Math 8 - Calculus of One and Several Variables


Instructors and Class Meetings Learning Objectives Prerequisites
Text and Resources Teaching Methods Expectations
Grading Academic Honor Code Acadenmic Resources

A printable version of the syllabus can be found here.

Instructors and Class Meetings

Instructor: Mitsuo Kobayashi Sarah WrightScott Lalonde
Class Times: Kemeny 108
MWF 11:15 - 12:20
X Hour : T 12 - 12:50
Haldeman 028
MWF 1:45 - 2:50
X Hour: Th 1 - 1:50
Kemeny 108
Tues, Thur, Sun
7 - 9pm
Office: Kemeny 219 Kemeny 211
Office Hours: M: 2:30 - 3:30
Tu:  11:30 - 12, 1 - 1:30
W: 9:30 - 10:30
F: 2:30 - 3:30
and by appointment
M: 11:45 - 12:45
W: 9:30 - 10:30
Th: 10:30 - 11:30
F: 11:45 - 12:45
and by appointment

X-hours will be used as needed to make up missed classes or catch up on material.  You will informed at least two days in advance of the use of an X-hour, but in general you should keep this hour open in your schedule.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course students will:


A student enrolled in Math 8 should have successfully completed one of the following: Math 3, Math 1 and 2, or an AB calculus curriculum.

Math 8 moves quickly, so it is essential that your algebra and trig (precalculus) be in good working order, along with your differential calculus (taking and interpreting derivatives).

Text and Resources

Calculus, James Stewart, Sixth Edition

Nearly any calculus book will cover the material we need to cover in Math 8.  If you've found a book that you particularly like, stick with it.  If you have a different form or edition of Stewart's book, that will also work for your general reading.  In any of these cases, you'll be responsible for acquiring all the assignment information, reading pages, homework problems, etc. from your peers or books in the library.

Teaching Methods

Below is a description of how we “run” our classrooms. This is provided to you so that you know what to expect, and you understand why we do the things we do.

We have a lot of material to cover in this course, and the only way we see to get through it all is if we spend most classes at board “lecturing.” This does not mean you can sit back, relax, and blindly write down everything that we do. We’ll ask you questions and expect you to answer. “I don’t know,” is an acceptable answer. You should feel free to stop lecture and ask a question. We may ask a student to explain a concept to the class. Hearing an explanation from a peer can sometimes be much more meaningful than hearing it from me or reading it in a book.


What you can expect from your instructors:

What you can expect your TA:
What we expect from you:

There will be daily WeBWork assignments. Each WeBWork assignment will be open immediately following the corresponding lesson in class, and due before the start of the next class. The WeBWork assignments are meant to check if you are understand the basic definitions, theorems and techniques of the lesson.

You can log in to WeWork here.  Assignment 0 will remain posted all term with the answers available and is designed to be an introduction to the WebWork system.  If have not used Webwork before, go through Assignment 0.  For information on the WebWork

The weekly written assignments will be available on BlackBoard on Monday mornings and will be turned in Friday at the beginning of class. While these assignments may contain challenging mathematical concepts, your focus should be in the presentation of the solution. These write-ups will be returned to you on the following Monday with a credit or no credit score. You will be given chances to rewrite your assignment and turn it in on Wednesday. For the first three assignments, you will have as many rewrites as you need, the next three assignments you’ll have only one chance to rewrite, and the final four should be nearly perfect when you turn them in on Friday, no rewrites. Thus, you should be learning from your mistakes, taking in and absorbing the feedback we give you, not just blindly making the suggested changes.

Quizzes will be given at the beginning of class each Monday. The purpose of these quizzes is to keep everyone up to speed in the course. The difficulty of the questions asked will be somewhere between a warm-up question and a WebWork problem. The quiz will happen at the beginning of class, take no more than 10 minutes, and will not be given at any other time unless arrangements are made before Monday. If you have been keeping up with the reading and homework and attending class regularly, you should have no problem getting 95-100% on every quiz. Everyone has bad days, thus your lowest quiz score will be dropped from your total.

(60%) EXAMS
There will be two exams given during the term, and one cumulative final exam at the end. Because the final is cumulative, if your score on the final exam is higher than both of the other exams, your exam score will be completely based on the final. The point is to learn the material by the end of the term, so if you show you’ve mastered the material, the stops and starts of your learning process should not matter. Otherwise, 30% of your grade will be from the final exam and 15% from each midterm exam. There is more information on exam philosophy, what to expect, and how to prepare on the Blackboard site under EXAMS.

To assign final letter grades, the instructors will plot the point totals of all the students in both sections and assign grades based on clustering and averages. Although this is somewhat “curved” you will not receive any letter grade lower than the standard percentage grade assignments allows, i.e. if you earn 90% of all possible points the lowest grade you can be assigned will be an A-. A grading spreadsheet is available on Blackboard, and the mean and median scores for quizzes and exams will always be made available to you. While this doesn’t guarantee you’ll know your exact standing in the course or “What you need to get on the final to get a B+ in the class,” you should be able to keep relatively good tabs on your status.
Academic Honor Code

On Exams and Quizzes: No help given or received. All exams and quizzes will be closed book. No calculators or computers are allowed.

On Homework: Students are encouraged to work together to do homework problems. What is important is the student’s eventual understanding of homework ideas, and not how that is achieved. The Honor Code 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, and his or her own explanation of the solution. 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 part, is a violation of the Honor Code.

If you have any questions as to whether some action would be acceptable under the Academic Honor Code, please speak to your instructor. This is definitely a situation in which it is better to ask permission than forgiveness.

Academic Resources

Students with disabilities enrolled in this course and who may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make and appointment to see 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 to discuss appropriate implementation of any accommodation requested.

Whether or not you have a disability, the Academic Skills Center is an excellent place to visit. Take some time to look at their videos and other resources. Would you benefit from some of the planning tools? Do you think you could improve your note-taking skills? Is stress eating your life? You're the only one who knows what might benefit you, and it doesn't hurt to look.