Welcome to my
section of Math 1120 Business Calculus. Please find time to go to
the website for the course, listed below and complete the online form.
Also, please take a good look around
the website so that you can start the course on the first day of
The website is http://www.math.uncc.edu/~hbreiter/m1120/index.html. The course will be available on Moodle2 as well.
According to my records, you are signed up for one of my two sections of math 1120, business calculus. I am writing you now because you may wish to get started on the course. Also, it is possible that my section is not the right one for you. Therefore I am taking this opportunity to tell you how my section might be different from some of the other sections. Don't be concerned if you are not a business major. That is not my reason for writing you. Itís about the emphasis on ideas and the high level of expectation. In case your goal for the course is to eliminate a requirement for graduation, this is not the right section for you!
One aspect of the course which some students have trouble with is my attempt to cultivate a tolerance for confusion
in my students. Have you ever been asked to reach inside yourself to
grapple with a problem you had not been taught how to solve? It can be
very unpleasant for anyone going through this for the first time. You
are likely to experience this in my class.
First, I plan to emphasize
ideas. The test interval technique and the geometry of the derivative are
important ideas. You will also learn about interpreting 0/0 in several
contexts. You'll see four ways to deal with 0/0, and each one is important in
calculating a derivative using the limit definition.
You must also agree
roughly 14 problem sets. These will be due about once a week throughout
the semester. Some of the problems in these sets will be new to you.
That is not an accident. If you're being asked to solve only problems
that you have been taught how to solve, you're being trained. Education
is a great deal more. I hope that in the end, you will realize that
getting to address problems you do not know how to solve is a good
preparation for the future. In addition you will have the chance to
do webwork sets for
extra points. You are also welcome to work exercises from
whichever text you have. The
assignments I have used in the past are listed at the website.
Second, I plan to treat your
section, as I always do, as the most important course I teach. I will
eventually learn your names and I will consistently be prepared for class. In
exchange, I will expect you to be prepared to learn, that you will not leave
the classroom during a lecture without warning me before the class begins, that you will consistently do the homework and
webwork. BTW, makeup exams when given, are oral.
Please note: this is not a
scare tactic. My sections of the course really are different. Find someone who
took my section during the last few years and ask them or visit Rate My
You will need a copy of the text. You certainly do not need to buy the ninth edition which sells for
more than $200. A copy of the 7th or 8th edition will be quite sufficient. You can buy such a copy online for less than $10 plus shipping. They
are also supposed to advise you not to but the
newest edition of the text. As we discussed above, you will use your
text to read about the topics we cover and to do practice
problems. Of course the problems are renumbered with each
new edition of the text. However, you will see that the
problems you're asked to do have been listed
for each of the three editions of the text., not just the 9th
If you decide that this is
the right section for you, please complete the online form at the website. http://www.math.uncc.edu/~hbreiter/m1120/index.html
The form is no longer supported here at UNCC, so I am asking you
to send me your pin by email. You will use it to check your grader
following each test. A four digit number is a non=zero digit followed
by three digits. For example, the three digit number 0123 is not
You will see at the website
that all the tests for the last 8 years (14 sections in all) are available to
you, with solutions. The grades are determined using the 85%, 70%, 55%, 40%
scale for A, B, C, and D, and that there are bonus points built into each test.
In other words, there may be 120 points available on a test, but a score of 85
(out of 120) is an A. I do not take your percent correct, but instead, your raw
Cheers, Harold Reiter