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DECEMBER 18

  • Final Grades: These are now done. Due to privacy and security issues, I cannot post all of your data as I did before. I will post course grades and final exam scores by a special code I've created for each person. To determine your code, take the two digit number in the middle of your student ID number and add it to the four digit number at the end. For example, if your student ID number was 980-12-5600, then your Code would be 12+5600 = 5612. (This method insures that no part of your ID is posted to the web and protects your privacy since from a Code, thousands of possible student ID numbers are possible.) I cannot display anything else (like projects or previous exams) because others may be able to deduce who you are from that data. Here are the final course grades, sorted by Course Percent.
  • Code

    Course Grade

    Exam 2

    Course %

    7862

    4.0

    98

    95.9

    6505

    3.8

    91

    94.4

    2888

    3.7

    100

    93.6

    2335

    3.7

    87

    93.1

    5354

    3.6

    86

    92.1

    3234

    3.5

    96

    91.3

    1408

    3.5

    92

    91.3

    2286

    3.5

    84

    90.4

    2254

    3.4

    99

    90.2

    2069

    3.2

    79

    87.8

    3131

    3.1

    83

    86.6

    7370

    3.1

    93

    86.6

    1910

    3.1

    82

    85.6

    1909

    3.0

    99

    85.1

    2753

    2.9

    79

    83.8

    5461

    2.8

    89

    83.1

    2893

    2.8

    85

    82.3

    3032

    2.8

    73

    82

    4984

    2.7

    68

    81.9

    8951

    2.6

    63

    79.7

    1992

    2.6

    76

    79.6

    9314

    2.3

    74

    77.1

    9871

    2.3

    56

    76.7

    1934

    2.1

    52

    74.6


DECEMBER 15

  • Sorry about the delay in grades. The campus was closed on Friday due to power outages on campus and all my stuff was in my office, all


DECEMBER 15

  • Sorry about the delay in grades. The campus was closed on Friday due to power outages on campus and all my stuff was in my office, all locked up. I plan on going in on Monday to do final grades. They will be posted some time on monday.


DECEMBER 11

  • Please bring a full sized (8.5 by 11 inch) blank Blue Book to the midterm on Tuesday. Do not put your name on it or write in or on it. You will trade your blank book with one from me that has our division stamp on it.
  • The written report is due by 5PM on Thursday.


DECEMBER 8

  • I could not find an old practice exam to post for practice. (Sorry!) However, here's a guide to preparing for the second midterm:
    • Ch 9:
      • Know how to use the formulas for future and present values of lump sums and annuities. The focus will be on lump-sum calculations.
      • Know how to adjust for inflation
    • Ch 10
      • Know the basic terms for the stock option portion of the project
      • Know how to compute the value of a stock option and profits that come from it
    • Ch 11
      • Know how to compute future and present values when interest is compounded continuously
      • Understand how to compute ratios and risk-free ratios
      • Don't worry about logarithms
    • Ch 12
      • Know how to compute the mean, variance and standard deviation of a small set of data
      • Know basics about histograms (computing bin width, etc., but nothing too fancy will be on the final)
      • Know how to adjust ratios to the risk-free ratio
      • Know how to compute annualized volatility
    • Ch 13
      • Know the basic idea behind the bootstrap method and why it "works."
    • Ch 14
      • Know how to sketch a normal curve given a mean and standard deviation
      • Know how to use the 68-95-99.7 Rule in simple scenarios.
      • Know how to find deviation "benchmarks" (p 231)
      • Know the difference between the "standard normal distribution" and general normal distribution.
      • Know what Black Scholes does, but don't worry about calculations with it.
    • To Study I suggest the following
      • Review the list above and identify where you might need to focus you attention
      • Go back and look at old quizzes
      • Do problems from the text
      • Look at some of the calculations at the end of the project. Make sure you understand them and how to do them.
      • Come with questions on Monday.


