Mathematics 1210

Summer 2006

Instructor: Kelly A. MacArthur

Class Time and Place:12:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in JWB335
*This class also has a review session every class day from 11:30 to 12:20 in JFB B1.

Office Hours: MTWHF 10:30 – 11:20 a.m. or by appointment.
Office Location: JWB221 (I'm moving soon to JWB226--right across the hall.)
Office Phone Number: 581-6443
E-mail address:

Text: (1) Calculus with Analytic Geometry, 8th edition,
by Varberg, Purcell and Rigdon.
(2) Notes on Polynomial Calculus (referred to as Chapter 0 in the course outline.)
You can download and print this document from
You'll need the "Notes on Polynomial Calculus" as well as the "Problems on Polynomial
Calculus," both of which are links on the above-mentioned website.
(3) You will also need my class notes which you can pick up at the Copy Center in the Union building.

Prerequisite: At least a C grade in Math1050 (College Algebra) and Math1060
(Trigonometry) or an ACT score of at least 23 plus a B or better in your high school
Algebra and Trigonometry (a.k.a. Pre-Calculus) courses.

Tutoring Lab: T. Benny Rushing Mathematics Student Center (adjacent to JWB and LCB),
Room 155
M - Th 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
F 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(opens Wednesday) (closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays)
They are also offering group tutoring sessions. If you're interested, inquire at the
Tutoring Lab.

Private Tutoring: University Tutoring Services, 330 SSB (they offer inexpensive
tutoring). There is also a list of tutors at the Math Department office in JWB233.

Computer Lab: also in the T. Benny Rushing Mathematics Student Center, Room 155C.
M – Th 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
F 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Link to computer lab is

Grading: The grades will be calculated as follows:
Daily Quizzes 20%
Midterm 20%
Midterm 20%
Midterm 10%
Final Exam 30%
(Note: There will be 3 midterms. Your lowest midterm score will count for 10% of your grade
and your top two midterm scores will each count for 20% of your final grade.)

Homework: There are homework problems assigned for each day. You can access that list of
problems at
It is important to do the homework problems even though I will not collect the homework.
If you don't do the homework for practice, it is highly unlikely that you will pass
the daily quizzes and exams. Practice makes perfect...or at least it makes you head in the
direction of perfect. :) Observing someone else do the problems is VERY different from
working the problems yourself!!

Quizzes: There will be a total of 14 quizzes. Basically, there will be a 15-minute
quiz every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with the exception of the first day of
class and Memorial Day (since we don't have class). The daily quiz will cover the material
presented the previous day in class. Quiz questions will be taken from text examples, class
examples, or assigned problems. I will drop your lowest two quiz scores.

Midterms: There will be a one-hour midterm exam every Friday for the first three weeks
of class. I will announce in class every Thursday exactly which sections will be covered on
the midterm.

Final Exam: The final exam for this class is comprehensive and it will occur on the
last Friday of class. It will take about two hours and will cover all the material covered
in the class with an emphasis on the last week's assignments.

Calculators: You may find it helpful to have a graphing calculator. I do not
have any preference regarding which calculator would be most useful, so you're welcome
to choose for yourself. I will allow calculators on some quizzes and exams and not on
others, depending on the material and whether or not I think a calculator is necessary.
This will be discussed more in class with each quiz and test.

Other Policies: Due to experience, I have decided to make some additional
policies regarding my classroom administration and grading.
  1. There will be no retakes of exams…ever. Your score is what you get.
    Please don’t try to use your negotiating, persuasive skills on me regarding
    this issue. You will be faced with my polite, but unwavering “no.”
  2. There will be no make-up exams.
  3. I will demand respectful behavior in my classroom. Examples of disrespect
    include reading a newspaper or magazine in class, social chatting with your friend
    in class, text-messaging your buddies during class or cuddling with your girl/boyfriend
    in class. If you choose to be disrespectful during my class, I can guarantee I
    will take action to terminate your disruptive behavior in whichever way I see fit.
  4. There will be no cursing nor negative ranting (for example, “math sucks”)
    on any written work turned in. The penalty for such things on your written work will
    be a zero score on that assignment or test!
  5. If you have crisis-level extenuating circumstances which require flexibility with
    these policies, it is completely your responsibility to communicate with me as soon
    as possible. The longer you wait to communicate with me, the less I can do to help.
    I reserve the right to make exceptions to my policies based on individual needs and
    timeliness of your communication.