Colorado State University, Pueblo
Math 224 — Calculus and Analytic Geometry II, Section 1 — Fall 2008

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Lectures: MTWΘF 1-1:50pm in PM 106      Office Hours: M-F 10-10:50am (tentatively!) or by appointment

Instructor: Jonathan Poritz     Office: PM 248     E-mail: jonathan.poritz@gmail.com
Phone: 549-2044 (office — any time); 337-1210 (cell) and 473-8928 (home) (both for emergencies only, please)

Text: Calculus (6th ed.), by James Stewart. This book is not too bad (although it is insanely expensive and weighs a ton, much of that due to chapters we will not cover in this course). It is available used (make sure you get the sixth edition). Please note that I will assume in class that students will actually read the text sections I assign on the HW/schedule web page, before we cover them in class.

Prerequisites: A grade of C in Math 126, or the equivalent.

Content: Continuation of the methods and applications of one-variable calculus, including games with inverse functions, more techniques and applications of integration, sequences and series, and some parametric equations and polar coordinates — basically, chapters 7, 8, 12, 9, and 11 of the textbook.

Academic integrity: Mathematics is more effectively and easily learned — and more fun — when you work in groups. However, all work you turn in must be your own, and any form of cheating is grounds for an immediate F in the course for all involved parties.

Daily procedures: Regular attendance in class is a key to success. I will assume students will generally be present (e.g., in terms of making announcements), although I will not take attendance and will try to keep my HW/schedule web page up to date will all important notices. Outside of class, you should expect to spend 2-3 hours per day on this course, mostly on homework. This is not an exaggeration (or a joke), and you should make sure you have the time and energy — but I guarantee that if you put in the time and generally approach the class with some seriousness you will get quite a bit out of it (certainly including the grade you need).

Calculators: Students are required to have and to become (somewhat) familiar with the basic functioning of a graphing calculator such as the Texas Instruments TI-83. Your calculators will be permitted (suggested) for (large parts of) all of our exams — while symbolic calculators (like the TI-89) will be forbidden — and in fact I suggest you generally bring it to class, in case we do group work for which it is useful. The TI-83 or a like calculator is required in many CSUP math and science classes, so it is a very reasonable investment.

Students with disabilities: The University abides by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which stipulate that no student shall be denied the benefits of education "solely by reason of a handicap." If you have a documented disability that may impact your performance in this class for which you may require accommodations, please see me as soon as possible to arrange these accommodations. In order to receive this assistance, you must be registered with, and provide documentation of your disability to, the Disability Services Office, which is located in the Psychology Building, Room 232.

Homework: Mathematics at this level is a kind of practical (although purely mental) skill, not unlike a musical or sports skill — and, like for those other skills, one must practice to build the skill. In short, doing problems is the only way truly to master this material (in fact, the only way to pass). To this end, there will be daily, fairly extensive homework set. Similarly, we will spend much of our time in class discussing problems. In fact, I am happy to work with you during class time on the homework set due on the following day (or even due that very day).

Since so much homework will be coming in to me, I ask your help in keeping it organized. So here are some individually trivial (some of them) but useful guidelines I would like you to follow:

Your two lowest homework scores will be dropped.

Quizzes: Most Fridays, during weeks in which there is no hour exam, there will be a short (10-15 minute) quiz at the end of class. These will be closed book, but calculators will (usually) be allowed. Your lowest quiz score will be dropped.

Exams: We will have three in-class hour exams, on dates and covering material to be annouced (watch this space!). Our comprehensive final exam is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, December 9th and 10th, 2008 from 1-3:20am in our usual classroom. Calculators, but no books or notes, are allowed for all tests (including the final).

Grades: Your total homework points will be scaled to be out of 100. So also will be the total quiz points. Each hour exam during the term will be graded out of 100, while the final will be out of 200. This means that the maximum possible course points are then 700. Letter grades will then be calculated in a way no more strict than the old "90-100% is an A, 80-90% a B, etc." system, based on your total points out of 700. (Note that by Math Department policy, there will be no +'s or -'s on final course grades.) On quiz or exam days, attendance is required -- if you miss a quiz or exam, you will get a zero as score; you will be able to replace that zero only if you are regularly attending class and have informed me, in advance, of your valid reason for missing that day.

Contact outside class: Over the years I have been teaching, I have noticed that the students who come to see me outside class are very often the ones who do well in my classes. Now correlation is not causation, but why not put yourself in the right statistical group and drop in sometime? I am always in my office, PM 248, during official office hours. If you want to talk to me privately and/or cannot make those times, please mention it to me in class or by e-mail, and we can find another time. Please feel free to contact me for help also by e-mail at jonathan.poritz@gmail.com, to which I will try to respond quite quickly (usually within the day, often much more quickly); be aware, however, that it is hard to do complex mathematics by e-mail, so if the issue you raise in an e-mail is too hard for me to answer in that form, it may well be better if we meet before the next class, or even talk on the telephone (in which case, include in your e-mail a number where I can reach you).

The Math Learning Center: located in PM 132, is a fantastic resource for CSUP math students. Use it often! (Although during my office hours, come to my office, preferentially.) It is free and fun, staffed with friendly and helpful tutors. I will post the MLC hours for the spring term as soon as I know them.

A request about e-mail: E-mail is a great way to keep in touch with me, but since I tell all my students that, I get a lot of e-mail. So to help me stay organized, please put your full name and the course name or number in the subject line of all messages to me. Also, if you are writing me for help on a particular problem, please do not assume I have my book, it is often not available to me when I am answering e-mail; therefore, you should give me enough information about the problem so that I can actually help you solve it (i.e., "How do you do problem number n on page p" is often not a question I will be able to answer).



Jonathan Poritz (jonathan.poritz@gmail.com)


(The following math humor to be found at xkcd.com, where are also found many other great science comics.)