Course: Math 231/Math 249, Honors Calculus II, Section D1H/P1H
Time: MWF 11:00--11:50am
Location: 145 Atlgeld Hall
Instructor: Prof. Leininger
Phone: 265-6763
Email: clein (at)
Office: 366 Altgeld Hall
Office hours (my office): Wednesday 10:00--11:00, Thursday 11--11:50 and by appointment.
Text: Stewart, Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 6th edition
About the honors course: Although the official syllabus for this class is the same as the usual Math 231, we will be delving deeper into certain aspects of the material. In particular, we will be doing some proofs. This semester the recurring theme will be the complex numbers.
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.
Grades: Grades for Math 231 will be based on quizzes [20%], three midterm exams [20%,10%,20% each], and a final exam [30%]. Notice the change from 2 to 3 midterms! The grade for the one credit hour Math 249 will be assigned based on your completion of the ``honors problems'' (I expect there to be between 5 and 7 of these). These are assignments made throughout the semester that will investigate some topics outside the regular course material. These will be collected and graded.
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 and quizzes: I will be assigning homework daily in addition to the honors problems, but it will not be collected. Instead, I will have two quizzes per week which will be similar to (or the same as) what is in the homework (one will be about 10 minutes, the other longer, about 20 or 25 minutes). These will not always be on the same day each week, and some weeks we may only have one quiz. In general, these will take place at the beginning of class.
I encourage you to work together on homework. The best approach is to attempt all the problems on your own before discussing it with your classmates.
Missed exams/quizzes: I will drop the lowest 4 quiz grades for the semester, so don't come to class when you're sick (although an email letting me know you won't make it is always appreciated). A missed exam will count as ZERO, unless there is a valid excuse. Make-up exams for the midterms will not be given, and a make-up for the final will occur only under extreme circumstances. In the situation that there is a valid reason 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 average of the other exam score and the final exam will be used to replace the missing score. Honors problems will not be accepted late under any circumstances.
Attendance: The quizzes serve the secondary purpose of providing a basic attendance record. This could be relevant in making grade decisions for borderline cases.
Exams: The two midterm exams will be 50 minutes each, during class. It was unreasonable to find a time during the evenings.
Midterm 1: Wednesday, February 16, in class.
Midterm 2: Wednesday, March 16, in class.
Midterm 3: Wednesday, April 27, in class.
Final Exam: Friday, May 13, 8:00--11:00 usual classroom.

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