Instructor Information

Instructor Tatia Totorica
Office Education Building (EDU) 447
Office Hours By appointment only. Please email or sign up for an appointment slot to schedule.


Section Meeting Time Location WebAssign Class Key
001 MWF 7:30-8:45am ILC 402 boisestate 6162-2117

Learning Assistant

Section Learning Assistant Sessions
001 Prasanna Jayanthi 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 my Dynamic Course Calendar, WebAssign, the course syllabus, or during class. Occasionally, I will 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. Charged 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 collaboratively in groups, compare and/or present answers, and discuss your mathematical reasoning.
You are expected to participate by contributing your ideas and strategies, listening respectfully to others, acknowledging and appreciating that there are a variety of ways to solve problems, and working collaboratively to understand the course’s calculus concepts.
For many of you, learning mathematics in this environment may feel uncomfortable and foreign at first.
Persevere and trust that there are many reasearched benefits to learning in this way. Jump in with a good attitude and know that I am here to help support you as you learn.

Electronic Devices

During class, computers, tablets, and graphing calculators should be used for this course and its assignments only. My expectation is that all other devices (cell phones, headphones, etc.) will remain in your backpacks. Your undivided attention and focus will help maximize your learning and your opportunities to collaborate effectively. Please refrain from activities which will distract you or others and instead take full advantage of the human and digital resources available for learning during each class session. Failure to do so will affect your participation grade and potentially compromise your understanding of calculus.

Class Participation

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

  • Staying engaged in learning mathematics 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.
  • Actively working on and discussing problems with your peers during group work time.
  • Bringing a fully charged computer, notebook, and writing tool to class each day.
  • Asking targeted questions of your group members, me, or the LA when you identify a point of confusion, and referring to the work you’ve already done when doing so.
  • Completing your work in a notebook before entering answers in WebAssign so you have a record of your learning and a resource for exam preparation.


Quizzes will consist of both take-home problems and in-class problems. In-class problems will be completed independently and will often be shockingly similar to the take-home or WebAssign problems. To optimize your success on the in-class problems, make sure you fully understand every solution you submit for the take-home 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 make your work easy to follow. Clearly label each problem, arrange the problems in order before handing them in, and start a new line for each step in your solution process.
  • Use proper mathematical notation to communicate. Be careful to not write equations that are false!
  • Graphs must be drawn on graph paper and properly labeled 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 axes must include tick marks with enough of them numbered so that the scale is clear.
  • Solutions to word problems must clearly label and describe 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 the top right of each page. Example: Tatia Totorica (001)
  • 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 to me one time only. It must be emailed before midnight on the day it is due in order to get credit for the take home problems. Points for in-class problems cannot be made up.

Scoring on Exams and Quizzes

  • Full Credit will be awarded for correct and complete algebraic solutions. Steps must be labeled with proper notation and/or words to communicate your reasoning.
  • Full credit may be awarded for calculator solutions if you thoroughly explain how you used your calculator to solve the problem. Your written explanation must include your steps and setup (e.g. the equation(s) you solved, the function(s) you graphed, etc.), the results your calculator produced (e.g. a labeled copy of a graph, a labeled intersection, a variable value, etc.), and the meaning of your results within the context of the problem.
    Calculator operations that are allowed without penalty are:
    • (1) plotting the graph of a function,
    • (2) finding the zeros of a function,
    • (3) computing a numerical derivative and
    • (4) computing a definite integral.
  • 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.
  • If the instructions ask for an interpretation or justification of results, you must write complete sentences which include mathematical rationales, connect to the context of the original problem, and provide correct units. Functions, graphs, tables, or other objects used to justify or interpret your solution need to be clearly labeled.

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

Common Syllabus