DECEMBER 7

  • Before your team leaves today, please provide me a breif, typed update that details how your team will complete the written report. Include two main things: (A) the basic outline/plan to get it done including a tentative schedule and (B) who will participate in the each step of the plan. Make sure your names and team number are on the document.
  • If you would like the Project Outline in Word format, here it is.
  • The second midterm will take place Tuesday at the time when the final exam is scheduled. It will only cover material from the second main project. We will NOT have a formal final exam in this course. I will either take the average of your two midterms and count that as your final exam or I will simply compute grades without any consideration of a final exam.


DECEMBER 6

  • Directions for being productive today:
    • First, turn in your Ch 14 Updates and I will check them for accuracy at the start of class.
    • Download the latest version of the Report Outline. I made slight changes to it yesterday (mainly to #8 in the Appendix) so make sure you have the correct version.
    • Go directly to the Appendix and start doing the calculations for problems 4-13. Skip #1-3 until I verify your Ch 14 Update results.
    • As you work through #4-13, write down the calculations and the numerical results you get along the way so you'll have that ready to type up in your report. I suggest a level of detail similar to that given in the examples from the Ch 9 Lecture Notes.
    • Have at least two people check the results to each problem to make sure you are on the right track. When two people in your group can independently confirm a result for a problem, then you can ask me to confirm the results for that problem. I have all the solution keys with me and available.
    • Try to do as much of the calcultion work today so that tomorrow you can actually start writing up the report.
    • Keep in mind as you work that by the time you leave class tomorrow I will ask your team to write up a very short description of what each member will do to contribute to the final written report. Include such tasks as calculations, excel work, typing up particular sections, formatting, editing, proof-reading, etc.


DECEMBER 4


DECEMBER 1

  • Here's a summary of where we are at:
    • Due Monday: Your take home quiz if you have not yet submitted it.
    • Due Monday: Ch 13 Update
    • Due Tuesday: Ch 14 Update
    • We will be moving through Ch 9 efficiently next week. The Ch 9 Update will be due the following Monday (12/11)
    • I'm leaning towards cancelling the Project Oral reports and using the Final Exam tiem for the second midterm and final exam. This may mean I'll need to slightly adjust the grading structure for the course.
    • I'd like to have a Ch 9 quiz some time next week, time permitting.
  • See you Monday...next week will be important. Please plan on attending every day.


NOVEMBER 30

  • The college requires that I make up time lost from the snow closures by arrangement with the class. Since we're at end of the term and scheduling make up time is virtually impossible (when could we all meet?), I've opted to add four office hours to my schedule to make up this time. These hours will be this and next Friday from 10am to 12noon. If you have any questions about the material we are covering or need extra help, feel free to visit me during those hours or my normal office hours.
  • For the Chapter 14 upate, you calculations are to be based on the NON-normalized ratios. At least one problem said normalized (incorrectly). I've corrected it on the web site. Sorry about any confusion.


NOVEMBER 29/30

  • According to the SCCC website, classes before 10AM on Thursday will be cancelled. This puts us in an unfortunate position. Here are my suggestions and observations.
    • Take this time to get caught up!
    • Finish the Ch 14 Update before Monday. It will be due Tuesday.
    • We'll most likely streamline our treatment of Ch 9 so we can finish the project and skip over some of the finer details in that chapter.
    • Download the Ch 9 Update and look it over. Try to finish as much of it as you can. In particular, based on what we have already done or discussed in class, you can do #'s 1, 2.
      • If you reach Ch 9 on your own, you may be able to do more.
      • To do #3,4,5 you will need to use the formula for the Future Value of an Ordinary Annuity. The value of the "rent" will be your monthly contributions to the client's 401K and Roth IRA.
      • To do #6, use the formula F=P(1+i)^n, where i is the rate of inflation and n is the number of years. We will assume that interest is "compounded" yearly, not monthy.
      • To do #7, you'll want to look at the rates of growth given for your client during retirement.
      • That should be enough for now. Do what you can.
  • We will need to discuss Midterm 2 and the Final when we get back. Because of the snow closures, the second Midterm will most likely be NEXT THURSDAY. To save time, one option would be to skip the Oral Presentations for the second project and use simply schedule the second midterm for the day of the final. In that case, we would not have a take home final and the second midterm would be comprehensive...we'll discuss in class next week.


