Some programs for the TI-85 will be made available in class. You may have any programs you wish in your calculators during exams and you may bring your calculator manual to exams. Failure to have certain programs in your calculator may put you at a distinct disadvantage on an exam.
Some homework may take the form of written group projects; in this case, every group member will receive the same score. Each of these will count as two homework assignments.
There will also be in-class group assignments, due at the end of class. These will each count as half a homework assignment, and cannot be made up if you are absent.
You will also understand when it is appropriate to use technology, when a purely symbolic approach is more effective, and how to mix the two. You will have acquired facility with numerical and symbolic computations of derivatives, and with numerical and simple symbolic computations of integrals.
You will be able to set up and solve problems which require understanding and use of derivatives and integrals. You will experience open-ended problems, problems which require written commentary rather than a string of symbols or numbers, and problems for which different answers may be equally correct.
You will be ready to begin learning systematic techniques for computation of antiderivatives (the starting point for a traditional second semester calculus course).
Required Reading: Preface: pages vii, xiii, xiv. The textbook is intended to be read. In full. Pay particular attention to the third bullet on page xiii. Read each section that we cover in class, both before and after class. We will be spending some time in class learning how to effectively read a math textbook.
Fair Warning: The approach of this course to calculus is intended to be different. If you have had a calculus course already, you will probably find much that is unfamiliar and a very different emphasis on things you may think you know already. Be alert to this and remember that previous experience is unlikely to be enough to coast on. Treat each topic as if you were meeting it for the first time, and be alert to make sure you understand each day's material before the next class meeting.
my office: I will be glad to meet with you, in addition to office hours, at any time that I do not have to be somewhere else. You may wish to make an appointment to be sure that I will be in my office when you are coming, but you do not need to. My entire schedule is on my office door.
other faculty, T.A.'s: I hope to shortly have a list of ``pooled'' office hours of other faculty teaching the course and of teaching assistants, all of whom who will be willing to help you during office hours.
each other!: It is the intent of the course to require some group activities, which will enable you to get to know each other and form study groups on your own.
Calculator: Some training on the TI-85 will be given in class, and some help with the TI-82, TI-83, or HP48G may be available, but we will spend as little time as possible in class on formal calculator training. I will be glad to help you with the calculator outside of class. Remember that the calculator is just a tool and that calculator wizardry is neither necessary nor sufficient to do well in the course.
Some videotapes for TI-85 training are available at the library, for the cost of the blank tape ($3).
I am not an expert on the calculator, and I hope and expect that soon many of you will know more about it than I do. Please let me know if you figure out anything interesting!