A grade of C- or better in MATH 211 (Calculus II).
Office: Chester 103, Phone: 872-3659, FAX: 871-2320
Office Hours: 10:00AM-10:50AM (MTu_ThF), or by appointment
Course URL: http://banach.millersville.edu/~bob/math312
The objectives of this course include introducing students to a computer algebra system and programming environment.
Material for this course is found online and thus there is no required textbook for the course. Students wishing to have a physical, paper reference for learning Mathematica may wish to obtain a copy of the following introductory guide.
The Students' Introduction to Mathematica: A Handbook for Precalculus, Calculus, and Linear Algebra, Bruce F. Torrence and Eve A. Torrence, Cambridge University Press, 1999, ISBN 0-521-59461-8.
If time permits other topics may be covered as well.
Students are expected to attend all class meetings. If you must be absent from class on the day an assignment is due, you must complete and hand in the assignment prior to the absence. No final examination exemptions.
Students are expected to do their homework and participate in class. Students should expect to spend several hours outside of class on homework and review for every hour spent in class. Each week homework problems will be assigned for collection and grading. Students should submit all homework by the date due. Late homework will not be accepted without valid excuse. Homework submitted for grading should be your own work.
There will be three tests and a comprehensive final examination. So as not to crowd class time with the tests, all tests and the final examination will be distributed via the web for students to complete outside of class. The material submitted for grading on tests should be the student's own, individual work. Students who work together on tests or homework assignments will be considered to be in violation of the Code of Academic Honesty (see http://muweb.millersville.edu/~handbook/codeofconduct.html and http://muweb.millersville.edu/~govern/sect3/acaddis.html ).
Course grade will be calculated as follows.
Tests and the final examination will be graded individually on a
Homework sets will vary in the number of problems assigned, but
generally each homework problem will be worth ten points.
For example on a homework assignment of five problems, the maximum
numerical grade would be 50 points.
To ensure that all homework assignments are weighted equally, each
student's score will be normalized by the maximum score for that
Again for example, on a five problem homework assignment grades will
be among the set of scores
I keep a record of students' test, homework, and exam scores.
Students should also keep a record of graded
assignments, tests, and other materials.
As an example of the calculation of the numerical course grade,
suppose a student's three test grades were 87, 86, and 70 (out of a
maximum of 100 points on each test), the student's final examination
grade was 81 (again, out of a maximum of 100), and the student's ten
homework grades were
This student's homework average is .
The student's numerical course grade is then
The course letter grades will be calculated as follows. I will not ``curve'' course grades.
An undergraduate student may not take an undergraduate course of record more than three times. A course of record is defined as a course in which a student receives a grade of A, B, C, D, (including and ) F, U, Z or W. The academic department offering a course may drop a student from a course if the student attempts to take a course more than three times.1
If we should miss a class day due to a school closing because of weather, any activities planned for that missed day will take place the next time the class meets. For example, if a test is scheduled for a day that class is canceled on account of snow, the test will be given the next time the class meets.
Math is not a spectator sport. What you learn from this course and your final grade depend mainly on the amount of work you put forth. Daily contact with the material through homework assignments and review of notes taken during lectures is extremely important. Organizing and conducting regular study sessions with other students in this class will help you to understand the material better.