Goals: Math 131 begins the study of Calculus by considering
differentiation and integration of functions of one variable.
Throughout the course, we will strive for a balance between theory and
applications.
Henry M. Walker
Office: Science 2420
Telephone: extension 4208
Email: walker@math.grin.edu
Office Hours are posted weekly on the bulletin board outside Science
2420, with additional hours possible by appointment. You may reserve a half
hour meeting by signing up on the weekly schedule, but please sign up
at least a day in advance.
James Stewart, Calculus, Third Edition,.
Brooks/Cole Publishing, 1995.
As shown on the Tentative Class Schedule
the course will cover most sections of Chapters 16 and Chapter 8 in the text.

Suggested Exercises: The study of mathematics should be an active
endeavor, not a passive one. Thus, each day several exercises will be
suggested, but these will not be collected. Each class will begin by
discussing difficulties arising from these suggested problems. You should
consider working these problems as a minimum, and you should do more
problems if you have trouble with these.
Note: As an incentive
for your working on these problems, between a third and a half of the
problems on the test and on the exam will be taken from these suggested
problems.. Click here for specific
assignments.

Required Exercises: Beyond the Suggested Exercises,
approximately 10 problems will be assigned to be turned in before class on
Mondays. There will be a penalty for turning papers in late. Papers over
two weeks will not be accepted. Also, no work will be accepted after 5:00pm
on Friday, May 8. While students are encouraged to discuss these
exercises, each student must write solutions to all problems in her or his
own words. Click here for specific
assignments.
 "Real" Problem Sets: will be assigned during most weeks without
labs and due on Fridays. These problems will encourage integration and
synthesis of topics. Problem Set writeups may be done either individually
or in teams, with one writeup per team.. Click here for specific assignments.

Laboratories: Labs are scheduled during class time three Tuesdays
through the semester. Students must work in teams of two or three for each
lab, and each team must turn one lab writeup for the team. Writeups are
due the Friday after the scheduled lab.

Project: One project is scheduled during the semester
to encourage independent investigation and synthesis of topics. As with
labs, students will work in groups of two or three, and each group will
develop a unified writeup of its work.

Hour Test: An hour test is scheduled on Tuesday, March 3.

Quizzes: A 25minute quiz is scheduled for most Thursdays
during the semester. Note that in computing semester averages, the lowest
quiz score will be dropped.

Exam: Following the published exam schedule, an exam
is scheduled for 9:00 am on Wednesday, May 13, during exam week.
Electronic Calculators are allowed, but not required, in this course. A
few topics in Math 131 (and in Math 133 next semester) require some
computations, so calculators can be of some assistance. However, past
experience suggests that calculators can be overused in calculus, since
some students try to replace thinking by pushing buttons. Therefore,
students are cautioned not to become overdependent on calculators.
Any nongraphing calculator may be used during all quizzes and during the
test and final exam, but weak batteries and malfunctioning calculators will
not be accepted as valid excuses for poor performance. Users of graphing
calculators should consult with the instructor about the use of these
machines.
The final grade will ultimately be based upon each student's demonstration
of her or his understanding of calculus, not on the performance of the
class as a whole nor on a strict percentile basis. The following scheme
approximates the relative weights attached to various activities in this
course.
    
 Requiured Exercises:  10% 
 "Real" Problems:  15%
 Labs:  20% 
    
 Quizzes:  25% 
 Test:  10%
 Exam:  20% 
This document is available on the World Wide Web as
http://www.math.grin.edu/~walker/courses/131/
created January 2, 1998
last revised May 4, 1998