MATH 1181H: Honors Calculus I

information for AU 2015, MTWThF, 11:30 AM-12:25 PM, in  354 Enarson Classroom

Instructor: Rodica D. Costin
office: MW 436
Office Hours: M, F 12:30-1:45 p.m., and by appointment
web page:
(once you get to my web page you can just click your way)

Textbook: Simmons, Calculus with analytic geometry, second edition.
Syllabus: as posted on the Math Dept web page and a few of the appendices in the textbook, as need occurs and time permits.

General information

Every day after lecture you need to solve the homework problems (click here). The list of problems is updated daily after lecture.

You are responsible for solving these problems by the next lecture (yes, this usually means: by 11:30 a.m. of the next day).

Occasional quizzes will 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.

Writing up and turning in for grading:

Homework problems listed are a guide to help you master the material. To achieve this goal, you may need to solve more, or fewer such problems. These do not need to be turned in for grading. (Keep their solutions to help you review for the exams.)

Among these there are problems selected to be solved, written up and turned in for grading.
The due date will be posted on the website (the due date is usually on a Tuesday). 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.

Writing up solutions: 
you need to show all your work (show calculations, provide explanations, cite theorems). An answer alone may not receive full credit!
How do you know how detailed your explanations should be?  
Imagine you need to explain to your friend how to solve that particular problem (for best results imagine a friend who questions everything before becoming convinced).
Also, I will always try (and hopefully succeed) to set a good example in class, and write on the blackboard what I would like to see in write-ups.

There will sometimes be 'Bonus problems” posted. These are optional. Please do write up solutions to bonus problems on a separate sheet of paper (do not forget to write you name!), and place them in a separate pile than the regular homework.

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

Tests: There will be two midterm tests, which are tentatively scheduled for T Sept 22, and T Oct 27.
Final exam
: according to the university schedule (check here) Thursday Dec 17 10:00am-11:45am