Goodbye Old Friend!

We will soon say goodbye to an old reliable friend:

Ursula was born in March 1994 to be the original www.stcc.edu server computer.  She was replaced 12 years later by a youthful virtual machine.  In the last 4 years she had new reason to exist by serving the students of the STCC Computer Science Department as the host for the WordPress blog cs.stcc.edu.

This summer the plug will be pulled on Ursula as she is exhibiting the aches and pains of being a 24 year old computer.  She’ll meet her final resting place, a recycle center somewhere in Massachusetts.  Old faithful is once again being pushed aside and replaced by a younger, more nimble virtual machine.

Goodbye old friend!  You’ve served STCC well…

Algebra – MAT-097-E60 Final Exam Announcement

Exam Announcement for my Evening section of Algebra 2.

We did a review on Thursday 4/26 by going over a sample Final Exam.

I enabled the Final Exam for you to complete at home by Thursday, May 3, 11:59pm.

If you want to take the exam during class time on Thursday, May 3, you may do so. I’ll add an additional 10 points to your score for going old school.   Go directly  to Room 17/321; there are no more lectures.

The last day for this course is also May 3!  Get everything done, homework, quizzes, exams by May 3 11:59.  The system will shutdown after that time and we are done.  Don’t bother emailing me for extensions.  We are done.

Exams are open book and open notes.

Algebra – MAT-097-D10 Final Exam Announcement

Exam Announcement for my Day section of Algebra 2.

We did a review on Thursday 4/26 by going over a sample Final Exam.

I enabled the Final Exam for you to complete at home by Tuesday, May 1, 11:59pm.

If you want to take the exam during class time on Thursday, May 1, you may do so. I’ll add an additional 10 points to your score for going old school.   First check room 17/314; if I’m not there then go to Room 17/321.  The math department seems to need that room lately.

Exams are open book and open notes.

Algebra – MAT-097-E60 Exam 3 Announcement

Exam Announcement for my Evening section of Algebra 2.

We will finish all of Chapter 9 and do a sample exam 3 on Thursday, 4/19.  Your job is to complete all homework and quizzes having to do with Chapter 9 by the weekend.  I will enable exam 3 to be completed at home by Thursday, 4/26 11:59pm.

On Thursday, 4/26 we’ll go over a sample Final Exam.  After which I’ll enable the Final Exam to be completed by Thursday, May 3 11:59pm.

After the 4/26 class, you can stay to take exam 3 in our lab during the remaining class time.  I’ll add an additional 10 points to your score for going old school.

Exams are open book and open notes.

Algebra – MAT-097-D10 Exam 3 Announcement

Exam Announcement for my Day section of Algebra 2.

We finished all of Chapter 9 on Tuesday, 4/17 and will do a review by going over a sample exam 3 on Thursday, 4/19. Your job is to complete all homework and quizzes having to do with Chapter 9.

I will enable Exam 3 for you to complete at home by Tuesday, April 24 11:59pm.

If you want to take the exam during class time on Tuesday, April 24 during our class period, you may do so. I’ll add an additional 10 points to your score for going old school.

Exams are open book and open notes.

Last Day to Withdraw from a Course is Monday, April 23

Last Day to Withdraw from a Course is
Monday,  April 23

Some students should seriously consider this option. I will issue an F for anyone whose average is below a 60.  A D for anyone with an average below a 70, etc.

There is no extra work and no last minute scaling of grades.

Don’t expect an Incomplete unless you go through the Dean of Students office and the office sends me a notice that circumstances are such that an Incomplete grade is warranted.

Algebra – Progress as of Monday, April 9

As of Monday, April 9, we almost finished Section 8.4.  We still have half of Section 8.4 to complete, and we’ll definitely get that done this week.  I also plan on completing Sections 9.1 and 9.2 this week as well.

To give you an accurate reflection of what your grade is as of now, all work that should be completed up to and including Section 8.4 but isn’t has been issued a 0.  This includes Quizzes 8A and 8B.  Now, of course, if you do those homeworks and quizzes, whatever grade you get will overwrite the zeroes.

Exam retakes will be offered after the course is done.  I envision that happening in 2 weeks.  Exam retakes will be done in class and there are no bonus points offered.

 

Algebra – MAT-097-E60 Exam 2 Announcement

Exam Announcement for my Evening section of Algebra 2.

We finished all of Chapter 7 and did a sample exam2 on Thursday, 3/22.  Your job is to complete all homework and quizzes having to do with Chapter 7 by Thursday, 3/29.

On Thursday, 3/29 we’ll meet in our classroom to discuss Sections 8.1 and 8.2.

After the class, you can stay to take exam 2 in our lab during the remaining class time.  I’ll add an additional 10 points to your score for going old school.

If you want to take the exam at home, complete it by Thursday, 3/29 11:59pm.  If you don’t complete the exam by then, I can only assume you’re schedule is just too busy to take algebra.  So go the registrar’s office and drop the class.

Exams are open book and open notes.

Algebra – MAT-097-D10 Exam 2 Announcement

Exam Announcement for my Day section of Algebra 2.

We finished all of Chapter 7 on Thursday, 3/22 and did a review by going over a sample exam.  Your job is to complete all homework and quizzes having to do with Chapter 7.

I’ve enabled Exam 2 for you to complete at home by Tuesday, March 27 11:59pm.  If you don’t complete the exam by then, I can only assume you’re schedule is just too busy to take algebra.  So go the registrar’s office and drop the class.

