General Information

Textbook

Calculus (Eighth edition) by James Stewart (Available at Wheelock Books and also directly from the publisher)

Exams

We will have two midterm exams and a cumulative final exam. If it is impossible for you to be at an exam at the scheduled time (for instance, due to a religious observance or athletic event), then talk to your instructor as soon as possible so you can arrange an alternative time. The exams are scheduled as follows:

First midterm Friday January 26, 6–8 pm Moore Hall B13 Filene Auditorium
Second midterm Friday February 16, 6–8 pm Moore Hall B13 Filene Auditorium
Final Friday March 9, 3–6 pm Room to be determined

You will have to show your work in order to receive credit, as on the weekly written homework assignments (see below).

Homework

We will list homework assignments in the homework page of this website. Late homework will not be accepted unless you have a legitimate excuse (such as severe illness or family emergency) which you tell your instructor about at least 24 hours before the deadline. The nature of the homework assignments is as follows:

  • A reading from the textbook for each day of class. If I were in this class, I would do a quick read the night before class and a detailed read after class.
  • Exercises for each day of class. We will not collect them, but you are responsible for developing the skills they teach, so you still need to do the exercises and fully understand them.
  • WeBWorK assignments for each day of class, due at noon on the Wednesday of the week after they are assigned. See the WeBWorK page.
  • Weekly written assignments, typically due in class each Wednesday. You must show your work in order to receive credit. Please write neatly, use standard-sized paper, and remove the ragged edges.

Grades

Homework contributes 15% of your course grade, and exams contribute 85%. In more detail:

WeBWorK 7.5%
Written homework 7.5%
First midterm 25%
Second midterm 25%
Final 35%

Tutorials

Tutorial sessions are a great way for you to collaborate with classmates and get homework help from trained teaching assistants. The TAs for this course are Zachary Evans and Yao Xiao; their job is to help you learn, which does not mean they will tell you the answers to your homework. The tutorial sessions for Math 8 are Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday, 7:00–9:00 pm, in Kemeny 006. No appointment necessary — just drop in at any time.

The Honor Principle

Academic integrity is at the core of our mission as mathematicians and educators, and we take it very seriously. We also believe in working and learning together.

Collaboration on homework is permitted and encouraged, but obviously it is a violation of the honor code for someone to provide the answers for you.

On written homework, you are encouraged to work together, and you may get help from others, but you must write up the answers yourself. If you are part of a group of students that produces an answer to a problem, you cannot then copy that group answer. You must write up the answer individually, in your own words.

On exams, you may not help anyone or receive help from anyone. You may not have books, notes, calculators, phones, or anything other than paper and writing implements.

Special Considerations

If you have a disability for which you may need accommodations, then you are encouraged to talk to your instructor as soon as possible, and you should stop by the Academic Skills Center in Collis Center to register for support services.