Math 211: Calculus (4 cr.)
MTWTh 11:00-11:50 - RH201 - Lec C001 - Course #3725 - Final C19-2
Instructor: Dr. Anthony van Groningen
Office: RH229 Ph: (715) 234-8176 x5435
E-mail: anthony.vangroningen AT uwc.edu
Office Hours: M-F 9-10, MW 2-3
Text: Brief Applied Calculus 4/e by Berresford and Rockett
Course Web-site: http://barron.uwc.edu/staff/vangroningen/www/211/
Catalog Description: Primarily for students in business, the
social sciences and biological sciences who wish to acquire some
knowledge of the techniques and applications of the differential and
integral calculus and multivariate calculus. Students who are preparing
to major in mathematics, engineering or physical sciences should enroll
in the MAT 221 - MAT 222 sequence.
My Description: Calculus studies the rates at which quantites change, the way quantities accumulate,
and the deep connection between these two concepts. Unlike other mathematics you may have studied,
calculus has a fluid nature making it useful for modeling many real-world phenomena.
This is a survey course with focus on applications in finance and other sciences.
You are expected to be proficient in college algebra topics. No trigonometry is required.
Topics: Preview and Review; Ch 2 Derivatives; Ch 3 Applications of Derivatives; Ch 4 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions;
Ch 5 Integration; Ch 6 Integration by parts; Ch 7 Calculus of several variables including The Method of Least Squares
- Nov 10: Last day to drop or withdraw
- Nov 27-28: No Classes
- Dec 15: Last Lecture
- Dec 19: Final Exam 11:00-1:00 (You are required to take the final exam on this day and time.)
- We will have four 50 minute exams. The average of the best three will contribute 60% of your course
grade. Tentative dates for the exams are Sep 25, Oct 16, Nov 6, and Nov 25.
- Final Exam 25% Cumulative Dec 19 11:00-1:00
- Homework/Worksheets/Quizzes 15%.
- Class participation and attendance may be used to decide border-line grades.
Assessment: A UW Colleges-wide assessment program has been put
into place to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the curriculum,
programs, and services of the institution. The following areas of
proficiency will be assessed because they are of primary importance in
the education of our students: Analytical Skills, Quantitative Skills,
Communication Skills, and Aesthetic Engagement. During the 2008-2009
school year, we will focus on the Quantitative Skills proficiency. The
Mathematics Department has also determined a number of core
proficiencies for students enrolled in mathematics classes, including
solving equations, setting up and solving applied problems, simplifying
and evaluating expressions, and graphing-related questions. Some or all
of these skill areas may be incorporated into the department assessment
exercises this year.
Policies and Comments:
- Attendance: The text is not a substitute for lecture; you must attend class. You should have a dedicated notebook for taking lecture notes.
- Homework: Practice exercises will appear on the course
website. You should have a second notebook for doing practice
exercises. Some of these exercises may be collected and graded to
contribute to your homework grade. You should turn collected homework
in on looseleaf paper. Problems from a single section should be stapled
together. Always rewrite the original problem and show all your work.
You are communicating a solution to me, not merely reporting the final
answer. Do not put problems from multiple sections on the same page. I
may also give periodic worksheets.
It is vital to your success that you attempt the exercises in a timely manner.
Collected homework must be under my door by 3:00 pm on the day it is due.
- Need Help? If you are struggling with a given topic, do not hesitate to come see me or discuss the problems with your classmates.
I encourage you to form study groups with your peers, but be sure you are mastering the material independently.
- Make-up policy:
- If you will be missing an exam due to a University-approved absence you must confer with me ahead of time.
- If you are seriously ill or injured you may make up an exam with a note from a doctor's office on official letterhead.
- A student in good standing may make up one missed exam at the end of the semester. Good standing means
regular attendance and a grade of C- or higher. The highest grade you may receive on the missed exam is a C-.
- Calculators: A graphing calculator may be useful for
some of the homework exercises. At the very least you should have a
Calculators will be allowed on some exams.
- Set your standards high, do not procrastinate, and be confident in your ability to be successful.
- If you need special accommodations in order to meet any of the
requirements of the course, please contact me as soon as possible.