NOVEMBER 29

  • WED 5:30AM: According to the SCCC Web page, Campus will not open until 10AM today. So, we will nto have class on Wed. Please work on Ch 13 and 14 Updates. Keep watching this site for updates.


NOVEMBER 27

  • Chapter 13 Update due date moved to Wednesday
  • Chapter 14 Update will be due next Monday
  • Midterm 2 coming sometime next week. Date to be determined later this week.
  • IF YOU MISSED CLASS MONDAY, SEE THE NOV 26 ANNOUNCEMENTS!


NOVEMBER 26


NOVEMBER 22

  • Ch 9 Reading Questions Due Monday
  • Ch 13 Update due Tuesday
  • Check the web over the weekend for the Ch 14 Update. It should be posted soon.


NOVEMBER 20B

  • Ch 13 Lecture Notes are now posted in Links


NOVEMBER 20

  • Ch 14 Reading Questions Due Tuesday
  • Ch 12 Update Due Wednesday
  • Ch 13 Update Due Next Tuesday (Update due in Links)
  • Ch 12 Quiz on Wednesday
  • Please check the Grades Page to look up your current grade situation. (You need the class password to open the file. Ask me or a classmate if you miss class today.)


NOVEMBER 15

  • Ch 12 Update Now Available in the Links Page


NOVEMBER 14

  • Ch 13 Reading Questions Due Wednesday


NOVEMBER 13

  • Ch 11 Quiz postponed until Tuesday. Sorry.
  • Ch 11 Update due Tuesday


NOVEMBER 9

  • Team Data: Here's a file to use so that both I and your team are working from the same data. Please follow instructions in class to use this file.
  • Ch 11 Update File: To avoid confusion on a couple of the questions, do one of the following. Open your Ch11 Update document, choose Select All from the Edit menu, and then hit F9 on the keyboard. That will update all the references correctly. OR, just download the file again...I've replaced it with a version that has the references correctly updated.
  • Ch 12 Notes now available in Links Page
  • I've sketched in a very rough estimate of how the rest of the quarter will unfold. You may want to to check it out in the Schedule page. Note, however, that the schedule is subject to change, if necessary.


NOVEMBER 8

  • Ch 10 Update Due Friday Thursday
  • Start working on the Ch 11 Update
  • Ch 11 Quiz on Monday


NOVEMBER 7


NOVEMBER 6

  • Check the Links Page for new files
  • Ch 11 Reading Questions Due Tuesday
  • Written Project Due Today by 3PM
  • Here is the revised Exam 1 Grade Distribution:


NOVEMBER 2

  • The data for Project 3 (We are skipping Project 2 for now) is now posted to the Links page. We'll start discussing the material today.
  • Ch 10 Reading Questions Due Monday
  • Project 1 written reports due Monday by Noon.


OCTOBER 30

  • EXAM 1:
    • Make sure you start each new problem at the top of a new page.
    • Please box your final answers clearly
    • Number each problem clearly
    • The order of the problems is not necessarily easy to hard. Look for easy problems first and get some points!
  • Tuesday: Teams 3,5, and 6 are presenting. Attendance by other groups is required. (Double attendance points). PLEASE HAVE YOUR FINAL POWERPOINT PRESENTATION EMAILED TO ME AS AN ATTACHMENT BY 7AM ON THE DAY YOUR TEAM IS TO PRESENT. NO LAST-MINUTE CHANGES WILL BE ALLOWED AFTER YOU EMAIL ME YOUR FILE DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINTS.


OCTOBER 26B


OCTOBER 26

  • For the Exam on Monday, BRING A BLANK FULL-SIZED BLUE BOOK. Make sure you buy the 8.5x11 inch version, not the smaller version. You can buy these at the bookstore or the C-Store for 60 cents. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON IT OR WRITE ON IT before class. You will trade your blank blue book for one that I give you in class that has a SAM division stamp on it.
  • There is a practice exam posted in the links page, but please know that there is no guarantee your exam will look exactly like this one...it's just an old exam. Use the quizzes to prepare as well. I will try to post quiz solutions from this quarter later today or Friday, but it's a busy two days with 298B finals and my SAM division retreat all day friday. So please be patient.


