Math H162 , Winter Quarter 2009, Call number 12838-8

Class meeting time: MTWRF at 1:30 p.m. in SM  3082

General Information

Instructor: Rodica D. Costin

Office: Math Tower 436

email: rcostin at


Office hours: Mondays: noon-1 p.m., WR after class, 2:30 – 2:50 p.m. , and by appointment.

Textbook: Simmons, Calculus with analytic geometry, second edition.

Grading: The final grade will be determined by your total number of points as follows:

Midterm exam I 100 points
Midterm exam II 100 points
Final exam 200 points
Homework and Quizzes 150 points

The final grade will be based on the total number of points with approximate cutoffs as follows:
511 (93%) A; 495 (90%) A-; 478 (87%) B+; 456 (83%) B; 440 (80%) B-
423 (77%) C+; 400 (73%) C; 385 (70%) C-; 368 (67%) D+; 330 (60%) D
(The actual cutoffs will not be raised, but they may be lowered.  Significant adjustments due to a harder than expected midterm will be announced in lecture.)

Calculator Policy: No calculators, computers, cell phones, or other calculating or communicating devices are allowed.

Homework: is posted on the website. I will try to post the problems many days in advance. However, check the list after each class since the list of problems may be updated (depending on what we cover in each lecture). For best results: You need to solve the assigned homework problems after each lecture, and before the following one.

The problems listed consist of:

1) Practice problems (usually consisting of odd numbered problems) are for you to solve each day after class, to help you master the material. These do not need to be turned in for grading. (You may not need to solve them all if you feel you have mastered the techniques and have enough speed in calculations. But scan the problems you choose to skip, and solve the ones which are not immediately clear.)

Occasional quizzes (in the last 5-10 minutes of the class) will usually consist of problems very similar to these. The quizzes will be worth 5 points each. No make-up quizzes will be allowed, but the two lowest scored will be dropped.

2) Problems that need to be solved, solutions written up and turned in for grading on Mondays. The grader will randomly choose three problems for grading, each worth 2 points: one for a good solution, one for a good presentation and sufficient explanations. Always justify your answers and calculations! No late homework will be accepted.

3) There will sometimes be bonus problems posted. These are optional. Please do write up solutions to bonus problems by the following Monday, on a separate sheet of paper, with your name, and hand it in at the same due date as the homework, just in a separate pile.

Tests: The midterm exams are tentatively scheduled for Feb 2 and Feb. 23. Final exam: Wednesday, March 18, 1:30-3:18 p.m. Please check this info in the final examination schedule.

Here is the first assigned homework. You need to solve these problems by tomorrow's lecture! Please check also the website, to make sure you know how to find your daily homework.

Monday Jan. 5
Solve, for practice, by tomorrow's lecture:
Section 12.2: all problems 1 through 24; among these the following need to be turned in for grading:
Solve, write up the solutions, and turn in for grading on Monday, Jan. 12: Section 12.2: 2, 4, 8, 14, 20, 24