Math 1700

Fall 2017

MTuThF 1:00 - 1:50

3391 Rood Hall

Mobius Strip

Instructor:

Jay Treiman, (269) 387-4571, jay.treiman at wmich.edu

      http://homepages.wmich.edu/~treiman

 

Office:

5524 Everett Tower, MF 11:00-11:50, TuTh 12:00-12:50, and by appointment.

 

Textbook:

Calculus with Vectors by Jay Treiman.

The electronic version is available though the WMU libraries web site. Search for the book and follow the link to download the text. A black and white printed version is available for $25.00. The full color printed version is available directly from Springer-Verlag, including shipping, for $60.00.

 

General:

The prerequisite for this class is precalculus, Math 1180 at WMU. It will also be helpful for this section if you have had a physics class. We will try to include a good number of applications from science and engineering in this class.

You are responsible for all material in the text and all material presented in class. This includes any material presented in class that is not in the text and all material in the covered section of the text 6that was not presented in class.  A list of topics is available.

It is expected that you will spend at least 2 to 3 hours outside class for every hour in class. Even though roll will not be taken, you are expected to attend all classes.

A list of expectations is available.

You are expected to follow university regulations and policies. Any violations will be forwarded to Student Judicial Affairs.

The last day to withdraw is November 6, 2017.

A tentative schedule may be available.

 

ALEKS Placement Exam:

You may take the ALEKS Placement Exam through Seoptember 10, 2017. If you take the placement exam, 3% will be added to your final score in the class.

 

Electronics:

All cell phones, wireless devices, mp3/mp4 type media players, and similar devices are to be turned off and put away while you are in the classroom. Use of one of these devices during a quiz/exam will be considered cheating.

 

Calculator:

A TI-89 graphing calculator is highly recommended. We will use many of the extra features of these calculators, including their symbolic computation abilities. The TI-Nspire CAS does almost everything that the TI-89 does, however, its use will not be fully supported in this class.

 

Homework:

A list of problems from the text to work is available. you are responsible for all of the problems. Some of the problems may be collected to ensure that you are doing this homework. The homework is due at the beginning of class on the due date. The additional problems are on Jay Treiman's web site.

If you have any questions about problems, please ask them in class or during office hours. You may get hints, but not full solutions, from others in the class. If you get help it must be noted on your homework papers.

 

On-line Homework:

There will be on-line homework assignments. Most of these problems will be skill based problems. The site is at http://mapleta.math.wmich.edu.

 

Quizzes:

There will be a quiz every Friday except during exam weeks. They will be cover all of the material through the Tuesday before the quiz. No early or make up quizzes will be given.

 

In Class Work:

There may be assignments given to be worked in class. These may take from 10 to 50 minutes and will be graded. Some of these can be done in groups. The scores will be added to the quiz scores.

 

Exams:

Three tests will be given. Approximate dates are September 29, October 27, and December 1, 2017.

 

Final Exam:

The final exam will be given on Tuesday, December 12, at 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the regular classroom. It will be comprehensive.

 

Grading Policy:

All quizzes and exams will be written using the following outline. 50% of the questions are things you must be able to do, 25-30% of the problems are things you should be able to do, and 20-25% of the questions are more difficult. It is not uncommon for averages to be around 60% or lower.

To pass this class with a "C" you must demonstrate that you can do all the required material. Averages for a "C" may go down to 50%. Averages for a "A" may go down to 80%.

The distribution of grades is as follows. The final exam is worth 30%, the tests are each worth 17.5%, and the total from the quizzes, on-line homework, and in class work is worth 17.5%. The on-line homework will not count for more than 5% of your grade.

 

Jay Treiman: jay.treiman at wmich.edu