MTH 230.001 for Fall 1997


Instructor: William V. Thayer

St. Louis Community College at Meramec

Section information:
MTH 230.001 meeting daily Monday through Friday from 12 to 12:50 PM in CN 128

Campus Hours and Office Telephone 314 984 7866 or Home Telephone 821 5299
Office hours daily Monday through Friday from 10 to 11:50 AM in SW 218
with the exception of Thursday 11 to 11:50 AM or by appointment.
Check with the math secretary if I am not in my office when you are free.


TEXT: Calculus by Larson, Hostetler, and Edwards, 5th Edition

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Several sizes of graph paper and a calculator with trig and log/exp keys. This type of calculator is needed during tests.

ADDITIONAL STUDY AIDS: The student answer key in the library has more than just the answers. You may wish to use the Interactive Calculus CD-ROM material by Larson, Hostetler, and Edwards. We will have labs in which Mathematica is used to study calculus ideas. Other labs make use of different software. You are encouraged to use graphics calculators and other equipment including symbolic processors (some restrictions may be made for tests.)

TYPICAL CLASS PERIOD: The first part of class time is open for answering student questions about the previous assignment including exercises, reading material, or classroom notes. Add your questions to the class day's START UP LIST. You are encouraged to help answer other student's questions or show your solutions by presenting chalk board work. While presenting information is expected, this communication is not graded. Use this time to experiment with your ability to understand an exercise and convey your understanding to others. Subtract your contribution of board work from the START UP LIST as you put work on the board with your first name next to the section and problem numbers. Your frequent involvement will help you practice the course material and generally aid your understanding of the problems of the course. Don't worry about mistakes you may make, that's part of learning this material.

In fact, any student who finds and documents a textbook or answer key mistake on the day's attendance sheet may have extra credit for that discovery.

Another part of class is used to introduce new material with examples and discussion. I assume that prior to the date listed on the Course Schedule, you took notes as you read from the new sections. You may wish to include the textbook examples in your class questions of new material as your instructor will cover some of these and do other examples.

Some class time is spent with all students working at the chalk board and some class time is spent in the computer room SW 109.

LAB TEAM ACTIVITIES: Some class time is devoted to team work aimed at a deeper understanding of some course topics or their applications. Your instructor will assign you to a team of two or three students. When working on a team, students are to think for themselves treating the instructor as a guide, consultant, and evaluator to the team. Always try to approach your team time with a knowledgeable position based on your personal studies.

During team activity, you should display a willingness to generate discussion that leads to answers or more refined questions that converge to solutions to your team assignment. You may be in the dark on some points but being open to change and willing to communicate your points even if mistaken at first helps the team toward the final goals while helping you toward greater clarity. At times we need team work to derive all the answers or computations in some assignments. And other times teams provide a natural background for discussion of the material and presentation of solutions. You are expected to help your team reach reasonable objectives on time and demonstrate to me that you are participating on your team in a meaningful way. Several grade units are given for these assignments and grades are based on the group's activities and reports. Also, teams may wish to work as a study group covering daily assignments. This can be implemented via your telephone or computer networking.

Individual communication is not permitted in class. Please note that individual communication is not very productive while another person is speaking in a group or class room situation.

EXPECTATIONS: This syllabus including its Course Schedule, the Mathematics Department's Syllabus including Assignment Sheets, Objectives, and Policies combined with the St. Louis Community College Fall 1997 Fact Finder student handbook gives you the relevant course, student academic rights and responsibilities, and study guide information. These items will give you a sense of the quality that your instructor works to achieve in this course. Please see me as soon as possible for any personal accommodations you require and please keep in mind that: a fast way to resolve any difficulty is to talk with your instructor about it as soon as possible.

SPECIFIC EXPECTATIONS: You are expected to read the textbook and take notes from the textbook before the class in which the material is covered. Add to these notes or take separate notes covering the new material and activities in each class. Then, finish each assigned exercise for the following class except perhaps a few of the more difficult exercises that you should ask about in the next class (and then finish). Put your list of studied but unsolved problems on the class day's START UP LIST. Definitely ask for individual help when needed particularly if you can not work large portions of the exercises. Review processes you used to solve home work exercises each day. Remember that you want to stay on top of your work and be able to adequately prepare for the unit test coming in a few days. This generally means you need to develop a dogged attitude with more than several hours per day spent on solving exercises, keeping good notes from the text and class, and doing plenty of daily reviewing likely including some daily memorization. Give yourself a short test of five problems each day! Use the enclosed course schedule list to keep track of finished work and extra credit points. If you need help, I am located in the mathematics department during office hours or you may call my home telephone number before 8:30 PM. This course takes lots of gumption.

