Lauren Jacobs

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: I give class notes for all classes through Precalculus. We will review previous material as needed, and introduce new material for each class meeting. Homework is assigned every week.

Online sections: For online algebra courses, we will use MyMathLab; for online Business Math, assignments are completed in D2L; and for online Statistics, we will use Hawkes Learning Systems software.

Resource Use

Textbooks: we will use a textbook for each course, but courses using MyMathLab and Hawkes Learning Systems include an electronic textbook with the software purchase. 

Calculators: no calculator is permitted in Fundamentals of Math, but calculators may be used in all algebra courses, and a graphing calculator is required for College Algebra, Statistics and all courses after College Algebra. Students may not use a tablet or phone calculator on exams. Calculators may be rented at the beginning of the semester from the Math Resource Center, provided they are available.

Computer software: All algebra courses will use MyMathLab, and Statistics will use Hawkes Learning Systems.

Online homework: Homework in all algebra courses will be completed using MyMathLab, homework in Business Math will be completed using D2L, and homework in Statistics will be completed using Hawkes Learning Systems. All other courses will have homework assignments that are a combination of textbook assignments, work sheets, and projects.


Assessment will be a combination of homework (practice problems), occasional quizzes, unit exams, and a cumulative final exam. Statistics includes a semester-long project and presentation.

Homework Policy

Homework will be assigned for almost every class, and it will be due at the next class meeting. Late homework may be completed for ¾ credit, but it is due before beginning the final exam.

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is expected. If missing class is unavoidable, you will still be responsible for completing all assigned work.


I am available via email and over the phone. Email is usually returned within one business day, but email sent after 5 p.m. on Friday will be returned by Monday. I often send short videos to answer emailed questions. For greatest success, you should ask for help as soon as you need clarification or additional examples over course topics.