St. Louis Community College
Pat Suess
Mathematics Department


Contact Information

St. Louis Community College

Florissant Valley

3400 Pershall Road

St. Louis, MO 63135-1499


Office: SM 277


Phone: 314-513-4852





FAX: 314-513-4199

TDD: 314-513-4369


Fall 2007 Office Hours


Monday 7:30 8:00 am, 12:00 1:30 pm

Tuesday 7:30 9:00 am, 10:00 11:00 am, 12:00 12:30 pm

Wednesday 7:30 8:00 am, 12:00 1:30 pm

Thursday 7:30 9:00 am, 10:00 11:00 am, 12:00 12:30 pm

Friday 7:30 8:00 am, 11:00 am 2:00 pm



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Grading Policies for Algebra, Pre-calculus and Survey Calculus Classes

  • Number of Tests/Quizzes

Generally, I give a test at the end of each chapter (every two chapters for Pre-calculus) and a comprehensive final examination. I do not give make-up tests. If you miss a test, then your final exam score will replace that missed test score as well as being recorded as your final exam score. If more than one test is missed, then the student will receive a grade of zero for the second or subsequent missed tests. Quizzes are part of nearly every class session. You must be present for an in-class quiz, no make-ups are allowed. You may request an opportunity to complete a take-home quiz the day it is due.


  • Homework Policies:

Your math notebook which contains in-class exercises, notes, homework, and bonus problem sets, is collected on each exam day. Furthermore, group activities and additional assignment sheets may be distributed during class and will be collected at the next class session.


  • Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all classes. If a student must miss class he/she is responsible for getting the assignment and learning the missed work. You must get notes from another student. Attendance and class participation affect borderline grades.


Description of Teaching Style

  • Facilitative

My purpose is to facilitate your successful completion of the requirements of the course I am teaching. Thus, I have structured my class so that each person is part of a community of learners. Students are encouraged to meet their classmates, to work collaboratively, and to visit my office for individualized assistance.


I typically spend the first 10 minutes of class reviewing student questions resulting from the homework assignment. The remaining class time is divided into three activities: a quiz over the material from the prior class session, an interactive presentation of new material, and an opportunity for students to work individually or in small groups on problems over the new material.


I like to allow students time to discover and learn as we go. Thus, there will be occasional periods of textbook reading as students seek to become familiar with new vocabulary introduced in the textbook. I expect students to take notes and work problems throughout the class session. I expect every student to participate, to seek help from me and their peers, and above all to ask questions whenever they feel uncertain.


  • Uses Real World Examples

I incorporate real world examples and real data into my presentations in an effort to make the topic interesting to students! In trying to answer questions that come up in class, I will often make up real world problems to help illustrate a point. Life is a series of decisions, many of which are based on effective mathematical modeling!