifying expressions; rules of exponents and scientific notation; radicals and rational exponents; polynomials and their factoring; rational expressions; equations and modeling with equations; and linear inequalities. In Week Two we investigate the first half of Chapter 1, Sections 1-5.

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

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

To register for MyLab & Mastering the course id is bare09945.

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 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 Friday, April 11th and covers Chapter P (1-9) and Chapter 1 (1-5). 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 the "Multimedia Library" tab.

Best wishes.


Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2014 12:12 PM
Subject: On-line quizzes, exams, reserve materials, algebra card & MyLab & Mastering

Access to MyLab & Mastering

The course id for access to MyLab & Mastering is bare09945. 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. The same holds for the quizzes and chapter tests found in your textbook. 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 Blitzer text (5th Edition) is available in closed stacks reserve in the OGUL. Online study aids, including an online version of the text and answers to all assigned problems, are also accessible from the MyLab & Mastering web site (eText tab). No other edition of the text will suffice.

Algebra Review Card and Definitions, Rules and Formulas

The algebra review card and the definitions, rules and formulas may be used during all of our closed book exams. You access the algebra review card from the MyLab & Mastering web site - Tools for Success tab and the definitions, rules and formulas at the Multimedia Library tab by selecting any chapter and section of the multimedia textbook and in the ensuing window look at the bottom of the Table of Contents in the left hand panel. Definitions, rules and formulas are also shown from in the back of your text.

You should bring your hand held scientific or graphing calculator, your Husky card, the algebra review card and the definition, rules and formulas to all exams. You may write additional notes on the algebra review card and the definitions, rules and formula sheets. 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 in 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: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 7:54 AM
Subject: Information for Class If You Registered late

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

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 5th edition of the text as earlier versions do NOT correlate with the material available on our web site.

Any questions let us know.


Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2014 8:07 AM
Subject: pdf of Algebra Review Card

In case you purchased a used text, a pdf of the algebra review card is attached. It is also available on the MyLab web site at the Tools for Success tab.


Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2014 8:21 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. 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/qsxxx/res.html

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

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


Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2014 8:20 AM
Subject: Online Communication for Q SCI 190

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/qsxxx/) 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: Friday, April 04, 2014 2:35 PM
Subject: Extra Math or Stat Help

If you require extra help with your math or stat questions, please review the resources available at the Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (CLUE) in Mary Gates Hall. Information is described at:

http://depts.washington.edu/clue/dropintutor.php


Sent: Friday, April 04, 2014 2:36 PM
Subject: Week Two and Hourly Exam One

In Week Two you should be completing the second half of Homework One which covers Chapter 1 (sections 1-5). Here you study how to graph functions with and without the use of calculators, the basics of functions and their graphs; linear functions and slope; and interpreting what slope means.

Hourly Examination One is scheduled for Friday, April 11th and covers Chapter P and Chapter 1 (sections 1-5). It is closed book. A practice examination (with answers) is available on our class web site. Our exams usually consist of short word problems similar to the homework, true-false and sometimes multiple choice. In addition, the MyLab & Mastering web site contains review quizzes, chapter quizzes 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/qsxxx/exam.html

Bring all pages of your algebra review card; the definitions, rules and formulas pages; 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 algebra review card and the definitions, rules and formulas pages, during the exams and you can't share your algebra review card, definitions, rules and formulas pages, or calculator with others. You may add notes to the algebra review card and the definitions, rules and formulas pages.

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 before 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: Friday, April 04, 2014 2:43 PM
Subject: Information for Class If You Registered late

If you registered late for this class, please note that all of the information you need to succeed in this class is available online at:

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

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 5th edition of the text as earlier versions do NOT correlate with the material available on our web site.

Any questions let us know.


Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 4:14 PM
Subject: Week Three

In Week 3 we study Chapter 1 sections 6-10 which includes transformations of functions; combining functions; inverse functions; distance and midpoint formulas; and examples of modeling with functions. Please work homework problems as assigned in Homework Two for these sections of our text.

You may also wish to start reading Chapter 2 and work homework problems as shown in Homework Two. This chapter discusses polynomial and rational functions and includes topics such as complex numbers; quadratic functions; polynomial functions and how they can be graphed; dividing polynomials; zeros of polynomial functions; rational functions and they can be graphed; polynomials and rational inequalities; and modeling using variation.

If you have questions or concerns about the class send me an email. Also, please work as many problems as you have time for and utilize the MyLab & Mastering web materials.


Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 4:30 PM
Subject: Week Four and Exam Two

In week four, our attention turns to completing Chapter 2. This chapter discusses polynomial and rational functions and includes topics such as complex numbers; quadratic functions; polynomial functions and how they can be graphed; dividing polynomials; zeros of polynomial functions; rational functions and how they can be graphed; polynomials and rational inequalities; and modeling using variation.

Hourly Examination Two takes place on Friday, April 25th. It covers Chapter 1 (sections 6-10) and all sections of Chapter 2 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 quizzes, chapter quizzes 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/qsxxx/exam.html).

Bring all pages of your algebra review card, the definitions, rules and formulas pages, 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 algebra review card and the definitions, rules and formulas pages, during the exams and you can't share your algebra review card, definitions, rules and formulas pages, or calculator with others. You may add notes to the algebra review card and the definitions, rules and formulas pages.

