Mathematics 154
Transition Engineering Calculus A
Spring 2012

MWF 7:40 AM - 9:00 AM, Ovalwood 107

Instructor: Mirel Caibar
Office: Ovalwood 367

Office hours: MWF 1:00 - 2:00 PM, in Ovalwood 367
or by appointment

  Calculus for Scientists and Engineers, Multivariable, by William Briggs, Lyle Cochran, and Bernard Gillett, Hardcover split, beginning at Chapter 9 (Sequences and Series).

Course:  Math 154 is the last course in the three quarter calculus sequence. It is restricted to students intending to major in Engineering. Topics include 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). We will cover Sections 9.1-9.3, 10.1-10.4, 11.1-11.4, 12.1-12.8, and 13.1-13.7 (with some omissions). You are expected to attend the lectures, and read the appropriate sections of the text, each week.

Homework Assignments:   Homework problems will be assigned at the end of each lecture. Homework will not be collected and graded, and therefore will not be part of your final grade. However, 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. There will be six quizzes in total. Their tentative dates are 4/04, 4/11, 4/18, 5/02, 5/09 and 5/16. Each quiz will consist of  problems selected from the most recent homework assignments. At the end of the quarter your lowest quiz score will be dropped. 

Midterm exams:   There will be two midterm exams. Their tentative dates are Wednesday April 25th and Wednesday May 23rd. 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 6:00pm to 7:48pm on Monday, June 4th.

Grading Policy: 
Your grade will be based on

Each Midterm
Final exam

The expected grading scale is


Calculators:   Calculators are not required in this course. You may use a graphical calculator during quizzes and exams. However, calculators with symbolic algebra  or calculus capabilities, such as the TI-89 or the TI-92 are not permitted in quizzes, in the midterms or in the final exam. Laptops and PDAs are also not allowed.

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:
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).

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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.

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Last day to drop a class or withdraw without a "W" on your permanent record: 3rd Friday of each quarter.
Last day to drop a course or withdraw without petitioning: 7th Friday of each quarter.

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