1:You will meet 4 students who are attending ABC University. Your task is to determine who is the most likely to succeed at ABC University. In your post, do the following.Select the student you believe is most likely to be successful. Begin your post with a declaration “I believe that _______________________ is most likely to be successful.”Explain the barriers the student is facing. There may be multiple ones.Explain the behaviors the student is demonstrating, and how those behaviors either help the student succeed or are getting in the way of success.Conclude your post with why you feel that of the 4 students, the one you chose is most likely to succeed.2:Interview yourself—or, better yet, have someone interview you—using the same or similar questions Professor Rawlins used to interview his student on pp. 69-72 of The Writer’s Way. Write a 75 to 150-word process describing the interview. Identify at least three ideas for essays which came from your interview. What surprised you about this process?3:Week 5 DiscussionThis week we’ve talked about polynomials and their properties. Polynomials show up in the real world a lot more than you would think! Applications can be found in physics, economics, meteorology, and more.One real-world example of a degree-two polynomial is the projectile motion equation used in physics:Details about this formula can be found at the brainfuse.com website.For example, if you hit a baseball at shoulder height (say about , you may have an initial velocity of around. The force of gravity is about .We can convert our miles to hour to feet per second (89.5 mph = 131.3 ft/s) and create an equation that would model the height of the ball at time t:Pick a baseball team average speed off the bat from this list. Pretend you are on that team and hitting a pitch. Using your height and the information in the table, create your own personalized equation as was done in the example above.Once you have your equation, find the zeros and the vertex using the techniques covered this week in Chapter 3. Show all your work!Compare the maximum height of your classmate’s baseball to your own. Do you think the difference is more from the difference in initial height of the bat or in the speed of the pitch?4:Rational functions can show up in surprising places. For example, when you are finding the average, you are actually using a rational function!Or in math speak, Often when making an expensive purchase we look at the total cost and whether we are willing to pay it. Another way to consider this is to find the average cost per month to see if it is in your budget.A common example would be when you renew the contract on your cell phone. Often we buy a new phone at the same time, and you can either pay it up front or have it added to your monthly bill.If you pay for the device up front, you can use the following function to model the monthly cost, where m is the number of months you plan on owning the device. Do some research to find the cost of a device you want to buy, and either your actual monthly bill or an advertised monthly bill. Using these numbers, give us the function you would use to model the monthly cost.Based on the asymptotes, what would be the minimum monthly average cost for this phone and plan? Explain how you got your answer.What would be the average cost if you replace the phone after 2 years (24 months)? Does this make you reconsider the price of the phones you buy?
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Student Success – Week 2 Discussion
Scenarios
Scenario #1: Amaya
Amaya is a 40-year old female who lives with her four children in her mother’s home.
She is a single mother who works one full-time job Monday-Friday and works part-time
(8 hours) every Saturday at the local supermarket. Her children are 11, 9, and 6
(twins). Her mother is retired and takes care of the kids when they get home from
school. Amaya gives her mother money to do the grocery shopping (etc.) during the
day when the kids are at school, and her mother cooks all the meals.
When Amaya gets home every day, she eats dinner, helps the kids with their
homework, gets them to bed, and then begins her homework around 9:00 at night.
She usually can get to bed around 10:30 at night, and she studies every night. She
enjoys her online discussions, and she has been able to apply some of what she is
learning to her job. She counts on Sundays to do massive work on her papers – except
last Sunday was the twins’ birthday, so she didn’t do any work and did not submit her
paper. Amaya figured she would finish it as soon as she could.
Yesterday, while her mother was carrying laundry to the washer, she slipped, fell, and
broke her ankle. It was her right ankle, and she cannot put weight on it or drive.
Although she has crutches and can get around the home a little bit, she is now unable
to grocery shop, do laundry, and cook.
Amaya opted to stay in her course. She has not told her professor or her advisor what
is going on because she didn’t want to sound like a complainer. She now has taken on
all the household responsibilities, is working the same amount, and often cannot begin
her homework until midnight. She is beginning to fall behind and is hoping she can
hang on and earn some type of passing grade.
