Course:MATH110/Archive/2010-2011/003/FAQ

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This space is available for both the instructor and the students to add questions and/or answers.

Faq.gif General information

How do I find the instructor's office?

Check the campus map.

Here's a google map with extra details I've added.

Can I send some anonymous feedback to the instructor?

Sure, feedback is always good, even anonymously. You can use the shared gmail account ubcmathstudent with the password mathisfun to send an anonymous email.

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When is the final exam?

This course has a December exam. Exams are scheduled on a university-wide level later in the term; you should not arrange to leave Vancouver until you know your exam schedule.

Is there a specific calculator we are supposed to use for this course?

The general policy is no calculators. This also means we won't do heavy computations, but to stay sharp I suggest you avoid using your calculator as much as possible during the term.

Where can I get extra help with my math?

  • The math department has a Drop-In Tutorial Centre which is located for this term in the Auditorium Annex. Student will be able to find help from experienced graduate student in this location from 9 am to 4 pm Mondays to Thursdays, and 9 am to 3 pm on Fridays.
  • The AMS also has a Drop-In Tutorial Centre which is located in the Qualicum Room in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. You will find there most days from 3 pm to 7 pm, check their website for more details.

How, when and where do we register our iClickers?

To register your clicker, simply go on the Vista webpage of this course. In there, you will find a link for you to register your clicker in the system. This only needs to be done once for the whole university, so you only need to do it once, not once per course. If you have already used your clicker in the classroom, the system has already started recorder your entries, the registration simply allows the instructor to attach your student number to your clicker ID.

Can iClickers be associated to several students numbers?

It is good to know that iClickers can be shared by students, as long as they don't attend the same class of course. The system allows for multiple students numbers to be associated to the clicker ID. This also means that if you got a used iClicker from someone else, you can still use it in the classroom, just register it in Vista the usual way.

Coffee and doughnuts proposal

If we can devise a relevant way to incorporate coffee and doughnuts into teaching a concept will David bring us said coffee and doughnuts to class one morning?

All I'm saying is it's pretty early, and there's got to be a way we can learn calculus with baked goods. User:VictoriaBass

Well, if you do come up with such a great idea, I'll make it happen. DavidKohler 15:12, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

Why Not Use A Real Forum?

I am wondering why not use a realy forum with topics, subtopics, threads and subthreads instead of a Wiki? this way, everything is organized in a way that would be intuitive and would not need an explanation on how to navigate. A Wiki is better suited for displaying Information while a Forum is better for social interactions. So Why? ErnestTsui 16:32, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

It is a very interesting question. I think my answer is that the wiki offers so much more than the forum. First, the wiki is collaborative and really asks for its contributors to work together in displaying the information and deciding what is relevant and how to display it. This brings us to the second point on the actual display of information. Forums just show it to you all in no real order. On the wiki, there is the constant discussion on how we should organize things, we can change titles, separate or merge discussions. Finally, I would say a third advantage is that the wiki also offers us the possibility to work on something else than simply discussions. We can create together detailed solutions, reading guides, list tips and tricks. I don't think the more rigid format of a forum could bring something as collaborative, appropriate and flexible. What do you think?

How to type math symbols in WeBWorK etc.?

The best practice is to use exponent notations. So for square roots, squares and cubes, I would recommend respectively x^(1/2), (x-3)^2 and x^3.

There is a pretty neat guide about typing stuff in WeBWorK available in pdf (just click on the picture of the pdf here below).

File:Webwork.pdf.


When and where is the midterm?

The first midterm for our section will be on Wednesday October 20, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in HENN 201 (that's the Hennings building).

Faq.gif How to use this wiki

How do I get started using the UBC wiki?

For more than this, simply go at the Help page, it will tell you all from how to create a page, to how to format your text and even contains a useful FAQ worth checking out!

Who can edit this wiki?

Anyone at UBC using their CWL login. We usually suggest though that only the instructors and the students involved in this course modifies the pages of the Math 110 wiki.

How to write math in the wiki?

Have a look at this very useful guide for typing math. The help page of the wiki on formatting is really helpful for this as well. In short, it works by using the math tags. For example, the code

<math>x^2</math>

produces

The following example should provide you with most of the symbols used at the moment (the code quad creates a bigger space than the regular space). The code

<math>\frac{3}{4} \quad \div \quad \times \quad \cdot \quad x^n \quad \alpha \quad N^{12} \quad P^{-3} \quad m^{\frac{1}{2}} </math>

produces

I like a page very much, can I print it?

Yes! As you can see, the menu on the left contains a link called Download as PDF which is very handy if you want to print a page of the wiki.

How do I create a list of all the subpages of a page?

Just add the following code, it will list all the subpages of the page in which you put this.

<dpl>
titlematch={{PAGENAME}}/%
namespace={{NAMESPACE}}
shownamespace=false
</dpl>