Mathematics 1210

Summer 2008

Instructor: Kelly A. MacArthur

Class Time and Place:12:30 – 3:35 p.m.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
AND 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. on 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 10:20 – 11:20 a.m. or by appointment.
Office Location: JWB226
Office Phone Number: 581-6837
E-mail address:

Text: (1) Calculus with Differential Equations, 9th edition,
by Varberg, Purcell and Rigdon.
(2) Notes on Polynomial Calculus (referred to as Chapter N in the 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) My class notes which will be posted on my website by chapters. You
will need to print those out and bring them to class, because I'll refer
to them regularly.

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 my website.
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.

WebCT: I will put your grades online on WebCT.
You can get there easily from the main University of Utah website
(There's also a link from my website.) To log in, you use the same student id
and password that you use for Campus Information System. I do my best to
update the grades on a regular basis and keep everything accurate.
However, I would advise you to check your grades often to make sure there
were no data entry mistakes. I'm always happy to correct any mistakes I've
made. You just need to let me know about them.

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 (mostly no calculators will be allowed),
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.

Grading Scale: Although I'm not philosophically opposed to curving
grades, I find it's rarely necessary. The grade scale will be the usual:
A (93-100), A- (90-92), B+ (87-89), B (83-86), B- (80-82), C+ (77-79),
C (73-76), C- (70-72), D+ (67-69), D (63-66), D- (60-62), E (0-59).
If I do need to curve the grades, I will simply shift everything down
by a few points (whatever is necessary).

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.

  2. You may take an alternate exam if you talk to me about it first
    and explain the extenuating circumstances that make it necessary.
    Needing to work, babysitting your siblings, oversleeping, or needing
    more time to study do not pass as acceptable reasons to inconvenience
    me. Getting in a car crash or your mother's death, on the other
    hand, is sufficient reason to request to take an alternate exam. But,
    it is 100% your responsibility to communicate with me as soon as is
    possible, before the exam occurs (or as soon as possible).
    Talking to me after the problem will be sufficient reason
    for me to allow you to get a zero on that test.
    I reserve the right
    to make alternate exams more difficult than the scheduled exam.

  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.

  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. You need to have a valid email address registered with Campus
    Information System. I will regularly send emails to the class and will
    hold you accountable for receiving that information. If you have
    troubles receiving my weekly emails, you can (1) check to make sure
    your email address at Campus Information System is correct, (2) make
    sure my emails are not going directly to your junk mail folder, or
    (3) contact the webmaster at Campus Information System.

  6. If you have crisis-level extenuating circumstances which require
    flexibility, 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 and am willing to do to help.