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Steve Wilson

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 are typically moderately-paced, whole group sessions with an emphasis on conceptual understanding.  Computational examples, applications, and theory are also included.  Students are encouraged to participate.

Online sections of Math 120 depend on the textbook, with videos in most sections.  The online homework can be repeated for mastery.  Deadlines are enforced.  Most communication with the instructor will be by email.

Resource Use

Textbooks are essential in any online section of Math 120 for learning the content.  For face-to-face classes in any other course or section, textbooks supplement the lecture (especially if you are absent), and provide practice problems.  In all classes, some textbook exercises may be part of the graded homework.

Calculators are used in every course.  In Math 120, a financial calculator is required.  In Math 171 and above, a graphing calculator is required.  In any other course, a scientific calculator is sufficient.

Computer software, whenever needed, will be available for student use in the Math Resource Center.  In Math 120, MS Excel will be used.  In any statistics course, statistical software will be used.  In any calculus course or beyond, Mathematica may be used.    In every math course, web-based materials may be used.

Online homework is used extensively in all of my Math 120 sections (both face-to-face and online).  Other courses will typically not use online homework.


Most classes have homework in some form, 4 or 5 unit exams, and a final exam.  Math 120 will also have spreadsheet and discussion assignments.  An online course will have both a midterm and a final exam, both of which must be taken on campus (or in another proctored setting).  Roughly 80% of the grade will be determined by the unit and final exams, and 20% by the homework and other material in the course.

Homework Policy

Due to fairness considerations, late work is NOT accepted.

Attendance Policy

Your absence may affect your grade because of your subsequent lack of knowledge and understanding.  However, absences are NOT part of the grading formula.  Makeup unit exams are not given after the exam date.  The final exam percentage will replace any missed unit exam.


I am normally on campus early morning through mid-afternoon Monday through Friday.  Responses to emails normally occur within 12 hours, but possibly longer on weekends.