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Dr. Michael Jamieson
Mathematics Department

I will use the MyCF portal only for posting course syllabi. All other course materials will come through this page and Pearson's MyLab/Mastering

Access MyLab/Mastering as follows:
1. Go to pearsonmylabandmastering.com
Select "Students Register"

2. Unless you are repeating this course, select "Get access to a new course"

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My 2014 Spring Schedule
Time
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
9:30 - 10:45
1140.02
7-111
Office
7-102L
1140.02
7-111
Office
7-102L
11:00 - 12:15
2311.02
7-111
2311.02
(11-11:50)
7-111
2311.02
7-111
2311.02
(11-11:50)
7-111
12:30 - 1:45
Office
7-102L
Office
7-102L
Office
7-102L
Office
7-102L
2:00 - 3:15
Office
7-102L
1105.14
7-111
Office
7-102L
1105.14
7-111
3:30 - 4:45
1140.02
7-111
1105.19
7-111
1140.02
7-111
1105.19
7-111

Advising notes:
College is harder than high school. If you are accustomed to getting As and Bs you may have to learn that getting a C can be considered success.

That being said, you should also understand that pre-requisite courses are your opportunity to prepare yourself well for higher level, harder courses . If you plan on taking harder courses, a C in the pre-requisiite does not mean that you have prepared yourself well for the follow-up course. It only gets you permission to give it a try.

Some instructors believe that if they give you a C, it will be obvious to you that you need to stop. Others say it means you have a 50% chance of passing the follow-up course. If you were already doing everything you could and you only earned a C in the pre-requisite course, you may be getting in over your head; or maybe you just need to get your life more organized - many of our students are in that situation. In any case, we will offer you support and best wishes, but you should have a Plan B - our college has programs for almost any student..

All these statements apply especially in the MAC sequence -- the MAC prefix for 1105 does mean Math for Calculus, even if your program only requires College Algebra without Calculus. The Math department understands that only about 10 - 20% of its MAC 1105 students go on to Pre-Cal. Still, the Florida Department of Education intends MAC 1105 to begin preparing students for Calculus courses. We will not short change students pursuing that option. Pre-Cal courses including MAC 1105/1140/1114/1147 are in the math fast lane.

If you had trouble with MAT 1033, and do not need to compete with the Math for Calculus students, you should seriously consider getting your Gordon Rule math credits in MGF 1106-1107 and STA 2023 instead of simply taking more algebra at a substantially higher level.

As students, you have the primary responsibility for what you learn. The college's instructors, advisors, tutors, etc, support your educational endeavors. That job description is determined by the state of Florida and its taxpayers who pay most of the cost of your instruction. If you just want us to rubber stamp a piece of paper that says you qualify for certain jobs and admission to higher institutions, you will be disappointed.

Calculus is really harder-- it is more abstract. It is not just more algebra.

My beliefs about the Math curriculum:

We can use technology to give access to interesting applications of mathematics. We should not let students use technology as a crutch to avoid learning significant content. When you see my homework and test problems, you will find I am pretty good at taking your calculator out of the game when I want to.

We really should drop numerous outdated topics so we can teach the essential contemporary topics in a narrower, deeper curriculum and make room for these interesting applications that use technology.

The Social Constructivistist Model of Learning: Students arrive at a better understanding of subject matter when they construct their own explanations of how and why our methods work reliably. Having students interact with each other is a good way to facilitate that. Group work is an excellent learning tool. While learning is a group activity, testing must be done individually.

Our state and our country have been falling behind other parts of the industrialized world. We all need to work hard to catch up - both teachers and students.

When instructors hold students to a high standard, students tend to rise to the expectation. I love finding ways to help students step up their game. A good class is a good workout. What we teach to first and second year students is not rocket science - if you work at it you will almost certainly learn it. If you are not willing to compete seriously, that has to do with your choice of priorities.


Awareness of Global Concerns is part of a well-rounded education. You might consider

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My Credentials

  • Ph.D. (1994) University of Florida, Mathematics
  • M.S. (1971) University of Illinois, Mathematics
  • B.S. (1971) University of Illinois, Mathematics
Dr. Michael Jamieson, Associate Professor

Office: 7-102L

Ocala Campus

Building 7

Ph: (352) 854-2322, ext. 1254

Email: JamiesoM@cf.edu

Mailing Address:

College of Central Florida

3001 College Road

Ocala FL 34480

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