Lecture Room: | 1361 Chemistry |
Lecture Time: | TR 11:00-12:15 |
First Exam: | 5:30-7:00 P.M. WEDS. OCT 12 |
Second Exam: | 5:30-7:00 P.M. WEDS. NOV 30 |
Final Exam: | (*) 7:45-9:45 A.M. TUES. DEC 20 |
Lecturer: | Joel Robbin |
Office: | 607 Van Vleck |
Email: | robbin@math.wisc.edu |
My Office Hours: | 1:00-2:00 TR, or by appointment. |
Office hours will be in: | 525 Van Vleck |
(*) NOTE: The final exam is in the morning.
It is guaranteed that the curve on the final exam will be set so that a grade of 80% is at least a B and that 80% of the oroblems on the final exam will be chosen from the following:
The text is THOMAS’ CALCULUS, 12^{th} edition, WEIR/HAAS, Addison Wesley.
Lecture Notes and Syllabus:My lecture notes are at http://www.math.wisc.edu/~robbin/221dir//lecs-221.pdf . The syllabus shows how the various topics in the notes correspond with the Thomas text. I will update the syllabus to include the dates we will cover the various topics. Before each lecture you should read the corresponding section in the lectures notes and then read the corresponding section in the text after the lecture. Try the problems at the end of each section of the lecture notes. I often select exam problems from the additional problems at the end of the notes.
Here is a list of problems from the text. Working problems is absolutely essential for you to succeed in this course. I cannot stress this strongly enough. Working lots of problems will improve your algebraic skills and your confidence. Weak algebra skills cause anxiety and this blocks understanding. Algebra skills are necessary in order to do well on the exams. Not having them is a problem for many students in calculus. I hope the lectures will help you to understand the material, but most of any learning that goes on will be through the work you do on your own and in discussion section. Doing lots of different kinds of problems is probably the most important thing that you can do to succeed. A scientific or graphing calculator might be helpful, but calculators are not allowed on exams. Individual TAs may make assignments to be handed into discussion section.
I will use email for announcements, changes etc so check your email. I will also post information on the course home page. (See above.) There is a link from my home page at http://www.math.wisc.edu/~robbin . All handouts (and more) will found there. I’ll post my office hours when we get started.
Course Policy:There will be two midterm exams and a final exam. Each midterm exam is worth twenty percent of the final grade. The final exam will count forty percent. The remaining twenty percent will be allocated by your TA who will base it on homework, quizzes, participation, attendence, and effort. (This portion will be adjusted to account for variations among the TAs.)
Calculators are not allowed in exams. They are not needed since students are encouraged to leave arithmetic undone. Thus an answer like "x=2+2" is acceptable (if correct), but an answer like "x=2+2=5" will be penalized. The main reason for this policy is that mistakes in arithmetic make grading difficult: we can't know what you punched into your calculator and don't want to penalize you for hitting the wrong key. A similar policy applies to answers which are symbolic, i.e. not numeric. An answer like "2x+3x" need not be simplified to "5x". However it is very important that parentheses be inserted correctly. When in doubt, insert parentheses so that your answer is absolutely unambiguous.
The intelligent use of calculators oustide of exam rooms is however encouraged. For example, here is calculator warmup that I used in the past to help students appreciate that a derivative is a ratio of infinitely small quantities. Graphing calulators can be used to check your reasoning. Here is a link to an online graphing calculator which I wrote a few years ago specifically for use in this course.
Name | Office | Phone | |||
Andrew Bridy | 716 Van Vleck | 263-2492 | bridy | @ | math.wisc.edu |
Lino Amorim | 127 Van Vleck | 263-1541 | amorim | @ | math.wisc.edu |
Nikolas Chatzitzisis | 316 Van Vleck | 263-3062 | chatzitz | @ | math.wisc.edu |
Peng Yu | 422 Van Vleck | 263-2410 | yu | @ | math.wisc.edu |
Yun Zhai | 101-6 Van Vleck | 263-9720 | zhai | @ | math.wisc.edu |
Number | Time | Days | Room | TA |
340 | 7:45 | MW | B313 VAN VLECK | Chatzitzisis, Nikolas |
342 | 8:50 | MW | B333 VAN VLECK | Chatzitzisis, Nikolas |
344 | 9:55 | MW | B231 VAN VLECK | Zhai, Yun |
346 | 11:00 | MW | B317 VAN VLECK | Bridy, Andrew |
347 | 12:15 | MWF | 277 BASCOM | Amorim, Lino |
348 | 12:05 | MW | B317 VAN VLECK | Bridy, Andrew |
349 | 13:20 | MW | B337 VAN VLECK | Yu, Peng |
350 | 11:00 | MW | B329 VAN VLECK | Zhai, Yun |
351 | 14:25 | MW | B219 VAN VLECK | Yu, Peng |
The official prerequisite is one of
There are many ways to get help with math. See http://www.math.wisc.edu/~tprogram/mathhelp.html
Try the Java Powered at Graphing Calculator at http://www.math.wisc.edu/~robbin/JGrapher/Grapher.html.Try Vadim Ponomarenko's math skills test at http://www.math.wisc.edu/~robbin/mathSkillsTest/algebra.html.
If you understand precalculus you should be able to understand the funny picture here.
If you want to understand the epsilon-delta definition of limits try reading these notes on continuity .
What follows is some stuff from previous years. Students are cautioned that we have used various texts in recent years, and that the order of presentation and emphasis changes from year to year. Some of the exams have answers and grader comments. The latter may give you an idea of how we grade.