MTH 131 Applied Calculus I-Spring 2003
MTH 131 Applied Calculus I-Fall
Instructor: Nancy Eaton
Office: Tyler 222
Office hours (subject to change): Monday 2:00-5:00,
or Tuesday by appointment
|About the course||Evaluation||Schedule and Syllabus||Exams dates|
Keys to Exams
|Homework, Quizzes, Class work||Solutions to Focus on Practice Chapter 3||Solutions to some even problems|
|Tips for Success||Calculus Web sites
Applet - Graph Deriv
Programs for Calculators
Tutoring - Providence
|Policy for missed work|
Students who require accommodations and who have documentation from Disability Services (874-2098) should make arrangements with your instructor as soon as possible.
Text: Applied Calculus, Second Edition, by Hughes-Hallett, Gleason, Lock, Flath, et al.
Calculators: You will need a graphing calculator for this course. If you already have one and are comfortable using it, you needn't buy another one. We recommend the TI-83, or TI-86 if you do not currently have a calculator.
Calculators may not be permitted for some class quizzes and for parts of exams. Storage of unauthorized information in calculator memories during exams will be considered cheating.
To make effective use of the course web-site from your personal computer
you will need
to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. You probably have it already, but if not, it is available free of charge from the following site: Adobe Acrobat Reader
About the course: This is a calculus course for students of life sciences and other areas. The main emphasis will be on the interpretation of calculus in numerical, graphical, algebraic as well as practical terms. The authors of the textbook have gone to great lengths to fill the book with many exciting, realize examples which show how calculus concepts appear in life sciences and other areas. The main topics of the course are differentiation, integration and applications.
There will be three exams given in class on Thursday
evenings at 7:00 PM on the following dates: Feb 27, Apr 3,
A comprehensive final exam will be given during the final exam period. Locations will be announced in class. Course grades will be calculated according to the following distribution:
Three exams at 100 points each........ 300 pts
Quizzes / homework / classwork*....... 150 pts
Final Exam............................................ 150 pts
TOTAL.................................................. 600 pts
Grade Scale (out of 600 pts)
552 – 600
A- 540 – 551
B+ 528 – 539
B 498 – 527
B- 480 – 497
C+ 468 – 479
C 438 – 467
C- 420 – 437
D+ 390 – 419
D 330 – 389
F 0 - 329
Exam 1: Thurs Feb 27, 7 PM
Exam 2: Thurs Apr 2, 7 PM
Exam 3: Thurs Apr 30, 7 PM.
Final Exam: Thurs May 8, 7 PM.
Practice Problems for Exams
Practice for Exam 1 Solutions to Practice for Exam 1 Key to Exam 1
Practice for Exam 2 Solutions to Practice for Exam 2 Key to Exam 2
Practice for Exam 3 Solutions to Practice for Exam
3 Key to Exam 3
Homework and Class work
Together, homework, quizzes and class work account for 120 out of the 600 points of your final grade. You are responsible to do all the homework problems given on the syllabus. Check your own work to see if it is correct and get help if you do not know how to do some of the problems. There is a Learning Assistance Center with math graduate students to help you. Also you can visit me during my office hours.
o 50pts: Class work. Class work will consist of work done in class, such as group work on some examples and putting up solutions to homework problems on the board. For this part of your grade, you just have to be in class and work on the examples to get full credit.
o 50pts: Homework. From time to time, I will ask you to hand in short homework projects. You must come to class to find out about these assignments. If you must miss a class, be sure to ask if you missed any announcements.
o 50pts: Quizzes. We will have quizzes
regularly. The questions will be similar to homework problems.
The quizzes will not be announced in advance, but will always cover sections
for which you have already had a chance to ask questions about in class.
Guidelines for missed work
· Exams: If you must miss an exam, follow this guide. Before the time of the missed exam, ask for permission to take a makeup exam. This can be done in person, by phone, or e-mail. If permission is given, submit a written note to me, signed by you, explaining why you missed the exam and attach documentation such as a doctor's note. Schedule a makeup exam with me soon after the time of the missed exam. I will strictly enforce this procedure. Expect to get a zero on the exam if you don't follow this procedure. If you must miss the scheduled makeup exam, a similar procedure must be followed.
· Homework and Quizzes: No make-ups will be given for missed quizzes. If you miss a quiz, you will get a zero. But to compensate for reasonable excuses, I will drop the two lowest quiz grades for everyone. For any other assignment, you must get it in by the due date to get full credit. If you never hand it in you will get a zero for that assignment. The rule here is “better late than never”.