Scenario #2: Bob
Bob is 24-years old and married. His wife is 6 months pregnant with their first child,
and she is a librarian at the neighborhood elementary school. Bob is excited to
become a father! He currently has a salaried position as an assistant manager at a
large retail store he started working at when he was 16 years old, but the company will
not promote him to any higher position (manager or above) until he has his degree in
business.
Even though his company is paying for him to go to school, he has begun his degree
only because he feels he has to do it, and he resents being in school. He does the
minimum work possible and spends as little time studying as he can. He didn’t like high
school even though he graduated with a 3.3 GPA.
Recently, business at the store has picked up significantly, and Bob has been required
to work longer hours. When he finally got home last night around 8:30PM, he found
his wife in bed, and his in-laws were there. He learned that his wife had been put on
bed rest for the rest of her pregnancy, and his in-laws, who lived 10 minutes away,
were there to offer support and help out with whatever they needed.
Bob talked to his wife about dropping out, but she insisted that her parents would help
her, so there was no reason to drop out. She reminded him that he was barely
studying anyway, so working the extra hours wasn’t that big of an issue.
Scenario #3: Carlos
Carlos is a 30-year old who recently decided he was tired of working full-time in his
family’s bakery. He really wasn’t passionate about it but felt obligated to help out since
it was the family business. His parents, sensing his unhappiness, assured him they
would be fine if he just worked part time there and supported him as he found a
program he was interested in pursuing.
Carlos had always been interested in computer programming and started his online
degree in that field. His first class was an English class which made him nervous.
Carlos has always struggled with writing – even in high school. Even though he put
hours into his first paper, the score was not very good, and his professor suggested
that he work with the tutoring center before he submitted his second paper. Carlos was
insulted that the professor would suggest tutoring, and almost wrote an email to give
the professor a piece of his mind, but then decided not to.
Carlos told his girlfriend that he wasn’t going to get tutoring because he was certain he
could earn a D in the class, and he would earn better grades in the next couple of
terms when he started his computer classes. Carlos figured the good grades from his
future computer classes would balance out the grades from the classes that required a
lot of paper writing.
One day he received a phone call from his mother. She was at the hospital. His father
had suffered a small stroke and would not be able to work for a while. She needed him
back full time at the family business until his father was able to work again. Carlos
immediately went back to work full time, but decided to stay in his class. He emailed
his professor and told him what was going on.
Scenario #4: Dolores
Dolores is 50 years old, and the last of her children has recently moved out. She and
her husband are now empty nesters. Her husband has encouraged her to do
something for herself because she was a stay-at-home mom who dedicated 30 years
to raising her family. Dolores has always wanted to continue her education, but she is
afraid that she has been out of school for too long to do well now.
She also is not technologically-savvy and only recently has she learned how to email.
This week, her husband created a Facebook account for her, and Delores is learning to
use it. Because Dolores and her husband live in a very rural area, driving to the
nearest college takes 45 minutes one-way. As they live in the northern part of the
United States, Dolores does not want to drive in the snow and ice. Even though she
was very hesitant, she decided to pursue her degree online.
During the first week, she called her advisor 10 times with questions. She called her
professor 6 times. Between her professor and her advisor, she was able to complete all
her assignments and understood the content. When her husband came home one
night, he found Dolores in tears because the computer stopped working. Her husband
found that the power cord had come loose and the battery had drained. He fixed the
problem, and Dolores was able to finish posting.
That night, Dolores shared that she just didn’t think she could do this. “Who else has
to make 16 phone calls in one week? I couldn’t even determine the power cord had
come loose! My professor and my advisor must think I am an idiot!” The phone rang.
It was her son, and he shared the news that his infant daughter was going to need
surgery to correct a birth defect. Even though it was fairly routine surgery, he asked if
Dolores could come stay with them and help out, especially when the baby came
home. Dolores agreed to go stay with them. Her husband reminded her that she
could continue her studies because her course was online, and even though she was
nervous about it, she agreed to try. She called her advisor to let her know what was
going on. Her advisor told Dolores to tell her professor, but Dolores did not. She was
afraid that 6 phone calls in one week was too many already.

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