Math 1142 Short Calculus Fall Semester 2011

Text: Hoffmann and Bradley, Calculus, 10th edition.
Instructor: Peter Webb
350 Vincent Hall, 625 3491,,
Course web page:
Office Hours: provisionally 11:15-12:05 MWF or by appointment. Check the web page.

Course Content
Math 1142 fulfills the Mathematical Thinking component of the Liberal Education requirements at the University of Minnesota. An important part of any liberal education is learning to use abstract thinking and symbolic language to solve practical problems. Calculus is one of the pillars of modern mathematical thought, and has diverse applications essential to our complex world. In this course, students will be exposed to theoretical concepts at the heart of calculus and to numerous examples of real-world applications.

Course Assessment
There will be three full-period mid-term exams, to be held on Thursday October 6, Thursday November 3 and Thursday December 1. The final exam will be at 1:30-4:30 Friday December 16 (see The final exam will probably not be held in our usual classroom. You will also have homework and possibly quizzes organized by the TA in recitations. Your final grade will be made up of homework 20%, mid-term exams 15% each, final exam 35%. A total score will be computed by adding scores of homework and exams according to these percentages. Course grades will be determined by curving the total score using a curve no stricter than A: 100%-93%, A-:93%-90%, B+:90%-87%, B:87%-83%, B-:83%-80%, C+:80%-77%, C:77%-73%, C-:73%-70%, D+:70%-67%, D:67%-62%, F:62%-0%.

Homework problems are assigned for each section of the book in the table attached to this sheet and also available on the course site. Homework on material from the previous week is due on Tuesday each week, at the start of class. Aside from this arrangements to do with homework will be handled entirely by the TA in recitations and these arrangements will be announced by the TA. Your TA will announce exactly which questions you should do from the list. In fact, the policy regarding what homework is handed in, how it is assessed, what happens if homework is missed or handed in late, whether lowest scores are dropped, and all such questions are a decision for your TA, not the course instructor. For example, it may be that the TA will only grade certain of the work done, or assess performance on homework by setting a quiz in recitation on similar material, or do something else. Your TA will announce this. This means also that if you ask Prof. Webb something to do with homework arrangements, such as whether homework can be handed in late, he will reply that he does not know because that is a matter for your TA.

Absence from exams
Missing a midterm is permitted only for the most compelling reasons. Except in extraordinary situations, you should obtain permission from Prof. Webb (not your TA) to miss an exam in advance; otherwise you will be awarded a 0. If you are excused from taking a midterm, your course grade will be determined by giving extra weight to the final exam. No make-up exams will be given (except in the case of someone with an officially documented sports commitment). Except in extremely exceptional situations, all students missing the final exam will fail the course.

Students are expected to attend all lectures and recitations. Attendance may be checked and included in the grade line.

Expectations of written work
In a number of cases in the homework problems and the questions in the exams you will not get full credit if you simply write down the correct answer. To get full credit you will need to write an explanation of how you got your answer. Where explanations need to be given, these should be written out in sentences i.e. with verbs, capital letters at the beginning, periods at the end, etc. and not in an abbreviated form.
I encourage you to form study groups. However everything to be handed in must be written up in your own words. If two students hand in identical assignments, they will both receive no credit.

Calculator and technology policy
Only scientific (cheap!) calculators (not graphing calculators) are allowed on exams, as per department policy. (See the link on the course web page to the official department policy.) Also all other types of electronic devise - especially those with wireless capabilities - are banned from exams. Any such item you bring to an exam you have to stow, turned off, under your seat, out of easy reach.

These will only be given in exceptional circumstances. A student must have satisfactorily completed all but a small portion of the work in the course, have a compelling reason for the incomplete, and must make prior arrangements with the professor for how the incomplete will be removed, well before the end of the quarter.

The University requires the following be on all syllabi.
University Grading Standards
A achievement that is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet course requirements.
B achievement that is significantly above the level necessary to meet course requirements.
C achievement that meets the course requirements in every respect.
D achievement that is worthy of credit even though it fails to meet fully the course requirements
S The minimal standard for S is to be no lower than C-. The instructor or department must
inform the class of this minimal standard at the beginning of the course.
F (or N) Represents failure (or no credit) and signifies that the work was either (1) completed but
at a level of achievement that is not worthy of credit or (2) was not completed and there was no
agreement between the instructor and the student that the student would be awarded an I.
I (Incomplete) Assigned at the discretion of the instructor when, due to extraordinary
circumstances, e.g. hospitalization, a student is prevented from completing the work of the
course on time. Requires a written agreement between instructor and student.
Academic Dishonesty. Academic dishonesty in any portion of the academic work for a course shall
be grounds for awarding a grade of F or N for the entire course.
Credits and Workload Expectations. For undergraduate courses, one credit is defined as equivalent
to an average of three hours of learning effort per week (over a full semester) necessary for an
average student to achieve an average grade in the course. For example, a student taking a
three credit course that meets for three hours a week should expect to spend an additional six
hours a week on course work outside the classroom.

Date of this version of the schedule: 8/31/2011