Text: Calculus Made Easy by Sylvanus P. Thompson and Martin Gardner
Instructor: Professor Nick Korevaar
Web Page:http://www.math. utah.edu/~korevaar
Office: JWB 218
Office Hours: MWF 9:30-10 a.m., T 9-10:30 a.m., MW 2-2:30 p.m., and by appointment
Informal problem session: Saturdays JWB 208, 10-11 a.m.
As Thompson indicates on page 38, one use of ``Calculus'' is to quickly calculate quantities which would otherwise be too tedious to compute. Well, in present times some of these tedious computations can be done with a calculator or a computer . . . and computer software can do computations using Calculus as well. We will visit the Mathematics Computer lab several times to work with mathematical software, specifically the package known as MAPLE. These visits should provide an interesting counterpoint to our text.
This course is intended for non-science majors who wish to get a meaningful introduction to the ideas and techniques of Calculus. It is a Science Foundation course and a Quantitative Reasoning A course. We will study only a subset of the applications which are found in standard Calculus texts: this course is not intended to prepare one for Science and Engineering courses which require the usual Calculus sequence as a prerequisite. It is intended to give one an appreciation for the Calculus concepts which underlie most quantitative attempts to model real-world science.
There is a Math Department tutoring center for Calculus courses, staffed by graduate students. It is located in Building 129, between JWB and LCB, on President's Circle. Its hours are MTWTh 8:30-7, F 8:30-2, in room 259. The Computer Lab is also in Building 129, in room 264.
There will be two in-class midterm exams (Wednesday February 17th and Wednesday April 7th), and an in-class final exam (Monday May 3rd, 7:30-9:30 a.m.). You will complete a written project (approximate length 5 pages), with a topic chosen from an approved list, or approved in advance by me. This list has not been created yet, but papers will be historical, biographical, or will investigate mathematical topics which expand upon the course material. The project will be due on Wednesday April 28th. Your grade will be assigned as follows: homework 20%, midterm exams 20% each, written project 20%, final exam 20%.
It is the Math Department policy, and mine as well, to grant any withdrawal request until the University deadline of Friday March 5th.