course info


We meet MWF, from 08:00−08:50AM, in room LSC 161. You should attend lecture because it's the right thing to do. You should also plan to attend every lecture because there will be something to hand in every time. I will not be delivering much in the way of traditional lecture; you should expect to be working problems actively during the majority of class time. You should always bring your textbook, calculator, paper, and pencil.


Homework problem set due dates are listed on the attached course calendar. You are responsible for knowing which problems are assigned, and when they are due. I recommend completing as many of the problems as possible. One problem will be collected for grading each lecture. You may continue to submit problems to be graded until you have reached the maximum. Once you have reached the maximum, you should keep doing problems, but you cannot earn any extra credit points by submitting them to be graded.

Homework problems must be set up neatly and completely. You should work on either green engineering paper or blank, unruled paper. Notebook paper is not acceptable, and regular graph paper is not a good choice either. Your homework submission should include a neat sketch (use a ruler for straight lines), completely and clearly labeled. The problem must be set up symbolically using the same set of variables as you labeled on your sketch. You must include enough mathematical detail to demonstrate that you have actually solved the problem. Finally, the numeric answer should be clearly visible, accurately labeled, and include the appropriate units. If necessary, I will invoke point penalties for neatness and/or format problems. Submitting work which has been transcribed from a Solutions Manual is prohibited, and will be treated as a serious infraction of academic integrity.

Homework must be submitted at the beginning of the lecture period when it is due. No homework papers will be accepted at the end of the period, and no late homework will be accepted for any reason. If you miss one, just keep working and get the next one handed in on time. There are more than 25 homework problems on the calendar, so you should have ample opportunity to earn maximum points. You may submit more than one problem per lecture period, but you may not submit more than three problems per chapter. Homework solutions will be uploaded to the ENGR 2311 shared google drive.


There will be a quiz every Friday. There may also be random quizzes on random days. If you complete more than 10 quizzes, only the highest 10 scores will be counted toward your grade. No make up quizzes will be given. If you miss a quiz, you should consider any quizzes beyond Quiz 10 as make ups. Quiz solutions will be posted online after completion.


Five exams will each cover two chapters from the text. There is no comprehensive final exam (Exam 5 will take place during the final exam time slot, but will cover only the final two chapters). Exams will be closed book, and you will be allowed to use a calculator. They will consist of problems similar (but not identical) to those solved in class or collected as homework. Exam solutions will be posted online after completion.


You are expected to keep all graded material and keep track of your own point progress over the course of the semester. I will be happy to correct any bookkeeping errors, but you must be able to document the error with the original graded work. You will be given your point total and grade average approximately every other week. If you need to know your grade at any time, please e−mail me, and I will promptly send you your current point total.

Points for the semester break down as shown on the table below.


25 problems @ 10 points each = 250 points


10 quizzes @ 15 points each = 150 points


5 exams @ 120 points each = 600 points


= 1000 points

Grades will be assigned according to the scale shown below.

Letter Grade

Minimum Points

Maximum Points

A 890 1000
B 790 889
C 690 789
D 600 689
F 0 599

There is no extra credit available. The homework and quiz points are intended both to prepare you for the exams, and provide you with a “cushion” of points to help offset any potential exam-day disasters.


Course Web

This course does not use Blackboard. Never. Ever. All course information, current calendars, review material, quiz and test solutions are posted on this course web, and/or in the ENGR 2311 Google Drive folder.

Personal Electronic Devices

Social use of mobile devices is strictly prohibited during lecture and lab time. You are not permitted to use any mobile device capable of connecting to the internet during quizzes or exams. Texting, browsing, and posting to social media are both rude and disruptive, and are not acceptable during class time. If your telephone rings during an exam, you will be required to submit your exam and leave the room immediately. Please be respectful and considerate of your fellow students. No exceptions to this policy will be made for any reason whatsoever.

Academic Integrity

The University of Central Arkansas affirms its commitment to academic integrity and expects all members of the university community to accept shared responsibility for maintaining academic integrity. Students in this course are subject to the provisions of the university's Academic Integrity Policy, approved by the Board of Trustees as Board Policy No. 709 on February 10, 2010, and published in the Student Handbook. Penalties for academic misconduct in this course may include a failing grade on an assignment, a failing grade in the course, or any other course-related sanction the instructor determines to be appropriate. Continued enrollment in this course affirms a student's acceptance of this university policy.

Collaboration is very strongly encouraged on everything except exams and quizzes (and you may even be allowed to consult each other occasionally on quizzes). Any collaboration on exams is strictly prohibited, and will result in, at the minimum, a course grade of F, and referral to the Dean of Students for further disciplinary action. Submitting work which has been transcribed from a Solutions Manual is also prohibited, and will be treated as seriously as any other infraction of academic integrity.

It is also a matter of academic and personal integrity to take responsibility for withdrawing yourself from this course, if the situation requires it. The last day for unrestricted withdrawal with a W is 11/09/18. Effective Fall 2017, the WP/WF grade option will no longer be used. Only W grades may be assigned through the 12th week of the Fall/Spring semester, with equivalent dates in terms of other lengths. After this date, only grades of A, B, C, D, or F will be allowed.

Americans With Disabilities Act

The University of Central Arkansas adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need an accommodation under this act due to a disability, please contact the UCA Disability Resource Center at 501.450.3613.

Student Evaluations

Student evaluations of a course and its professor are a crucial element in helping faculty achieve excellence in the classroom and the institution in demonstrating that students are gaining knowledge. Students may evaluate courses they are taking starting on the Monday of the last week of instruction (08/05/16) through the end of finals week by logging in to myUCA and clicking on the Evals button on the top right.

Building Emergency Plan

An Emergency Procedures Summary (EPS) for the building in which this class is held will be discussed during the first week of this course. EPS documents for most buildings on campus are available online. Every student should be familiar with emergency procedures for any campus building in which s/he spends time for classes or other purposes.

Title IX Disclosure

If a student discloses an act of sexual harassment, discrimination, assault, or other sexual misconduct to a faculty member (as it relates to "student-on-student" or "employee-on-student"), the faculty member cannot maintain complete confidentiality and is required to report the act and may be required to reveal the names of the parties involved. Any allegations made by a student may or may not trigger an investigation. Each situation differs and the obligation to conduct an investigation will depend on those specific set of circumstances The determination to conduct an investigation will be made by the Title IX Coordinator. For further information, please visit this link.

*Disclosure of sexual misconduct by a third party who is not a student and/or employee is also required if the misconduct occurs when the third party is a participant in a university-sponsored program, event, or activity.


Assignments, point distributions, grading scales, and course policies should be regarded as flexible and subject to substitution or change at the discretion of the instructor. Students should refer to the 2018-2019 Student Handbook and familiarize themselves with all policies, particularly the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Academic Policies.

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