Rodrigo Duque

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Class Format

Moderately paced. Traditional classes usually involve a combination of lecture and discussion with an emphasis on conceptual understanding are typical. I strongly encourage student participation and questioning. Computational examples, applications, and theory are also included.

Resource Use

Book: Extensive
Calculator: Extensive
Software: Limited

Graphing calculators are expected in Math 171 and above. A financial calculator is required in Math 120. For all other courses, a scientific calculator is usually sufficient. Software use depends on the class, and often includes online homework. I do NOT collect exercises from the textbook or from require you to print any online homework.


My classes have frequent online homework, some written homework (not from the textbook), 4 to 5 unit exams, and a final exam. The only homework is usually done using Angel but it is subject to change with each course.  Some classes may have additional assignments. About 25% of the grade is based on homework, and 75% from unit and final exams.

Homework Policy

As stated above, online homework is frequently used. I do not collect written homework sets, but expect my students to work the assigned homework problems and also do the suggested practice problems from the textbook. Reasons behind using online homework include going green and it gives impartial, uniform, and instant grading. Due to fairness considerations, late work is NOT accepted, however, you are given a fair amount of time to complete each assignment.

Attendance Policy

Your absence may affect your grade because of your subsequent lack of knowledge and understanding. Absences are also part of the grading formula in the form of daily quizzes. Makeup tests are never given after the test date. Your final daily quiz grade score can replace a missed test.  Daily quizzes cannot be made up under any circumstances when you are absent or late, which will affect your grade if you are absent or late several times. It is extremely important that you come to class on time and every day.


Fairly open; by appointment only.

Additional Information

Mathematics can change your life forever, for the good. My teaching style is very upfront and energetic.  I believe we have all feared Mathematics at some point in our lives but it's important to understand that to me, Mathematics is a game of numbers you control, not the other way around. As your professor, it is my duty to make sure you succeed and find out that Mathematics is actually an entertaining and fun class to take. I come prepared to every class, ready to teach. If you would like to succeed in my class, then you must commit to attending class, engaging in the class while you are there, and studying the course material outside of class.