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Welcome to Math 46

This is Math 46: Introduction to applied mathematics. 
Here are some helpful tips for success.

Instructor and General Information

Adrianna Gillman
(2 hour)
Office: 210 Kemeny Hall
Office hours:  M 3-5, T 3-4
                        and by appointment
Phone: 646-2293
or email (preferred)

Note that you do not need an appointment to attend regularly-scheduled office hours. If you have a conflict you may make an appointment to meet outside those times.

Lectures: MWF 1:35-2:50 X-hr: Th 1-1:50

I strongly recommend you read the material in the book in advance of the lecture. X-hour will be used intermittently for: Matlab sessions, review, problem-solving sessions, catch-up lectures, etc. Do not schedule anything regular in this X-hr; I expect to use about half of them.

Textbook:  Applied Mathematics, Third Edition by J. David Logan (Published by Wiley Interscience, New York, 2006). This otherwise excellent book has a moderate list of errata which I suggest you copy in to save later confusion. Available at Wheelock Books, etc.

Homework: Weekly homeworks are due Wednesday at start of lecture. I strongly suggest you collaborate, and try at least some of the relevant homework problems before the next lecture (leaving it all for Tuesday night risks you getting left behind in this fast-paced course.) Please make your working/reasoning as clear as you can, write clearly, don't be scared of using lots of space on the page, and staple your work. Late homework will not be accepted (unless by prior arrangement for a valid, and exceptional, reason). Your lowest HW score will be dropped, ie you get a `free' HW.

Private tutoring: Tutor Clearinghouse may have private one-on-one tutors available for Math 46 (although this is rare in advanced courses, so come and talk to me if you feel lost and no tutors are available). If a student receives financial aid, the College will pay for three hours of tutoring per week. If you would like to have a tutor, please go to 301 Collis and apply as early as possible.

Students with disabilities who will be taking this course and may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment to see their instructor as soon as possible. Also, they should stop by the Academic Skills Center in Collis Center to register for support services.

For your convenience, here is the term calendar as set by the registrar, with deadlines for schedule adjustment and other significant dates.

The Honor Principle

On Exams: No assistance may be given or received except that you may ask the instructor for clarification of a problem. In particular, no calculators or computing devices may be used.

On Homework: You are permitted and encouraged to collaborate with other students on the homework. However, after discussing the problems, you should each write up the final solutions in your own words and acknowledge your collaborators. You may use calculators and approved software. Additionally, you may consult your class notes and text. It is a violation of the honor code for someone to provide the answers for you.


There are three scheduled exams, two midterms, held outside of class time, and the final exam.

Midterm 1 Midterm 2 Final Exam
 Tuesday, April 15
  5:00-7:00 pm
 Tuesday, May 13
  5:00-7:00 pm
 Friday, May 30
  3:00-6:00 pm
     Kemeny 004 
    Kemeny 004
   Kemeny 007

If you have a conflict with a scheduled exam contact your instructor as soon as possible.


Grades will be assigned based on homework and exams as follows.

Component Percentage
Midterm 1 20
Midterm 2 20
Homework 30
Final Exam 30
Total 100
Last modified 10 March 2014 by AG.