OCTOBER 25

  • Exam 1 on Monday covers Chapter 1 to 6. The quiz questions are good practice and review. Know all the details from the project.
  • Your Oral Report is next week. You will be given a 10-minute limit followed by five minutes of questions. Make sure you practice it as a group a few times to make sure you don't go over your time limit. Some things to consider:
    • Everyone in the group must talk and participate
    • Everyone in the group must be able to answer any question given to you
    • Business attire/dress is expected. No jeans or inappropriate dress should be worn. Come to class as though you were giving an actual presentation at work or for an interview at a reputable business
    • Powerpoint slides should be clean and easy to read. Test your file on the class demo if necessary today or tomorrow.
    • Generally speaking, your oral presentation should be LIGHT on (but not completely devoid of) mathematics and formulas. Refer the audience to your written report for details of your calculations and numbers.
  • Your Written report is due late next week. Exact date/time to be determined.
    • Make sure you follow the outline, but don't just fill in the blanks, so to speak. You need to explain your work, conclusions etc clearly. You should give samples of all important calculations, but you don't have to include every calculation you did.
    • Use color if possible. Make it look nice. If it's just printed black and white pages, it will probably not help your final grade much. Consider binding it or assembling it in a way that makes it looks like a professional report that a major business might distribute and be proud of.
  • See the Project Scoring Guide for some information on how I will grade your written and oral reports.


OCTOBER 24

  • Syllabus Change: I have decided to NOT give a Project Quiz at this time. This is designed to give you time right now to focus on the midterm and the Project. However, my plan is to give a take home final exam at the end of the quarter that included related material from the two main projects.


OCTOBER 23

  • A couple of people have asked me why the Sample Project (now printable) does not follow the required outline. The answer is simple. The Sample Project was written (by UA students) before the outlines were created. Your project MUST follow the given outline . The sample project can be used to give you a general idea of how the report might read, look, and "feel." But please use the outline provided when you write your report.
  • I've decided Exam 1 will be Monday, with Team Presentations Tues, Wed, and Thursday.


OCTOBER 19

  • It is important that you are in class every day, especially over the next week as we wind the project down. If you are not here, then it makes it more difficult for your team to stay on track. Days in which I allow team work will often count for double points in the attendance portion of the grade, so missing can also affect your grade in the course.
  • Don't forget to check the Due Date Calendar. Monday is an important day.
  • As of Monday, October 23, individual login names and passwords will be required in multi-computer labs/classrooms on the main student network. This includes the library open lab, the computer center open lab, the computer center classrooms and other labs/classrooms with multiple computers. Your login name, and the login names for your students, can be found at http://seattlecentral.org/computing/stuwebaccts.php. Your password is the last six digits of your SID.


OCTOBER 18

  • Quiz 2 Notes
    • Many of you could not answer the problem on the bank loan decision even though I had just talked about it as we were discussing Ch 5 on Tues. If this is you, I urge you to get this straight soon for your project.
    • Many of you cannot clearly define a random variable. Again, if this is you, I highly suggest you review this and practice. Use the set of practice problems I posted on Monday to help you do this. You WILL see this again.


OCTOBER 17

  • Ch 5 Quiz Moved to Monday
  • Ch4/5 Focus Memo Due Monday. You are to combine both chapter material into ONE memo. Do not submit two memos.


OCTOBER 16B


OCTOBER 16

  • Quiz on Chapter 4 Tuesday
  • Comments on Focus Memos
    • Overall, these were pretty good.
    • When we combine two chapter memos, please don't give me TWO memos. Give me ONE where you combine both sets of results and analysis.
    • Please use the Memo stencils on the H drive
    • Re-read the directions and scoring guide before you write Ch4/Ch5 Combined Memo
    • If you have codes circled on your memo, please see this link for a list of codes so you know what they mean.
  • Ch 5 Quiz on Thursday
  • Ch 6 is the last one for Project 1, so your projects and presentations will be wrapping up soon. Also, expect your first Midterm at the end of next week!


