Syllabus


General Course Information

Course: BSU Math 275, Sections 001 & 002, Fall 2017

Instructor: Dr. Shari Ultman

shariultman@boisestate.edu
Office: Math/Geoscience Building, Room 222D

Learning Assistants:

Sec 001: Bethany Weaver    bethanyweaver@u.boisestate.edu
Sec 002: Holly Bossart    hollybossart@u.boisestate.edu

Office hours and help session times and locations are listed on the course website.

Class Meetings:

Sec 001: MWF 9:00–10:15, Interactive Learning Center (ILC) Room 401.
Sec 002: MWF 10:30–11:45, Interactive Learning Center (ILC) Room 118.

Course Text:

Calculus: Early Transcendentals, James Stewart; Brooks/Cole, 8th edition, 2016.

Technology:

Homework will be submitted via the online homework platform WebAssign.

“Clickers” (REEF student polling devices) will be used in class.

An app that can graph parametric curves (2-d and 3-d), surfaces (3-d), and vector fields (2-d & 3-d) will be very useful.

Calculators will not be allowed for in-class exams.

Prerequisites:

Calculus of a Single Variable. This course requires a solid foundation in the calculus of functions of a single variable. The computational techniques of differentiation and integration are used extensively in Math 275, and many concepts in Math 275 expand on those introduced in Calculus I and II (BSU Math 170, 175).

Trigonometry. This course also requires a high degree of familiarity with trigonometric functions and the Pythagorean Identity.

Course Information & Announcements:

The primary source of information for this course is the course website: http://math.boisestate.edu/ultman275/. You should bookmark this site.

WebAssign notifications and occasional class announcements will be sent via email. Be sure to regularly check your BSU email account, and any accounts that you set up on WebAssign.

You are responsible for all information covered in class, posted on the course website or distributed via email.


Grading

Your course grade will be determined as follows:

Exams:   70%
Homework:   15%
In-Class Work:   15%

Exams:

There will be three exams: two midterm exams and a final exam. Do not make travel plans on exam dates.

Exam 1 (Midterm)   Take-Home: Wed 9/27 (40%)
    due Fri 9/29
  In-Class: Fri 9/29 (60%)
 
Exam 2 (Midterm)   Take-Home: Wed 11/1 (40%)
    due Fri 11/3
  In-Class: Fri 11/3 (60%)
 
Exam 3 (Final Exam)   sec 001: Mon 12/11, 10am–12pm
  sec 002: Wed 12/13, 10am–12pm

All exams will take place in our usual classroom.

All three exams carry equal weight in calculating the final course grade. If your final exam score is higher than at least one of your midterm scores, then your final exam score will replace the lowest midterm score, unless the midterm score was zero due to an unexcused absence.

If you do not take the final exam, you will receive a failing grade for the course. The final exam must be taken at the scheduled time.

Make-up exams will not be given. If you must miss a midterm exam, notify me (Dr. Ultman) before the date of the exam (or, in the case of an emergency, as soon as your situation allows), and your final exam score will replace the missed exam. Failure to notify me will result in a zero on the missed exam (not replaced by the final exam score).

You may be asked to present your official BSU Student ID at any of the exams.

Homework:

Homework will be posted and submitted via WebAssign. There are two components to the homework score:

  • Warm-Up Problem Sets (5% of course grade) will be used to learn basic computational techniques or to review relevant material before class.
  • Daily Problem Sets (10% of course grade) are due at the beginning of (almost) every class.

After a due date, extensions are available using the “request an extension” link for an assignment. Problems completed before the due date will receive full credit. Problems completed within one week after the original due date will receive 75% credit.

In-Class Work:

There are two components to the in-class score:

  • Clickers (5% of course grade) used to respond to questions during class. The three lowest clicker scores will be dropped.
  • Group Work (10% of course grade). Group work on worksheets will occur throughout the semester. The lowest group work score will be dropped.

Missed in-class work cannot be made up for credit.

The policy of dropping low scores for homework and in-class work is in place to make allowances for unforeseen circumstances and isolated emergencies. For example: forgetting to bring clickers to class, malfunctioning clickers, forgetting assignments are due, cars breaking down, travel to athletic events, a last-minute need to look after children or other family members, short-term health emergencies, etc. If a situation arises that will result in multiple assignments or classes missed, please contact me (Dr. Ultman) as soon as your situation allows so we can work out a plan to keep you on track in the class.

The default grading scale for this class is:

  • A: 90% – 100%
  • B: 80% – 89%
  • C: 70% – 79%
  • D: 60% – 69%
  • F: below 60%

Borderline grades (the top and bottom 2–3% within a given range) may be assigned a +/-.


Academic Integrity

Students at BSU are expected to adhere to the University’s Student Code of Conduct.

This course has a zero-tolerance policy regarding academic misconduct. Any instance of academic misconduct will result in a failing grade for the course, and an academic misconduct report filed with the Dean of Students.

All written work you turn in must be written in your own words, and must reflect your actual level of understanding. Give appropriate attributions for material originating with a source other than yourself.

Online work must be submitted by you personally.

A partial list of acceptable vs. unacceptable academic conduct for this class:

Acceptable:

  • Collaborating with other students on homework, in-class work, and take-home exams.
  • Referring to online resources and other commonly available reference material or technology when working on homework.
  • Using explicitly permitted resources during exams.
  • Seeking help with homework from any person, including (but not limited to): me (Dr. Ultman), class Learning Assistants, tutors, BSU faculty members, and other students.

Unacceptable:

  • Copying work from another person, reference material, or other source, without providing attribution.
  • Collaborating, copying, or sharing information in any way with any person during in-class exams.
  • Using any notes or technology during any exam, unless given explicit permission to do so.
  • Having another person take any part of an exam, enter clicker answers, or submit online homework for you.
  • Hiring someone else to find the answers to homework problems.
  • Aiding another student in any of the above activities.

This is not a comprehensive list. If you are unsure whether something constitutes academic misconduct, ask me.


Requests for Academic Accommodations

Students with disabilities needing accommodations to fully participate in this class should contact the Educational Access Center (EAC). All accommodations must be approved through the EAC prior to being implemented. To learn more about the accommodation process, visit the EAC’s website at https://eac.boisestate.edu.

Once the EAC determines that a student meets the guidelines for a documented disability, the student is responsible for setting up a meeting with me (Dr. Ultman) in order to discuss the implementation of any approved accommodations.