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Math 104 Calculus I

Semester: Fall 2005

Professor:   Marion D. Cohen
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Lecture: Mon Wed Fri 11:00-12:00 pm, DRL A6

Textbook: James Stewart. Calculus. Thomson, 2003. 5th edition.

Final Exam: Friday, December 16th, 3:00-5:00 pm, Levine/Hall

Final Exam
  Sun Dec 11th
Sunday Review 7-9 pm, DRL A1
Mon Dec 12th
Final review session I 7-8:30 pm, DRL A6
Tue Dec 13th
Final review session II 5-6 pm, DRL A6
Wed Dec 14th
Asher's office hours 12:30-1:30 pm
Prof. Cohen's office hours 1-4:30 pm

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

Recitations:   Sect. 211, Tue 8:30- 9:20 am, DRL 4E19
Sect. 212, Tue 9:30-10:20 am, DRL 4E19
Sect. 213, Thu 8:30- 9:20 am, DRL 4E19
Sect. 214, Thu 9:30-10:20 am, DRL 4E19

Office: DRL 3E2
Phone:  (215) 898-8175

Office hours:   Tue 1:30-2:30 pm
Wed 3:00-4:00 pm
or by appointment

Homework: homework assignment page

Solutions: posted solutions to various things

Links:    Mathematics Department and Calculus links  Math Help Resources


(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 2-3 problems from each homework set to grade on a 0-3 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 5-10 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 hang-overs 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.

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