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Cathleen O'Neil

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 incorporate lecture, demonstrations, group activities, and in-class assignments.

Online sections: none.

Resource Use

Textbooks are essential and referenced often.  Hardcopy or electronic textbooks are acceptable.

Calculators are used in every course. For College Algebra and above, a graphing calculator is required; the TI-84 is recommended.

Computer software is rarely required but will be available in the Math Resource Center when needed.

Online homework is required in Business and Applied Calculus I; MyMathLab is the online homework system used for that course.


Most student progress will be assessed through homework, projects, quizzes, in-class assignments, and 3 to 5 exams. Some classes will have a mastery component: Business and Applied Calculus I has a Mastery Derivative Test, and Precalculus has a Trig Special Angles Mastery.

Homework Policy

Homework and other assignments must be turned in within the first 10 minutes of class. You may turn in an assignment one class day late with a 25% penalty by using one of two late coupons provided with the syllabus. No makeup exams are given after the class has taken the exam. The final exam percentage will replace any missed exam.

Attendance Policy

Attendance does not count for or against your grade. Those who attend class will probably do better because of classroom participation in discussions and activities.


I hold official office hours 1 to 2 hours per day, Monday through Friday, and we can meet at other times by appointment. Meeting on Saturdays or Sundays in the Math Resource Center can occasionally be arranged. If my door is open you are welcome to stop by for help. I respond frequently to emails, usually within 12 hours, but often more frequently.