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:**
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. [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:

- Homework is due each day either in class or under my office door,
**no later than noon**. - Late homework will count, but at a reduced value — generally,
the score will be reduced by 20% for each day late... unless you
use a "
*Homework Pass*". Leftover passes may be turned in at the end of the term for extra credit on your general homework grade. - Please try to be neat (how can I give you credit for your work if I cannot read it?). In particular, don't skimp on paper. But please cut off ragged edges and please, please use staples to attach multiple pages (and not that terrible thing where you sort of chew on the corner of the pages).
- Make sure to label each assignment you hand in with your name and date, the course number, and number of the homework assignment (from the HW page).
- Homework you hand in is a form of communication, so I must be able to understand what you are trying to express. In particular, if you manipulate your symbols on the page, I have to know what the symbols represent, and what method of manipulation you are using — put the name of a rule if there is any ambiguity whatsoever. (Students have difficulty with this in my classes, but there is a serious pedagogical reason behind it.) Please practise this point on your homeworks, as it will recur on quizzes and tests.
- On a related point: if something you hand in has a graph in it, make
sure the graph is clear, large enough to be legible, and has
**labels**.

**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
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).

Galileo Galilei in

[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."]