I have five main goals for this course:
- I want to help you improve your quantitative literacy, problem
solving skills, and mathematical confidence.
- I want you to gain a firmer understanding of the theory and
applications of integral calculus, and a solid introduction to
infinite sums and series.
- I want to have fun while working hard and learning a lot.
- I want you to gain experience using computer to help you do
- I want you to learn independently about a topic of your
choosing and to gain experience orally presenting technical
As our primary text we will use Calculus, third edition, by
Hughes-Hallet, Gleason, et.al. I would like to cover most of Chapters
6, 7, 8, 9, and 10.
Your evaluation will be based roughly on the following:
I will assign grades (for those who so opt) by following the guidelines
put forth in the COA Course Catalog. I do not have any quota of A's,
B's, etc. I encourage students to not take letter grades; I think
doing so usually helps students learn and be more critical of their
- Weekly Homework Assignments: 60 percent.
- Mid-Term Exam: 15 percent.
- Final Project: 15 percent.
- Class Participation: 10 percent.
- The following students are available for calculus help: Eda
Kapinova and Nishad Jayasundara.
- Jacob Usinowicz is available for help with Maple.
- The tutors will have some regular hours, and you should also feel
free to contact them to find a time to meet.
Policies and Stuff: First Draft
- The final version of this and related documents can be found on
the course web page.
- Homework will usually be due at the end of the day on Friday.
More than one unexcused late homework assignment will almost surely
result in me mentioning this in your narrative evaluation and may
result in a lowering of your grade.
- More than two missing homework assignments will result in a grade
no higher than a C.
- If your HW is substantially late, I may not be able to grade it
fully. I'll check off that you did it, but I might not have time to
make as many comments and suggestions as I normally do.
- You are strongly encouraged to work together on homework. You
can also consult me, class tutors, other faculty, friends,
and family. However, the homework you hand in should represent
your own understanding. This means that if your friends get a
homework problem and you don't understand how they did it,
you shouldn't photocopy their solution and turn it in. If you
consult other texts or the internet, be sure to cite your
- The midterm will be open notes, open book, and (essentially) untimed.
You may not, however, get any help from any humans during the exam.
- I will almost always assign reading for each class. You should
do the reading before class.
- As I plan on sending out homework assignments and other
information via email, it is important that you check your email
- I expect you to attend class. Missing a few classes isn't a big
deal. Please let me know beforehand if possible.
- Academic misconduct -- cheating, plagiarizing, etc. -- is bad. Any cases
of academic misconduct will result in a judicial hearing, as per
pp. 14-15 of the COA handbook. Possible consequences range from
failure of the assignment to expulsion. For more, see the revised statement on academic
integrity passed by the faculty several winters ago.
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