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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. The course also has a ``web presence'' as part of the BSU Core Online project, which you will hear about separately.

Title of Course:
Math 175: Calculus II. This is section 5.

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 5:30 to 6:50 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays in MG 106.

Final exam date and time:
Tuesday, May 8, 5:40-7:40 pm in MG106.

Calculus with Early Transcendentals (fourth edition), Stewart. I think this book has been used earlier, so there should be some used copies in the bookstore.

Also Laboratory Manual for Calculus, June 2000 version, our home-grown manual for the Maple labs.

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 Students who do not meet the prerequisites will be administratively withdrawn if this comes to my attention.

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 be aware that if space is a problem, I will have the capacity set to 0 on Tuesday (the day we first meet) so that I control admission to the class. If this happens, students will be admitted on a first-come first-served basis, with preference for those who have been attending regularly. Under no circumstances will I 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. There may occasionally be unannounced quizzes, which will count as homework assignments; there will be no make-ups for these, though I may excuse missed quizzes if appropriate.

Homework will be assigned every day, and will generally be due two class sessions later (with opportunity for discussion, so exam dates do not count as intervening days). A complete schedule of homework is attached to this syllabus, though it may be subject to change.

Maple labs will be a component of your homework grade. Tentatively, I am planning to have 4 Maple lab days. Your reports on these labs will be due one week from the date of the lab and should be turned in electronically.

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 exams are Feb. 6, March 1, April 5, and April 26.

Late Work and Makeups:
Makeups for exams will be possible, and should if possible be arranged in advance of your absence. On late homework I do not admit having any consistent policy at all: if you hand in your homework late you may get graded normally, graded with a penalty, or receive a minimal grade merely for handing it in, at my entire discretion. There will be no make-ups for quizzes, as noted above.

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 four grades being replaced by the final exam grade if this helps) plus twice the final exam grade, divided by six.

Each homework assignment will be marked in the following way: you get 30% for handing it in, then you get a percentage of the remaining 70% determined by your performance on the assignment. I (or a grader) will mark 3-5 randomly selected problems from each assignment; you can always request that I look at your solutions to other problems. Your homework grade will not be scaled or adjusted in any other way. It is seldom the case that a student's lowest grade is his homework grade, if they do their homework regularly.

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). I will not be on campus in the evenings any days but Tuesday and Thursday.

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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