Mathematics 1172, Engineering Mathematics A
Spring 2013

MWF 7:50 AM - 9:20 AM, Ovalwood  476

Instructor: Mirel Caibar Webpage:
Office hours: MWF 10:45 - 11:45 AM
Office: Ovalwood 367 Email:
or by appointment

Textbook:  Calculus for Scientists and Engineers: Early Transcendentals, OSU custom edition, by Briggs, Cochran, and Gillet (Pearson).

Course description: Topics include integration (techniques and applications), sequences and series, Taylor series, parametric equations, polar coordinates, vectors and vector-valued functions, lines and curves in space, functions of several variables (limits, continuity, partial derivatives, the chain rule). We will cover Sections 6.2-6.5, 7.1-7.5, 7.8, 9.1-9.5, 10.1-10.4, 11.1-11.4, 12.1-12.8, and 13.1-13.6 (with some omissions). You are expected to attend the lectures, and read the appropriate sections of the text, each week.

Homework Assignments:   Homework consists of online homework (graded) and additional offline assignments from the course textbook. This course uses the the Carmen course management system in conjunction with the MyMathLab online homework system. You will receive an access code for MyMathLab when you purchase your textbook. Alternatively, you can buy MyMathLab accesss only, which includes an electronic version of the textbook. MyMathLab access is provided as a link through Carmen (, and not through the general MyMathLab website. At the end of the semester your lowest MyMathLab score will be dropped. It is strongly recommended that you do your homework regularly - otherwise you will be at a serious disadvantage in quizzes and exams. You are encouraged to ask any questions about homework problems during my office hours.
The Math Lab: I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the Math Lab in the Conard Learning Center.

Quizzes:  A short quiz will be given at the beginning of some of the lectures (quizzes will generally consist of two problems and be ten minutes in length). There will be seven quizzes in total. Their tentative dates are 1/16, 1/23, 2/13, 2/20, 3/20, 3/27, and 4/17. Each quiz will consist of problems selected from the most recent homework assignments. At the end of the semester your lowest quiz score will be dropped. 

Midterm exams:   There will be three midterm exams. Their tentative dates are Wednesday January 30th, Wednesday February 27th, and Wednesday April 3rd. Each midterm exam will take the place of one lecture.  Absence from an exam (midterm or final) will be excused if you can provide verifiable and convincing evidence that you have a significant illness or serious family crisis that will prevent you from attending. In such a case, you are expected to make arrangements promptly with me to make up the exam.

Final Exam:
  The final exam will be comprehensive, and will take place from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM on Wednesday, April 24th.

Grading Policy:  Your grade will be based on

Online Homework
Each Midterm
Final exam

The expected grading scale is


Calculators:   Calculators are not required in this course. Calculators are permitted during quizzes and exams, except those calculators that have symbolic algebra or calculus capabilities, or that have a QWERTY keyboard. In particular, the following calculators (and their upgrades) are not permitted:  TI-86, TI-89, TI-92, TI Voyage 200, HP-40, HP-48, HP-49, Casio FX2.0, Casio CFX 9970G. Also, it is not permitted to use higher memory functions on a calculator to store and read formulas during a quiz or an exam; this is the electronic equivalent of using notes during exams, which is prohibited. Cellphones and web-enabled devices cannot be used as calculators during quizzes or exams.

GEC statement: This Mathematics course can be used, depending on your degree program, to satisfy the Quantitative and Logical Skills category of the General Education Requirement (GEC). The goals and learning objectives for this category are:
    Goals: To master the essentials of Differential and Integral Calculus and its applications, and to develop the computational and problem solving skills for that purpose.
   Learning objectives: To understand some basic techniques of Calculus, including the notions of sequences and series, power series, parametric equations, polar coordinates, vectors and vector-valued functions, lines and curves in space, functions of several variables (limits, continuity, partial derivatives, the chain rule). Problem solving will be emphasized throughout the course to promote a deeper understanding of the theory of calculus and its applications.

Academic integrity (Academic misconduct): Academic integrity is essential to maintaining an environment that fosters excellence in teaching, research, and other educational and scholarly activities. It is the responsibility of the Committee on Academic Misconduct to investigate or establish procedures for the investigation of all reported cases of student academic misconduct. The term academic misconduct includes all forms of student academic misconduct wherever committed; illustrated by, but not limited to, cases of plagiarism and dishonest practices in connection with examinations. Instructors shall report all instances of alleged academic misconduct to the committee. For additional information, see the Code of Student Conduct: csc.asp.

Statement for students with disabilities: Any student who needs an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact Michelle McLane at the Office for Disability Services, to privately discuss his or her specific needs. Please contact Michelle by phone at (419) 755-4304, by e-mail at, or stop by her office, C100G, located on the first floor of the Conard Learning Center.

Drop/Withdrawal Statement:  It is the student's responsibility to know the deadlines for dropping a course or withdrawing from the University.  Term drop & withdrawal deadlines can be found at: (click on the current term under "Important Dates" and scroll down to ADD/DROP/WITHDRAW DEADLINES).  If you receive financial aid, you should always talk with a financial aid specialist prior to adjusting your schedule.  If you stop attending a course but do not drop it, you risk receiving a failing grade which could negatively affect your GPA and your financial aid status. You can call 419-755-4317 to set up an appointment with an academic advisor or a financial aid specialist in 104 Riedl Hall. 
Retention: The Ohio State University-Mansfield is committed to the success of students.  If you are having academic or personal difficulties, you can contact the Student Life and Retention area for information or an appointment at 419-755-4317.