synchronous online Zoom course delivery format

Pandemic conditions require adapting to the situation we all face.

Classes will be **synchonous**, with class meetings at the
scheduled times through Zoom accessible from the BlackBoard class site. They
will begin with roll call to have a short verbal exchange and a video viewing of
each of us. This will be followed by the **presentation of
Lecture Notes **on the topic of the
day through a discussion of handwritten PDF scanned notes, during which students
may ask questions at any time as in an in-person classroom.

Most **homework questions** can be handled asynchronously online
with the **Ask your Instructor tool** in WebAssign using email, or
synchronously with the **Office Hours Anytime Zoom** meeting. Maple solutions for
the textbook problem parameter values are often posted online, or can be created
upon request to share with the class. These parameters have random values in the
WebAssign problems, which means if small groups of students in **BreakOut
rooms** work on homework problems, they can share their steps but using
their own values of those parameters.

Following presentation of Lecture Notes, students may** ask questions
about the homework problems** due that day and if not easily answered in
real time, will be answered with an email to all students. Unfortunately writing
on a Zoom whiteboard is not very efficient, unlike physical white boards in
in-person classes.

All **9 quizzes (Fridays) and 4 tests **will be released as PDF files on
Blackboard with at least a day or two (or more) for submitting completed work.
Quiz and test sheets should be downloaded and printed on 8.5x11 in paper. Hand
written worked responses on 8.5x11 inch rectangular sheets of paper (no rounded
edges) should then be scanned together with those sheets first as a single PDF
document, using the free smart phone app **Adobe Scan [download
here]** or one
producing equally optimal scans. Turn off the Optical Character Recognition in
the settings, you only want image scans. Ask bob if you need help. Maple or graphing calculators may be used to
check calculations but not substitute for careful hand derivations using correct
mathematical notation. Although these assessments permit open access to
mathematical resources, no collaboration is allowed. Email bob if you get stuck
or don't understand the wording. Contrary to the expectations of many, words in
math matter. Read about academic integrity at
Villanova.

You will be expected to record
your responses to **homework exercises** from the textbook
using the online homework system WebAssign, will count for 20 percent of your grade. By default you get 5 attempts
to enter a correct answer, and you can request more time and 5 more attempts
through the **Extension tool**. Each entry is one point in the total homework grade,
normalized to 100 for all entries correct. The "deadline" for each assignment is
the end of the next class meeting day after it is assigned, but it is only a
suggestion. Any request for an extension in time or in attemps will be honored.