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  1. What classes will you be teaching next semester?
  2. I wanted to sign up for one of your classes, but it's full. Can you give me an override?
  3. Do you give + or – grades?
  4. Do you take attendance?
  5. When and where will the Final Exam be given?
  6. Can I take the Final Exam at a different day/time?
  7. Can I turn in my homework late?
  8. Where should I drop off my homework?
  9. When will you be in your office?
  10. Can you hire me to ... ?
  11. Does the Introduction to WeBWorK count towards my WeBWorK grade?
  12. Do you curve grades?
  13. Do you offer extra credit?
  14. What can I put on my note sheet for the Final Exam?
  15. What is the Putnam Exam?
  16. How do I sign up for the Putnam Exam?
  17. What should I do to prepare for the Putnam Exam?



  1. Q: What classes will you be teaching next semester?

    A: When ASU assigns me my teaching schedule, it will appear on the Schedule of Courses. Generally, I won't know my schedule until it is posted there.

  2. Q: I wanted to sign up for one of your classes, but it's full. Can you give me an override?

    A: Yes, but I prefer not to. In some cases, the number of seats in the classroom determines how many people can be there at once.

    At the beginning of the semester, I have to take attendance during the first week and drop anyone who doesn't show up. My advice is for you to attend class regularly during the first week and then try to sign up after those people have been dropped.

    ADDENDUM: If the class is listed as being "reserved": The class you are trying to sign up for is reserved because the various colleges have requested that we reserve seats for their various majors. This is not anything I (or the department, for that matter) have any control over. The School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences is not giving overrides for these classes. You will just have to wait until either someone drops the class, or wait until the deadline passes and register then.

  3. Q: Do you give + or – grades?

    A: No.

  4. Q: Do you take attendance?

    A: Yes. For classes that meet four days a week, the maximum number of allowed absences is nine (9). For classes that meet three days a week, the maximum number of allowed absences is seven (7). For classes that meet two days a week, the maximum number of allowed absences is five (5). For classes that meet once a week, the maximum number of allowed absences is three (3). For classes that meet on other schedules, the number of absences allowed should reflect a similar formula (two weeks worth of class meetings, plus one "oops, I forgot to sign in" absence). Students who exceed the number of allowed absences will receive a grade of EN.

    If I am teaching several sections of a particular class, and you attend a section which you are not enrolled in, you will receive half an absence for that day.

  5. Q: When and where will the Final Exam be given?

    A: For most classes, the date and time of the Final Exam will be given in the schedule of courses, and the exam will be given in the classroom, unless otherwise noted. Certain classes (MAT 142, 194, 170, 210, 265, 266, 267, 270, 271, and 272) have a common time, from 7:10 - 9:00 p.m., Thursday night during Finals Week. The room will be announced towards the end of the semester.

  6. Q: Can I take the Final Exam at a different day/time?

    A: 90% of the time, the answer will be NO. If you feel there are special circumstances, see me or send me an e-mail. In particular, you will not be allowed to change the day/time of your Final Exam because you bought nonrefundable airline tickets. Don't buy them until you know when your Finals will be!

  7. Q: Can I turn in my homework late?

    A:I will only accept two late homeworks per person per class per semester, "late" meaning you are turning it in after the due date but before the class has gotten the corrected homework back. If you want to turn homework in late, you can bring it to my cubicle during office hours; otherwise, you should take it to PSA 216 (the Math Department's Main Office) and give it to the student workers. Be sure to put your name, my name (C. HECKMAN, since there are two Heckmans in the deparment), and the class you're in, and its time.

  8. Q: Where should I drop off my homework?

    A: If you don't bring it to class, you should take it to PSA 216 (the Mathematics Department's main office) and give it to the student workers there. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you want to drop off homework outside of these hours, then slide it under the partition. You should not drop it off at my office, except during office hours. Otherwise, there is no guarantee that I will get it.

  9. Q: When will you be in your office?

    A: My posted office hours are time that has been set aside to answer questions and other "student-related" business. However, since usually no one shows up, I will be doing something to kill the time. If I'm in my office during this time, it won't be important; feel free to interrupt.

    Otherwise, whether I'll be in my office is hit-and-miss. If you make an appointment, I'll be there, but otherwise, I may be doing something important (like preparing a lecture).

  10. Q: Can you hire me to ... ?

    A: No. You will need to go to the department itself (PSA 216), or contact Terri Miller or Beth Jones. They are the ones who do all the hiring.

  11. Q: Does the Introduction to WeBWorK count towards my WeBWorK grade?

    A: No. It is only there for practice.

  12. Q: Do you curve grades?

    A: I do one overall curve at the end of the semester. However, when you get tests back, I will give an "on the spot" curve to let you know how much I would curve if I curved at that point.

  13. Q: Do you offer extra credit?

    A: No.

  14. Q: What can I put on my note sheet for the Final Exam?

    A: You may only include formulas and procedures; you may not work out any examples. Your names make take up both sides of a 8½'' × 11'' sheet of paper. Notes must be hand-written; no copiers, computers, or any other technology may be used. Notes which violate these conditions may result in a reduction of your grade. You must turn in your notes with your final exam. If you have questions about what a "worked out example" is, see this page.

  15. Q: What is the Putnam Exam?

    A: It is a nationwide exam given to undergraduate students across North America. It doesn't cost you anything to take. Further information can be found at the department's Putnam webpage.

  16. Q: How do I sign up for the Putnam Exam?

    A: Send me an e-mail before the "registration" deadline, which is usually in October.

  17. Q: What should I do to prepare for the Putnam Exam?

    A: Old exams and answers to old exams are available at an archive at UNL. There are a lot of subject areas; number theory, counting, and linear algebra seem to be the committee's favorite source for problems.

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The contents of this page reflect solely the opinions of the author who originated it; the opinion of Arizona State is that I should stop goofing off and get to work. This page has (obviously) not been reviewed by, nor is it (again, obviously) a publication of Arizona State University. The person who is responsible for this page is: checkman@math.asu.edu.