Nancy Carpenter

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Class Format

Face-to-face sections I am rather traditional in my approach to teaching. I typically teach Intermediate Algebra and/or College Algebra. Where appropriate, I demonstrate lots of examples during class, asking for student input along the way. I enjoy helping students see the connections between the various topics covered in algebra. I like a relaxed atmosphere where students are comfortable enough to ask questions. Hopefully, students see my enthusiasm for teaching and learning while in my classroom!

Online sections I do not teach online at this time.

Resource Use

Textbooks I write my own materials for both Intermediate and College Algebra.  This keeps costs down for my students and lets me customize lessons to my own liking.

Calculators Only scientific calculators are permitted in my classes.

Computer software Nothing beyond Internet access is required.

Online homework I do not assign online homework.


Courses are typically divided into 4 or 5 units. Tests are given in each unit (sometimes twice in a unit to spread out the content a bit). Exams must be taken on or before the scheduled test day. I do not allow make-ups tests or unlimited time for testing. Students take a comprehensive final exam at the end of the semester. Grades are calculated by the accumulation of points with tests accounting for approximately 55% of the grade, out-of-class assignments accounting for approximately 25% of the grade, and the final exam accounting for approximately 20% of the grade.

Homework Policy

I collect a homework set for each unit that is made up of problems that I have created about the unit’s content. After the first unit, homework sets always include review problems to help students retain topics for the entire semester. I will “precheck” homework sets for students before they are due so that corrections can be made before a grade is taken.

In Intermediate Algebra, participation points are a part of a student’s grade. Students earn these points by performing tasks that demonstrate good math study habits. In College Algebra, students are assigned at least one project designed to strengthen their understanding of the subject.

Attendance Policy

It is tough to learn math if you don't attend class. If you choose not to attend, I will assume that you are learning the material on your own. I do not offer make up lectures to those who are absent. Arrangements can be made to help students keep up on missed work if the student keeps me informed of their circumstances.


Currently, I am serving as the Math Department Chair teaching only one class each semester.  I am in my office numerous hours every week and am accessible by phone and through email.