Please read this page carefully. You will be responsible for all the information given here, and for any modifications to it that may be announced in class. Any such modifications will be made on the course webpage.
Text: The textbook for this course is Calculus (6th edition), by James Stewart. (Note there are various versions of this text---make sure you have the right one.) The course covers Chapters 11-14 of the textbook, together with some supplementary "honors" material.
Instructor: Kimball Martin
|Office:||924 Physical Sciences Center|
|Office hours:||Mon 1:30-2:20, 3:30-4:20; and by appointment|
Contact note: Even though I may send periodic emails from my university ou email address (as opposed to the math.ou.edu one above), I do not check it nearly as frequently. Thus you are advised to use the address above when contacting me if you want a timely response.
Class Participation will be an integral part of this course.
Office Hours: Feel free to come ask questions or continue discussions during office hours. You are also welcome to make impromptu visits outside of office hours, though I may be busy or away. If it is a premeditated affair, you can make an appointment with me.
Homework is a crucial part of the course. Homework is where you really learn the material. You should expect written homework every week, usually due each Wednesday at the start of class, and you should
plan to spend roughly 6 hours each week on work out of class. Each homework
assignment will be posted on the course website, typically by the end of the
day the Wednesday before it is due.
Each homework assignment will contain up to 4 sections:
1) Reading assignment.
2) Conceptual questions: These are to see if you understand what is going on, and I encourage you to think about them, and ask if you dont know the answer. While they are not to be turned in, they (or similar questions) may appear on the exams.
3) Written assignment: This is what you are expected to turn in on paper and is graded.
4) Bonus questions: These will typically be more challenging questions (though not necessarily) you can submit with the written assignment for bonus points (see Grades for what this means). (One mostly correct solution to a bonus question = one bonus point)
The homework policies are the following. Turning in an assignment means that, to the best of your knowledge and ability, you honestly abided by the following. Unless stated otherwise for a specific problem, you may not use calculators, computers (including the web), other texts or the solutions manuals to find the answers; however you are allowed to use them to check your answers. Collaboration is allowed, and even encouraged, though you should earnestly try to solve each problem on your own before learning from someone else. However, you are to write up (not copy) your solutions by yourself, in your own words. Late homework is not accepted.
Examinations: There will be two in-class exams and a final during the final examination period. The in-class examinations will be on Wed Feb 24 and Fri Apr 20. The final exam is Thursday May 10 from 1:30-3:30pm. Topics covered on the exam will be posted on the course website. You may not use notes, texts, calculators, computers or other references during the exams. Make-up exams are not given except in extenuating circumstances.
It is always better to focus on learning the material and understanding the homework than to worry about grades, which is after all what your grade should
reflect. This course is meant to be challenging and educational, but not stressful. If you ever find yourself worried about your grade or how you are doing in the course, please come see me. Please dont wait until the end of the term to do this.
The grades will be computed as follows. A raw score is computed for you, which is
40% In-class participation
10% Midterm 1
10% Midterm 2
Preliminary letter grades will be assigned to raw numeric scores based on the total distribution of raw scores. In other words, there may be a curve. While I may curve up (e.g., an A might be 88-100), I will not curve down (e.g., a 90 will never be lower than an A). Then I may adjust your final letter grade individually for such things as bonus points or improvement throughout the term.
Withdrawal Policy: Through Jan 30, there is no record of a grade for dropped courses. From Jan 31 through Mar 30, you may withdraw and receive a “W” grade, regardless of your performance to date. From Apr 2 to May 6, withdrawing is a more serious matter, and you must consult with the Dean.
Grade of Incomplete: The grade of “I” is a special-purpose grade given when a specific task needs to be completed to finish the coursework. This is typically a term paper or other special assignment, so rarely makes sense in a mathematics course. An “I” cannot be given to avoid receiving a low grade.
Academic Misconduct: If cases of academic misconduct arise, they will be dealt with according to (rather strict) University policies. Remember that you responsible for knowing and adhering to the University guidelines for academic integrity:
as well as the student code:
Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability that may interfere with the demonstration of your abilities, please contact me as soon as possible to arrange accomodations necessary to ensure your full participation in the course. You should also contact the Office of Disability Services, Goddard Health Center, Suite 166 (325-3852 or TDD 325 4173).
Final Remark: Bear in mind that the course polices are put in place for
your benefit. Please to not hesitate to ask me if you have any questions
about these policies.