Math 175, Fall 2014: Information and Policies

Instructor:

M. Randall Holmes

Schedule: We meet MWF 9 AM--.10:15 AM in ILC 303.

The schedule of tests (and maybe homework assignments) appears below, first in summary then in an exhaustive table format.

·         Labor Day, no classes September 1st

·         Add deadline September 8th

·         Test I September 19th

·         Drop deadline October 3rd

·         Test II October 17

·         October 31st BOO!!

·         November 5th Remember, remember (what?)

·         Test III November 7th

·         November 11th What happened on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month? In what year? Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.

·         Thanksgiving break, no classes November 24th to 28th.

·         Test IV December 5th

·         Final Exam Monday, December 15th, from 9:30 AM -- 11:30AM.

The Monster Schedule (information continues below it)

 

The schedule below is a copy of part of the spreadsheet where I schedule all my classes.   The copy here will be updated when there is new information for you.   The test dates are the definite test dates for Math 175.

 

The order of sections in the schedule for M175 does not follow the book. There might occasionally be problems caused by this in my selection of homework problems; please tell me if this happens.

 

Monday

25

August

5.6 substitution

Wednesday

27

August

5.6/7.2

Friday

29

August

5.7 /7.3 inverse functions, trig substitution

Monday

1

September

Labor Day holiday

no class

Wednesday

3

September

7.2/7.3 practice

Friday

5

September

7.2/3 quiz; 6.1

Monday

8

September

Add deadline

6.1 area between curves

Wednesday

10

September

6.2 setting up integrals

Friday

12

September

6.3 volumes of revolution

Monday

15

September

6.3/6.4

Wednesday

17

September

6.4 shell method

Friday

19

September

Test I

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Monday

22

September

6.5 work problems

Wednesday

24

September

6.5 work problems

Friday

26

September

10.1 sequences

Monday

29

September

10.1/10.2

Wednesday

1

October

10.2 series

Friday

3

October

Drop deadline

7.1 integration by parts

Monday

6

October

7.1 integration by parts

Wednesday

8

October

7.5 partial fractions

Friday

10

October

7.5

Monday

13

October

7.6 improper integrals

Wednesday

15

October

10.3 integral and comparison tests

Friday

17

October

Test II

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Monday

20

October

10.3

Wednesday

22

October

10.4 absolute and conditional convergence

Friday

24

October

10.4

Monday

27

October

10.5 ratio and root tests

Wednesday

29

October

10.5

Friday

31

October

BOO!!!

10.6 power series

Monday

3

November

10.6

Wednesday

5

November

Remember, remember. . .

10.7 Taylor series

Friday

7

November

Test III

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Monday

10

November

10.7

Wednesday

12

November

7.2 trigonometric integrals

Friday

14

November

7.3 trig substitution

Monday

17

November

7.8 numerical integration

Wednesday

19

November

7.8 maybe apply to series?

Friday

21

November

8.1 arc length, surface area

Monday

24

November

Thanksgiving break

no class

Wednesday

26

November

Thanksgiving break

no class

Friday

28

November

Thanksgiving break

no class

Monday

1

December

8.2?  Fluid pressure?

Wednesday

3

December

8.3 center of mass

Friday

5

December

Test IV

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Monday

8

December

8.4  Taylor polynomials

Wednesday

10

December

8.4  do the error bound!

Friday

12

December

0

 

9/16/2014 fixed stupid error in my schedule setup.  We do not have quite as much slack in the schedule as I thought, and I may make further edits.

 

 Dates for examinations in this class are stated above. The final exam will be in our usual room on Monday, December 15th, from 9:30 AM—11:30PM. Tests will as a rule be given on the indicated dates; I will change content appropriately if we are off schedule; I do reserve the right to change the date if I think it necessary. You should look at the schedule and determine in advance if there are time conflicts with anything you are planning.

A special offer:  in the last week, as soon as 80% of the students have finished the online evaluations, I will stop covering new material and start reviewing.   I do guarantee to review on the 12th.

Office and Hours:

Office: Mathematics 240A. Office hours MWF 12:30--2 pm; TTh 3:30--5 pm.  My other class is WF 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM.  I have logic seminar at 3 PM Wednesdays.  I have department tea and coffee break Thursdays 2-3:30 pm.

Please note that I do not hold office hours for a given class on the day of an exam for that class.

Telephone:

My office telephone number is 6-3011 (426-3011 from off-campus). My home telephone number is 345-2899: students are welcome to call me but please no calls after 8:30 pm any day or between 6 pm Friday and noon Sunday.

Electronic Information:

e-mail: holmes@math.boisestate.edu
WWW (web page): http://math.boisestate.edu/~holmes

 

I read my e-mail constantly (during the working week) and respond promptly.

This electronic version of this syllabus is the official syllabus (no paper copies will be made), is subject to change, and any changes will be posted here.  Be aware that I edited it from a previous syllabus, and do tell me about any anachronisms or absurdities that you think this may have caused!  [Strange characters appearing here and there in the 2014 syllabi are artifacts of Microsoft Word; I may try to fix them eventually.]

Electronic announcements for this class (and announcements to both classes) will appear in three different ways.  Announcements tied to specific assignments will appear on the class schedule above in this document. Some announcements, especially documents such as old sample tests, will appear in a file of class announcements found near the link to this syllabus.  Occasionally I may send e-mail to the entire class.  Make sure either that you read your Boise State e-mail regularly or forward your Boise State e-mail to an account you do read regularly.

