Colorado State University, Pueblo
Math 126 — Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, Section 1 — Spring 2008

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Lectures: MTWΘF 8-8:50pm in PM 106      Office Hours: M-F 9-9:50am or by appointment

Instructor: Jonathan Poritz     Office: PM 248     E-mail:
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. [I apologize, I was completely wrong when I first talked about a different edition!] 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 satisfactory grade on a placement exam or a C in our Math 124, or the equivalent.

Content: Fundamental concepts of one-variable calculus, including limits, derivatives, integrals and applications — basically, Chapters 1-6 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 (after the first two weeks) 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 practise 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:

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: Test I on Chapters 1, 2, and part of 3 of the text (so: review of functions, limits, and derivatives from the definition), scheduled for Friday, February 8th; Test II on much of Chapters 3 and 4 (so: fundamentals and first applications of differentiation), scheduled for Friday, March 7th; and Test III on the rest of Chapter 4 and all of 5 (more applications of differentiation and introduction to integration/anti-differentiation), for Friday, April 11th (these dates are reasonably certain, but might change — always with a week or more advance notice — if circumstances warrant). Our comprehensive final exam (which will have a bit of extra emphasis on Chapter 6, since that chapter is not covered in any midterm) will take place on Monday, April 28th, 2008 from 8-10:20am 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, 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).

« La filosofia è scritta in questo grandissimo libro che continuamente ci sta aperto innanzi a gli occhi (io dico l'universo), ma non si può intendere se prima non s'impara a intender la lingua, e conoscer i caratteri, ne' quali è scritto. Egli è scritto in lingua matematica, e i caratteri son triangoli, cerchi, ed altre figure geometriche, senza i quali mezi è impossibile a intenderne umanamente parola; senza questi è un aggirarsi vanamente per un oscuro laberinto.»

Galileo Galilei in Il Saggiatore, 1623

[Roughly: "Philosophy is written in this grand book, the universe, which stands continually open to our gaze. But the book cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and read the characters in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it; without these one is wandering in a dark labyrinth."]