· Classes: It is to your benefit
to attend class. Students who attend class on a regular basis
perform better on tests than those who don't. I cover all the test
material in class and go over difficult homework problems. If you
miss class for whatever reason, it is your responsibility to find out what
was covered and what announcements were made. Also, I often give
class work during classes. This work is counted toward your grade.
Please Arrive to class on time and do not leave class early. If you
must arrive late, please apologize to me for interrupting the class after
the class ends. If you must leave early, please inform of that at
the beginning of class, so that I will know why you must disrupt the class
by leaving early.
success: Read the textbook .
An important part of your mathematical education is acquiring
the knack of learning mathematics on your own, from books. You may not
be used to reading mathematics texts, but you will be actively encouraged
to read this one. Your instructor will let you know what to read for each
meeting. By reading the text before class you will have a better chance
of making good use of your time in class. Don't worry if you don't understand
everything. Ask questions in class and read the material again later.
Attend class and do all your homework. That's it! That is the secret to success in calculus! Here are a few more related suggestions.
o Take notes in class.
o Do all of the suggested homework problems.
o Make sure that you understand how to correctly solve each problem.
o Do the odd numbered exercises and problems first, then go back through and do the evens.
o Don't get too hung up on any one problem.
o If you've taken calculus before, be sure to do ALL your homework anyway!
o Read the book.
Do the homework problems. The homework problems are the core of this course. An important purpose of the problems is to make you think through and master the ideas of the subject so that you can confidently apply your knowledge in new situations. You don't learn much from a problem you can do immediately. It is essential that you devote adequate time attempting to solve each assigned problem. Discipline yourself not to check the solution manual too quickly, be willing to spend an occasional half hour or more on a challenging problem. You may learn a great deal from honest hard work on a problem, even if you don't succeed in solving it. Read the text material before working on the problems.
The Exams will reflect the variety of the
homework problems. Do not expect to be asked merely to solve homework
problems with the numbers changed. The best way to prepare for the exams,
and to develop confidence in your ability to solve problems, is to work
on the homework problems as suggested. Your class may be slightly behind
or ahead of the syllabus at any given time. Some problems may be done in
class or as homework, as your instructor chooses.
MTH 131 Calendar and Syllabus-Spring 2003
the sections which meet on MWF will be one section behind until the week
of February 17 when they meet 3 times and the TR sections will meet only
|WEEK OF||EVENTS||SECTION||SUGGESTED ODD PROBLEMS|
|JAN 23||CLASSES START JAN 21||1.2 applet||1,3,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21|
|1.6||1-15 odd, 21,23,25,27,31|
|FEB 6||Section 1.8 is not covered entirely||1.8||1,3,7,9,11|
|1.9||1-11 odd, 15,17,21,25,27,39|
|Focus on Modeling - regression||pages 79-82||1,3,9,15|
|FEB 13||Focus on Modeling - compound interest||pages 86-87||1,3,5,9|
|Focus on Theory - limits||pages 91-92||1,3,13,15,17,25,27|
|FEB 20||2.2||1-5, 7-13 odd, 19,21,23,25,27|
|FEB 27||EXAM 1 Thurs. FEB 27 @ 7pm|
|Focus on Theory||pages 133-134||3,5,7,9,11,25,27,29|
|MAR 6||3.1||1-27 odd, 29,35,39|
|3.2||1-21 odd, 31,33|
|MAR 10-16||SPRING BREAK|
|MAR 20||3.3||1-29 odd, 31,33,39|
|3.4||2,3,4,111-31 odd, 33,35,37|
|3.5||1-19 odd, 23|
|MAR 27||Focus on Practice||pages 163-164||All odd|
|Last Day to Drop - Tues Mar 25||4.1||1,3,9,11,13,15,19,25|
|APRIL 3||EXAM 2 - Thurs April 3@7pm|
|5.3||1-11 odd, 15,17,23,25,27|
|May 1||EXAM 3 - Thurs May 1@6pm|
|MAY 8||FINAL EXAM|
Tutoring - Providence:
If you cannot find the tutor during the times
given above, call the Academic Skills Center: 277-5221
The Instructors Solution Manual is on reserve
in the Kingston library. Bring your student ID with you to request
from the reserve desk. Use the Call#: "MTH132 Personal". Also, please keep it in that same room while
using it so that others who want to use it can find you.