In Fall 2017 I am the teaching assistant for Math 124, Section AB. Welcome to our quiz section website! Here you will find a mini-syllabus and general compilation of info relevant to our class, including links to additional resources.
Office Hours: Mondays 5:00-6:00pm in the Math Study Center (CMU B-014), and Tuesdays 8:30-9:30am in my office.
Office: Padelford (PDL) C-018 (in the C-wing, on the lower level, near the elevator)
If you cannot come to my regularly scheduled office hours due to an academic or other legitimate conflict, you are also welcome to email me and we can set up an appointment at a different time.
General course info
Quiz section info
Tuesdays: worksheet days! You are required to print out a copy of the worksheet before class and bring it with you. (Worksheets can be found on the Math 124 Materials page. Solutions will also be posted at the same link about one day after the class; I encourage you to look over these to make sure you understood the material.) In order to get full credit for participation you must be on time, present for the entire class period, and working effectively with your group during that time. Participation grades are zero/half/full credit only. When time permits, after finishing the worksheet we may also spend time on some homework or practice exam problems.Guidelines for group work, as discussed on the first day of class:
- Work in groups of 3-4 people.
- Turn your desks to face one another.
- Introduce yourself to your group mates! Name, pronouns, etc.
- Allow everyone to speak, and listen when others are speaking.
- Stay on task - this includes no phones.
- Everyone should contribute.
- Work at the same pace as your group - check in about each problem before moving on.
- Ask your groupmates questions before asking Kellie. (She will be happy to help if the whole group is confused!)
Thursdays: example problems, homework questions, and exam practice. You are encouraged to start the homework early and bring any questions you have to class.
Advice for succeeding in this class
Here are some general tips for succeeding in Math 124, and later math courses at UW:
- Start the homework early, and ask questions in quiz section and office hours when you get stuck. The best way to learn math and make sure you truly understand it is to practice problems!
- Come to office hours!!!! This is special time that I carve out of my day specifically to help you with any Math 124 questions. And I can much better understand and respond to your questions in person than over email. Also, I like getting to know you all - so even if the homework is going well, you are welcome to drop by just to say hi.
- Before class: read the section in the textbook.
- After class: review your notes to make sure everything makes sense. If it doesn't, ask a friend or ask me at office hours.
- Meet fellow students and study together. As my friend Amy likes to say, "math is a team sport" (meaning, you can all help each other understand the material better). That being said, you should try all of the homework problems on your own before working together - remember that on exams, you will be asked to solve the problems by yourself.
- When studying for exams, practice lots of actual old exam problems (available on the Math 124 materials page). Try at least some of these problems in an exam-like environment: time yourself, don't look at any outside resources, etc. Working on homework and taking an exam require slightly different skills, so mimicking the exam environment can help you practice time management, determine which concepts you need to study more, and generally be more comfortable during the actual exam because the environment isn't as foreign.
Resources for students at UW
The following are free resources for students at UW, which you may find helpful. Some are math-related, and others are more general.
- Math Study Center (drop-in tutoring for precalculus and calculus, including Math 124)
- Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (CLUE) (undergraduate peer tutoring for many subjects)
- Disability Resources for Students (see statement below on accommodations for students with disabilities)
- Healthy Huskies Wellness Resources for Students (brochure overview of wellness resources on campus)
- Counseling Center (mental health resources, including for anxiety)
- Diversity Allies (includes contact info for a number of networks, including the Q Center, Native and Tribal Relations, Southeast Asian Community, Education & Leadership Network, the Women’s Center, and more)
- Student Parent Resource Center (resources for student parents, including childcare assistance)
- Veterans Education Benefits (support for student veterans and their dependents)
- Leadership Without Borders (resources and support for undocumented students at UW)
- Information Technology: UW-IT (for any technology help, you are encouraged to call 206.221.5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. )
- Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), UW student chapter (note: anyone can join! including women, members of other underrepresented groups, and allies)
If you're looking for something that you don’t see offered above, please let me know and I will be happy to help you find support. (Alternatively, if you know of any resources that you think should be listed here, please let me know that too.)
Statement on Inclusivity
Diverse backgrounds, embodiments, and experiences are essential to the critical thinking endeavor at the heart of university education. Therefore, I expect all students in my courses to follow the UW Student Conduct Code in their interactions with peers and myself by respecting the many social and cultural differences among us, which may include, but are not limited to: age, cultural background, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender identity and presentation, citizenship and immigration status, national origin, race, religious and political beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and veteran status. Please talk with me right away if you experience disrespect in our class or have any concerns related to the above, and I will work to address the situation to the best of my abilities.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
I share UW’s commitment to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities. I am happy to work in conjunction with the Disabilities Resources for Students office. If you would like information or to request disability accommodations, contact Disability Resources for Students (Seattle Campus) at 206.543.8924, or via email at email@example.com. If you have a letter from the Disabilities Resources for Students office indicating you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please present the letter so that I can ensure you have the appropriate accommodations. Regardless of whether you have an official letter, please feel free to talk with me about any aspect of accommodations or accessibility.
I look forward to working with and getting to know all of you this quarter. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as the quarter progresses. Happy studying!!