OCTOBER 12

  • Project 1 Outline: Here is an outline you will want to follow closely (it's required that you do so) when you write up your report for Project 1. You will want to look at it as a team and START WRITING WHAT YOU CAN. For example, you can begin to write Sections I through IV. You may edit them as you learn more, but start now so you are less stressed out later. See the Outline Here.
  • Quiz on Chapter 4 on Tuesday!


OCTOBER 11

  • Scholarship Opportunity: This may not apply to anyone in this class, but: SCCC Science and Math is beginning the application process for the ONSIGHT scholarships for this year. The awards are given to low-income full-time students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering with a cummulative GPA of 3.0. The awards are need based up to $5,000 per year for two years. In addition to a financial award students will engage in workshops and seminars to help ready them for their future education and careers. Applications are due November 3, 2006. Because the award is for two years we do welcome students who are just beginning their journey in science and math. We will try to make the awards in early December retroactive to this fall quarter. For requirements and more information, you can get an application packet at this link.


OCTOBER 10

  • Yes, we have class on Thursday. Some faculty in the college are cancelling class that day for faculty meetings. However, the Science and Math division is replacing that day with our annual retreat, Fri Oct 27. (That does not affect this class, of course, since we normally don't meet on Fridays anyway.)
  • Chapter 5 Reading Questions (typed only) due Thursday.
  • Ch 4 and Ch 5 Focus Memos will be combined.


OCTOBER 5

  • Please check the Links Page for an Archive of PowerPoint lecture notes you can print and bring to class. I will use these as my guide (only a guide) for class lectures. Here's Chapter 4 for Thursday.
  • Quiz on Chs 1-3 on Monday
  • Focus Memo for Ch2/3 due Monday


OCTOBER 4


OCTOBER 3

  • Ch 2&3 Focus Memo Due Monday. Please Read the Focus Instructions. It must be typed with the Equation Editor.
  • Ch 1/2/3 Quiz Monday.
  • Ch 3 Lecture Notes Here (Sorry they are late. I'll get others up much sooner)
  • MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN CLASS ON WED TO WORK WITH YOUR TEAMS.


OCTOBER 2

  • Start thinknig about your first Focus Memo. It will be Ch 2 & Ch 3 combined. See the H Drive for a guide on how to write these and a sample memo for Ch 2 only.


SEPTEMBER 28

  • Read Ch 3 Reading Questions Due Monday
  • The Due Date Calendar is now up and running (See link above). This is the official source of due dates for all assignments, quizzes, etc for this course.
  • SEVERAL PEOPLE DID NOT TURN THEIR TEAM ASSIGNMENTS IN. IF THIS IS YOU, SEE ME ASAP AND WE'LL TRY TO FIND YOU A TEAM. IF WE CAN'T FIND A TEAM WHERE YOU FIT, YOU MAY HAVE TO DROP THE COURSE.


SEPTEMBER 27

  • Read Ch 3. Ch 3 Reading Questions Due Date to be determined
  • Work through problems in Ch 2 on your own to make sure you understand the material.


SEPTEMBER 26

  • Read Ch 2 for Wed. Ch 2 Reading Questions due Wed. (Must be typed)
  • Read the Focus Memo Instructions document for homework.
  • Syllabus Acceptance Form and Team Assignment Sheet are due on Wednesday.
  • Don't forget to sign up for a section of MAT298B. Sessions are T,W,Th 1-3, and W 1:30-3:30. If you are not yet enrolled, you'll need to fill out a complete Add form. There are 16 seats per class, so first come, first served for each section.


SEPTEMBER 25

  • WELCOME TO MATH116 FOR THE FALL QUARTER
  • If you have not already done so, please enroll in and attend the first session of MAT298B. Meeting times are scattered throughout this week, but you only have to attend one of the sessions this week. This course is REQUIRED for continued enrollment in MAT116.
  • Please Read Ch 1 For Tuesday and write up the Reading Question for the Chapter to turn in.
  • Here is a copy of the Syllabus if you need one.