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  1. If she is looking at an Art major, what about some kind of math for liberal arts class? Ideally DE (because then she would have 0 math classes to take in college) but at home would work too. Statistics would be a good choice as well -- again if DE is available it might mean she has no math classes at all in college, which could be a huge bonus for someone who just wants to be done.
  2. I think that one thing that would help him start to get ready for college is having him input those daily study sessions for himself. He'll still need prompting at this age, I am sure, but just the idea of breaking that up and adding it to your own calendar would be a huge step-up.
  3. It will be your college's intro to proofs. Sometimes it is taught more as a discrete math course, sometimes it is taught to briefly introduce concepts that will be covered in more depth in abstract algebra/analysis. Either way, though, given the posts I've seen you make over the years, I expect you to enjoy it.
  4. Interestingly, discrete math/intro to proofs was when I changed my major TO math. Before that, it was just computation, and it wasn't hard and it was fun to solve problems, but it was kind of a snoozefest. Yes, I love exercises where they need to find wrong steps in proofs. I also love the exercises Fraleigh uses in his algebra textbook where students are to write a one-sentence or two-sentence summary of the proof.
  5. I've seen people memorize every step for abstract algebra proofs, and be able to duplicate them, but completely unable to explain a step or recognize a similar problem that required the same technique. They could write it out, but they didn't understand why we might make a specific statement. I'm not sure what the relative proportion was, compared to the general population; these, unfortunately, were math majors who had made it almost all of the way through by being excellent at memorizing. It didn't help that the person who taught intro to proofs (the prerequisite) that year really wasn't good at it.
  6. I would agree that college algebra is probably not a good placement here.
  7. For self-teaching, quite honestly any college beginning algebra would be fine. I think Martin-Gay would be a good fit (developmental math, algebra foundations, beginning algebra would all work). Lial is fine too, I like beginning algebra slightly more than introductory algebra. Sullivan's developmental math text is a little more rigorous but may be more so than needed. We use it for our STEM prep courses but not for our people who just need to take college algebra. If possible I'd try to get one with a matching student solutions manual so that she can have the detailed answers to the odd/even questions. I'd also recommend a Schaum's outline for a large collection of worked examples in a very affordable text.
  8. What about Lynn Osen's "Women in Mathematics" book from 1975? I felt it was pretty similar to "Men of Mathematics"; it's a little dated on the "where we are today" section but good short biographies.
  9. Does your local community college have a math for liberal arts type course? This is generally a much less algebraically intense course than any other math course (I would say algebra 1a would be enough, or a strong prealgebra), and if he could DE, he would be able to transfer the credit and it would count for GE for most non-STEM and non-business majors.
  10. I'm not sure about other states, but I know at least one that does college algebra, trig, precalc algebra as 3 3cr courses. There is also a 4cr precalculus algebra/trig for people who get an A/B in college algebra. It's very common to have a two-semester sequence that is college algebra and then precalc, the 3-semester is a little bit more uncommon. My guess is that they found that people with a C in college algebra were failing precalc in droves but couldn't really tighten up on standards in college algebra any more and so put this on as a sequence intended to help the C students review + consolidate. But that's just speculation. The college algebra scope + sequence does look pretty standard.
  11. I agree that I'd avoid a math break of a semester if he's going to look at a business degree. They usually require stats and very, very often a "calculus for business" course. The good news is that the calculus for business course usually doesn't cover trig, but the bad news is that it does usually expect solid college algebra skills. I've taught this course several times, although only once recently, and weak algebra skills are what tank a lot of the students. I agree with going for a solid precalculus course, and then if you have time doing some calc-lite with MUS. If you just want to dip your toes into statistics, David Lippman's Math in Society is free and has a nice trio of chapters on statistics, describing data, and probability. They're pretty standalone.
  12. Don't give up, a lot of times finishing strong and especially putting in consistent effort will cause a borderline grade to get pushed over the edge.
