Instructor: Michael Pelsmajer
office: E1 206, phone: 567-5344, email: pelsmajer_(AT)_iit_(DOT)_edu
[Departmental webpage] [Personal webpage]
Generic Syllabus (updated February 2006),
and ADA Syllabus Statement
Fall 2009 Course Information, and a rough schedule of topics
August 22 email
The first exam will be Wednesday, September 23. It will cover material up to and including Section 3.3. Everything we discussed in class up until Wednesday Sept 16 is fair game, except for Section 2.4. (No Higher Derivatives, and no Section 1.3 either, since we skipped these topics.)
There will be a Review Session conducted by Hannah from the ARC, on:
Monday, 6pm-8pm, September 21, in
E1 room 025 or 027 E1 122.
The second exam will be Friday, October 30. It will concentrate on material since the first exam, and it will cover up through Section 4.8.
There will be a Review Session conducted by Hannah from the ARC, on: Wednesday, 6pm-8pm, October 28, in E1 room 026.
The third exam will be Friday, December 4. It will cover Section 4.9 through Section 6.4.
There will be a Review Session, Thursday 6pm-8pm in E1 025 or 026.
I can enthusiastically recommend the book How to Ace Calculus: A Streetwise Guide. The quality of the advice is very high, and it's seriously funny. The extensive excerpts let you see what it's about.
Here is an excellent, well-organized collection of tips: Success in Mathematics. I wish I wrote it! You should read it right now, and reread it later in the semester (e.g., a week before the first exam)! You can skip Section 2.2 (Polya's four-step process), but everything else is very relevant for Math 151 this semester.
More good stuff:
For direct help with mathematics, try the Academic Resource Center (ARC) or speak directly to your instructor.
There will be homework assigned every day via WebAssign. Most of it will be done online, but a few problems will be collected, on paper, each Friday at the beginning of class. See August 22 email for further details.
Class every Friday will begin with a short quiz. Quiz problems will be, in many cases, identical to homework problems.
On the first three Thursday meetings, we will have a Trigonometry Review. This is required for some people, who have been notified by email, and optional for everyone else.
(Additional resource: Maslanka's Trigonometry Review Handouts)
Location: Alumni Hall room 222 for Section 04, and Wishnick Hall room 116 for Section 06.
Trigonometry Review homework is only necessary if you are required to attend the Trigonometry Review.
The starred problems (*) must be handed in to be graded.
For the other problems, you must (1) write them out legibly, and save them in a folder or notebook (2) check that your answers are correct (answers in the back of the book), and (3) seek help if you don't understand.
After the Trigonometry Review, each Thursday meeting will be have a Maple Lab or a Recitation. Which one will be announced earlier that week.
Maple Labs are in SB 112J for both sections.
Recitations are in Alumni Hall room 222 for Section 04, and Wishnick Hall room 116 for Section 06.
Students will present solutions to homework-like problems, at the board. (You'll need your book, or printed pages from your eTextbook.) You will also have a chance to ask questions about the current homework.
Every student is expected to present three or four correct problems overall (about one problem per two recitations); this is part of your grade. Presenting more often will garner a little extra credit.
( Maple at IIT )
(You may wish to review newintro.mw and Syntax Tips and Kernel Tips before today's class.)
Do Lab #2. (Right click & save, etc.)
Due date: Wednesday Oct 7, 5pm
Please submit via Digital Dropbox in Blackboard. Name your file Lab2-MPelsmajer (except use your own name, not my name).
Do Lab #3. (Right click & save, etc.)
Due date: Wednesday Oct 21, 5pm
Please submit via Digital Dropbox in Blackboard. Name your file Lab3-MPelsmajer (except use your own name, not my name).
Do Lab #4. (Right click & save, etc.)
Due date: Wednesday Nov 12, 5pm
Please submit via Digital Dropbox in Blackboard. Name your file Lab4-MPelsmajer (except use your own name, not my name).
Do Lab #5. (Right click & save, etc.)
Due date: Wednesday Nov 18, 5pm
Please submit via Digital Dropbox in Blackboard. Name your file Lab5-MPelsmajer (except use your own name, not my name).
Do Lab #6. (Right click & save, etc.)
Due date: Wednesday Dec 9, 5pm
Please submit via Digital Dropbox in Blackboard. Name your file Lab6-MPelsmajer (except use your own name, not my name).
Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with documented disabilities. In order to receive accommodations, students must obtain a letter of accommodation from the Center for Disability Resources and make an appointment to speak with me [the instructor] as soon as possible. The Center for Disability Resources (CDR) is located in Life Sciences Room 218, telephone 312-567-5744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.