Math 175, Summer 2011: Information and Policies

Link to class schedule   The calendar will contain information on academic deadlines and homework assignments for this class.


M. Randall Holmes


We meet Monday through Thursday 9:40-11:20 am in ET110 (not MG108 as stated in an earlier version). The class does not meet on Friday and I will not be on campus on Fridays. Monday, July 4th is a national holiday.

Exams will be given every other Thursday. The final will be in class on the last day of class.

The dates of exams are June 16th, June 30th, July 14th and the final on July 28th.

Someone always asks me if they can skip a week of class for some summer activity. The short answer is, you won't pass the course if you do this, unless you are made of very stern stuff. I have been asked this a number of times and I have never seen a student succeed in passing the course who did this. The pace in a summer math course is completely unforgiving. If you are signed up for two summer math courses...I would advise you to decide which one to drop.

Office and Hours:

Office: Math/Geology 240A. Hours: To be determined after consulting you all. See ``open office policy'' below.


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:

WWW (web page):

 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 distributed), is subject to change, and any changes will be posted here. Please note that this syllabus was prepared by editing the syllabus of an earlier course, and bring any editing errors to my attention if you notice such.

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.  Some announcements, especially documents such as old sample tests, will appear on my main web page where the pointer to this syllabus appears.  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 030.

This course is intended to meet some of the learning objectives of the Core Curriculum:  if you are interested in finding out more about this, please take a look at the department's generic syllabus for Math 175, which contains other information about the department's intentions for this course as well.


The main textbook for this class is online, found at This site on the department web page contains links to the correct version of the online text and information about how you can order a print copy.

We will also use Schaum's Outlines Calculus, Fifth Edition, McGraw Hill 2009 as a resource. You can get this at the bookstore.


The add deadline (and deadline for dropping without a W) is June 10th.

The drop deadline is June 27th. Petitions to drop classes after this date are almost always unsuccessful.

The dates and times of in-class exams are given above – please familiarize yourself with them. Makeups for exams should be arranged in advance.

Our final examination will be in class in the usual room on the last day of class.  It is useful to be aware that final examinations, unlike hour examinations, are always open book in my classes; the rules for calculators will remain the same. You will need to print out a copy of the book or of whatever parts of the book you wish to use. Because of the informal nature of the book, you will also be allowed notes. You may not use course handouts or copies of earlier exams during the final: your book and your handwritten notes are what you are permitted.


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 sometimes have calculators I can lend on a first-come first-served basis but this is not always true and I do not promise even to remember to bring them.

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 will be assigned, collected, and sample problems will be graded. You will not know which problems are being marked. It is my usual practice to count the total homework grade as a test grade. At my discretion I may supplement or largely replace the grading of homework with the grading of homework based quizzes. If homework based quizzes are given, they will be attendance related: it will be impossible to make them up. My practice when I have given homework based quizzes is to allow you your homework paper as a resource during the quiz and assign somewhere from 1-3 assigned homework problems as quiz questions.

Homework will be assigned from both texts.

 How Your Course Grade Will Be Computed:

I expect to give four in-class exams this summer term, including the final. There will not be formal review days for exams, except the final, 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 total homework grade will count as an exam (100 points) [this may be modified if web-based homework is introduced].   The final counts 200 points; your percentage grade on the final may replace the lowest of the other four grades (in-class exams and homework) if this helps you.

The part of the final which covers material after the third exam may possibly be treated as a fourth hour exam, which would cause some changes in this grading formula.

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).

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. In fact, lately the office staff does this without my hearing about it.


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..

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. Homework turned in late will be accepted but will have less value (and may or may not be marked, at my convenience). Homework quizzes, if used, will be impossible to make up.

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.

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 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.


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 :-)