Course Policies and Guidelines for Calculus I (MATH 1823 - 10) - Spring 2013

Please read this page carefully. You will be responsible for all the information given here, and for any modifications to it that may be announced in class. Any such modifications will be made on the course webpage.

Text: The textbook for this course is Calculus (7th edition), by James Stewart. The course covers Chapters 1-3 of the textbook.

Instructor: Kimball Martin

Office: 924 Physical Sciences Center
Phone: 325-3537
Office hours: MW 11:30 - noon, Mon 2-3, and by appointment
Course webpage:
Teaching Assistants Hong Qu
Dania Sheiab
Estapraq Kahlil

Contact note: First, read this. Even though I may send periodic emails from my university ( email address, I do not check it nearly as frequently as my department ( address. Thus you are advised to use the address above when contacting me if you want a timely response.

Prerequisites: MATH 1523 at OU, or satisfactory score on the placement test or ACT/SAT. If you do not feel comfortable with the prerequisite material, please see me as soon as possible.

Class Participation: Class participation (e.g., asking questions) is highly encouraged. It is not only helpful for you and other students, but it also helps me understand what you are thinking and makes class more enjoyable. If you feel uncomfortable asking questions in class or discussion sections, you are encouraged to come to office hours or visit the Math Center (payed for by your fees).

Attendance: Regular attendance of lecture and discussion sections is strongly recommended and figures into the final grade (see below). Attendance will be taken at weekly discussion sections as well as at select lectures. While you need not contact me about having to miss a single class (unless it involves a scheduled exam), if you must miss several classes/discussion sections due to unavoidable circumstances, please inform me as well as your TA.

Homework: Homework is, in my opinion, the most important part of the course. Homework is where you really learn the material. You should expect written homework every week, which is to be turned in during your discussion Section. Plan to spend roughly 5-6 hours each week on work out of class. Each homework assignment will be posted on the course website, typically by the end of the week before it is due.

Homeworks may also include bonus questions. These will typically be more challenging questions (though not necessarily) you can submit with the written assignment for bonus points.

The homework policies are the following. Turning in an assignment means that, to the best of your knowledge and ability, you honestly abided by the following. Unless stated otherwise for a specific problem, you may not use calculators, computers (including the web), other texts or the solutions manuals to find the answers; however you are allowed to use them to check your answers. Collaboration is allowed, and even encouraged, though you should earnestly try to solve each problem on your own before learning from someone else. However, you are to write up (not copy) your solutions by yourself, in your own words. Late homework is not accepted.

Examinations: There will be two in-class exams and a final during the final examination period. The in-class examinations will be on Friday Mar 8 and Friday Apr 29. The final exam is Wednesday May 8 from 8am-10am. Topics covered on the exam will be posted on Exams Page of the course website. You may not use notes, texts, calculators, computers or other references during the exams. Make-up exams are not given except in extenuating circumstances.

Grades: It is always better to focus on learning the material and understanding the homework than to worry about grades. If you do this, and put forth a sincere effort in the class, your grade should not be an issue. This course is meant to be challenging and educational, but not stressful. If you ever find yourself worried about your grade or how you are doing in the course, please come see me. Please don’t wait until the end of the term to do this.

The grades will be computed as follows. A raw score is computed for you, which is

15% Attendance
15% Homework
10% Exam 1
20% Exam 2
40% Final Exam

Preliminary letter grades will be assigned to raw numeric scores according to the table:

A 89-100
B 78-88
C 67-77
D 56-66
F 0-55

If you are near the borderline between two grades, I may adjust your final letter grade individually for such things as bonus points, attendance/participation, consistently good homeworks, or improvement throughout the term. To get an idea of where you stand, course midterm average grades will be available on D2L after the first and second midterm.

Withdrawal Policy: Please see the academic calendar for the university schedule and policies for dropping a class.

Grade of Incomplete: The grade of I is a special-purpose grade given when a specific task needs to be completed to finish the coursework. This is typically a term paper or other special assignment, so rarely makes sense in a mathematics course. An I cannot be given to avoid receiving a low grade.

Academic Misconduct: If cases of academic misconduct arise, they will be dealt with according to (rather strict) University policies. Remember that you responsible for knowing and adhering to the University guidelines for academic integrity:

as well as the student code:

Religious Holidays: It is the policy of the University to excuse the absences of students that result from religious observances and to provide without penalty for the rescheduling of examinations and additional class work that may fall on religious holidays. Please contact me well in advance if you must miss scheduled exam date for such reasons.

Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability that may interfere with the demonstration of your abilities, please contact me as soon as possible to arrange accomodations necessary to ensure your full participation in the course. You should also contact the Office of Disability Services, Goddard Health Center, Suite 166 (325-3852 or TDD 325 4173).

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