Instructor Information

Instructor Elena Velasquez
Office Math Building (MB) 222-C
Office Hours MW 9:15-10:15 am
th 10:00-11:55 am
or by appointment.


Section Meeting Time Location WebAssign Class Key
006 MWF 1:30-2:45pm ILC 402 boisestate 1703-1135

Learning Assistant

Section Learning Assistant Sessions
006 Madison Johnson TBA
  • Students in Math 170 can attend any LA session for the common courses.
  • Here is a calendar for all LA sessions for the common Calculus I courses.


Most information is communicated through WebAssign, the syllabus, or during class. Occasionally, there is a need to communicate with you through email. It is your responsibility to accurately enter your email when signing up for WebAssign and to check your email regularly.

Required Materials

  1. WebAssign Access/Textbook - For details, go to Textbook Options in the general syllabus.
  2. Laptop or tablet device to bring to class every day.
  3. Graphing Calculator
  4. Graph Paper
  5. Notebook - to keep your notes and homework organized.

Group Work

During class, you are expected to work in groups, compare answers, and discuss mathematical reasoning. You are expected to participate and to respect everyone by listening to their reasoning, sharing your reasoning, and discussing the validity of different ways to solve problems and interpret answers. For many of you this will be a new environment for a math class and may be uncomfortable at first. There is plenty of research on the benefits of this learning method. So, jump in with a good attitude and you will get use to it.

Electronic Devices

During class, you are expected to use your computer for math only. Out of respect for everyone in a learning environment turn off your cell phones. Keep headphones and cell phones in your backpacks. Cell phones and non-math related websites are distracting to other students and the teacher as they interrupt your focus and group interaction while working on math. Therefore, failure to adhere to this policy will affect your participation grade and you may be asked to leave the classroom.

Class Participation

Participation is 5% of your grade and merely being physically present does not mean you are participating. Participation includes:

  • Staying engaged in learning math for the whole class period.
  • Adhering to the electronic device policy described above.
  • Completing designated problems in class to be checked by the instructor or learning assistant.
  • Keeping your computer closed until the instructor announces it is time to work on homework.
  • Being available to discuss problems and answer questions in your group during group work time.
  • Bring a fully charged computer, notebook, and pencil to class each day.
  • Do your work in a notebook before entering answers in WebAssign. When asking a question, you will need to refer to the work you have done on the problem.


Quizzes will consist of take home problems and/or in class problems.

Requirements for Showing Work:

Your grade on quizzes and exams includes the quality of the presentation of your solution as well as the correct answer. In short you must show all work to receive full credit. Your work must:

  • Be Neat. Sloppy work will score poorly, if it gets graded at all.
  • Be organized and easy for me to follow. Clearly label each problem, hand the problems in the proper order, and start a new line for each step or thought in the problem.
  • Use proper mathematical notation to communicate
  • Graphs must be drawn on graph paper using a straight edge and labeled completely as follows:
    • The input and output axes must be labeled with both the quantity measured and the units used (if applicable).
    • The input and output axis must include tick marks with enough of them numbered so that the scale is clear.
  • Solutions to word problems must clearly label and described any quantities used and what the different formulas measure.
  • Answers must use correct units (if applicable).

Requirements for Submitting:

  • Print your first and last name and section number on each page. Example: Elena Velasquez (004)
  • Staple pages in order.
  • Quizzes must be on the podium before class starts. Late work will not be accepted.
  • If you have to miss class when a take home quiz is due, you may email your quiz one time only. It must be emailed before midnight on the day it is due to get credit for the take home problems. Please when emailing your assigment, make sure that the subject has the quiz number and section number. You will not get credit for the quiz if the subject does not have this information.
  • Points for in class problems cannot be made up.

Scoring on Exams and Quizzes

  • Full Credit will be given for showing how to solve a problem algebraically. Steps must be labeled with proper notation and/or words to communicate your reasoning.
  • Partial credit may be given for showing how to solve a problem with your calculator if you explain how you used your calculator to arrive at the solution. This must include stating what function you graphed, a labeled sketch of the graph, and an explanation of how the graph was used to solve the problem.
  • If the instructions specify a method, then you must use that method to receive full credit. Other methods may or may not be given partial credit, depending on the work and reasoning shown.

*I reserve the right to make changes to this syllabus if needed. You will be notified of any change.

Common Syllabus