MAT 131, Section 5, Calculus I, Fall 2009, 2:15-3:05 pm, Noyce 2517

Syllabus

Professor: Jeff Blanchard, Noyce 2516, 269-3304, blanchaj (at) math.grinnell.edu

Text: Calculus, 6th Edition by James Suart. It is important and expected that you read the text, especially the examples.

Office Hours:
Monday: 12:40-1:30
Tuesday: 3:30-4:30
Wednesday: 10:00-10:45
Thursday: By appointment from 3:30-5:00
Friday: 10:00-10:45
By appointment; please email me to set up a time. See my weekly schedule.

Homework:

There will be daily homework, due at the beginning of class each day other than Tuesdays and exam days. Homework will be posted here and on Pioneerweb (blackboard) at the beginning of the week. A subset of the problems will be graded. The lowest three homework scores will be dropped. Please read the note on homework and quizzes.

Quizzes:

There will be eight unnanounced quizzes throughout the semester. Quizzes will be taken the first ten to fifteen minutes of class. There are no make-up quizzes. The highest five quiz scores are used to calculate your quiz grade. Please read the note on homework and quizzes.

Academic Honesty Regarding Quizzes: Students may not discuss quizzes, including whether or not a quiz was given, outside of class with any other student. There are multiple sections of the class and this prevents students from repeatedly asking, "Was there a quiz today? What was on it?" For this course, this a matter of academic honesty. Do not discuss a quiz you have taken that day, and do not ask other students about quizzes.

Midterm Exams:

There will be three in-class, midterm exams, tentatively scheduled for Monday, September 21; Wednesday October 28; Friday, November 20. These midterm exams will test the material covered since the previous exam.

Final Exam:

The final exam is scheduled for Thursday, December 17, at 2:00 pm. The final exam is two hours and will be comprehensive. Do not make arrangements to leave campus prior to the final exam. (Such situations will result in the loss of a letter grade on the final exam.)
Course Grade:
Homework: 25%
Quizzes: 10%
Midterm Exams: 45% (15% each)
Final Exam: 20%

Attendance:

Absences permitted by the college (athletics, performance, religious observation, etc.) must be coordinated prior to the class period in order to make arrangements for the missed homework or exams. There are no make-up quizzes. This coordination must be done in person prior to the absence.

Accomodations:

If you have specific physical, psychiatric or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please let me know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the Associate Dean and Director of Academic Advising, Joyce Stern, located in the lower level of the Forum (x3702).

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