Saint Michael's College

Calculus 211A

Fall 2005



Instructor: Joanna Ellis-Monaghan (please call me Jo) Office: STE 217A

E-Mail: Phone: 654-2660

Office Hours: By appointment  MWF 12:40-1:30.

Text: Calculus, Early Transcendentals, 5th Edition, by Stewart. One of the major goals of this course is learning to read mathematics, i.e. to be able to understand and apply the definitions and theorems presented.  Read your text repeatedly and in detail!  There are on-line student resources for the text available at 

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 in-class 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: Since we will be using Maple, you do not need a fancy calculator for this class.  Depending on the technology available, you will either be able to use Maple on tests, or a very simple, non-graphing, calculator, i.e. one with  trig functions, e, p, ln, log, and exponents, but nothing 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 sets for this class: Study and Challenges.  The study problems are graded collectively and are due the class period after the material is covered. You will be allowed to drop the your 4 lowest grades on the study problem sets.  The study problems are representative of the kinds of questions you can expect to be asked on an inclass 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. The challenge problems will be individually graded and collected at the end of each chapter.

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: Maple is a Computer Algebra System (CAS) and an indispensable computational and visualization tool.  You will use it in almost every math course at St. Mike's, and will find it useful in other disciplines as well. There will be several comprehensive Maple labs throughout this course.

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 of notes to use on each hour test, and four sheets for the final.

Take-home preparation tests: There will be two such tests, one given 9/28, due 10/12, and one given 11/16 and due 11/28. 

Midterm test: There will be a cumulative midterm on 10/19. 

Midterm Project:  We will be exploring the seashell morphology in this class.  Details to follow.

Final Exam: The exam will be 9:00 to 11:30 am on Tueday, December 13.  The final will be cumulative, with emphasis on chapter 16.

Grading: Regular homework--12%,  Maple labs--15%, Midterm project--17%,  take home test average --17%, midterm exam--17%,  final exam--22%.


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