  13. It's incredibly depressing right now especially with the total inability to be sure that someone's actually heard something. I can't tell you how much I hate this. I spend more time emailing, nagging, and dealing with people who didn't read the directions that were literally IN THE NAME OF THE ASSIGNMENT, or people who are just getting started on a course that started a month ago. I'm pretty much in "fine, whatever" mode. The homework's open. Knock yourself out. Yes the late penalty applies. If you get up to any of the assignments that don't autograde I'll grade it. Since I have only rarely seen someone who missed the first week of class pass the class I'm not really worried about consistency in grading on those extremely late assignments. I'm just a grading nagging robot right now and the way-behind people are turning in so little and so late that trying to explain to them why it's not a good use of their time would take more time than just saying "ok, the assignments are over there, let me know when you're ready for the first test." I do agree with open cc education but what I'd really like to see more of is mandatory time off for people who are just goofing around. I think that if someone has a 0.0 gpa from 5 years ago and has been working a job since, I'm totally okay with funding them for another shot. Lord knows my freshman gpa was terrible enough.
  14. We are online for spring for sure, other than some health sciences + fine arts + lab classes.
  15. Pearson mylab has gotten a lot better. I am using it now. One of the nice things is that if you want to ask a question and they don't have questions like that you can import questions from any textbook on the topic. You can search by learning objective or by title of text. You can also write your own questions and/or modify/edit questions. There are a lot of guided visualizations and animations that can be very helpful if they are enabled. Depending on the textbook the accompanying videos range from "meh" to "very good".
  16. Can she take that one class somewhere else and transfer it in? Living in a dorm in a COVID situation for a class that meets once a week sounds utterly ridiculous.
  17. I would expect drop policies to be very generous under such circumstances. Unless it's right at the beginning of the semester, incompletes are also options; this would apply especially to a student who got ill and was able to work some but not quite to keep up. If your student does become ill, try to have them just drop a note either to instructors or to someone in the dean of students office depending on the policy for your college; if the instructor knows what's going on they can work with the student. I would much rather write makeup tests for later than assign poor grades to someone who's unwell and trying to soldier through.
  18. Relevant article: https://www.npr.org/2020/07/22/893525083/colleges-spent-months-planning-for-fall-but-a-covid-19-surge-is-changing-everyth
  19. It is VERY common to ban Nspire on tests due to the algebraic manipulation capabilities.
  20. Several of my (community college) students are full-time students and have kids at home as well. I just set up an extended deadline schedule for one because she has to share the single computer with her kids. A couple of others are overwhelmed with the work because their parent is an essential worker and they've suddenly had their younger siblings dumped on them for keeping up with the school. Several of my coworkers at the CC are completely flooded (one of them told me if her marriage makes it out intact it's going to be a miracle 😞 ) because they've been working 80+ hour weeks trying to get stuff online for essential classes AND help multiple children with schoolwork AND their spouse is trying to work from home as well.
  21. Whether they open or not, I see most with a tremendously expanded online/hybrid schedule in order to try to retain their students/faculty who are high-risk or live with high-risk people, or are international and can't get back into the country.
  22. I wouldn't want to be the department chair who denied a vulnerable person an online courseload. Seems like a lawsuit waiting to happen, + it seems plausible that a good lawyer could stretch it to an ADA issue although I'm not a lawyer. But this was one of the issues several people were very vocal about in our last faculty meeting (including people who are NOT in vulnerable populations but just worried about colleagues) and I wouldn't doubt that it helped the college's decision to stay online for fall. I think that even if courses are meeting in-person for fall, professors will need to provide a significant online component and be very flexible because we still may have students who are ill or exposed and need to self-quarantine, and the whole semester could get moved online again. I have never taught online. I'm surprised because it's not going as badly as I thought but I still hate it.
  23. More likely because they want the revenue from campus housing and board. I might be a bit cynical ... but I bet that's a strong consideration.
  24. Joyless pretty much sums it up. My college is now pretty sure we'll be online for fall for anything other than possibly courses like health sciences and studio arts and the like. I am full of dread.
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