MATH 152 More Calculus!
Fall 2012
First of all, congratulations on making it through the
first semester of calculus. That in itself is quite an accomplishment, and you now understand
the basic ideas that Newton and Leibniz developed 300 years ago. This semester we'll delve deeper into these
ideas, covering a variety of topics. The main goal will be this:
Using Calculus to Predict the Future
Along the way, we’ll cover these topics
Class Philosophy:
One learns math by doing it, not by watching
other people do it. Consequently, you
will be required to participate actively during class, and work very hard outside of it. The payoff is big: Calculus is one of the
truly monumental achievements of the human species, and by the end of this
class, you will understand it better.
Throughout the semester, I will be giving each of you ideas
about what you need to do to improve your understanding of Calculus. Some of these apply to everyone: read the
section we will cover before coming to class, try some of the homework problems
ahead of time, answer the Textbook Question that you’ll get on email, do lots
and lots of homework problems (more than I assign to hand in), don't fall
asleep in class, etc. Others will be
more directed, and probably suggested to you when you come to my office hours
(see below). The flip side of this is
that you need to give me ideas about the course, and how to make sure you get
the most out of it. I will give a survey
at some point, but if at any time you have something to share with me, just let
me know (anonymous note, phone, email, getting a friend of mine to write on my
wall, etc).
Where to go for
help: You have three main resources to
draw on when you need help in this class.
The first and most important is your fellow classmates. Calculus will go much smoother for all of us
if you start getting to know them and start studying with them outside of class
early in the semester. The second is me. Your third
resource will be your TA, Dani Thorne. We can be reached at:
Dave Kung 
x4433 
175 Schaefer 

Dani Thorne 


Office Hours: Here are
my official office hours. In addition to
these, I am in my office most of the time.
If you’d like to meet, stop by or drop me an email.
Tuesday 
10:0011:00 
Wednesday 
2:303:20 
Thursday 
9:0010:00 
Problem Sessions:
On Wednesday evenings when we don't have
exams (see below), there will be a problem session. These will be run by Dani,
and will largely consist of finishing the worksheets that we start in class on Wednesday.
Like for our normal class meetings, attendance at these evening sessions is
expected.
Grading: Calculus
can be learned at two levels. At the basic,
mechanical level, you will learn how to
do calculus (e.g. techniques of integration, proving convergence of a sequence,
finding Taylor series, etc.) Achieving
this only this level of competency will earn you approximately a C. Higher grades will be earned by understanding
Calculus at a deeper, theoretical level.
This includes understanding why
we do the calculations, why they work, and why they apply to so many of the
physical situations around us. Your
ability to explain the concepts of calculus will continually be tested, both in
class and on exams.
There will be a variety of ways to show that you are
learning Calculus. They will contribute
to your final grade as follows:
Assessment Date Percent
Exam I September 26nd 13
Exam II October 24th 13
Exam III November 19^{th} (in
class) 13
Group Project Due Wed. Dec. 5th 16
Homework all
semester 10
Class Participation all
semester 10
Textbook Questions all semester 5
Final Exam Mon., Dec 10th,
2pm 20
Total 100
The exams are in the evening starting at 6pm and are
essentially untimed. Be sure to mark
these on your calendar now. Information
about the Group Project will be distributed later in the semester. Roughly 24 hours before most classes, I will
email you all a question or two regarding the reading (a Textbook Question). After doing the reading, you should reply to
the message, answering as best you can.
Grades for the emails will be based on participation – although if
your answer makes it clear that you didn’t read the section at all, it will not
count.
Learning in this class is considered to be everyone's
shared responsibility. Part of that
responsibility is attendance; when you are not here, not only do you miss
important work, but the entire class misses out on
your contribution. The Class
Participation portion of your grade will reflect that. Thanks for reading this far; please wear a
hat to class on Wednesday to indicate that you’ve read the syllabus. In class,
we will be working in groups roughly at least once a week (typically on Wednesdays);
how well you work with others will also factor into the Class Participation
portion of your grade.
Extra Credit: You can earn a 1% increase in your grade by attending and
writing a one page report on any NSM Colloquium talk
or MathCS Club talk. This can be repeated up to three
times for a total of 3% extra before calculating your final grade. Talks are
for a general audience of science majors in the areas of Mathematics, Computer
Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The NSM lectures are in Room 106SH
every Wednesday at 4:40 (announcements will come by email). MathCS Club talks
are posted several days in advance on the walls of Schaefer.
I would love to give everyone an A this semester!
Let's all work toward that goal!