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syllabus - Calculus I for Science and Engineering(Math 2250...

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Calculus I for Science and Engineering (Math 2250) Fall 2011 1 Technicalities Instructor: Clay Shonkwiler ( [email protected] ) Office: Boyd 436 Course web page: http://www.math.uga.edu/~clayton/teaching/m2250f11/ Text: University Calculus: Early Transcendentals (2 nd edition), by Joel Hass, Maurice D. Weir, and George B. Thomas, Jr. Times/Locations: 1:25–2:15 MWF in Boyd 222, 2:00–3:15 R in Boyd 303 Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:30–4:30. 2 Summary of the Course This course provides an introduction to single variable calculus. You will develop a deep under- standing of the three most important concepts of the calculus: limits, derivatives, and integrals. Limits allow us to understand the behavior of a function as its inputs approach some specified value and provide the foundation for the other two concepts. Derivatives arise as slopes of tangent lines, rates of change, and linear approximations. Integrals provide a way of finding the area under a curve and the total change of a rate of change. You should understand each of these concepts theoretically, geometrically, and heuristically and be able to compute effectively enough to apply them appropriately. In order to do so you will need to develop your abilities to think mathematically and communicate effectively. 3 Homework There will be weekly homework assignments which will typically consist of a mix of WebWork problems (which you complete online; see below for instructions) and written problems (which you turn in to me). Homework is an important part of any math class, as it is impossible to learn mathematics without actually doing mathematics. The goal of the assignments is to deepen your understanding of the concepts, tools and techniques discussed in class, as well as to give you the opportunity to practice explaining your mathematical thinking. The importance of effective communication is vital: knowledge without the ability to communicate that knowledge is of limited value. As such, to get full credit on a problem your solution must be clear and well-written. The written portion of your homework must be stapled with your name clearly written at the top. What you turn in should be a final copy: it should be neat, legible, and well-organized. If I can’t read or understand your work you won’t receive any credit. Late homework will not (and, in the case of WebWork, cannot ) be accepted, so you should turn in whatever you have completed on the due date in order to get credit for it. Your lowest homework grade will be dropped from the calculation of your final grade.
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