GENERAL GOALS: Learning in this Calculus course may be enhanced by frequently using:
1. your ability to define terms, expressions, processes, and operations;
2. your ability to listen and read with vocabulary skills essential for progress;
3. your understanding of the application of definitions and concepts;
4. your skill in computing accurately and efficiently with or without calculators;
5. your ability to recognize mathematics as a way of thinking and speaking about quantities, qualities, measures, and qualitative and quantitative relationships;
6. your ability to use mathematics to gather data, to present and interpret this data, to read and understand mathematics reports, charts, graphs, and accounts with or without calculators and computers;
7. your ability to use a general problem solving technique and facilitate problem solving with technology;
8. your understanding of the logical structure of a mathematical proof (both formal and informal), the logical structure of subject areas within mathematics, and the logical structure of mathematics as a philosophy;
9. your ability to demonstrate mental traits such as visualization, curiosity, imagination, and creativity related to each concept;
10. your ability to develop attitudes that lead to appreciation, confidence, respect, initiative, and independence.

Try to apply these skills and abilities in specific ways during this course. Review the above list and put a circle around the activities you do most often. Add more activities by experimenting with new ones that may help you increase learning or make learning faster or easier. Reorganize your methods for deeper understanding and interest. Use the criterion of - when time seems to flow with a sense of accomplishment, your level of complexity can change - as your gauge. Don't get or stay stuck!

ASSIGNMENTS and NOTES: Your problem assignments, text notes and class notes are checked during regular test times. Turn in your notebook as you enter the test time and take it with you when you leave the test. All material should be in sequential textbook order. Seven extra credit points = 3 for completely worked homework exercises + 2 points for textbook notes + 2 points for class notes are given via a quick review of the thoroughness and spot checked for accuracy of your work.

TESTS: A regular test is given as shown on the Course Schedule and no make up tests may be taken. Regular tests are composed from the odd exercises in your textbook for 85 to 95% of the test and the rest from material highlighted during class. These tests are graded and returned as soon as possible but certainly less than a week. Ask for help if you need to develop better test taking skills. The final exam counts as two regular tests.

REPORTS: A few team assignments are required and count as a regular test or a part of a regular test. Additionally, some extra credit exercises and reports are suggested during the course and carry the amount of points assigned with the given work. A rubric will be discussed in class.

GRADES AND THE GRADE SCALE: The final grade is based on the average of these regular tests and team assignments. Any extra credit points are added to the regular test points at the end of the course. The following scale is used on each unit:
A for 90 points or above,
B for 80 to 89 points,
C for 70 to 79 points,
D for 50 to 69 points, and
F for under 50 points.
You may ask about PR or I grades for your individual combination of circumstances.

Test grades correspond to percentages of highest raw scores.

ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED and over SIX absences during the semester will result in a course grade of F. Two tardies counts as an absence. Call me before hand if you have a problem attending a class!

CHANGES: Some additions, substitutions and/or corrections to this syllabus will be made during the course.

1996 wvt for any of the above material not belonging to NCTM


Week // Textbook Sections // Schedule comments
Aug. 25 // 11.1, 11.2, 11.3 //
Sept. 03 // 11.3, 11.4, 11.5 // . . . No classes Sept. 1
Sept. 08 // Project Period, 11.6, 11.7, Review //
Sept. 15 // Test #1, 12.1, 12.2, Project Due //
Sept. 22 // 12.3, 12.4, 12.5 //
Sept. 29 // Review, Test #2, 13.1, 13.2 //
Oct. 06 // Project Period, 13.3, 13.4, 13.5 //
Oct. 13 // 13.6, 13.7, Project Due // . . . . . No classes Oct. 14
Oct. 20 // 13.8, 13.9, 13.10, Review, Test #3 //
Oct. 27 // 14.1, 14.2, 14.3//
Nov. 03 // Project Period, 14.4, 14.5, 14.6 //
Nov. 10 // 14.7, 14.8, Review, Test #4 //
Nov. 17 // Project Due, 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 //
Nov. 24 // 15.3, 15.4 // . . . No classes Nov. 27 and 28
Dec. 01 // 15.4, 15.5, 15.6 //
Dec. 08 // 15.7, 15.8, Review, TEST #5 //
The FINAL is on Friday, Dec. 19, 11 - 12:50 PM

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