Math 1242 Information, Section 3

Instructor: Harold B. Reiter
Office: Fretwell, 345A
Office Hours: See home page
Phone: office 704 687-4561; home 704 364-5699
Email: hbreiter@email.uncc.edu; fax: 704 687-6415
Text: Calculus Concepts and Contexts, second edition, by Frank Stewart

Grading

There will be three tests, each contributing 15% of the final grade. There will be roughly twelve webwork sets (about 1.2% each), and collected homework for 25% of the final grade (see organization below for more on this). The tests are cumulative. That is, each test will include some questions on material covered in previous tests. The common final exam, also cumulative, will count for at least 30% of the final grade. Grades will be determined as follows: A, 85%; B, 70% to 85%; C, 55% to 70%; D, 40% to 55%. A total of 666 points are available in the course: 100 X 3 (in class tests) + 100 X 5/3 (quiz grade) + 200 (for the final exam) =666. The grades will be distributed as follows: 566+, A; 466+, B; 366+, C; 266+, D; less than 266, F. Although I will make every effort to update the assignment page to reflect any changes in tests and dues dates for homework, it is possible that such changes will not appear until after the fact. Thus, each student it responsible for any changes that take place as a result of discussions that take place during class.

 

Class Attendance

Class attendance is not required. However, student who attend class are expected to stay during the entire lecture. Neither late arrival nor early departure is allowed without extenuating circumstances. If you need to leave a class for an appointment, please be sure to let the instructor know in advance. If you need to be excused briefly, leave the room quietly. If you repeatedly miss class and show clearly that you have little chance to pass the final exam and the course, you may be required during the last week of the class to prove that you should be allowed to challenge the final exam. Cell phones must be turned off during class. This means no test messaging as well.

Makeup Tests

Tests will be made up only under the following circumstances: 1, the student has called the instructor at 704 687-4561 (office) or 704 364-5699 (home) before the test to indicate the need to miss the test or has sent e-mail to hbreiter@email.uncc.edu dated before the test and 2, the student provides a valid excuse for missing the test. Makeup tests will generally be oral exams. Homework will not be accepted after the due date except in unusual circumstances. Group work is allowed (in fact encouraged), but each student must turn in his own paper. Please reference the students with whom you work. Failing to reference homework cohorts constitutes plagiarism.

Homework

Homework will be collected (assuming our section is assigned a grader), and should be done either individually or in a group. Group work is encouraged. A list of students with phone numbers will be provided for the purpose of facilitating the formations of study groups. Homework assignments appear on a separate sheet which may be found here. All problems are taken from the text. Problems are not to be turned in, but are generally representative of the level of expectation for your performance on tests. You should work all the problems assigned each week and not wait until the day before the test. On the first attempt, you should expect to find that some of the problems require thinking and practice, i.e., they require time to do properly. Some homework assignments are coded mathematically. For example, the expression 4n+1, n=0,,10 represents the 11-problem homework assignment 1,5,9,14, etc. obtained by evaluating 4n+1 at 0, 1, 2, etc. repectively.

There will also be online homework called WebWorks. These assignments will be dues about a week or two apart. They will be graded electronically and the grades reported to the instructor. WebWork assignments will count about the same as other homework assignments.

Quizzes

I do not expect to use quizzes this semester unless it becomes clear that my students are not keeping up with the course. Short quizzes, about 10 in all, will be given during the last 15-20 minutes on certain class days without prior warning. Expect a quiz each week when no TEST is scheduled. The quiz grade will be counted 15 percent of the final grade for the course. Material covered or assigned through the end of the previous lecture will be on the quizzes so you are encouraged to keep up to date. Missed quizzes will not be made up. If a valid excuse is provided, the student's average quiz score will be used to replaced the missed quiz. Four calculator labs will be required. The quizzes together with the labs will count 25% of the final grade.

Academic Integrity

Students have the responsibility to know and observe the requirements of The UNCC Code of Student Academic Integrity (Catalog p. 24). This code forbids cheating, fabrication or falsification of information, multiple submission of academic work, plagiarism, abuse of academic materials, and complicity in academic dishonesty. Any special requirements or permission regarding academic integrity in this course will be stated by the instructor and are binding on the students. Academic evaluations in this course include a judgment that the student's work is free from academic dishonesty of any type; and grades in this course therefore should be and will be adversely affected by academic dishonesty. Students who violate the code can be expelled from UNCC. The normal penalty for a first offense is zero credit on the work involving dishonesty and further substantial reduction of the course grade. In almost all cases the course grade is reduced to F. Copies of the code can be obtained from the Dean of Students Office. Standards of academic integrity will be enforced in this course. Students are expected to report cases of academic dishonesty to the course instructor.

Organization

The course is organized into three lectures of length 50 minutes each on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It is possible that a regular problem session on Tuesdays will be scheduled. For a list of requirements for the course, see Vital Information for Math 1242

Making progress in the course.

You are expected to make academic progress of two types in this course. First, you are expected to develop certain skills: factoring, solving equations, expanding and simplifying expressions, and evaluating expressions and functions. You are also expected to develop an understanding of the concepts and ideas of algebra and calculus, and to gain the confidence and mathematical maturity to use these concepts in new settings. You can not expect to pass the course without making significant progress in the latter. It is also quite possible that some test problems will seem new to some students. Tests in the course are cumulative. That is to say, each test covers all the material encountered since the course began. The reason for this is that each topic after the first test is built on material discussed earlier.

Getting help in the course

Tutorial services offers regular one-on-one and group tutorials for this course. Ask about this in the University Learning Center, third floor of Fretwell

Video tapes covering each aspect of this course are available for your viewing in both the University Learning Center, 3rd floor of Fretwell, and at the audio-visual checkout area of the library. There are two series of tapes, one from the publisher and one made for this course by the UNCC math department.

Understanding the lectures

You should plan to read about each topic in the text before hearing a lecture on it. If you find this impossible, not all is lost, because...

The lectures in our section are designed to help you to READ the text. They are not intended to enable you to avoid reading the text.

Goals for the course

A. To win you over to the intellectual enterprise. That is, I hope to help you develop the confidence and maturity to take the intellectual approach to solving problems you encounter. In other words, you can solve many problems by thinking and learning, and you can change your environment for the better if you embrace the academic enterprise.

B. To help you develop the algebraic, calculator, and calculus skills and understanding of the real numbers in order to see the concepts of calculus in settings other than those studied in the course.

C. To help you see mathematical problem solving as an enjoyable and worthwhile activity.

D. To help you become familiar with electronic communication. [Math 1242 Index]

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