MATH 263A A07(04879), Fall 2007

Calculus and Analytic Geometry

Catalog Description:
Limits and differentiation, including trigonometric functions. Applications of the derivative. NOTE: Students cannot earn credit for both 263A and either 163A or 266A.
Desired Learning Outcomes:
The list of specific learning outcomes is available at
MATH 115 or Placement level 3. See also the Things to Know before MATH 263A sheet, and the textbook's Review of Algebra.
Martin J. Mohlenkamp,, (740)593-1259, 315-B Morton Hall.
Office hours: Monday 3-4pm, Tuesday 10-11am, Thursday 3-4pm, and Friday 10-11am.
Web page:
Class hours/ location:
MTuThF 2:10-3pm in 219 Morton Hall.
Essential Calculus: Early Transcententals, by James Stewart, Thompson-Brooks/Cole, 2007. This book has online supplements.
Several problems from each section of the book are assigned. These problems will not be collected or graded, but you will need to do them in order to learn.
Matlab Homework:
Five Matlab homeworks are assigned, and will be collected and graded. You may work in a group of two or three and turn in a joint solution.
Good Problems:
Six Good Problems are assigned, and will be collected and graded. These are homework problems that will be graded half on content and half on presentation. The idea is to practice writing mathematics regularly but in small pieces.
There will be four mid-term tests, in class. Calculators are not permitted.
Final Exam:
The final exam is on Monday, November 19, at 7 p.m. Calculators are not permitted. This is a common final with all students taking 263A. All material except for section 3.4 will be covered. The exam will be held in our regular classroom.
Each Good Problem is worth 1 unit, each test is worth 2 units, the final is worth 7 units, and the Matlab homeworks are together 1 unit. Your lowest 2 units will be dropped and then your average is computed and a 90% guarantees you at least an A-, 80% a B-, 70% a C-, and 60% a D-.
Missed or Late work:
Only reasons given in advance of a missed test will be considered; otherwise a score of 0 will be given. Late Good Problems and Matlab homeworks are penalized 5% for each 24 hour period or part thereof, excluding weekends and holidays. You can resubmit good problems to improve your score, but the late penalty will apply.
Attendance is assumed but is not counted in your grade. It is your responsibility to find out any announcements made in class.
Academic Dishonesty:
You are strongly encouraged to work together on the homework. You can work together on the Good Problems, but you must acknowledge in writing what help you received and from whom. The tests and final exam must be your own work, and without the aid of notes, etc. Dishonesty will result in a zero on that work, and possible failure in the class and a report to the university judiciaries.
Supplemental Instruction:
SI "provides free, out-of-class study sessions led by an Ohio University undergraduate student who has already taken the course. Used throughout the U.S. and the world, the SI program has proven highly successful in increasing student achievement and retention." Check with the academic advancement center for more information and the schedule.
Special Needs:
If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please let me know as soon as possible so that your learning needs may be appropriately met.
Learning Resources:
  • Your classmates are your best resource. Use them!
  • The MATH 263 webpage has links to several resources, including the Student Handbook and online resources for the textbook.
  • The Academic Advancement Center's Math Center has drop-in help, tutors, online help, and a telephone hotline.
  • The calculus page at UC Davis has links to many resources.
  • Schedule

    The Good Problems and Tests are fixed, but we may not cover sections on exactly the days shown.
    Week Date Section Homework/Materials (ungraded) Good Problem/ Matlab/ Test
    1 September 4 Introduction Matlab Assignments at OU
    September 6 1.3 2,3,5,8,12,21; A Very Brief Intro to Matlab
    September 7 1.4 2,3,10,12,15,17-23,28,32 Quiz on preliminary material (sample); Good Problem 1: Mathematical Autobiography, using Layout
    2 September 10 1.5 3,4,6,13-16,29,30,32,37; Entering Formulas in Matlab
    September 11 1.6 1-6,13-31odd,41,42
    September 13 Review
    September 14 study guide Test 1 on 1.3-1.6
    3 September 17 2.1 1,4,5-11odd,15-18,23,25,27,43 (drop deadline)
    September 18 2.2 1-13odd,17-22,35,36 Matlab homework 1: Plotting Functions (hints)
    September 20 2.3 1-33odd,36,43,45,47,49,51
    September 21 2.4 3-29odd,42,44,51,55 Good Problem 2: Section 2.2 #20, using Flow
    4 September 24 2.5 1-35odd,39,47,51,53,57,62
    September 25
    September 27 Review
    September 28 study guide Test 2 on 2.1-2.5
    5 October 1 2.6 1,3,5,9,11,15,17,21,25,32
    October 2 2.7 1,2,5,7,11,15,17,25,29 Matlab homework 2: Solving Equations (hints)
    October 4
    October 5 2.8 1,5,11,12,15,17,19,20,21,23,24 Good Problem 3: Section 2.6 #32, using Logic
    6 October 8 3.2 1-25odd,2,18,29,31,35,39,44,46,48,63 (drop deadline with WP/WF)
    October 9
    October 11 Review
    October 12 study guide Test 3 on 2.6-2.8,3.2
    7 October 15 3.3 1-21odd,25-49odd,65
    October 16 3.4 1,3,4,5,7,9,13,15 Matlab homework 3: Limits and Derivatives
    October 18
    October 19 3.5 1-9odd,13,17-25odd,34,35,37,39 Good Problem 4: Section 3.4 #4, using Intros
    8 October 22 3.7 1-33odd,39,40,41
    October 23
    October 25 Review
    October 26 study guide Test 4 on 3.3-3.5,3.7
    9 October 29 4.1 1-17odd,21-29,36,37,40,44,47,48,51
    October 30 4.2 1-17odd,23,26,27 Matlab homework 4: Derivatives
    November 1
    November 2 4.3 1-9odd,13,15,19-29odd,35,40,46 Good Problem 5: Section 4.2 #26, using Symbols
    10 November 5
    November 6 4.4 5-11odd,12-14,17,21,37,39,43 Matlab homework 5: Exponentials vs. Powers
    November 8 4.5 3,5,7,9,13,15-17,21,22,25,26,40
    November 9 Good Problem 6: Section 4.4 #14, using Graphs
    11 November 12 Veterans' Day, no class
    November 13 Review
    12 November 19 study guide Final Exam Monday, at 7 pm, in our regular classroom

    Martin J. Mohlenkamp
    Last modified: Fri Sep 3 13:54:24 EDT 2010