Supplemental Instruction for Survey of Biology

As of Tue., Sept. 22 I am the Supplemental Instruction Leader (SI Leader) for Dr. Backer’s course, Survey of Biological Sciences (BSC1005) at bldg. 410 at Daytona State College. This is a job, so I’m now an employee of Daytona State College. 😀

I’ve created a webpage for the SI sessions on this website, including the session times. Attendance at this week’s Tue./Wed./Thu. sessions was 3/8/10 respectively. For sec. 3 there is an SI before the exam Tue., Sept. 29. Read all about it here:

I lead three sessions weekly through December 2009. Come to any:
Tue., 11 AM – 12 PM, bldg. 410, rm. 228.
Wed., 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, bldg. 410, rm. 228.
Thu., 2 PM – 3 PM, bldg. 410, rm. 131

Though it’s only a part-time work/study job, I’m glad to be a part of the Daytona State College team!

Calculus II Homework Answers

My Calculus II professor, Brian Smith, posts scans of the answers to all the homework problems he assigns. He solves them himself and puts up PDF files online ( You can only see them if you’re in his course, and the online system has problems and is often slow.

Prof. Smith has given me permission to post his solutions publicly. Normally you would have to buy the Student Solutions Manual (SSM), but with the links below, you can get many of the answers for free.

These are for Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals by James Stewart, 6th ed. (049501169X). Prof. Smith only covers the homework problems he has assigned. All even problems and some odds are skipped. Average file size: 1MB.

ZIP archive of the 40 PDFs above (31MB). I always try to make things easy for you.

Prof. Smith includes the question with every answer, so you can print these out and use them without the book. The Lab integration review applies only to our course, but it has the questions and answers so it will be useful for everyone.

Note to self: update the ZIP archive over SSH with these commands:

cd /home/thripp/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/265/files/calculus/
zip -r c2-solutions/ smithbr/ trig-review/

2009-09-09 Welcome Party Photos

There was a great party yesterday (Wednesday) near the clock tower at the main Daytona State College campus, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Unfortunately many people had classes and it was hot. I caught that last 40 minutes after my Prof. Smith’s Calculus II class. I’ve culled over 100 photos down to 18 below.

I’m providing 4 megapixel print copies of all the photos. Just click “High-Res” to the right of the thumbnails. You can pick out people in crowds with those photos.

Three crowd shots:

2009-09-09 Party High-Res

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How to Survive in QUANTA

QUANTA is Daytona State College’s premier learning community. It is interdisciplinary, meaning it merges multiple subjects into a cohesive framework. Instead of taking three courses in separate buildings with different professors and students, you get to stay with the same students and professors through six courses taught over two semesters.

I was in QUANTA 24 in the 2007-2008 school year, and I can tell you it is a hard set of courses. A lot is expected of you. You must have above-average ACT, SAT, or CPT scores to qualify. You are expected to have a firm grasp of history and the rules of English, and you will write over 20,000 words if you stay through both semesters. You must develop good habits and study techniques. You must manage your time well. Though QUANTA is based on creativity and flexibility, all your essays must make solid arguments citing other academic works. You must follow formal grammar and citation rules. This is a point-by-point guide to surviving in QUANTA.


How does QUANTA work? In the fall semester, it consists of English I by Professor Frank Gunshanan, Humanities I by Dr. Casey Blanton, and Introduction to Sociology by Dr. Michael Flota. Students who continue into the spring will learn English II, Humanities II, and American Political & Economic Issues from the same professors. Both semesters follow the same format but the spring semester is heavier. Though more advanced, we get more of the same from Frank and Casey in the spring, while Flota takes off with his analysis of the world economy, banking, and the evolution of American politics. I imagine his course will be even more interesting this year, what with the Obama administration, socialized health care, and the raiding of the U.S. treasury.

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