Lab 2 Directions
You are responsible for learning
(but not memorizing)
everything on these pages.
Skim this over
in order to prepare for Monday
since we have a lot to do in lab. You do not need to complete the activities
until lab, but you do need to read this so that you will be prepared.
To satisfy the Math 1010 computer designator, we will effectively use
programs that are widely available and that you are likely to use again
in other classes.
Today we will use Netscape, a web browser, and
Microsoft Excel, which is useful
for amortization tables, calculations and spreadsheets.
Word and Excel are bundled together
in the "Office" package that also includes Microsoft PowerPoint,
a program for creating and viewing professional presentations that we
will use later in the semester. All of these programs can be
found on most pc and mac computers.
We will spend the rest of the semester learning about basic features,
especially concentrating on web searching techniques.
Group Work and Turning on the Computer
Pick one person (sitting next to you) to work with for this lab.
Working together is important since the best way to learn something new is
to communicate it to someone else. In addition, it takes Dr. Sarah a while
to get around the room, so it is more efficient to have people helping each
other. Each of you should work on your own computer, but you should help
each other and keep the same pace.
Turn on the computer by
pressing the key which sort of looks like an apple with a stem still on.
If the computer was on when you entered the room, restart it before you
begin working in order to prevent crashes.
Netscape Versus Internet Explorer
We will usually use Internet Explorer in this class, because it works
better with campus pipeline, Excel files,
and movie and sound files.
Before opening a web browser be sure to follow directions from Dr.
Sarah on whether to open Netscape or Explorer.
Mac versus PC Computers While we will be using Mac computers
in lab, almost everything we do can also be done on a PC computer.
Complaining about Mac computers detracts from the professional environment
of the course and will be considered negative participation.
More importantly though, consider the fact that both software and
computer systems change often. It is almost certain that
the computer you will use in 10 years will look and act
nothing like your present computer. Hence,
it is important to be both logical and flexible in your computer use.
The use of Mac computers in lab gives you the opportunity to
develop your flexibility and reinforce this course goal.
Use Internet Explorer to Get to the Main Class Web Page
Follow the directions on
Dr. Sarah's Sheet on the Main Web Page and WebCT Use,
to open up Internet Explorer and to get to the main class web page.
File and Program Management
The top right side of the screen will show you what program is currently open.
If you click on it (do this), it will show you a list of all open programs.
A check mark will be next to the program that you are in.
If you wish to change to a different open program,
then scroll down and release on the one that you wish.
Sometimes a program will be open, but you won't see a file with it.
To open up a new file, under File, release on New.
To open an old file, under file release on Open,
and then look for the file you desire.
Always Save files into the public folder/save files here folder located on
This makes them easy to find later on. Be sure that the
public folder/save files
appears as the heading on the save window.
Word documents should always end in .doc, while excel documents should
always end in .xls
grades will be based on how many questions
you answered correctly and completely, and the clarity
and depth of your writing and explanations, so take your time to
think carefully and discuss the issues in your group before writing down an
answer and be sure to write in complete sentences!
You may always attach extra pages if you need
more room for explanation.
Even if there had not been a writing designator on MAT 1010, we still
would have done some writing in this class, because
explaining your ideas to others is an important
part of mathematics and is also one of the best ways to improve your
understanding of the material.
The effort you expend in clearly explaining your work solidifies your
learning. In particular, research has shown that writing and
speaking trigger different
areas of your brain. By writing something down - even when you
think you already understand it - your learning is reinforced by
involving other areas of
your brain. In addition, when you are studying for tests
or for the comprehensive final exam, you will find that your explanations
will help you review and understand the material and will make for a much more
useful study guide.
Success in this Course
Much of your success in this course depends on you carefully listening
to and taking notes on what I say, carefully
following directions, engaging the material, and practicing on your own.
You can obtain a passing grade in this class by satisfactorily completing your
work and missing no more than 8 credit hours of class. Most people who do so
receive an A, B, or C in the course. To obtain an A in this class, you must
demonstrate deep understanding of the material. Since the class meets for 5
hours per week and satisfies 3 designators, you should expect to work hard,
put in the necessary
time outside of class in order to complete homework and assignments
on time (compared to a 3 hour course with no designators you
will probably spend significantly more time on this class).
You will find that I will also work hard to help you succeed.
Effective Use of Time in Class
You should always expect to stay for the entire time that
class (Tues/Thur) meets. If activities are finished early
or you are waiting for us to come back together as a class, then you should
use the time effectively to work on class homework or ask me questions
(using your time effectively forms part of your participation grade).
Effective Use of Time in Lab
Labs are designed to take 1 hour and 50 minutes, but everyone works
at a different pace. You should expect to leave having completed the
mathematics correctly (I try to check work and give you instant feedback
as I make my way around the classroom since I want you to succeed.)
Some people will work quickly enough to be able to answer all of the
questions in lab itself. Other people will need to spend time outside of
class completing questions.
If you finish all of the listed lab activities early then you may
spend the remaining lab time working
on class homework.
Stock Market Intro
Take out your Stock Market homework, and (using your homework)
follow the directions on the
Stock Market intro to complete this portion of the lab.
Ben Franklin Lab
Slowly and carefully follow the directions on the lab.
The completed lab is due Friday at 5pm.
Click on grades and tracking info. Click on grades.
Take a look at how many credit hours of absences you have so far.
Click on the WebCT home link, and then click on the mail link.
Read any NEW messages that you
Recall that you are
supposed to read them at least twice a week.
Remaining Time and the End of Lab
If time remains, then you should work on homework for
tomorrow (see the main class web page), work on
finishing questions on the Ben Franklin part 1 lab, or other class homework.
You may also ask me any questions you have about anything
in this course as I make my way around the room. For example, I know that
some of you have questions on the homework that was just returned today.
Always Shut Down the Computer Before Leaving the Lab
To shut down the computer, from the desktop, click on
the background, then on special, and then
release on shut down.
Be sure that you always shut down the computer before you leave