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Mathematics 227, Calculus II
Spring 2002 Syllabus

(5/31/02) Final grades posted. Happy break!

Time. Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:10 - 3:25; Wednesday 2:10-3:00.
Place. HSS 156

Instructor. Eric Hsu (, 932 Thornton Hall, 415-338-1104
Office Hours. W 11:00-1:00 and by appointment.

Class Home Page. Check this page often. Really. Announcements, homework assignments, test schedules, grades and this syllabus are all posted here.

Course Objectives.

Textbook. Calculus, by Robert T. Smith and Roland B. Minton, 2nd Ed.

Teaching Style and Attendance. About two-thirds of the time will be spent on activities in small groups. The other third will be lecture and discussion. Because of the emphasis on in-class activity, attendance is mandatory. Missing class without prior notice will cause damage to your academic experience, your grade, and may cause you to be dropped from the class roster. The Wednesday section is absolutely mandatory.

Reading. We'll be covering chapters 4.5 through the end of chapter 8. It is crucial that you do the reading assignments before class, since the group work will usually rely on them.

Grades. Final course grades will be assigned according to the following point scale:

  • A     900 or higher
  • B     780-899
  • C     660-779
  • D     500-659

Notice that the grades of your fellow students cannot affect your grade. Your running point total will be posted to the class home page on a regular basis. I reserve the right to make it easier, but not harder, to get a given grade.

Earning Points. More than 1000 points are possible with extra credit (assigned in class).

  • Midterm I (150 pts)
  • Midterm II (150 pts)
  • Final Exam (250 pts)
  • Big Quiz (50 pts)
  • Class Group Work including Attendance and TA for a Day (100 pts)
  • 10 best Homework grades (300 pts)

Homework. Assignments will be posted to the class home page every Thursday and are due the next Thursday at the start of class. No late homework will accepted in any case. You are allowed and encouraged to work on the homework in groups, but you must write up the solutions in your own words or it will be considered cheating.

TA For A Day. Everyone must sign up to be a TA for one class period. That means that you will facilitate group work in class and write me a note on the events. Further instructions here.

Tests. Weekly quizzes, two midterms and a Big Quiz will be given during class. There will be a comprehensive final exam. No makeups will be given without prior permission. Midterm and final exam test problems will include at least one homework problem and one group work problem. After each midterm is returned to you, you can submit corrected answers to recover up to half of the deducted points.

Religious Holidays. I will make reasonable accommodations for you to observe religious holidays when such observances require you to be absent from class activities. It is your responsibility to inform me during the first two weeks of the class each semester, in writing, about such holidays.

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