Winter 2001

MeetsMWF 11:15 -- 12:20
x-hourT 12:00 -- 12:50
PlaceFilene Auditorium (Moore Hall)
InstructorDana Williams
Office201 Choate House
HoursMWF 2:00--3:00

Math 8: Calculus of One and Several Variables


Course Basics:

We will meet in the 11 period (a.k.a. Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:15 to 12:20). Note that we will also meet in our x-period as needed. I will post general announcements above. For more specific information click on the appropriate topic below:

Tentative Term Syllabus Daily Homework
Maple Information Comments and Discussion
Class Demos Exams

It is each student's responsibility to be aware of important College deadlines laid out in the College Calendar.


Calculus, A Complete Course (4th edition) by Robert A. Adams.


Dana P. Williams. Office: 201 Choate House. BlitzMail:


There will be two mid-term exams and a final exam. The mid-term exams will be given from 4:00-6:00 pm in Filene Auditorium on Monday January 29th and on Monday February 19th. The final will be given at a time and place during the exam period (March 10 - March 14) which will be scheduled by the Registrar's office near the end of January. No early exams will be given to accomodate over-optimistic travel plans.

Students having conflicts with the mid-term exams should contact their instructor early to try to resolve them.


Your grade in the course will be determined primarily from the total points obtained on the three exams. Homework scores will be used only to resolve borderline cases.
Exam I (January 29th) 100
Exam II (February 19th) 100
Final (TBA)200
Total 400

Homework Policy:

Homework is an essential part of the course, and it is absurd to think a student could learn the material in Math 8 without working all the assigned homework (and possibly additional problems as well). Written homework will be assigned daily and will be due before the next class meeting. Homework will be turned in to and picked up from the boxes outside of the lecture hall. Late papers will not be graded. Missing papers count zero. Moreover, neatness counts; if the grader can't read your paper, you get no credit.

Homework will be graded primarily to provide feedback for the student. As a result, homework scores will be used used only in helping to determine borderline grades, and will be graded on an 0 - 2 point scale: 2, mostly correct; 1, about half correct, 0; mostly incorrect or missing.

My policy of not counting homework scores directly should not be interpreted as discounting the importance of homework. I simply do not believe in tricking or forcing college students to do what they should do on their own. Never the less, I can't help but point out that every time I institute this policy, there is a very strong correlation between those who do not do the homework regularly and those who receive low exam grades.


To assist you with the homework and the course in general, there will be evening tutorials every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in 105 Bradley Hall. Tutorials will begin on Sunday, January 7th.

The Honor Principle:

On exams: No help given or received. No calculators will allowed on exams.

On homework: Collaboration and the use of computers are permitted and encouraged, but NO COPYING . In other words, you should feel free to use your computer and to talk to other students, myself or the tutors while you are in the process of thinking about a problem. However, when it comes time to write up your solutions, you should do this by yourself without outside assistance.

Special Needs:

Students with special needs or disabilities should contact me as soon as possible so that we can arrange appropriate accommodations.

Last modified 29 December 2000 by dpw.