If you want to take the exam during class time on Tuesday, March 27 during our class period, you may do so. I’ll add an additional 10 points to your score for going old school.

Exams are open book and open notes.

Announcing Silvestri’s Special Apps Center!

Check out:   https://cs.stcc.edu/specialapps/

I have some ideas for apps to add to this website, so please visit every now and then.

If you have an idea for an app that you think would be useful, would benefit a student, or would make the world a better place, please share ( silvestri@stcc.edu ), and if it isn’t too involved, and I have the time, I’ll code the problem and make it a special app.

 

Algebra – Midsemester Grades and the end of Chapter 7

On Thursday, March 15 6:35am I submitted the midsemester grades.  They were calculated using mymathlab’s grade calculation as of that time.  You can view that calculation yourself so there are no surprises.  All assignments up to Homework 7.5 that were incomplete were entered as a zero in the calculation.

Going forward, if you do those incomplete homeworks and quizzes, whatever grade you get will overwrite the zero.

For the evening class, Section E60, on Thursday, March 22 we’ll do Section 7.6 and a sample exam on chapter 7 as a review.  The  exam will be made available to be completed at home after the review.  The in class take of exam 2 will be given on Thursday, March 29.  The in class take of the exam will earn you an additional 10 points.  Note that even if you do not plan on taking the exam in class, we will be going over a couple of sections in Chapter 8 so please plan on attending the March 29th class.

For the day class, Section D10, on Tuesday, March 20 we’ll do Section 7.6.  On Thursday, March 22, we’ll do a sample exam 2.  I’ll make the exam available to be completed at home after that review.  The in-class take of exam 2 will be given Tuesday, March 27 and will earn you an additional 10 points.

 

 

Algebra – Progress as of Thursday, March 8

As of Thursday, March 8, we finished Section 7.5.  You need to get all the homework and quizzes up to Section 7.5 completed.

To give you an accurate reflection of what your grade is as of now, all work that should be completed but isn’t has been issued a 0.  Your grade average in mymathlab will reflect that.  Now of course if you do those homeworks and quizzes, whatever grade you get will overwrite the zero.  So get that done as well.

I will submit midterm grades soon.  Whatever your grade is as reported by mymathlab is what I will enter in Webadvisor.  This includes the zeros.

Next week we have mid-semester break.  No classes next week.

Unless you plan on sucking down copious quantities of beer on a Florida beach, do some math next week!

Algebra – Progress as of Friday March 3

As of Saturday, March 3, we finished Section 7.3.  You need to get all the homework and quizzes up to Section 7.3 completed.

To give you an accurate reflection of what your grade is as of now, all work that should be completed but isn’t has been issued a 0.  Your grade average in mymathlab will reflect that.  Now of course if you do those homeworks and quizzes, whatever grade you get will overwrite the zero.  So get that done as well.

Next week we will start section 7.4 and maybe 7.5.  The good news is 7.3 seems to be the hardest section and things should get easier.

Algebra – MAT-097-E60 Exam 1 Announcement

Exam Announcement for my Evening section of Algebra 2.

We will finish all of Chapter 6 on Thursday, 2/15 by doing a sample exam 1.  This will serve as a review.  Your job is to complete all homework and quizzes having to do with Chapter 6 by Thursday.

Let’s meet in the lab room 17/319 instead of the classroom.

After the review, I’ll enable exam 1.  You can stay to take the exam during the remaining class time.  I’ll add an additional 10 points to your score for going old school.

If you want to take the exam at home, complete it by Wednesday, Feb 21 11:59pm.  If you don’t complete the exam by Wednesday, Feb 21 11:59pm, then I can only assume you’re schedule is just too busy to take algebra.  So go the registrar’s office and drop the class.

Exams are open book and open notes.

Algebra – MAT-097-D10 Exam 1 Announcement

Exam Announcement for my Day section of Algebra 2.

We finished all of Chapter 6 on Tuesday, 2/13 and did a review by going our a sample exam.  Your job is to complete all homework and quizzes having to do with Chapter 6.

I’ve enabled Exam 1 for you to complete at home by Saturday, Feb 17 11:59pm.  If you don’t complete the exam by Saturday, Feb 17 11:59pm, then I can only assume you’re schedule is just too busy to take algebra.  So go the registrar’s office and drop the class.

If you want to take the exam during class time on Thursday, Feb 15 during our class period, you may do so. I’ll add an additional 10 points to your score for going old school.

Exams are open book and open notes.

Algebra – Number Factoring Utility Announcement

Announcing a super utility that can aid in your factoring of trinomials.  I wrote it so of course it’s super.  🙂

https://cs.stcc.edu/factoring/

This app will accept a number and outputs its prime factorization, its list of factors, and its factor pairs, sums, and differences.

This data can be extremely useful when trying to factor trinomials.

Algebra – Welcome to Professor Silvestri’s Courses

  • There are math lecture videos based on our textbook.  You can access them here: https://stccnet.stcc.edu/academics/mathdepartment/Pages/default.aspx (This is STCC’s portal website.  You’ll need to login with your Webadvisor credentials.) If you miss a class or need another prospective on the material, give these videos a try.
  • To take these courses, you must have access to a computer as this will be a hybrid lecture / online study course.  We will be using http://www.mymathlab.com/. So you must purchase the Student Access Code package and register using the appropriate Course Code (ID) shown above.
  • (Optional Textbook) Introductory Algebra through Applications, 3rd Edition, Akst and Bragg, 2012, Pearson Education, ISBN: 9780321746696

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