John W. Coburn
STLCC at FV
Dept of Mathematics
3400 Pershall Road
St. Louis, MO 63135-1499
Office: SM 272
TDD: 314- 513-4369
11:00 – 12:30pm
TTH: 10:45 – 12:30pm
Normally two or three quizzes per chapter covering assigned homework, followed by a chapter test. I also give a comprehensive final examination. As part of department policy, there are no make-up quizzes or tests. However, the two lowest quiz grades and the lowest test grade are dropped when final grades are computed.
Homework is assigned each class session and students are expected to devote 1.5 to 2 hours completing the assignment in preparation for the next days work and the pending quiz/test.
Students are expected to attend all classes. If a student misses class, he/she is responsible for getting the assignment and learning the missed work. I will provide assignments but not class notes (you must get the notes form another student). Attendance and class participation will affect border-line grades, as well as the special grades I and PR.
On occasion, special interest problems, current events, and topics which extend a mathematical concept will be offered for extra credit up to a specified maximum.
Description of Teaching Style
I am in “teaching mode” 60 – 80 percent of the time. The remaining time is used for students to test the ideas being introduced, begin homework assignments, ask questions over current or previous tests, quizzes and/or assignments, and in support of student learning in a one-on-one environment. While in teaching mode, (sometimes fallaciously called a lecture), the discussion is usually filled with humor, real-world connections, dialogue with students and other forms of student involvement and participation. I frequently use overhead projections and graphing calculator screens to illustrate concepts and to help students develop better understanding. I expect students to actively take notes and work problems while in class. I expect every student to participate. I often call on students by name.