Math Dept meeting
August 9, 2012
1600--1800
M0702
Present: JohnS, JohnT, Katie, Karsten, Kirk, Lauren, Sarah
Minutes
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1) CurricUNET
JohnT has started the Math 1A revision on CurricUnet. To log in, go to ; the Username is the WebAdvisor ID and the temp password is "changeme" without the quotation marks. JohnT asked if anyone would like to be designated as a co-contributor to be able to edit the pending outlines, but no one said, yes.
2) Math 1A change
The revised Math 1A that will be in place for fall 2013 will have for a prerequisite either Math 7 only or both Math 20 (college algebra; to be created by Talwinder) and 21. A discussion about catalog rights and whether we will need to offer Math 20 or 7 or both. No consensus was reached because no one was sure about catalog right w.r.t. course prerequisites.
JohnT will find out about catalog rights w.r.t. course prerequisites.
Kirk pointed out that at the end of last spring there still was not a way for students to test out of college algebra. He will follow up on this.
3) Updating other course outlines
Kirk will update the Math 9 outline. He will also deactivate Math 15A and 15B that have been replaced by Math 15 and 16, respectively.
4) Online courses
It was decided that online courses should have stipulated in the course outlines that exams are to be proctored with an opportunity to check the students' i.d., &c. (and not taken online). JohnT will check if that can be done in CurricUnet.
5) Math 50 and 52 SLO assessment
We looked at the 2011--2012 SLO assessment results for Math 50 and 52. Here are the results.
Math 50
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1) Derive the equation of a line.
Fall 2011: No. right = 207, no. wrong = 104, no. blank = 14
Fall 2011 (online): No right = 13, no. wrong = 7, no. blank = 1
Spring 2012: No. right = 197; no. wrong = 132; no. blank = 7 (numbers include in-class and DE)
2) Students will be able to factor a polynomial
Fall 2011: No. right = 225, no. wrong = 75, no. blank = 12
Fall 2011 (online): No. right = 11, no. wrong = 9, no. blank = 1
Spring 2012: No. right = 197; no. wrong = 136; no. blank = 3 (numbers include in-class and DE)
Math 52
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1) Solve rational equations
Fall 2011: No. right = 195, no. wrong = 212, no. blank = 17
Fall 2011 (online): No. right = 9, no. wrong = 16, no. blank = 4
Spring 2012 in-class: No. right = 131; no. wrong = 168; no. blank = 13
Spring 2012 DE: Online: No. right = 21; no. wrong = 39; no. blank = 1 ITV: No. right = 4; no. wrong = 11; no. blank = 1
2) Solve exponential and logarithmic equations
Fall 2011: No. right = 105, no. wrong = 300, no. blank = 19
Fall 2011 (online): No. right = 3, no. wrong = 22, no. blank = 4
Spring 2012 in-class: No. right = 61; no. wrong = 239; no. blank = 12
Spring 2012 DE: Online: No. right = 12; no. wrong = 48; no. blank = 1 ITV: No. right = 2; no. wrong = 14; no. blank = 1
We got into a heavy discussion about the Math 52 results, but did not discuss the Math 50 results.
The two questions for Math 52 were (exam problem no.)
10a) $\log_3 (x+4) - \log_3 x = 2$
10b) $\frac{x+5}{x-2} = \frac{28}{x^2-4} + \frac{5}{x+2}$
JohnS noted that both problems required solving rational equations. Nevertheless, it was pointed out that the rational equation that is encountered in 10a is essentially a proportion problem that students would have seen and worked many times before, so that it should not be the reason for students failing the question. Nevertheless, it was decided that we would make the problem simpler the next time; then, if students do well, try the current problem again. Therefore, we decided that the next time we would swap problems 10a and 21b on the common final exam, making 21b the SLO assessment question. Here is problem
21b) $\log (x+5) = 0.6$
6) Streamlining the Math 110 to 52 sequence
Everyone looked over the course topical outlines for Math 110 to 52 with an eye toward reducing the sequence to 3 courses instead of 4 by identifying topics that could be removed because they were repeated or not needed. A good discussion ensued, but no consensus was attained.
By this time, everyone (OK, JohnT) was hungry, so we broke to have chow before the meeting with the adjunct faculty at 1915.