Phil Franklin


Class Format

Face-to-face sections: For on campus classes I use a combination of lecture and in class problem solving activities. My goal is to encourage students to actively participate in class while learning. The laboratory course consists of pre-lab lectures and practical lab experiments. In the lab, students work individually or with lab partners depending on the experiment.

Online sections: The lecture is online with a required on campus lab section. For the online lecture section, there is online homework and online quizzes, but the exams are pencil-and-paper exams (administered in the Testing Lab on campus at JCCC).

Resource Use

Textbooks: A textbook is required for all of my classes. Selected homework problems are assigned from the textbook. The textbook is an important resource to help the student gain a better understanding of concepts and examples presented in class.

Calculators: For exams and quizzes, a non-programmable, non-graphing calculator is required.  I recommend the TI-30X IIS calculator for general chemistry classes.

Online Homework: An access code is required for online homework for general chemistry (face-to face sections and online sections).

Assessment

In lecture classes, four exams and a final exam are given. In addition, there is assigned homework and (usually) a weekly quiz.

Homework Policy

There is required online homework using the textbook's online homework system. In addition to online homework, there are pencil and paper homework assignments at various times throughout the semester.

Attendance Policy

Attendance does not directly affect a student's grade, but missing quizzes, in class activities, and lecture will most likely affect your grade.

Availability

I am available during my posted office hours (typically five hours per week) or by appointment. I encourage students to ask questions when they have them and to seek help from me as needed. In addition to my office hours, students are encouraged to use the Science Resource Center (CLB 112) for additional help as needed.

Additional Information

If you have questions about any of my classes prior to the start of the semester, feel free to contact me by e-mail.