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: Saturday, April 26, 2014 8:37 AM
Subject: Week Five

In week five, our attention turns to Chapter 3 and an investigation of exponential and logarithmic functions. Topics included are: defining exponential functions and how they can be graphed; logarithmic functions and their properties; exponential and logarithmic equations; and modeling exponential growth and decay.

You may also wish to start reading Chapter 4 and work homework problems as shown in Homework Three. This chapter discusses trigonometric functions and includes topics such as: angles and radian measure; the unit circle; right angle trigonometry; trigonometric functions of any angle; graphing the sine and cosine functions; graphs of other trigonometric functions; and applications of trigonometric functions. Note that we skip section 4.7.

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: Friday, May 02, 2014 8:48 AM
Subject: Week Six and Examination Three

In week six, our attention turns to completing Chapter 4. This chapter discusses trigonometric functions and includes topics such as: angles measured using degrees or radians; the unit circle; right angle trigonometry; trigonometric functions of any angle; graphing the sine and cosine functions; graphs of other trigonometric functions; and applications of trigonometric functions. Note that we skip section 4.7.

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 Friday, May 9th. It covers Chapters 3 and 4 (except for section 4.7) 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 quizzes, chapter quizzes 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/qsxxx/exam.html).

Bring all pages of your algebra review card, the definitions, rules and formulas pages, 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 algebra review card and the definitions, rules and formulas pages, during the exams and you can't share your algebra review card, definitions, rules and formulas pages, or calculator with others. You may add notes to the algebra review card and the definitions, rules and formulas pages.

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: Friday, May 09, 2014 5:41 PM
Subject: Week Seven

This week we study Chapter 6 sections 1-4 which discuss some additional topics in trigonometry. Topics included in Homework Four include: the law of sines and cosines; polar coordinates; and graphing polar coordinates.

You may also wish to start reading Chapter 7 sections 1-4 and work homework problems as shown in Homework Four. This chapter discusses systems of equations and inequalities. Specifically, you will learn how to solve systems of linear equations involving two and three variables; partial fractions; and systems of nonlinear equations in two variables.

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

Thanks and best wishes.


Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2014 8:00 AM
Subject: Week Eight and Examination Four

?In week eight, our attention turns to Chapter 7 sections 1-4. This chapter discusses systems of equations and inequalities. Specifically, you will learn how to solve systems of linear equations involving two and three variables; partial fractions; and systems of nonlinear equations in two variables.

Hourly Exam Four is scheduled for Friday, May 23th. It covers Chapter 6 (sections 1-4) and Chapter 7 (sections 1-4). 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 quizzes, chapter quizzes 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/qsxxx/exam.html).

Bring all pages of your algebra review card, the definitions, rules and formulas pages, 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 algebra review card and the definitions, rules and formulas pages, during the exams and you can't share your algebra review card, definitions, rules and formulas pages, or calculator with others. You may add notes to the algebra review card and the definitions, rules and formulas pages.

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


Sent: Friday, May 23, 2014 2:17 PM
Subject: Week Nine

This week we study Chapter 8 which discusses matrices and determinants. You will learn how to solve linear systems using matrix operations; how to identify inconsistent and dependent systems; examine applications of matrix operations; matrix inversion; determinants and Cramers rule.

You may also wish to start reading Chapter 10 sections 1-3 and work homework problems as shown in Homework Five. This chapter discusses summation notation for sequences; arithmetic sequences; and geometric sequences and series.

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: Friday, May 30, 2014 10:16 AM
Subject: Week Ten and Examination Five

In week 10 we study Chapter 10 (sections 1-3) which concerns sequences and series including summation notation for sequences; arithmetic sequences; and geometric sequences and series.

Hourly Exam Five is scheduled for Friday, June 6th. It is closed book and covers Chapter 8 (sections 1-5) and Chapter 10 (sections 1-3). A practice examination (with answers) is available on our class web site. In addition, the MyLab & Mastering web site contains review quizzes, chapter quizzes 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/qsxxx/exam.html).

Bring all pages of your algebra review card, the definitions, rules and formulas pages, 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 algebra review card and the definitions, rules and formulas pages, during the exams and you can't share your algebra review card, definitions, rules and formulas pages, or calculator with others. You may add notes to the algebra review card and the definitions, rules and formulas pages.

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 hourly exam scores when computing your course grade.


Sent: Friday, May 30, 2014 10:16 AM
Subject: Class Evaluation Survey

An online student class evaluation form is available for you to provide feedback on the class. The web site is available between 6/2 and 6/12, inclusively. Just visit our class web site and go to the Class Evaluation link. Thanks much, we appreciate this feedback so improvements can be made for future classes.


Sent: Friday, May 30, 2014 10:17 AM
Subject: Q SCI 190 Final Examination

The FINAL EXAM will be given on Monday, June 9th. See our web site for the times and location for the exam. Room location for Final Exam is different from room used for hourly exams. No makeups for this exam.

The final exam is closed book. Please bring your algebra review card, definitions, rules and formulas, 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 may not share any materials with others taking the exam and no other materials may be consulted during the exam.

Thanks and best wishes.


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