Course Policy


Students are expected to attend every scheduled class, and to be familiar with the University Class Attendance policy as it appears in the General Catalog. It is the student's responsibility to keep informed of any announcements, syllabus adjustments, or policy changes made during scheduled classes.


Homework problems will be assigned regularly and graded. Some will be graded online, others will have to be turned in and graded by hand. Quizzes based on homework assignments will be given in class on a regular basis. A final score, equivalent to 100 points, will be computed from the homework and quiz results. For each assignment, homework and quiz will each contribute to 50% of the homework score. Only the 10 best homework scores will be kept.

Reading assignments

There will be regular reading assignments. Students will be asked to comment online on the reading materials. A total score of 50 points will be computed, based on the originality and appropriateness of each student's contributions.


A graphing calculator is an important tool that will be used in this course. Students are expected to have a working calculator for each test and exam. No calculator swapping is permitted during testing periods.


There will be three tests and a final exam.

  • The tests are scheduled for Friday, February 6; Friday, March 6; and Monday, April 20.
  • There will be no make-up tests.
  • The University has scheduled the final exam for Friday, May 15 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
  • The University's Exam regulations for final exam week will be strictly followed, in particular those regarding students with multiple exams on a single day.
  • Each exam will be worth 100 points and the final exam worth 200 points.


The total number of points available on the tests, homework, and reading assignments is 650. Grades will be no lower than as listed below:

  • 585 ≤ points (90% to 100%): A
  • 520 ≤ points < 585 (80% to 90%): B
  • 455 ≤ points < 520 (70% to 80%): C
  • 390 ≤ points < 455 (60% to 70%): D
  • points < 390 (0% to 60%): E

Incomplete grades

The grade of I will be awarded if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The student has completed all but a small portion of the required work.
  • The student has scored at least 50% on the work completed.
  • The student has a valid reason for not completing the course on time.
  • The student agrees to make up the material in a short period of time.
  • The student asks for the incomplete before grades are due, 48 hours after the final exam.

For general information on grades and the grading system, see the University Policy.

Classroom conduct

Students at The University of Arizona are expected to conform to the standards of conduct established in the Student Code of Conduct. Prohibited conduct includes:

  1. All forms of student academic dishonesty, including cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, and plagiarism.
  2. Interfering with University or University-sponsored activities, including but not limited to classroom related activities, studying, teaching, research, intellectual or creative endeavor, administration, service or the provision of communication, computing or emergency services.
  3. Endangering, threatening, or causing physical harm to any member of the University community or to oneself or causing reasonable apprehension of such harm.
  4. Engaging in harassment or unlawful discriminatory activities on the basis of age, ethnicity, gender, handicapping condition, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or violating University rules governing harassment or discrimination.

Students found to be in violation of the Code are subject to disciplinary action.

Academic integrity

Students are responsible to be informed of University policies regarding the Code of Academic Integrity. Students found to be in violation of the Code are subject to sanctions that will be determined by the severity of the infraction. The Code of Academic Integrity will be enforced in all areas of the course, including projects, tests, and homework.

Special accommodations

Students planning to use accommodations for this course should privately identify themselves to their instructor within the first few days of classes. These students must also provide the instructor with a letter of identification from the Disability Resource Center. This letter should include information about any accommodation that will be needed for the class, including accommodations for test taking. Students are also invited to discuss specific issues with the course instructor during regular office hours or by appointment.

Withdrawal dates

  • Last day to drop courses resulting in deletion of course enrollment from record: February 10, 2009.
  • Last day to drop with a W: March 10, 2009.
  • For more information, see the Spring 2009 dates and deadlines page posted by the University.