Math 250: Tests, Grades, and other facts about this course

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

Office hours   Tests   Grades Homework Missed tests Cheating UWW Policies
Monday 3 PM to 9 PM
Tuesday 9 AM to 1:30 PM
Wednesday 3 PM to 9 PM
Thursday 9 AM to 1:30 PM
Friday email only:
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Math 250 is intended primarily for students in the UWW College of Business and Economics, or in the Integrated Science and Business major. Math majors or minors should enroll in Math 253.

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 will be worth 5 points. There will also be an easy multiple choice final exam worth 10 points : the maximum point total (for perfect work on all semester tests) will thus be 175.

Web Tests ; Text
You may also take 6 self-grading web tests as practice and extra credit for the paper tests above. The maximum value of each of 3 short web tests is 2 points; the maximum value of each of 3 longer web tests is 4 points. If a web quiz is submitted by its deadline, these points will be added to the score on the corresponding paper test taken the following week, the total not to exceed a perfect score for the paper test. Most deadlines for web quizzes are 11:59 PM of Sunday before the corresponding paper test.

Questions on all paper tests except make-up tests and the final exam will be taken from a list handed out in class, the list taken largely from our text, Calculus by Hoffman 11th (2013) edition.

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 seldom be needed, but will usually be allowed during tests.

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
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These grade boundaries are reasonably generous, but will be STRICTLY observed, unless the Math Dept Chair consents to exceptions: such consent is seldom given.


HOMEWORK (i.e. practice problems) shall consist of all problems in the assigned sections of your text EXCEPT test questions referred to above. Most of our classtime will be devoted to solving HOMEWORK problems similar to the test questions.

A natural strategy may be to spend ALL your study time on TEST QUESTIONS and very little time on HOMEWORK: this strategy is acceptable, but remember that class discussion will center largely on HOMEWORK similar to test problems.

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, 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.

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 UW-W mission statement [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].