Host for the semester: Assistant Professor Thomas McFarland
(email (Website address:
Office Number: McCutchan Hall 317 ; Office Phone: (262) 472-4925

Office hours Tests/Text Grades Homework Missed tests Cheating UWW Policies
Monday 1-1:40 PM and 3-4:40 PM and 8-10 PM (dept meetings may conflict)
Tuesday 10 AM to 12:15 PM
Wednesday 1-1:40 PM and 3-4:40 PM and 8-10 PM
Thursday 10 AM to 12:15 PM
Friday email only:
No office
hours within
12 hours of
any test.
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Paper Tests
You will take 3 paper quizzes (2 questions each) and 3 paper hour exams (9 questions each) according to a specific schedule given out in class with this sheet: Each question on these tests will be worth 5 points. There will also be an easy multiple choice final exam worth 10 points. The total for perfect work on these paper tests will thus be 175.

Web-based homework ; Text
You will also submit 7 self-grading web-based homework assignments. The maximum value of each of 4 shorter assignments is 2 points; the maximum value of each of 3 longer assignments is 4 points. You may seek any kind of help in doing these web-based assignments, but if you need such help, this is a warning that you may be unprepared for the similar paper test in the following week.The total point value of these 7 web-based assignments is 20 points, so the total value of all perfect work is 175 + 20 = 195. Each web-based assignment must be submitted by a deadline, and points earned will be added to the score on the corresponding paper test taken the following week. Most deadlines for assignments are 11:59 PM of Sunday before the corresponding paper test. The last 2 web-based assignments are both intended as practice for paper test #6.

Questions on all paper tests except make-up tests and the final exam will be taken from a list handed out in class. The problems on this list are found in our text "Finite Mathematics, 8th edition", by Rolf, which is new starting the fall of 2013.

Part of a question (rather than the whole question) may be asked. These test questions will not usually be discussed during class, but you are encouraged to discuss during office hours your efforts to answer them. Test grades should be proportional to the number of test questions done beforehand: you should treat the list of test questions as if it were a take-home test. Check at least some of your work on this take-home test with your professor or a trusted tutor, to be sure your work is acceptable.

In marking (grading) your tests, Prof McFarland will often look for evidence of your methods as well as merely numerical answers. Calculators will be allowed during tests, but only for doing arithmetic. Retrieving formulas stored on a calculator, and using any device to access the internet during a test are forbidden.

Grade Scale
At any point during the semester, you may determine your letter grade by adding your test scores, dividing by the perfect scores, and converting to a percent; the percents are then curved as follows:

A92% >A- 88%>B+ 84%>B80%>B- 76%>C+ 72%>C 66%>C- 60%>D+ 54%>D48% >D- 40%>F
These grade boundaries new starting Fall 2007 and are
reasonably generous, but will be STRICTLY observed
See Prof. McFarland's past grade distribution?

Additional Practice

Numerical answers to odd-numbered problems may be found in the back of your text. Most of our classtime will be devoted to solving even-numbered problems similar to the test questions.

A natural strategy may be to spend ALL your study time on web-based homework assignments and problems listed on your syllabus as potential test questions. This strategy is acceptable, but if your test scores are low, you need more practice with feedback from a trusted tutor.

Bring your text to class each day; copy all that is written on the blackboard. Your classnotes will then be a model to study for your next test. A large website ( contains most handouts, sample tests, and interactive exercises: check it out! Try to solve test questions BEFORE your professor discusses similar homework problems in class: Prof McFarland will begin every class with time for questions about this homework. If you are absent for any reason, arrange to photocopy a fellow student's classnotes, and/or consult the website.

Missed Tests

Make-up tests must be completed WITHIN ONE WEEK of the scheduled test date, or within one week of the date of return to class from an illness, and will be allowed only if one of the following four reasons for absence is provided:
[1] a doctor/nurse certifies in writing that illness prevented attendance.
[2] a UWW teacher certifies that a required duty conflicted with attendance.
[3] police/courts certify that a legal duty conflicted with attendance.
[4] the student gives written or electronic notice two weeks prior to a religious obligation conflicting with attendance; verification by a religious official may be required.

Any make-up test will be HARDER than the original. The increased difficulty of make-up tests is not a penalty but is intended to compensate for the extra study time available. After one week, your missed and un-made-up test will be automatically assigned a grade between 0 and one letter grade less than your earlier test average.

Academic Misconduct

Engaging in plagiarism, attempting to cheat on a test, intentionally helping someone else cheat on any work in this course, or any other academic misconduct will result in a penalty consistent with UWS Chapter 14. Some of these penalties can have far reaching consequences. Please see your professor if you have any questions concerning academic misconduct.

UWW Policies

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is dedicated to a safe[A], supportive and non-discriminatory[B] learning environment. It is the responsibility of all undergraduate and graduate students to familiarize themselves with University policies regarding Special Accommodations[C], Misconduct[D], Religious Beliefs Accommodation[E], Discrimination[F] and Absence for University Sponsored Events[G]. For details please refer to the Undergraduate and Graduate Timetables; the "Rights and Responsibilities"[H] section of the Undergraduate Bulletin; the Academic Requirements and Policies[J] and the Facilities and Services[K] sections of the Graduate Bulletin; and the "Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures" [UWS Chapter 14][L]; and the "Student Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedures" [UWS Chapter 17][M].