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 Monday May 20th from 10 to 11:30 am.
All Spring 2014 course grades have been posted into WebAdvisor.
 Ohlone College Transfer Day
Representatives from many colleges and universities will be here at Ohlone. This is your onestop chance to explore your transfer options!
10am to 1pm, September 28, 2011 in Building 7
Click the link above for more info.
 2013 Ohlone Scholarships
Over $100,000 is available in scholarships  click the link above to find out more.
Application deadline is May 1, 2013.
 Benford's Law
Jeff O'Connell will be giving a talk on "Benford's Law" on Friday April 26, 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 Fall
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.