09.01 - James Propp Office: OH 428C Phone: 978-934-2438...

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James Propp Office: OH 428C Phone: 978-934-2438 (not a good way to reach me except during office hours) Email: JamesPropp - at - gmail - dot - com Course web-page: http://jamespropp.org/241/ : Classroom: Pasteur 408 Meeting time: MonWedThuFri, 12:00-12:50 Welcome to Math 241! Honors calculus is the first math course I took in college and the first course I ever taught (right after I got my Ph.D.) and one of my favorite topics. In an ordinary calculus class, we treat calculus as just a vehicle, a way of getting from one place to another, and we focus on applying calculus to the kinds of problems calculus is really good for. In an honors class, we open the hood of the vehicle and look inside. Sometimes we deliberately crash the vehicle into a barrier or drive it over a cliff; we want to test the limitations of calculus, to see where and how it can break down.
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Also: In an ordinary calculus class, we teach you about calculus as a finished intellectual product. In an honors class, we acknowledge some of the history and the controversies. I like to run an interactive class. [Go around, get names:] Say your name Describe your academic and non-academic interests Say why you signed up for the course Say a little about your math background (esp. calculus) Talk about your best and worst math experiences Say your name again OFFICE HOURS Office hours: TBA (probably Mondays and Wednesdays and Thursdays), plus I’m usually available right after class, and I’m also available by appointment (preferably a day or two ahead of time). I’ll nearly always be in my office during scheduled office hours. However, if nobody shows up in the first fifteen minutes, and nobody’s notified me by phone or email that
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they plan to come by, I may leave. The upshot is, IF you want to see me during my office hour on some particular day AND you don’t plan to walk with me back to my office, PLEASE make sure you let me know you want to see me! Otherwise I won’t know that anyone wants to talk to me and I might just go home. I also read my gmail-account email several times daily, and can often answer your questions by email. Please instruct your spam filter to accept emails from my gmail account (see previous page for my email address). When I’m not teaching or holding an office hour, I’m usually at my home, spending time with my two young kids (age 4 and 2). I never come into campus on Tuesdays. HOMEWORK Due each week (except when there’s an exam). Due Fridays (except when there’s no class on Friday). The homework is where most of the learning happens. Work with others! I’ll try to facilitate this in various ways.
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Whether you’re getting help from classmates, or from a tutor, or from me, or from the back of the book, or from a resource on the web, the same principle applies: Write up your solution based on your understanding, not from taking notes from conversations. Collaboration is encouraged, but try the problems on your own first , and only take what fits in your brain
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09.01 - James Propp Office: OH 428C Phone: 978-934-2438...

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