Aaron Gibbs


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Class Format

Face-to-face sections are typically moderately-paced, whole group sessions with an emphasis on conceptual understanding.  Computational examples, applications, and theory are also included.  Students are encouraged to participate.

Online sections depend on the textbook, with videos to watch as well.  The online homework can be repeated for mastery.  Deadlines are enforced.  Most communication with the instructor is by email.  Student email needs to be checked regularly.

Resource Use

Textbooks are used in every course to varying degree.  In some classes (especially online courses) using an e-book is an option.  Homework is sometimes assigned from the textbook and sometimes assigned using online homework from the publishers – but in both cases it is a good practice to have the book as reference and to study with.

Calculators are used in every course.  For Math 120, a financial calculator is required.  In Math 171 and above, a graphing calculator is required.  In any other course, a scientific calculator is sufficient.

Computer software, whenever needed, will be available for student use in the Math Resource Center.  Excel is used in some courses.  In every math course, web-based materials may be used.

Online homework is used extensively in all of my Math 120, Math 171 and Math 231 sections (both face-to-face and online), .  Other courses will typically not use online homework.

Assessment

Most classes have homework in some form, 4 or 5 unit exams, and a final exam.  Math 171 has 2 midterms instead of unit exams.  Calculus courses have mastery exams.   Roughly 70-80% of the grade will be determined by the unit and final exams, and 20-30% by the homework, quizzes and other material in the course.

Homework Policy

Due to fairness considerations, late work is NOT accepted. 

Attendance Policy

Your absence may affect your grade because of your subsequent lack of knowledge and understanding.  It is worth noting that excessive absence (or non-participation in online courses) may lead to instructor-initiated withdrawal.  However, absences are NOT part of the grading formula.  Makeup unit exams are not given after the exam date (special considerations for midterms).  The final exam percentage will replace any missed unit exam (but not midterms).  Missed quizzes cannot be made up. 

Availability

My office hours are typically in the afternoons Monday through Friday and by appointment.  Responses to emails normally occur within 12 hours, but possibly longer on weekends.