Math 241 Section B8 Calculus 3 with Mathematica Fall Semester 2008 Hours: MTWTh 9:00 – 9:50 Locations: Classroom – 343 Altgeld Hall Computer Lab – 239 Altgeld Hall Class meets here most days TA: Jason McCullough Office: 346 Illini Hall Office Phone: 333 – 6328 Office Hours: TBA (& by appointment) E- mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (This is the best way to contact me.) C&M Webpage: cm.math.uiuc.edu Classroom Assistant: Matthew Hutchins (email: email@example.com) Required Text: Vector Calculus and Mathematica Courseware CD version 6 Note: The correct version says “Mathematica 4,5 and 6” on the box. The old, outdated version says “Mathematica 4 and upper.” If you have the old version, hang on to it and there will be an opportunity to swap for the new one soon. The correct version may be purchased online at the website http://www.matheverywhere.com.) Mathematica Notebooks: The primary medium of instruction and your first introd uction to the material are the Mathematica notebooks. There will be 11 or 12 homework assignments from the “Give it a Try” sections of these notebooks. You will complete these in pairs (or possibly groups of three) and hand them in electronically using ClassComm. All group members will get the same score for an assignment. Moreover, by putting your name on an assignment you are saying that you participated equally in its completion. The notebooks constitute the largest component of your grade so take them seriously. When working on the “Give it a Try” problems that are assigned, you should first save a copy of the “Give it a Try” notebook. Delete those problems that are not assigned. Create new cells with calculations to answer the questions. All computations should have explanations in complete sentences describing and interpreting the computations. Follow these guidelines when completing “Give it a Try” problem sets: 1. All group members’ names must appear at the top of the file. 2. The assigned questions should appear in the order assigned. 3. The answer cells should have a gray background for readability. Computations with no explanation will receive no credit. You must explain your work. 4. You may choose your own partners but I reserve the right to change the groupings as I see fit. You will be handing in notebooks through your ClassComm account. All assignments will be due by 11:59 pm on the date listed. Late submissions will not be accepted unless you have a reasonable excuse with some official documents (e.g. from the Emergency Dean.) You should be able to complete a lot of the “Give it a Try” problems in class, but you should also expect to have to work on your own outside of class as well. Lab hours for 24 Illini Hall and 239 Altgeld Hall will be posted on the doors and online. Should you wish to purchase your own copy of Mathematica so that you can work on your own computer, you can license a copy of Mathematica 6 for the year for $25. To do so, follow the link on the main cm.math.uiuc.edu webpage. Note: We will be using Mathematica version 6 in the labs and throughout the semester, so be sure the courseware and lessons you use all say version 6 and not the old version 5.2. Written Home work: I will also assign written homework assignments from the Literacy Sheets. These will occur approximately every 2 weeks and I will post the assignments on our Classcomm page. These problems are designed to test your conceptual understanding when away from the computer and are a good representation of what to expect on the exams. These are to be completed and handed in individually – paper copies only. Collaboration is encouraged but your write-ups must be your own. Verbatim copies will not be accepted. And you must show all your work to get full credit. Homework assignments are due at the beginning of the hour of the class on the due date. All written home work assignments should be clearly legible, stapled (if necessary) and without spiral notebook fringe. Exams There will be 2 midterms exams tentatively scheduled for the dates listed below. You will not be tested on Mathematica commands or programming but rather on hand computations and conceptual problems. Exam questions will resemble most closely those on the written homework and those in the Literacy notebooks. Calculators, notes and Mathe matica will not be allowed on exams. If you miss an exam, I will need written documentation in the form of a doctor’s note or a note from the emergency dean to excuse your absence and allow a makeup exam. If you know in advance you will be absent from an exam let me know early so we can schedule a makeup for you. Attendance Because of the large group-work component of this class, I will take attendance regularly throughout the semester on most lab days. However, if you and your partner wish to work together outside of class, you will not be marked absent. You will only be marked absent if your partner is present and you are not. Therefore, you must coordinate with your partner when you are coming to class. To allow for illness and other normal absences, 2 graces absences will be allowed. If you are absent for a significant stretch of time, you must notify the instructor to make arrangements. Grades Grades will be determined using the following weights and scale: Mathematics Notebooks 35% Percent Grade Written Homework 10% 93.0 – 100.0 A Attendance 5% 90.0 – 92.9 A- 2 midterm exams 15% each 87.0 – 89.9 B+ Cumulative final exam 20% 83.0 – 86.9 B 80.0 – 82.9 B- 77.0 – 79.9 C+ 73.0 – 76.9 C 70.0 – 72.9 C- 67.0 – 69.9 D+ 63.0 – 66.9 D 60.0 – 62.9 D- 0.0 – 59.9 F There is one caveat: your final grade can be at most one full letter grade above your exam average. So you cannot “get by” in the class by relying solely on your homework scores. Math 290 Math 290 is a one-credit course in using Mathematica. Your grade for Math 290 will be the average of your Mathematica notebook scores in this class. There is no additional work required. A student may enroll in Math 290 at most once and it is entirely optional. To enroll in the Math 290 section associated with this class, you need to go to the Undergraduate Mathematics Office in 313 Altgeld Hall. The course number for the Math 290 section associated to this class is 46233. Tentative Schedule Section Give It a Try Notebook Due Date VC.01 Friday 9/5 VC.02 Friday 9/12 VC.03 Friday 9/19 VC.04 Friday 9/26 VC.05 Friday 10/3 VC.00.2.05 Wednesday 10/15 VC.06 Wednesday 10/22 VC.07 Friday 10/31 VC.08 Friday 11/7 VC.09 Wednesday 11/19 VC.10 Wednesday 12/3 VC.11* Wednesday 12/10 * if time permits Exam #1 – Tuesday 10/7 - covers VC.01 – VC.05 Exam #2 – Tuesday 11/11 - covers VC.06 – VC.08 + 2.05 The DROP DATE for the course is Friday, October 17. The FINAL EXAM will be on Monday, December 15 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM. Academic Integrity Simply stated, cheating or misrepresenting your work will not be tolerated in this class. Any incident of cheating will result in a zero grade for that assignment/homework/exam and serious infractions will result in a failing grade in the course. Policies and Other Stuff While in lab, you should be reading through the notebooks and working the GiveItaTry problems or the Literacy sheets – not surfing the web. I also ask that you leave cell phones turned off during class time. If you know in advance of a conflict with an exam, please let me know so we can figure out how to do a make-up exam. Also let me know if you are having trouble with a partner or group member. Late homework and make-up exams will only be permitted in circumstances as detailed in section 1-501 of the Student Code. Usually this means contacting the emergency dean to excuse the absence. There are a ton of useful resources about Mathematica, calculus, how to use ClassComm, sample homework, lab hours, common questions, etc. on the C&M webpage: cm.math.uiuc.edu. I will also post announcements and assignments on the ClassComm page. (Follow the ClassComm link from cm.math.uiuc.edu.) If you do end up dropping the course after working with a partner, please let your partner and your instructor know so that we may quickly pair up the remaining students. Your comments, suggestions, and criticisms are welcome throughout the semester.