Syllabus for Math 1100-2, Quantitative Analysis

Instructor: Y.-P. Lee
Office: JWB 305
Office Hours: MWF 10:30-11:20 and by appointment
Lecture Time: MWF 9:40-10:30
Room: AEB 350
Course Website:
Class Number: 1182.   Catalog Number: 1100, Section 2.
Text: Larson, R. and Edwards, B.H. (2005). Brief Calculus, An Applied Approach. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Company (Seventh edition).
Prerequisite: Math ACT score of 28 or C or better in MATH 1090. Fulfills Quantitative Reasoning (Math & Stat/Logic).

Course Description: Th official title of this course is "Quantitative Analysis." It has a more descriptive unofficial title "Business Calculus." It aims to cover a fair amount of material in one semester. Therefore, the pace will be brisk and the students are expected to work hard before and after the lectures. The material covered in this class contains: Differentiation, maximization and minimization of functions, marginal analysis and the optimization of constrained functions, integration and applications. Note that this course is not for students who have completed more than one quarter of calculus.

Homework: The homework will be assigned in each lecture and will be posted on the course website shortly after. Homework is not to be turned in. However, you are responsible for knowing how to do the problems. Similar ones will appear on the exams and almost identical ones will appear on the weekly quizzes.
Quiz: There will be 11 weekly quizzes, on Wednesdays unless otherwise announced. The problems will be based on the HW assigned up to Friday of the previous week.

Exams: There will be 2 midterm exams and 1 final exam.
First Midterm: Friday, 23rd Feb 2007, 9:40-10:30
Second Midterm: Friday, 30th Mar 2007, 9:40-10:30
Final: 1st May 2007, 8-10:00
Note: All exams are cumulative.
          Only pencils and erasers are allowed during the exams and quizzes. No calculators, computers, books etc.
Important! Please make sure that you can attend all exams. No makeup exams are possible.

Grading Policy: Grades are based on the following scheme: 20% quizzes (drop the lowest one), 20% for each midterm exam, and 40% for the final exam. No alternative scheme unless authorized by the instructor in advance. No I (Incomplete) grade will be given unless authorized by the university rules.

Additional Resources: The Math Center offers free tutoring, a computer lab, and study areas for undergraduates. Math Center is adjacent to the LCB and JWB. For information on the hours of the lab or tutoring center, please check on the website:

How to do well in this class? The answer is straightforward and old-fashioned: Prepare for Class, Keeping Up, and Do the Homework Problems. The exams will contain at least 75% of problems from homework problems, with little modification. Curiously, the medium scores of the exams are often far below 75%. (Guess why?) -- It also helps a great deal to ask questions during and after the lectures, especially after you have already previewed the material.

Important Comments: The goal of this class is to have students learn the material well and then to give them fair and accurate grades. To achieve this goal, this instructor believes in serious homework/quiz problems and hard exams. Serious problems make students learn more and better. Hard exams give a better evaluation of students' learning. In other words, if you are taking this class just to get a grade and with no intention to learn, consider taking another class.

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