Saint Michael's College

Calculus 211 A

Spring 2004

 Instructor: Joanna Ellis-Monaghan (please call me Jo)

Office: STE 217A


Phone: 654-2660

Office Hours: MW 8:00-9:00 and by appointment.

Text: Calculus, Early Transcendentals, 4th Edition, by Stewart., chapters 12 - 16. There are on-line student resources for the text available at

Class notes: A copy of the class notes is available on reserve in the library--they are from the 3rd edition, so some problem and chapter numbers may be off, but the content is the same.

Class Web Page: You can find a link to the class web page on my home page at I will post class communications here (a copy of this handout for example). There are also copies of all the Maplets and  in-class Maple demonstrations, as well as your Maple labs. I will also use this page to notify you in the case of class cancellation, homework hints, answers to frequently asked project questions, or grade postings. You need to check it regularly.

Calculator: You must have a calculator for this class. It should have trig functions, e, p, ln, log, and exponents, but need not (can not!) be any fancier. No graphing or symbolic calculators may be used on tests. If you bring one, you will be asked to leave the room until you have an acceptable one. You are likely to need the instruction manual that comes with your calculator--don't throw it out!

Study groups: You may form your own study group (2-4 people) or wait for me to assign you to one. You are encouraged to study/work together—prepare for exams, discuss homework and Maple labs, but each person must turn in individual work.

Homework: There are two types of homework for this class: Study and Challenges. The study problems are graded collectively and are due the class period after the material is covered. The study problems are representative of the kinds of questions you can expect to be asked on an hour test. You should practice them until you can do such problems without looking at the book or your notes. There is a study guide on reserve at the library. Challenges are in-depth problems designed to stretch and deepen your understanding of the material. You are encouraged to work on these in your study groups, but each person must submit individual work. The challenge problems will be individually graded and collected at the end of each chapter on the same day as the chapter test. It is very important to do these problems just as soon as the pertinent section has been covered.

Homework must conform to the following:

  1. Your name in the upper right hand corner of each page.
  2. Stapled (not folded or paper-clipped) in the upper left hand corner.
  3. Problems and sections in order, with answers checked.
  4. Problems neatly done, no scratch-outs, with all work shown! No credit for answers only.
  5. Writing on one side of the paper only.

Maple:  We will not be meeting in the labs in this class. Maple assignments are simply incorporated into the usual homework.  There are four comprehensive Maple Labs, one for each chapter.  They will be collected at the same time as the challenge problems, on the day before the chapter test.  It is very important to work on these well before they are due.

Notebook: You should keep a careful notebook containing class and text notes, formula lists, sample problems, homework, corrected tests, etc. A complete, well-organized notebook is vital as you will be able to use your notebook to compile a single sheet (front and back) of notes to use on each hour test, and four sheets for the final.

Midterm Project:  Modeling Water Rockets.  About a year ago, George Ashline and I went out by the library and launched some water rockets. The paper resulting from  this experiment will form the basis for your midterm project, modeling a rocket flight.   This is a major project designed to simulate how you would apply the concepts from this class in other courses and especially in a real-world (i.e. real job) context.   This midterm project will be due Friday, April 2.

Hour tests: There will be an hour test at the end of each chapter, on 2/5 (covers chapters 12 and 13), 2/26 (chapter 14) and 3/25 (chapter 15). The final will emphasize chapter 16.

Final Exam: The exam will be Monday, May 3,  from 1:00-3:30 p.m. Note that this is the Tues/Thurs time.  The final will be cumulative, with emphasis on chapter 16.

Grading: Regular homework --15%, Challenge problems --15%, Maple Labs--15%,  Midterm project--15%, hour test average --25%, final exam--15%.


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