Debra House

Professor of Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy

debra house 606-878-4747 
debra.house@kctcs.edu
Office Location: Laurel Campus, Building 2, Room 109

Office Hours:

MW 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Year Started at SCC: 1996
Education/Degrees: 1992 - Cumberland College: BS Mathematics, BS Physics
1994 - University of Kentucky: MS Physics
1996 - Eastern Kentucky University - graduate mathematics courses
2015 - University of Louisville - graduate courses astronomy
List of Courses: MAT 150, MAT 155, MAT 160, MAT 170, MAT 175, MAT 185, MAT 285
PHY 152, PHY 201, PHY 202, PHY 203, PHY 204, PHY 231, PHY 232, PHY 241, PHY 242, AST 101

Course Syllabi 

MAT 155 Trigonometry

Required Textbook/ISBN and Supplies

Trigonometry, A Unit Circle Approach, 10th edition, Sullivan, 9780321978646;

Purchase of a hard-copy text is optional, but highly recommended.  An e-text is provided with your access to MyLabsPlus which has been linked to your Blackboard course.

Other Supplies:

  • Notebook paper, graph paper, pencil
  • Access to reliable internet service.
  • Access to a printer and a scanner/digital camera to upload hand-written work into assignments or Blackboard. Scanned work must be submitted as a pdf or jpeg file.
  • Calculator - You may use a graphing calculator for the course, though a scientific calculator will suffice.  You will not be permitted to use a calculator with CAS or a calculator app on your proctored final exam.

Grading Criteria
Most of the course work will be done through MyLabsPlus which has been linked to your Blackboard course with a single log-in. 

  • Homework (20%) – Homework will be assigned for each section using MyLabs Plus.
  • Written-Assignments (10%) – Written work will be assigned for each unit.
  • Quizzes (20%) – Ten mid-unit quizzes will be given on MyLabs Plus; each quiz will be timed and there will be 2 attempts allowed.
  • Midterm Exam (25%) - The proctored mid-term will be taken on MyLabsPlus during a two-day window.
  • Comprehensive Final Exam (25%) – The proctored final exam MUST be taken during the available two-day final exam period.
  • Extra Credit - Opportunities to earn extra credit points will be given throughout the semester.  These opportunities will be communicated to the students as they arise.

Testing Information:

Proctored exams must be taken and supervised at an official testing center during regular testing center hours at an accredited community college, college or university at the student’s expense.  The midterm exams and the final exam must be proctored.  It is your responsibility to arrange for all exams to be proctored at the testing center of the community college closest to you, or a testing center approved by me.  It is up to the discretion of the professor to approve or deny a proctor/testing location. 

You will be given two hours to complete the proctored exams.  Your proctor will be sent instructions regarding the type of calculator you are permitted to use and a copy of the formula sheet. The exams will be password protected.  It is very important that you are well-prepared for the exams. Make sure that you learn the material well.  You will not be allowed to use textbooks, notes, or outside formula sheets while taking the exams.  Several KCTCS Testing Centers will not send the handwritten work students complete while taking an exam to the instructor of a course, and students are not permitted to take completed work from the testing facility and send it to the instructor.  Therefore to be fair to all students, the grade assigned to the proctored exams will be based on the points earned in MyLabsPlus, along with any partial credit points earned if the instructor can identify a minor error in the typed response for the answer recorded in MyLabsPlus. 

All dates and times in the course are EST.

MAT 185 Calculus II

Required Textbook/ISBN

Calculus:  Early Transcendentals, James Stewart 8th edition, ISBN-9781337501262

Purchase of a hard-copy text is optional, but highly recommended.  An e-text is provided with your access to Web Assign, which has been linked to your Blackboard course.

Other Supplies:

  • TI-30Xa Calculator (Texas Instruments); this is a scientific calculator that will be permitted for use on exams. You will not be allowed to use a graphing calculator, cell phone, smart watch, or any other web enabled device on exams.
  • Notebook paper, graph paper, pencil.
  • Access to courseware, Web Assign-this is provided with your paid tuition.
  • Access to reliable internet service.
  • Access to a printer and a scanner/digital camera to upload hand-written work into assignments or Blackboard. Scanned work must be submitted as a pdf or jpeg file.

Grading Criteria
Most of the course work will be done through WebAssign which has been linked to your Blackboard course with a single log-in. 

  • Daily Work (15%) – Daily work will consist of homework and mid-unit quizzes. .
  • Collaborate Q&A Sessions (10%) –Online, real-time Interaction between students and instructor will be required for this component of the course.
  • Mid-Term Exam (50%) – Two proctored mid-term exams will be given during a two-day window.
  • Comprehensive Final Exam (25%) – The proctored final exam will be given during a two-day window during the Final Exam Period.
  • Extra Credit – Opportunities to earn extra credit points may be given during the semester.

Testing Information:

Proctored exams must be taken and supervised at an official testing center during regular testing center hours at an accredited community college, college or university at the student’s expense.  The midterm exams and the final exam must be proctored.  It is your responsibility to arrange for all exams to be proctored at the testing center of the community college closest to you, or a testing center approved by me.  It is up to the discretion of the professor to approve or deny a proctor/testing location. 

You will be given two hours to complete the proctored exams.  Your proctor will be sent instructions regarding the type of calculator you are permitted to use (e.g., the TI-30Xa). The exams will be password protected.  It is very important that you are well-prepared for the exams. Make sure that you learn the material well.  You will not be allowed to use textbooks, notes, or outside formula sheets while taking the exams.  Several KCTCS Testing Centers will not send the handwritten work students complete while taking an exam to the instructor of a course, and students are not permitted to take completed work from the testing facility and send it to the instructor.  Therefore to be fair to all students, the grade assigned to the proctored exams will be based on the points earned in WebAssign, along with any partial credit points earned if the instructor can identify a minor error in the typed response for the answer recorded in WebAssign. 

All dates and times in the course are EST.

Proctored exams must be taken and supervised at an official testing center during regular testing center hours at an accredited community college, college or university at the student’s expense.  The midterm exams and the final exam must be proctored.  It is your responsibility to arrange for all exams to be proctored at the testing center of the community college closest to you, or a testing center approved by me.

A proctor is a person who will supervise or administer your exams.  A proctor cannot be a fellow student, close friend, roommate, fiancé, immediate supervisor, family member related by blood or marriage, or other acquaintance with whom a conflict of interest may exist.  A proctor candidate may be from one of the following categories

  • College, university, or private testing center.
  • Educational administrator or librarian at a community college, university, or high school.
  • Librarian at a public library
  • Learning Center, ESO or an officer of higher rank than the student, if in the military

One of your initial assignment in this course will be to provide the name of your testing location and the contact information for the person who will serve as your proctor.

It is up to the discretion of the professor to approve or deny a proctor/testing location. 

The link below provides testing center contact information by KCTCS campus: 

https://kctcs.edu/education-training/kctcs-online/learn-by-term/proctor-exams/index.aspx