Title of Course:

Math 175: Calculus II. This is section 002.

Textbook:

The textbook for this class is Jon Rogawski, Calculus (early transcendentals), second edition. There is a choice between a smaller volume with just the single variable material and a complete book covering Calculus I-III (I advise the latter if you are going to take M275).  There are not two required books!  It has been used before and there may be used copies in the bookstore. Ordering it from other sources does carry risks of late arrival or getting the wrong edition, for which I will not offer much if any support. I would use the bookstore.

Be aware when considering the financial temptations of an online text that I give open book finals and you cannot bring an e-book to a final. I don't guarantee to have extra physical copies of the book at the final, though I have in the past been able to arrange it.

Dates:

It is very important to look at class schedule for the add deadline, drop deadline, and dates of tests. In particular, attempts to drop after the official deadline (Oct 3) will almost certainly fail. If you foresee any conflicts with test dates, please inquire as to what is possible with me in advance.

Calculators:

We may sometimes have occasion to use calculators in class. Use of a plain scientific calculator (without graphing or symbolic computation capabilities) will be allowed on tests; more powerful calculators will not be allowed.   Make sure you have an allowed calculator if you want to use a calculator on tests. I will not provide calculators for loan.

You may not use cell phones or PDAs (such as Palm Pilots or Pocket PC's) as calculators during any exam. No exceptions will be made. These machines have communication capabilities which are inappropriate in this context. You may not listen to Walkmans or portable tape or other media players during an exam.

Homework:

We are using Webassign for homework.  I will post exercises in advance for each week.  Note that it is possible that I may give handouts and in-class quizzes which will also be part of the homework grade.

How Your Course Grade Will Be Computed:

I expect to give four in-class exams this term. The dates are shown above. There will not be formal review days for exams, though I will be willing to take questions about exams during the usual time for homework discussion (within reason).

Exams will generally be linearly scaled so that the median grade in the class corresponds to a mid-range C (75 percent) unless I am seriously dissatisfied with overall class performance.

Each exam is worth 100 points. The final exam will count for 200 points, and in addition may replace the lowest of the other 100-point grades if this helps you.   The total homework grade will make some contribution yet to be determined (in Math 275 last term it counted 10 percent); it will only count if it helps you.   This scheme may be subject to change.

90 or above is an A; 80 or above is a B; 70 or above is a C; 60 or above is a D; lower grades are F (after any scaling).

I do not give +/- grades except under special circumstances. I will never give an A+ or C- for any reason  (well, I have now once given an A+ but it is very likely I will never do it again). I may give the other +/- grades under certain borderline circumstances; no score earns a +/- grade in itself (there have to be other special circumstances) and I will not negotiate a +/- grade.

Exams other than the final will be no book, no notes. On the final exam only you are allowed your (physical) book and one standard sized sheet of notebook paper with whatever you like written on it.

Eligibility for this Class:

No exceptions will be made. If the computer tells me that you don't meet prerequisite or placement exam standards for this course, I will free your seat for someone who does meet them. I think this language is out of date: I believe that the office staff and/or the registrar deal with this without my ever seeing it.

Attendance:

Attendance will not be taken except on the first two days. If you do not attend this class on one of the first two days, I will exercise my option to have you administratively withdrawn.

Open Office Policy:

My office hours for these classes are to be announced. I will almost always be in my office at the officially scheduled times, and I will try to warn you when I will not be. If I am in my office during a posted office hour, I am available to help you.

Don't assume that these are the only times when you can get help! I am never offended by a student asking me for help if I am in the office (though I may help only briefly if I am very busy).   If the door to my office is closed, knock!!! If I don't answer, check for post-it notes that say where I am... Information about times of availability will be posted on my main web page.

Late Work and Makeups:

Makeups for exams will be possible, and should if possible be arranged in advance of your absence; you should only do this for a good reason, and if you do this more than once I will require official documentation of a genuine emergency.

Academic Honesty:

Collaboration on homework is acceptable. This does not mean copying of homework; any paper you put your name on should be largely your own work. Collaboration on exams is of course not allowed. The penalty for cheating (defined as looking at another student's paper or unauthorized use of books or notes during an exam) will be a grade of zero (0) on the relevant exam. A repeat offense will mean an F in the course.

Please be aware that you may be expected to present photo ID (BSU ID or government issued ID such as a driver's license) at an exam. Bring photo identification to all exams. I may or may not actually check this, but it has become an issue.

Courtesy Issues:

Cellular phones must be turned off during class. If there is a good reason that you must await a phone call during class, please inform me in advance and minimize the disruption by sitting near an exit. Cell phones (as well as PDA's such as Palm Pilots and Pocket PC's) must be turned off and completely out of sight (no exceptions whatsoever) during an exam.

You may not listen to portable music players during an exam.

You do not need to contact me if you are missing class or if you need to arrive late or leave early; but I do need you to enter or leave the class quietly in either case. Of course, you do need to contact me, in advance if at all possible, if you are missing an exam.

Definitions:

The word ``yesterday'' is defined to mean the previous class session; the word ``tomorrow'' is defined to mean the next class session, unless I specifically say otherwise :-)