Math 2: Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry

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Course Information




Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Sixth Edition
by James Stewart
ISBN: 978-0495011699


The textbook will be available at Wheelock Books. You can also find used editions online (for example, at Amazon) but please check to make sure that you purchase the sixth edition.

We also recommend How to Ace Calculus, by Colin Adams, Joel Hass, and Abigail Thompson, as a supplemental textbook. It offers a different perspective than Stewart, which you may find more comprehensible. Two copies will be available for use in the Undergraduate Lounge in Kemeny, and three copies will be on reserve in the library. If you would like your own copy, the Dartmouth Bookstore carries How to Ace Calculus. You can also find it online.



As in Math 1, the IAS Program in the First Year Office will be running study groups for this course. Classes will be broken up into small study groups for the purpose of reviewing course material and working on homework. An undergraduate tutor will guide each group.

Tutoring Schedule:
Sundays, 4:30-7:30 PM, Drop-in Tutoring with Ricardo Vera in Fahey ground floor.
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 PM, Study Group 1 with Stephanie Castillo in McLane Meeting Room.
Tuesdays, 8:30 - 10 PM, Study Group 2 with Stephanie Castillo in McLane Meeting Room.
Thursdays, 7-8:30 PM, Study Group 3, with Melanie Daulton.
Thursdays, 8:30 - 10 PM, Study Group 4 with Melanie Daulton.

The Academic Skills Center is a great resource that can help you get the most out of each class you take at Dartmouth. Check them out for (among other things) study tips, strategies to reduce your stress, or help finding the best way for you to learn the material.


Homework Information

You will have three types of homework assignments for this course:

WeBWorK will be assigned 3 times a week, and will be due at 1 AM on the following class day. The WeBWorK problems are designed to check your understanding of the material covered in class each day and should be very straightforward. Each WeBWorK assignment should take no more than 30 minutes. If you find yourself spending more than 30 minutes on any one WeBWorK assignment, please let your instructor know.

In contrast to Math 1, you will only be allowed 10 attempts for each WeBWorK problem. The idea of this change is to encourage you to work through each problem carefully, on paper, before submitting your answers. Having a paper record of the thought process behind each problem will help you when you need to study for exams! This is also a good habit to get into, as the thought process will be weighted at least as heavily as the answer when we grade your written assignments and exams.

Written Assignments will generally be due at the beginning of class on Monday. These problems will generally require more thought than the WeBWorK assignment, and they will consist of more problems -- please do not wait until Sunday night to start the written assignments!

You are encouraged to discuss the written assignments with your classmates, instructors, and tutors. However, the Honor Principle implies that the paper that you hand in on Mondays must be your own work, in your own words, representing your own understanding. Copying on the written homework assignments is a violation of the Honor Principle. To this end, we suggest that you take notes during group sessions, and then put the notes away when you write up the Written Assignment. If you cannot write up your solution to a problem without referring to your notes, it is a good sign that you do not yet understand how to do the problem, and that you will have difficulties at exam time.

Finally, if you work with your classmates, please indicate on your homework which people you collaborated with on which problems.

At the end of each class, we will announce which section of the textbook you should read to prepare you for the next day's class. We will also post the reading assignment on the homework page. The Reading Assignment consists of reading this section (either in Stewart or in Adams et al.), and posting a comment about the material in the appropriate forum on the course BlackBoard Website, by 10:30 PM the night before the class.

The Reading Assignment serves two purposes. First, your comments and questions help your instructor to know how to focus the lecture, and how to clarify your points of confusion. Second, math tends to make more sense the second (or third) time around. If you have already spent some time studying the material before class, you will get more out of the lecture.

Completion of the reading assignments is worth 5% of your final grade. You will receive the full 5% if you complete all but 3 of the reading assignments; 4%, if you complete all but 5; 3%, if you complete all but 7; 2%, if you complete all but 9; and 1%, if you complete all but 10. If you miss more than 10 reading assignments, you will receive a 0 for this portion of your grade.


Exams and Quizzes

Quizzes: There will be a quiz every Friday, including weeks when we have midterms. This includes the first week of the term! This first quiz, the "Algebra and Tri gonometry Quiz," will be graded differently than the subsequent quizzes. The Algebra and Trigonometry Quiz covers material from high school math that you need to be comfortable with in order to succeed in this course, and it is worth 3% of your total grade in the course. Therefore, you may retake this quiz as often as necessary until you get a passing score of 80%. If you earn that passing score in the first two weeks of the term, you receive the full 3%; in the third or fourth week, 2%; in the fifth or sixth week, 1%. If you fail to earn an 80% or better on this quiz during the first 6 weeks of the term, you will receive a 0 for this part of your grade.

The Algebra and Trigonometry Quiz will be similar to (although shorter than) the Diagnostic Tests in the front of Stewart (pp. xxiv-xxviii). It will also cover limit laws (p. 99) and log rules (p. 64).

The other quizzes are designed to check your comprehension of course material, in a situation where you don't have access to your notes or the textbook. No retakes will be offered for any quiz except the first one. However, we will drop your lowest two quiz scores when calculating your final grade.

Exams: We will have two midterm exams and one final exam.

Midterm 1 Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 7-9 PM Carson L01
Midterm 2 Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 7-9 PM Carson L01
Final Exam Saturday, March 12, 2011

Calculators and notes are not permitted on quizzes or exams.



We will use the x-hour every week, starting with the week of January 10. Please attend every class, including x-hours, and please come prepared to do math. Excessive absences (physical or mental), disruptive behavior, or lack of preparation will adversely affect your grade.

Please respect your classmates and instructor by refraining from cell phone use during class. If you choose to bring a phone to class, please turn it off before entering the classroom.

Exams and quizzes may not be taken late. If you have a conflict with a scheduled exam or quiz, please speak with your instructor at least 2 days in advance, and we will schedule a time when you can take the exam early. Since quizzes will occur during the first 15 minutes of class, this means that if you arrive late to class, you will receive a score of 0 for that quiz.
Similarly, late homework will be accepted and corrected, but will receive a score of zero.

We are willing to make exceptions to these policies in the case of severe illness or emergency. If you find yourself in such a situation, please contact your instructor; we will be happy to make arrangements for you.



The grades in this course will be calculated as follows:




Reading Assignments:




Written Assignments:


Algebra and Trigonometry Quiz:


Weekly Quizzes:


Midterm Exams:

15% each

Final Exam:



Honor Principle

Homework: Students are encouraged to work together on the homework. What is most important is a student's eventual understanding of homework problems, and not how that is achieved. The honor principle applies to homework in the following way. What a student turns in as a homework solution is to be his or her own understanding of how to do the problem. Students must state what sources they have consulted, with whom they have collaborated, and from whom they have received help. The solutions you submit must be written by you alone. Any copying (electronic or otherwise) of another person's solutions, in whole or in part, is a violation of the Honor Code.

Exams and Quizzes: Students may not receive assistance of any kind from any source (living, published, electronic, etc), except the professor, and may not give assistance to anyone. Matters of clarification are to be left to the professor. You are on your honor not to talk to another student about an exam until both students have turned in their exams.


Disabilities, Religious Observances, Etc.

Students with disabilities enrolled in this course and who may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment to see your instructor before the end of the second week of the term. All discussions will remain confidential, although the Student Accessibility Services office may be consulted to discuss appropriate implementation of any accommodation requested.

Some students may wish to take part in religious observances that occur during this academic term. If you have a religious observance that conflicts with your participation in the course, please meet with your instructor before the end of the second week of the term to discuss appropriate accommodations.