Course Syllabus

Instructor Hassan Bourgoub
Office/Phone          S47A,  (408) 864 8806
Office hours Daily at 10:30AM-11:20AM.



      Perfect attendance is required of every student. You are expected to be in class daily on time and remain through the duration of class. Call every time you miss class. Two consecutive absences may constitute dismissal from class. In the event you decide to withdraw from the course, it is your sole responsibility to fill out a drop sheet and submit it to the records office. You may earn bonus points on the MC/Written exams below, based on class averages for these tests.


      Homework is an integral part of the course and should be treated accordingly. It is very unlikely for most students to succeed in this class without completing all homework assignments on time. 

Web assignments

      We will use Web-Assign website for course homework and access to the textbook. You are to purchase an access code separately or bundled with a new textbook. The due date for each assignment is found on the site. All due dates are set approximately four days after the relevant material is discussed in class. These due dates are fixed to allow for uniform distribution of course load throughout the quarter. Each assignment comprises a number of homework credits equal the number of problems in the assignment. There are a total 120 points possible for the combined assignments.

Writing Assignments: 

     These assignments correspond to the sections covered in the textbook, and they are available in PDF format on my web page under the Assignment Link below the course schedule. Print each assignment back to back and bring with you to the classroom based on the daily schedule for the course. These assignment are not collected, but they are used to create the three written tests/quizzes during the quarter.

Written Tests

     We are going to have three Written tests, each worth 20 points. These tests are based on the writing assignments above. The questions are chosen from four to five assignments and will be identical to some of the problems on the assignments up to numerical values. (the numbers may be changed.) These Test are to help you write complete legible solutions with correct mathematical notation. Dates for all tests and quizzes are available on the course schedule.

MC/Written Tests

     We are going to have three tests that combine MC and written questions. The tests are worth 40 points each. The problems for the test are selected from assignments on Web-Assign and cover approximately seven sections. You may earn bonus points on a test if you have perfect attendance for the period leading to the test, whenever the class average for that test is below 70%; less bonus points may be earned for less than perfect attendance. The lowest test score can be replaced by four tenths of the final score. There will be no make up exams. Dates for all tests are available on the course schedule.

Final Exam

    The final exam will be comprehensive and mandatory, and counts for 100points. The date and time for the final is available on the course schedule.

   Distribution of Course Grade
Web-A HW 120
Written Tests 60
MC Tests 120
Final Exam 100
Total 400


Test Performance

      Satisfactory performance on tests, quizzes, homework assignments and the final exam are necessary for passing the course. If you can not make it to class on an assignment due date, the assignment is due on the last day you attend. No late assignments will be accepted.


      The required text mentioned above, a TI84 calculator or the equivalent, lose paper, pencils and a ruler are required course materials. 

Academic Integrity

      Refer to Schedule of Classes on college policy under subtitle Academic Integrity ; in addition, cheating and plagiarism is not tolerated and will be decisively met with grade F for test/ assignment, and, or dismissal from class depending on the circumstances.


      The course grade is based on the fixed scale below. Grades are not given to you, they are earned by your desire and willingness to be consistent, persistent and hardworking. There are three components to the total grade in this course, in-class tests and quizzes, homework and class assignments, attendance, and a final exam.

How am I doing in this class?

      Keep all your Tests and Quizzes and record scores in the table above. The best indicator or predictor of your course grade is your test and quiz scores. Add up all your exams and quizzes then divide by the total possible points and multiply the result by 100 to obtain your percent score, then use the grade scale above to determine your letter grade.

Letter Grade Percentage
A+ 97% or above
A 94%-96%
A- 90%-93%
B+ 87%-89%
B 84%-86%
B- 80%-83%
C+ 73%-79%
C 65%-72%
D 50%-64%
F Below 50%

Good Luck

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