MATH 152 More Calculus! Spring 2004
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
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, 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 few surveys, but if at any time you have something to share with me, just let me know (anonymous note, phone, email, e-greeting, 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, Kristine Roinestad. We can be reached at:
175 Schaefer Hall
Office Hours: Monday -
and by appointment (email me)
Problem Sessions: On Wednesday evenings when we don't have exams (see below), there will be a problem session (possibly in SH165). These will be run by Kristine, and will largely consist of finishing the worksheets that we start in class on Wednesdays.
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
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 Feb. 11th 13
Exam II March 10th 13
Exam III April 14th 13
Group Project Due April 21th 16
Homework all semester 10
Class Participation all semester 10
Daily Emails all semester 5
Final Exam Friday, May 6 () 20
The exams are in the evening starting at . 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. After doing the reading, you should reply to the message, answering as best you can. Grades for the emails will be based primarily
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. In addition, we will be working in groups roughly once a week (on Wednesdays); how well you work with others will also factor into the Class Participation portion of your grade.
I would love to give everyone an A this semester.
Let's all work toward that goal.