Instructor:
Ed BuelerOffice: Chapman 301C. (Hours online.)Phone: 474-7693eMail: elbueler@alaska.edu |
Class Time: MWF 11:45-12:45 Gruening 206T 11:30-12:30 Gruening 206 [and a Thursday section; see below] Text: Larson & Edwards, Calculus
edition 5eCourse Web Site: www.dms.uaf.edu/~bueler/Math200F13.htm |

Calculus is the language of physics and engineering, and much of chemistry, economics, and biology. In these fields there is both continuous and discrete mathematics. Calculus is the core theory of continuous mathematics. For example, position and energy in mechanics, the velocity of a fluid, magnetic field strength, and probabilities in brownian motion all involve continuous quantities described using calculus. People do also use calculus to approximately describe things that are actually discrete, like populations or votes or the numbers of molecules in a chemical process.

The textbook is the Early Transcendental Functions 5th edition of Larson & Edwards,

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday you will see me and I will be either lecturing on new material, answering your questions, asking you questions, or doing exams (see below for dates). You are expected to ask questions in class about the lecture or about homework assignments. Such questions are a great use of the class' time! You are unlikely to be the only one with a given question, so please do ask.

F07 (CRN 76561) = 9:45-10:45 Gruening 303

F08 (CRN 76562) = 11:30-12:30 Brooks 104A

F09 (CRN 76563) = 8:00-9:00 Chapman 104

In these sections the main goal is to discuss, with a person other than me, the homework and questions which arose in lecture. There will also be required quizzes in these sections. Attendance at sections is mandatory. The teaching assistant Vikenty Mikheev, a graduate student in mathematics, is fully able to answer your calculus questions.

WebAssign: Please go to http://webassign.net right away and log in. To get started, hit the "I have a class key" button and enter uaf 3303 9761 You'll then establish a username and you will enter your "access code" which you got with your textbook.

Not-for-credit "WebAssignments" will be available each week. I encourage you to do a part of this every class day. You'll do the problems and submit your answers and they will be graded. On the second submission you'll see the answers. I will not use your WebAssignment score in determining your grade. You are encouraged to work with other students on WebAssignments.

60%

Midterm Exam 1 Midterm Exam 2 Final Exam |
15% of course grade 15% of course grade 30% of course grade |
Monday, Oct. 7 (one
hour in class) Monday, Nov. 11 (one hour in class) 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17 (two hours in class) |

20% of the course grade will be determined by weekly quizzes. (Exception: on weeks where there are midterm exams there will not be a quiz.) These will be given in the first 20 minutes of your Thursday section. Solutions will be handed out immediately and are a great topic for discussion. These quizzes are also intended to help you with Exams by giving you an opportunity to see the kinds of questions which arise on exams, and my style in writing them. I will drop your lowest quiz score.

Preparing for exams: I encourage you to construct practice problems by "role-playing" me before each exam. That is: Assume that I am a reasonable person who wants to test whether you comprehend what was lectured on and assigned. Assume I have the goal of covering the topics and asking questions which represent a reasonable range of difficulty. What questions would I ask? If you do this role-playing then you will be able to generate a very close approximation of the exam I will give. And you will get a good grade.

The course grade will be determined by points on the
exams and
quizzes, according to the schedule at right. I do not give C- grades. --->The schedule represents a guarantee. |
Percent93 - 100 % 90 - 92 % 87 - 89 % 82 - 86 % 79 - 81 % 76 - 78 % 68 - 75 % 65 - 67 % 60 - 64 % 57 - 59 % 0 - 56 % |
GradeA A- B+ B B- C+ C D+ D D- F |

Prerequisites:

Placement Test in first week: There will be a short in-class Placement Test covering prerequisite material on Monday 9 September. This Test will be graded and the score used to advise you on whether you were properly placed in Calculus I. You are required to take it and you will get a fixed amount of credit for taking it regardless of your score; your score will only be used for placement.

Adds, Drops, Withdrawals: The last day for adding a class is Friday September 13. The last day for dropping a class is Friday September 20. The last day for withdrawing, with a W appearing on your transcript, is Friday November 1. If, in my opinion, a student is not participating adequately in the class, I may elect to drop or withdraw this student. Inadequate participation includes but is not limited to: missing an exam, repeatedly failing to take quizzes or to complete paper homework, or having a failing average at the withdrawal date. (But I am OK with giving a D or F at the end of the semester for failing work. Don't count on me doing you a favor.)

Makeup exams: