Ed Rawlings

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

I use a combination of lecture, discussion, and group activities. On normal days I begin with review/questions of the previous days assignment, followed by a brief quiz over its key points. I will then present a new topic through lecture and small group activity. Homework is assigned daily.

Resource Use

Book: Extensive
Calculator: Limited
Software: Limited

Intro and Intermediate Algebra classes will not use graphing calculators. Scientific calculators will be allowed. College Algebra and Calculus classes will use the TI-83 graphing calculator.


Unit tests make up approximately 60% of the grade, homework and quizzes 20%, and the final exam (mandatory) 20%. If a test is missed, it cannot be made-up; the final exam grade can replace the lowest test score if it is to the student's advantage. If a student knows in advance that he/she will miss a test, arrangements can be made to take the test early in the testing center.

Homework Policy

One learns math best by doing it. Homework 'packets' will be collected for each unit. They will be checked for completion and effort.

Attendance Policy

Students will not be 'docked' directly for missing class. However, daily quizzes cannot be made up, and missed material will reduce a student's ability to do well.


I am available to assist students upon request; they may contact me through email. I also am available before or after class in the MRC.

Additional Information

I strongly encourage the use of the Math Resource Center; I make myself available there for study groups or for individual help. I think effort and attitude make a big difference, so I encourage it. I will assist those who demonstrate these attributes in any way I can.