Please feel free to come by my office any time during scheduled office
hours. You are welcome to come at other times, but in that case you
might want to make an appointment, just to make sure that I will be
there then. You can make an appointment simply by talking to me
before or after class, by calling me at my office or at home, or by
You may also ask any questions directly via phone or email. If I'm
not in when you call, please leave a message on the voice-mail or
answering machine with your name, number, and a good time for me to
call you back. I will try to repond to your phone or e-mail message
as soon as possible.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to
represent functions and their derivatives and integrals numerically,
graphically, and symbolically, and be able to determine which approach
is most effective in a given situation. You will be able to explain
the use of limits in derivatives and integrals, and the relation
between limits and the precision of numerical answers.
You will recognize when it is appropriate to use technology, when a
purely symbolic approach is more effective, and how to mix the two.
You will be able to compute derivatives and simple integrals
numerically and symbolically.
You will be able to set up and solve problems which require
understanding and use of derivatives and integrals. You will be able
to solve 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.
CALCULUS, 2nd ed., Deborah Hughes-Hallet, Andrew M. Gleason, et. al.,
We will skip a few sections, as announced in class.
The textbook is required at all class meetings.
A Student Solution Manual, consisting of solutions to
approximately every other odd problem, is also available at the bookstore.
Required Reading: Preface: page xii.
Read each section that we cover in class, both before and after class.
Skim the section before class, even if you don't understand it fully,
to have some idea of what we'll be doing in class. Read it more
carefully after class to clarify and fill in details you missed in
The textbook is written in a way designed to make it easier for you to
read and understand than "traditional" mathematics textbooks. This
doesn't mean that you can read the text as quickly as, say, a history
text; you still need to work problems and do examples on your own. We
will be spending some time in class learning how to effectively read a
Sometimes, I will not "cover" all the material from a section, but
instead focus on a particular aspect of the section. In such cases, I
will point out in class (and on the course's website) which other
parts of the section I expect you to read on your own.
Calculators: Each student must have a graphing
calculator with capabilities equivalent to the TI-85.
The calculator is required at all class meetings and exams.
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.
Individual homework will be assigned most class days and will
generally be due two class periods later (with exceptions as announced
in class). You are allowed to work together on homework (in fact, I
encourage you to do so), but the paper you turn in you must write
yourself. Homework is due at the beginning of class (12:30
sharp); if you cannot make it to class, arrange to either deliver the
homework to me early, or have someone else bring it to class for you.
Your four lowest individual homework scores will be dropped.
Some homework may take the form of weeklong group projects and require
a single written report. In this case, every group member will
receive the same score. Each of these will count as two homework
There will also be in-class group assignments.
These will each count as half a homework assignment, and
cannot be made up if you are absent.
We will spend some time in class discussing how to work and learn
effectively as a group.
- Tests (13% each):
There will be four in-class tests on the following days:
Makeup tests can be given only in extraordinary and unavoidable
circumstances, and with advance notice. (See also "Exception"
- Ch. 1: Thu. 5 Feb.
- Chs. 2,3: Thu. 26 Feb.
- Ch. 4: Thu. 26 Mar.
- Ch. 5: Thu. 16 Apr.
- Final (35%)
- comprehensive (including Ch. 6)
Mon. 11 May, 1:00-3:45 p.m.
- Your final exam score will be used in place of your lowest
in-class test score, if this increases your overall class average. In
particular, if you miss a test, your final exam score will replace it.
On-time attendance at all classes is required. If you have more than
three unexcused absences, your overall course grade will be reduced by
seven points; more than six, and you will
be dropped with an F. Unexcused late arrivals or
early departures will count as half an unexcused absence.
I will usually excuse an absence if you tell me about it in advance,
or, in cases of emergencies, as soon as possible afterwards.
The deadline for student-initiated drops with a
W is Fri., Mar. 6. After this date, you can only drop with the
Dean's approval, which is granted only under extenuating
I hope everyone will complete the course successfully, but if you are
having doubts about your progress, I will be happy to discuss your
standing in the course to help you decide whether or not to drop.
You are only allowed three enrollments in this
course, so please exercise the drop option judiciously.