Rob Smedfjeld
Professor, Mathematics
Office: Room 6306
Phone: 5106596077
Email: rsmedfjeld@ohlone.edu
See Rob's schedule below...
Rob will be in the Math Learning Center on Tuesday Dec 9th, from 1 to 2:30pm.
All course grades have been entered into WebAdvisor.
Rob's schedule for Spring 2016 will be posted in January. Have a good winter break!
See the web version of the College's new Student Code of Conduct here
 AMATYC Math Exam
Dear math(loving) student,
The Student Math League, a challenging national competitive math exam at the precalculus level, will be administered on Friday, November 3, 2017, from 10:1511:15 AM and 11:15 AM12:15 PM in Hyman Hall, HH218. Through the generosity of ASOC, gift cards for $75, $60, $50, $40, and $30 will go to the top five scorers, while two $20 gift cards will go to two lucky secondtier scorers chosen by the roll of a fair die.
The best way to prepare is to take old SML exams. If you follow this link: http://math.fullcoll.edu/amatyc.html and then click on previous exams, you will find plenty of old tests, many with worked out solutions. Please, also, join the Math Club as its members discuss a recent exam, from Spring 2013, in HH218 from 12:001:00 this coming Friday, October 13.
Good luck to you and to us on the SML as we seek to regain our standing in the top ten twoyear colleges nationally.
Mr. Hirsch
 Spring 2011 Ohlone Scholarships
Over $50,000 is available in scholarships  click the link above to find out more.
Application deadline is March 31, 2011.
 Card Counting
Jeff O'Connell will be giving a "Card Counting" talk on Friday March 11, 121pm in Room 3201. Click the link above to learn more.

Students: Final exam grades will not be posted online, and grades will not be sent or discussed via email. You can pick up your final exam during any of my office hours in the Spring. If you would like your final exam mailed to you, bring a selfaddressed stamped envelope with you to the final. Make sure the envelope has enough postage and is big enough to hold a final exam.
When I have finished entering course grades into WebAdvisor, I will post a notice on the class web page saying so.
Don't be afraid to ask for help...
One of the biggest advantages of studying at a community college is that the faculty are very accessible. But that's only true if you actually ask them for help. So, please stop by my office during my office hours, or come see me in the Math Learning Center. Or make an appointment with me at a different time. Or send me an email with your questions. But please don't wait until you're drowning to ask for help. If we get your questions answered earlier, you'll have a much better chance of being successful!
Practice is the key...
I don't collect the homework, but don't mistake that for meaning the homework is not required. And don't mistake understanding what you see in class for actually being able to do the work yourself.
In order for you to be successful in the class, you'll need to verify that you can do the work yourself before you're taking the exam.
Do all of the assigned homework (and more of the ones you struggle with)  and ask for help with anything you don't completely understand, even if you got the right answer. Use the homework as your chance to learn about your mistakes, so that you have a better chance of not making those mistakes on the exams.
If there's a topic you don't like, spend even more time on it!
It's a natural impulse to avoid the things you don't like, but in a subject like math, where topics often build on previous topics, avoiding things can be disasterous. So, instead of avoiding those topics that you don't like, spend extra time on them!
Speaking of things you don't like...
Right at the top of most math students' list of leastliked topics are word problems. But, just because a question is written with words, that doesn't make it hard. Take into account each of the bits of advice above (ask for help, practice, and then do extra practice), and then read some of the comments that other students have had about word problems.