Math 104 Calculus I
Semester: Fall 2005
Professor:  
Marion D. Cohen
mathwoman199436 AT aol.com
home page

Lecture: Mon Wed Fri 11:0012:00 pm, DRL A6
Textbook: James Stewart. Calculus. Thomson, 2003. 5th edition.
Final Exam: Friday, December 16th, 3:005:00 pm, Levine/Hall
Final Exam Reviews:  
Sun Dec 11th
Sunday Review 79 pm, DRL A1
Mon Dec 12th
Final review session I 78:30 pm, DRL A6
Tue Dec 13th
Final review session II 56 pm, DRL A6
Wed Dec 14th
Asher's office hours 12:301:30 pm
Prof. Cohen's office hours 14:30 pm

Recitation leader:  
Asher Auel
auela AT math.upenn.edu

Recitations:  
Sect. 211, Tue 8:30 9:20 am, DRL 4E19
Sect. 212, Tue 9:3010:20 am, DRL 4E19
Sect. 213, Thu 8:30 9:20 am, DRL 4E19
Sect. 214, Thu 9:3010:20 am, DRL 4E19

Office: DRL 3E2 Phone: (215) 8988175
Office hours:  
Tue 1:302:30 pm Wed 3:004:00 pm or by appointment

Homework: homework
assignment page
Solutions: posted solutions to
various things
Links:   
Mathematics Department and Calculus links
Math Help Resources

Policies
(or otherwise the small print)
 Work:
Homework: The homework assignment will be announced during
lecture Friday, and will be subsequently posted here. It will be due the following Friday
at 4 pm. You may hand it to me during recitation, in the hallway, on
Locust walk; you may slip it under my office door; or otherwise, you
may get it to me by special arrangement approved ahead of time (like
emailing it to me if you're trapped on a desert island with internet
access.) Please do not put homework papers in my mailbox.
Homework must be stapled, with your name and
recitation number clearly written on the top. Consider the pieces of
paper you turn in as a final copy: written neatly and straight
across the page, on clean paper, with nice margins and lots of space,
and well organized. If I can't read it, I won't grade it. If it
looks like scratch paper, I will dock points. On the other hand, I
highly recommend that you get into the habit of working out all your
solutions on scratch paper, and then writing up your final
copy. This way you can avoid erasing whole pages. If your
handwriting is illegible, then type up your papers, as you would for
your English class. Write in paragraphs, complete sentences, and
English words, complete with punctuation and transitional words and
phrases to clearly delineate your argument and flow of idea.
Mathematical writing has its own style, so notice how the textbook
presents worked examples. Strive for clarity.
I will pick 23 problems from each homework set
to grade on a 03 point scale, with one point given for general
completeness. If you just didn't happen to do those three problems
that week, sorry, but see the note below.
Quizzes: There will be a 510 minute quiz at the end of every
recitation, usually based on a problem from the current homework
set. It will be returned the next recitation.
Tests: There will be three tests (or midterms) spaced
throughout the semester. The tests will be written by Prof. Cohen,
graded by me, and taken during lecture. Any questions about the tests
should be directed at Prof. Cohen.
Final Exam: The final course exam is written by a committee
of Math 104 professors, and the same exam is given to all sections of
Math 104 at the same time during final week. The exam will
usually consist of 20 multiple choice problems selected from the
entire semester's syllabus.
 Grade breakdown
item  % 

homework/quizzes  20% 
1st test  20% 
2nd test  20% 
3rd test  20% 
final exam  20% 
extra credit  + 
Your course grade is based on the percentage table at right. Notice
that in particular, Prof. Cohen places more of an emphasis on tests
rather than on weekly homework assignments and quizzes in computing
your final course grade. On the other hand, completing your homework
on a weekly basis is the most sure way to success on tests. Extra
credit problems will appear throughout the semester in homework and in
tests and will be added to your grade after at the end of the term.
Futhermore, the extra credit problems should be good problems,
i.e. they'll help you learn the material and will be fun!
 Makeups
Tests: Prof. Cohen will work with you to schedule a makeup
test if you can't make it to lecture on the day of the test: if you
have a religious obligation, an emergency, or even if you don't feel
well that morning or are otherwise upset. If at all possible, you
should let her know (via email or a phone call) beforehand that you'll
be missing a test. Missed tests must be made up within one week. If
you have an issue with how a particular test problem is graded, come
see me during office hours first, but any eventual test grade change
must be reviewed by Prof. Cohen.
Quizzes: There will be no makeup quizzes, period.
Homework: I do not accept late homework, where "late" is
defined as after I have finished grading it. For example, if I
receive your homework late on Monday, but I spent the whole weekend
stuck on a desert island and not grading, then you're in luck. Please
don't abuse this system. Religious obligations, illness, and family
emergencies are not excuses, but make sure to read the note below. If
you have an issue with how I graded a particular problem, come see me
during office hours, but unless it's something obviously dumb on my
part, I will not change your grade.
Final: There is the possibility of a makeup final exam at the
beginning of the next semester, but don't waste your break worrying
about that! You must warn Prof. Cohen ahead of time if you must miss
the final exam.
Important note: Because of the certainty of religious
obligations, illness, family emergencies, or just plain hangovers
during the semester, I will drop your three lowest quiz and homework
scores from your grade calculation. I hope this is a fair way to
ameliorate an otherwise inflexible sounding policy.
 Group work, honestly
Working with other people on mathematics is not only allowable, but is
highly encouraged and fun. You may work with anyone (other students
in your section, in the course, not in the course, bums on the street)
on your homework problems. If done right, you'll learn the material
better and more efficiently working in groups. The golden rule is:
you may work with anyone on solving your homework problems,
but you must write up your final draft by yourself.
Writing up the final draft is as important a process as figuring out
the problems on scratch paper with your friends. Mathematical writing
is very idiosyncratic  I will be able to tell if papers have been
copied  just don't do it! You will not learn by copying solutions
from others! Also, if you work with people on a particular
assignment, please list your collaborators somewhere on the top of the
paper. Make the process fun, transparent, and honest.
