Math 8, Calculus of Functions of One and Several Variables (Fall 2010)
- Dec 1 2010: Hour long final exam review sessions will be held on Friday, at 10am and 12:30pm at Moore Hall B03. Carl Pomerance will hold the one at 10am while Andrew Yang will hold the one at 12:30pm.
- Dec 1 2010: There will be no tutorial on Thursday night, but there will be a final tutorial on Sunday, in the usual location of Wilder 104.
- Dec 1 2010: The final exam will be held in the following locations:
- Filene Auditorium, in Moore Hall, for students in the 11am and noon sections, and
- Moore Hall B03, for students in the 10am section.
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Written Homework Solutions
Calculus (6th edition) by James Stewart, ISBN 978-0495011606.
(Available at Wheelock Books)
It is each student's responsibility to be aware of academic deadlines as enforced by the Registrar.
|Section 1 (Carl Pomerance)
(x-hour Thursday 12:00-12:50)
|Section 2 (Carl Pomerance)
||MWF 11:15 - 12:20
(x-hour Tuesday 12:00 - 12:50)
|Section 3 (Andrew Yang)
||MWF 12:30 - 1:35
(x-hour Tuesday 1:00 - 1:50)
|105 Dartmouth Hall
The students in a section will be informed whenever an x-hour is going to be used.
|Office: 339 Kemeny Hall
||Office: 316 Kemeny Hall
MWF 9:00am - 10:00am or by appointment
T, Th 12:30pm - 2:00pm, or by appointment
or Blitzmail (preferred)
or Blitzmail (preferred)
Tutorial TA information
Please note that email addresses are not provided here to protect against spambots. You can find email addresses by either asking your instructor or at the directory section of the math department webpage.
|Office: 211 Kemeny Hall
||Office: 220 Kemeny Hall
||Office: 218 Kemeny Hall
M 1:45pm - 3:45pm
M Th 1:30pm - 2:30pm
M W 1:00pm - 2:00pm
- There will be two midterm examinations and a final examination. These exams are scheduled as follows:
||Location: Cook Auditorium at Murdough Center
||5:00pm - 7:00pm
||Filene Auditorium or Wilder 104
||5:00pm - 7:00pm
||Location Filene Auditorium or Moore B03: see news for details
||11:30am - 2:30pm
- If you have a legitimate conflict with these exam dates and times, please contact your instructor to arrange an alternate testing time as soon as possible. Please do not wait until shortly before the exam.
- There will be two separate parts to your homework assignments. The first, called WeBWork, is submitted on the Internet. Webwork assignments will be made each class day, as indicated on Syllabus and Homework Assignments. The
assignment will be due at 10:00 am on the subsequent class day. You will
only be able to submit the assignment during the time that it is open; at 10 am on the due date, the assignment will close and shortly thereafter the correct answers will be available to view.
- The second part of the homework consists of several problems from the textbook which will be assigned weekly. They are to be handed in during class on the day they are due, or if the instructor chooses, in the homework boxes outside Kemeny 008. In general, late homework will not be accepted for a grade without prior arrangements. Illness and family emergency are the two main reasons why an extension on homework may be granted, although depending on the circumstances, extensions may be granted for other reasons as well.
- Written homework assignments will be graded not only on the correctness of the answer, but also the work that leads to a correct answer. In particular, a correct answer with no justification will receive little credit, whereas an incorrect answer with mostly correct work and a tiny error may receive a substantial amount of credit. Solutions should be written in an organized and legible manner.
- A federal law called FERPA provides college students with a considerable amount of privacy concerning their academic status and grades. As such, we cannot return graded written homework assignments in a public fashion (such as in a pile on a desk or in homework boxes outside 008 Kemeny) unless you sign a waiver forfeiting your rights to privacy for grades on your written homework assignments. These waivers will be distributed on the first day of class, and whether you sign them or not will have no impact on your performance in this class. If you choose not to sign a FERPA waiver, you will need to visit your instructor's office to pick up your homework assignment there, and may need to present your student ID if your instructor insists on verifying your identity. The waiver does not apply to exams, which will be returned in a private fashion. Waivers may be signed at any time after the first day of class - just ask your instructor for a copy.
- There will be appropriate adjustments to the homework schedule for holidays. More details about homework are posted on the course assignment webpage (Syllabus and Homework Assignments).
- The course grade will be based upon the total score obtained from the two midterm exams, the final exam and the homework assignments. A raw score for your final grade in this course will be computed as follows: there will be four numerical scores, each out of 100 - your homework score (Webwork and written, combined, each worth 50), midterm 1, midterm 2, and the final exam. If the lowest of these four scores is the final exam, your final score will be determined by summing these four numbers. If the lowest of these four scores is not the final exam, your lowest score will be dropped and your final will count for 200 points. So this system naturally weights the final exam more than the other parts, and also provides some leeway if you do unusually poorly on one exam.
- For example, here is how your final raw score would be calculated in two different situations. If you received a 90, 80, 70, and 60 on your homework, two midterms, and final respectively, then your final score would be 90 + 80 + 70 + 60 = 300, since your final exam was your lowest score. If, on the other hand, you received a 60, 70, 80, and 90, respectively, then your final score would be 70 + 80 + 90 * 2 = 330, since your final exam was not your lowest score.
- After your raw final score is computed, we list the class by order of this score and then determine letter grades by fitting the score distribution to a curve. The exact details of this curve vary from year to year, but the median grade in this class has historically been a B or B+.
- On Exams: All exams are closed book, and no help is to be given or received. No calculators, computers, cell phones, or other electronic aids are allowed.
- On Homework: Collaboration is permitted and encouraged - a discussion of the general idea of homework problems with instructors, tutors, fellow students and others is desirable. However, each student is expected to complete his or her assignments individually and independently. Computing devices are allowed on homework, although they will not be necessary. As a general rule of thumb, you should understand why the solution you write down is correct, and should write the actual solution up on your own.
- For written homework assignments, please write down the names of people you collaborated with.
- Tutorial assistance for this course will be available in Wilder 104 on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursdays, from 7pm to 9pm. Tutorials will begin on Thursday, September 23. Our tutors are Zachary Hamaker, Nathan McNew, and Jennifer Shellenbarger.
- Also note that the Tutor Clearinghouse has study groups and private one-on-one tutors available for Math 8.
The study group leaders and the tutors are students who have taken the course and have done well in it, and they are trained by the Academic Skills Center.
For a student receiving financial aid, the College will pay for three hours of tutoring per week. If you would like to join a study group or have a tutor,
please click here for more information.
- Students with learning, physical, or psychiatric disabilities enrolled in this course who may need disability-related accommodations are encouraged to meet with their 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.
- In particular, if you have a disability which substantially impairs your ability to take exams, you may qualify for additional time on tests. Please consult the Student Accessibility Services office for more details.