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Math 1524

Business Calculus

Math 1524 covers topics in PreCalculus, Differential Calculus and Multivariable Calculus with Business applications. It is a hybrid course that consists of quizzes and exams that are structured in the format of a Math Emporium course PLUS weekly labs.

Math 1524 Course Policy

About this course:

Math 1524 is a four credit course that covers topics in PreCalculus, Differential Calculus and Multivariable Calculus with Business applications. It is a hybrid course that consists of quizzes and exams that are structured in the format of a Math Emporium course PLUS weekly labs.

Instructor: Jerri England
Contact: england@vt.edu

How we work in this course:

Learning at the Math Emporium is based on a student-led learning approach, where knowledge is constructed by the students' exploration and hands-on problems.

You will be asked to work in Math 1524 (free) online text-book at your own pace, work examples, and work on practice problems that will prepare you for the quizzes and exams in your course. Students should be prepared to actively develop learner autonomy and independence, instead of passively listening to a lecture. Please click in this link to know the steps to work in our course.

You will also work on weekly labs with your fellow students. These labs explore a variety of business applications. These labs will be completed at the Math Emporium at your scheduled time.

Your grade in this course:

The final grade for this course is computed based on the following:

  • Midterm tests: 55%
  • Quizzes: 10%
  • Final Exam: 20%
  • Labs: 15%

Grades are not rounded.

pie chart of grade weights

You will receive scores for 17 Graded Quizzes this semester.

  • Most quizzes (Quizzes 2 - 14) will be based on the mathematical content of the course. Each of these quizzes will have 6 questions.
  • Four quizzes (Quiz 1, Quiz TC, Quiz S, & Quiz E) will not be based on mathematical content.
    • Quiz 1: This is the Orientation Quiz. It covers things you need to know to succeed in your course. Quiz 1 has 15 questions.
    • Quiz TC: This is a Quiz to get you used to using the Testing Center. It covers Testing Center policies. Unlike other Quizzes, it is taken in the Testing Center. Quic TC has 8 questions.
    • Quiz S: You will get Quiz credit for completing several Canvas activities involving study habits.
    • Quiz E: You will get Quiz credit for completing an end-of-semester survey about the Emporium.
  • Only the highest 13 Graded Quiz scores will be used to calculate your ending Quiz % Average at the end of the semester.

You will receive grades for 5 Midterm Tests. 

  • Each Midterm Test consists of 18 problems in multiple-choice format covering the same material as the corresponding Practice Problems.
  •  You may take each of the 5 Midterm Tests twice before the deadline date and time that appear to the right of the test link in the Quiz and Test System for that test.  If you take the test a second time, your better score will count for ⅔ of that test score, while your lower score will count for ⅓ of that test score.
  • If it is to your benefit, the percentage grade from your Final Exam will replace the lowest Midterm Test percentage score.
  • There are 5 Midterm Tests that must be taken for this course. The LAST day to start a test is called the deadline day. Deadline days for your Midterm Tests are: (remember, the times of your deadlines can be found in the Quiz & Test system)

    Test 1 - February 9
    Test 2 - February 23
    Test 3 - March 23
    Test 4 - April 13
    Test 5 - May 4

You will complete 10 Lab Assignments this semester.

  • Each Lab Assignment will consist of a Lab Document and a Lab Problems Quiz based on the completed Lab Document and associated completed Excel worksheet. The score for the Lab Assignment will come from a combination of attendance, the Lab Document, and the Lab Problems Quiz.
  • Your lowest Lab Assignment will be dropped. The scores from all other Lab Assignments will contribute equally to your Lab % Average.
  • For more details about Labs and make up labs, go to the Labs page.

You will take a Comprehensive Final Exam.

  • The Final Exam consists of 25 problems in multiple-choice format covering all of the course content.  
  • The Comprehensive Final Exam must be taken one time before the deadline in the Emporium proctored area.
  • If it is to your benefit, the percentage grade from your Final Exam will replace the lowest Midterm Test percentage score.
  • The LAST day to start the Final Exam is: May 9
  • Note: Since the final exam is worth 20% of your course average, you can’t earn an A in this course if you miss the final exam.

If you want to track your grade in the course, you can use the Grade Estimator.

Honor Code: 

The Undergraduate Honor Code pledge that each member of the university community agrees to abide by states:

"As a Hokie, I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do."  

Students enrolled in this course are responsible for abiding by the Honor Code. A student who has doubts about how the Honor Code applies to any assignment is responsible for obtaining specific guidance from the course instructor before submitting the assignment for evaluation. Ignorance of the rules does not exclude any member of the University community from the requirements and expectations of the Honor Code. For more details about how the honor code applies to Emporium courses, see the Emporium Honor Code Policy.

For additional information about the Honor Code, please visit the University's Honor System.

Getting Help in this course

Learner autonomy means that you will be in charge of persistently seeking help in a timely manner, keeping track of the deadlines and managing your time wisely. 

At the Math Emporium you will have support from your instructor and tutors to succeed. Visit the help resources available for you at the Math Emporium.

You should feel free to contact your instructor with any questions you may have.

Instructor: Jerri England
Email: england@vt.edu

 

Course Schedule

Week Day/Deadline Activity Content
Week 1 January 19 Lab 1 In Person Lab
  January 23 Quiz 1 Orientation Information
Week 2 January 26 Quiz TC Testing Center Policies
  January 26 Lab 2 In Person Lab
  January 28 Quiz 2 Unit 1
Week 3 February 2 Lab 3 In Person Lab
  February 4 Quiz 3 Unit 2
Week 4 February 9 Test 1 Units 1 -2
  February 11 Quiz 4 Unit 3
Week 5 February 16 Lab 4 In Person Lab
  February 18 Quiz 5 Unit 4
Week 6 February 23 Test 2 Units 3 - 4
  February 25 Quiz 6 Module 5.1
Week 7 March 2
Lab 5 In Person Lab
  March 4 Quiz 7 Module 5.2
Week 8 March 16 Lab 6 In Person Lab
  March 18 Quiz 8 Modules 5.3 - 5.4
Week 9 March 23 Test 3 Unit 5
  March 25
Quiz 9 Module 6.1
Week 10 March 30 Lab 7 In Person Lab
  April 1
Quiz 10 Module 6.2 - 6.3
Week 11 April 6 Lab 8 In Person Lab
  April 8 Quiz 11 Module 6.4
Week 12 April 13 Test 4 Unit 6
  April 15 Quiz 12 Module 7.1
Week 13 April 20 Lab 9 In Person Lab
  April 22 Quiz 13 Module 7.2 - Lesson 7.3.3
Week 14 April 27 Lab 10 In Person Lab
  April 29 Quiz 14 Lessons 7.3.4 - 7.3.6
Week 15 May 4
Test 5 Unit 7
Week 16 May 9 Final Exam All Course Material