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Information and Policies

M. Randall Holmes.

Office number:
Office telephone:
Office hours:
TBA, and see ``open office policy'' below.
Home telephone:
345-2899 (please do not use after 8:30 pm or between 6 pm Friday and noon Sunday).

Web page

This syllabus and other course information will be accessible from my web page.

Title of Course:
Math 175: Calculus II. This is section 2.

The department generic syllabus for this course is found as an attachment to this document in its paper version or at the URL

We meet 9:40 to 10:30 am each day except Thursday in MG 108.

Final exam date and time:
Monday, May 13, 10:30-12:30 am in MG 108.

Calculus with Early Transcendentals (fourth edition), Stewart. This book has been used for several semesters, so there should be used copies in the bookstore.

We may occasionally use the Maple lab, but you are not required to get the lab manual (it is found online, anyway).

Normally, a grade of C or better in Math 170-1 or the equivalent in transfer credit. Students who do not meet the prerequisites will be administratively withdrawn if this comes to my attention: no exceptions will be made.

You are expected to have a graphing calculator in this class. You will sometimes be permitted to use a graphing calculator on exams and sometimes not, so you also need to have a plain scientific calculator without graphing or symbolic calculation capabilities.

Getting into the Class:
If you are trying to get into the class, you should come to class and watch constantly for openings on the web registration. I will not admit students over the capacity of the room. If you intend to drop, please do so promptly so that someone else who is waiting can get in!

Attendance will not be formally taken, except for the first two meetings of the class. Students who do not attend at least one of the first two meetings are subject to administrative withdrawal. In general, you are expected to attend this class every day. To encourage this, I do not offer make-ups for in-class quizzes (see under homework) except where this is required by university policy (for students participating in official university activities); I will excuse a fixed number of quizzes (probably three) for each student, and additional ones only if there is a good reason.

Homework will be assigned every day, and will generally be collected two class sessions later (not counting exam dates as class sessions). Homework will be marked in two ways: thirty percent of your homework grade will be determined by the act of handing in your paper, while seventy percent will be determined by your grade on in-class quizzes on selected homework problems, at which you will have access to your homework paper (but not your book or notes). I will not grade homework papers, apart from grading these quizzes and marking papers as turned in; you are expect to ask me in class about problems you have difficulties with, and you should take advantage of the fact that odd problems have answers in the back of the book. There will be one or two homework quizzes per week. This is a new approach on my part to marking homework; we'll see how it works$\ldots$

If I assign Maple labs, they will be equivalent to homework assignments.

There will be four hour exams and a final exam in this course. Class time will not be officially devoted to review for exams, except that there may (time permitting) be a review day for the final. Dates for hour exams are Feb. 8, Mar 8, Apr. 5, and May 3: these are subject to change (delay by a day or two if it seems appropriate at the time), except for the May 3 date, which is firm, since it is the last possible day on which I can give an exam before ``dead week''.

Late Work and Makeups:
Makeups for exams will be possible, and should if possible be arranged in advance of your absence. Homework papers handed in late have half value. There will be no make-ups for quizzes, as noted above (except as required by university policy for students participating in official university activities); a fixed number of quizzes will be excused for each student (probably three) and additional quizzes may be excused where good reasons can be given.

Computation of Grades:
Exams will usually be scaled linearly so that the median class grade is 75%, then graded with 90's = A, 80's = B, 70's = C, 60's = D, etc. I may change the scaling if I am displeased with the class performance (though this seldom happens); I will never scale grades downward.

Your total homework grade has the same weight as an hour exam; your final exam will have the weight of two hour exams. Your lowest hour exam grade (or your homework grade if it is lowest) may be replaced by your grade on the final exam if this helps you. Your course grade will be the sum of your hour exam grades and your homework grade (the lowest of these five grades being replaced by the final exam grade if this helps) plus twice the final exam grade, divided by seven.

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 generally in my office the entire working day (I take either the 4:40 or the 5:10 bus home) and 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).

Academic Honesty:
Collaboration on homework is expected and even encouraged in this class. This does not mean copying of homework. 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.

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 :-)

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