Brian Balman

The following information comes from the named instructor and should describe characteristics general to courses as taught by this instructor. Individual sections of specific courses will deviate from this description in some respects.

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.

Resource Use

Textbooks are essential for learning the content.  Textbooks supplement the lecture (especially if you are absent), and provide practice problems.  In all classes, some textbook exercises will be part of the graded homework.

Note packets that outline the topics covered in class are typically made available for students use.

Calculators are used in every course.  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.  In any calculus course, Derive for Windows or Mathematica may be used.   

Online homework is not usually required due to the added expense to the student.


Most classes require graded homework, 3 to 5 unit exams, and a comprehensive final exam.  Roughly 85% of the grade will be determined by the unit and final exams, and 15% by the homework assignments.  Makeup exams are not given after the exam date.  At the instructor’s discretion, the final exam percentage may replace any missed unit exam.

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.  However, absences are NOT part of the grading formula. 


I am normally on campus early morning through early-afternoon Monday through Friday.  Responses to emails normally occur within 12 hours, but possibly longer on weekends.