Math 343 (Phillips): Some important information on this course

This is not the course home page or course description (the course home page is here), but rather a list of a few important things about how this course will operate which may be different from what you expect.


Correct notation is part of the grade

Using correct notation throughout will be part of your grade. Many students are careless with notation. More information on notation is here. I suggest reading it now.

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I don't read html or encoded email or Microsoft Word documents

To protect myself from "return receipt email", "self destructing email", and other nasty tricks, I read only plain text email--no encoding, no html, etc. More information in the course description, for University of Oregon official email, here, and for some other email programs here. In particular, if you send me email using UO email's default settings, it will be html only and will not be read.

See this page for how to send math questions in plain text email.

I do not read Microsoft Word documents: not in email, and not in assignment or exam submissions. The same applies to PowerPoint and Excel files.

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No WeBWorK grades posted on Canvas; other grades may be very slow to be posted

WeBWorK is not compatible with Canvas. Therefore WeBWorK grades will not appear on Canvas.

Exams will be graded reasonably quickly, and returned via Canvas. This means you can get your exam score by looking back at the returned copy. But it may be a long time before numerical grades are posted in the grade fields on Canvas.

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Names of files submitted may not contain spaces, parentheses, etc.

Names of files submitted via Canvas, email, or any other means may contain only the characters a-z, A-Z, 0-9, and "_" (underscore), and a single period before the extension (such as ".pdf"). In particular, no spaces in file names! Some software (such as CamScanner) automatically generates file names containing spaces and other inappropriate characters. You will need to learn how to change the names of such files before submission.

The purpose of this requirement is make the file names compatible with the software I use to handle them, in particular, UNIX or Linux commands typed in terminal windows.

You do not need to include any information that identifies you in the file name. Canvas automatically adds such information. Therefore the file name "M1.pdf" is perfectly adequate for a Midterm 1 submission to Canvas. By this time I see it, if you are John Doe, it will be something like "doejohn_99999_9999999_M1.pdf".

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Make sure everything you submit is readable at standard size

Be sure that the resolution of scans is food enough to be readable. People have submitted scans which has such poor resolution that I couldn't read what they write.

Be sure that everything is readable without zooming in. Many things will be graded by printing and then writing on the printout. (It is nearly impossible to write extensive comments using the Canvas grading system.) I can't zoom in on a piece of paper.

Make sure your scans haven't cut off the edges, and be sure that, even after scanning, there is at least 1/4 inch margin on all sides. People have submitted scans with key parts of their answers not visible. The printer cuts off more. I can't grade what I can't see.

Scans or other submitted files should be black on a nearly white background. I can't read black on black (or white on white).

Submitted files should not use color. The printer is black and white, so color is lost. I can't grade what I can't see.

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Write your name on every page of everything submitted

You must write your name on every page of everything you submit.

Many things will be graded by printing, writing on them, and scanning. The printed version retains no information about the file name. If one page gets separated from the rest, or if even the first page doesn't have your name, I don't know whose it is.

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Read your UO email frequently

Read email sent to your University of Oregon email account regularly (at lest daily; more often before exams). Some important information will be communicated only via email to this account, including where to find videos of lectures, late corrections to solutions to sample exam questions, and more.

You can have your University of Oregon email forwarded elsewhere. (Since the standard University of Oregon setup is so bad, this is probably a good idea.) But you should be aware that, in the past, forwarding arrangements have broken with no warning and no evidence at the recipient account that there is a problem.

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Course home page.

This page maintained by N. Christopher Phillips, email. Please email plain text (7 bit ASCII) only (no web page coded files, Microsoft Word documents, binary characters, etc.; see here for more).

Last significant change 27 March 2021.