MATH 263A A01(04766), Fall 2008

Calculus I

Catalog Description:
Limits and differentiation, including trigonometric functions. Applications of the derivative. NOTE: Students cannot earn credit for both 263A and either 163A or 266A.
Desired Learning Outcomes:
A list of specific learning outcomes is available.
MATH 115 or Placement level 3. See also the Things to Know before MATH 263A sheet, and the textbook's reviews of Algebra, Geometry, and Conics.
Martin J. Mohlenkamp,, (740)593-1259, 315-B Morton Hall.
Office hours: Monday 9-10am, Tuesday 9-10am, Thursday 9-10am and 3-4pm, and Friday 9-10am.
Web page:
Class hours/ location:
MTuThF 8:10-9am in 223 Morton Hall.
Essential Calculus: Early Transcententals, by James Stewart, Thompson-Brooks/Cole, 2007. This book has online supplements.
Several problems from each section of the book are assigned. These problems will not be collected or graded, but you will need to do them in order to learn.
Matlab Homework:
Five Matlab homeworks are assigned, and will be collected and graded. You may work in a group of two or three and turn in a joint solution.
Good Problems:
Six Good Problems are assigned, and will be collected and graded. These are homework problems that will be graded half on content and half on presentation. The idea is to practice writing mathematics regularly but in small pieces.
There will be four mid-term tests, in class. Calculators are not permitted.
Final Exam:
The final exam is on Thursday, November 20, at 4:40 p.m. Calculators are not permitted. This is a common final with all students taking 263A, and will consist largely of the assigned homework problems. All material except for section 3.6 will be covered. The exam will be held in Morton 215.
Each Good Problem is worth 1 unit, each test is worth 2 units, the final is worth 7 units, and the Matlab homeworks are together 1 unit, for a total of 22 units. Your lowest 2 units will be dropped and then your average is computed and a 90% guarantees you at least an A-, 80% a B-, 70% a C-, and 60% a D-.
Missed or Late work:
Only reasons given in advance of a missed test will be considered; otherwise a score of 0 will be given. Late Good Problems and Matlab homeworks are penalized 5% for each 24 hour period or part thereof, excluding weekends and holidays. You can resubmit good problems to improve your score, but the late penalty will apply.
Attendance is not counted in your grade. However, you should estimate that for each class you miss your average will decrease by one point due to the learning you missed. It is your responsibility to find out any announcements made in class.
Academic Dishonesty:
You are strongly encouraged to work together on the homework. You can work together on the Good Problems, but you must acknowledge in writing what help you received and from whom. The tests and final exam must be your own work, and without the aid of notes, etc. Dishonesty will result in a zero on that work, and possible failure in the class and a report to the university judiciaries.
Supplemental Instruction:
SI "provides free, out-of-class study sessions led by an Ohio University undergraduate student who has already taken the course. Used throughout the U.S. and the world, the SI program has proven highly successful in increasing student achievement and retention." Check with the academic advancement center for more information and the schedule.
Special Needs:
If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please let me know as soon as possible so that your learning needs may be appropriately met.
Learning Resources:
  • Your classmates are your best resource. Use them!
  • The MATH 263 webpage has links to several resources, including the Student Handbook and online resources for the textbook.
  • The Academic Advancement Center's Math Center has drop-in help, tutors, online help, and a telephone hotline.
  • Schedule

    The Good Problems and Tests are fixed, but we may not cover sections on exactly the days shown.
    Week Date Section Homework/Materials (ungraded) Good Problem/ Matlab/ Test
    1 September 8 Introduction Matlab Assignments at OU
    September 9 1.3 2,3,5,8,12,21; A Very Brief Intro to Matlab
    September 11 1.4 2,3,10,12,15,17-23,28,32,43,45; Entering Formulas in Matlab
    September 12 1.5 3,4,6,13-16,29,30,32,37 Quiz on preliminary material (sample); Good Problem 1: Mathematical Autobiography, using Layout
    2 September 15 1.6 1-6,13-31odd,41,42
    September 16
    September 18 Review
    September 19 study guide Test 1 on 1.3-1.6
    3 September 22 2.1 1,4,5-11odd,15-18,23,25,27,43 (drop deadline)
    September 23 2.2 1-13odd,17-22,35,36 Matlab homework 1: Plotting Functions (hints)
    September 25 2.3 1-33odd,36,43,45,47,49,51
    September 26 2.4 3-29odd,42,44,51,55 Good Problem 2: Section 2.2 #22, using Flow
    4 September 29 2.5 1-35odd,39,47,51,53,57,62
    September 30
    October 2 Review
    October 3 study guide Test 2 on 2.1-2.5
    5 October 6 2.6 1,3,5,9,11,15,17,21,25,32
    October 7 2.7 1,2,5,7,11,15,17,25,29 Matlab homework 2: Solving Equations (hints)
    October 9
    October 10 2.8 1,5,11,12,15,17,19,20,21,23,24 Good Problem 3: Section 2.6 #32, using Logic
    6 October 13 3.2 1-25odd,2,18,29-39odd,44,46,48,63 (drop deadline with WP/WF)
    October 14
    October 16 Review
    October 17 study guide Test 3 on 2.6-2.8,3.2
    7 October 20 3.3 1-21odd,25-49odd,65
    October 21 3.5 1-9odd,13,17-25odd,34,35,37,39 Matlab homework 3: Limits and Derivatives
    October 23
    October 24 3.6 1-6,19,27,29,33,35,43-47 Good Problem 4: Section 3.3 #50, using Intros
    8 October 27 3.7 1-33odd,39,40,41
    October 28
    October 30 Review
    October 31 study guide Test 4 on 3.3,3.5-3.7
    9 November 3 4.1 1-17odd,21-29,36,37,40,44,47,48,51
    November 4 4.2 1-17odd,23,26,27 Matlab homework 4: Derivatives
    November 6 4.3 1-9odd,13,15,19-29odd,35,40,46
    November 7 Good Problem 5: Section 4.2 #26, using Symbols
    10 November 10 4.4 5-11odd,12-14,17,21,37,39,43
    November 11 Veterans' Day, no class
    November 13 4.5 3,5,7,9,13,15-17,21,22,25,26,40 Matlab homework 5: Exponentials vs. Powers
    November 14 Review Good Problem 6: Section 4.4 #12, using Graphs
    11 November 20, Thursday, 4:40pm, Morton 215. sample exam Final Exam

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    Last modified: Fri Sep 3 13:54:39 EDT 2010