Course: Math 231/Math 249, Honors Calculus II, Section D1H/P1H
Time: MWF 11:00--11:50am
Location: 145 Atlgeld Hall
Additional time: Th 11:00--11:50 140 Henry Bld.
Instructor: Prof. Leininger
Phone: 265-6763
Email: clein (at)
Office: 324 Illini Hall
Office hours (my office): Thursday 10--11:50 and by appointment.
Text: Edwards and Penney, Calculus: Early Transcendentals Version 6e, Prentice-Hall 2003.
About the honors course: Although the syllabus for this class is the same as the usual Math 231, we will be delving deeper into certain aspects of the material. I will be pushing many of you to your limitations in the hopes that you will gain a better understanding of calculus. If you are not willing to put in the extra effort required to succeed, I strongly urge you to switch to one of the regular sections of Math 231. On the other hand, you will not be punished for enrolling in the honors section, and I will be reasonable when it comes to grading more difficult problems.
The extra time: The extra hour will be used for problem sessions and make-up days (I will be out of town a fair amount of the semester).
Grades: Grades for Math 231 will be based on homework [10%] three exams [20% each] and a final exam [30%]. The grade for the one credit hour Math 249 will be assigned based on effort in homework. If you regularly turn in homework assignments (and there is evidence that you honestly attempted all the problems), then you will receive an A. If you miss 4 -- 6 homework assignments, you'll get a B. Missing 7--9 gets you a C, 10--14 is a D, and any more is Failing.
I will curve an exam score if absolutely necessary (e.g. the problems were legitimately too difficult or the exam was too long). The final grades will be assigned on the usual scale: 90--100 A, 80--90 B, 70--80 C, 60--70 D, below 60 Failing.
Homework: Generally assigned daily, though commonly just twice a week. The due date will be announced at the time of assignment, though a general rule of thumb is that assignments will be collected on mondays and fridays. I'll only be grading (some of) the even problems, though you are assigned and should turn in all problems. I expect assignments handed in to be written neatly. Poorly written homework will be returned, ungraded. Whenever there is an "honors problem" (a more challenging, deeper problem that will be singled out), this will always be graded. I expect at most one of these every week or two.
Collaboration is allowed... In fact, I encourage it! However, I also expect that you attempt (with real effort) each problem on your own before discussing it in a group.
Missed exams/homework: A missed exam will count as ZERO, except under the most extreme circumstances (e.g. death in the family or serious illness/injury requiring medical attention). Make-up exams for the three midterms will not be given, and a make-up for the final will occur only under extreme circumstances as noted above. In the rare situation that there is actual cause to miss an exam (my discretion), I expect prior notification of the absence if it is humanly possible. In the case of a midterm, the lower of the other two exam scores will be used to replace the missing score. Homework will not be accepted late under any circumstances.
Attendance: I will not take attendance, but I'll know who is coming to class and who is not. This will come in to play in making grade decisions for borderline cases.

Tentative schedule.
First Exam: February 14 -- covering Sections 7.1--7.8
Second Exam: March 16 -- covering Sections 10.1--10.9
Third Exam: April 27 -- covering Sections 6.4, 9.1--9.6
Final Exam: May 8, 8:00am to 11:00am -- covering everything to here, plus 8.1.
We have moved 6.4 and 8.1 to the end of the semester.

Assignments and class diary.

In writing mathematics, the purpose should be to convey the facts/ideas/concepts at hand to the reader. This is to be done so that the reader can, without verbal assistance from the writer, and without reading between the lines, understand these facts/ideas/concepts. What I'm trying to say is: Make sure that what you write is logically correct! My biggest pet peeve is the over usage of the equals sign "=". This symbol should only be used when two quantities are equal. If they are equal, use "=", if not, don't use it. Don't be afraid to write a sentence or two, or even a word, that intermediates between a set of equations:


f(x) = 3x + 2
f'(x) = 3.

Do not write

f(x) = 3x +2 = f'(x)=3

or you will drive me crazy!!

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