Course Information for Math 231 EL1, Spring 2010

  • Instructor: Ely Kerman



    Some Practice Problems for the Final

    Some Practice Problems for Chapter 10

    Exam 3 solutions (selected)

    Practice Exam 3 with solutions.
    Practice problems for Exam 3.

    Exam 2 solutions (selected)

  • Practice Exam 2
  • Some problems you should be able to do ... alone ... with only a pencil:
    Page 722 (Section 11.7): 4, 7, 14, 16, 19, 31, 33.
  • Some definitions/theorems you should know in your sleep:
    the limit of a sequence, the limit of a series, the monotonic sequence theorem (page 683), the divergence test (page 692), the integral test (page 699), the comparison test (page 705), the limit (ratio) comparison test (page 707), the alternating series test (page 713).

    Exam 1 solutions (selected)

    CONCERNING EMAIL: Due to the large size of this class I will be unable to deal with most of your questions personally.
    Your primary resource will be your TA. Please contact them first with your questions.

  • Lecture Room and Times:
  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00PM until 4:50PM in 314 Altgeld Hall.

  • Discussion Sessions:
  • TA/Email Section(s) Meeting Office Office Hours
    Michael DiPasquale ED1 TR 2:00-2:50 in 443 Altgeld B1 Coble Hall Thu 3:00-3:50
    Ryan Rettberg ED2 TR 3:00-3:50 in 147 Altgeld B1 Coble Hall Mon 3:00-4:00
    ED7 TR 4:00-4:50 in 145 Altgeld B1 Coble Hall Wed 2:00-3:00
    Yat Sen Wong ED3 TR 4:00-4:50 in 141 Altgeld B1 Coble Hall Tue 1:00-2:00
    Katherine Anders ED4 TR 9:00-9:50 in 143 Henry Bld
    B1 Coble Hall   Mon and Wed 12:00-1:00
    ED6 TR 3:00-3:50 in 140 Henry Bld
    B1 Coble Hall   Mon and Wed 12:00-1:00
    Benjamin Reiniger ED5 TR 12:00-12:50 in 142 Henry Bld
    B1 Coble Hall   Tue 1:00-2:00

  • Textbook:
  • Stewart, Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 6th edition, and the WebAssign online homework package. Go to to purchase the text online.

  • Syllabus:
  • We will cover Chapters 7, 11, and most of 10.
    Here is a detailed COURSE SCHEDULE (revised) which includes a list of the material to be covered in each homework assignment and quiz.

  • Grading Scheme:
    • 10% Homework
    • 15% Quizzes
    • 45% for three Midterm exams
    • 30% for Final exam

    You may check your scores (not including homework) by going to and clicking on the "Score Reports" link.
    Homework scores will be added at the end of the semester.

  • Grading criterion:
    • A: Usually 90-100%. Requires: mastery of the mathematical concepts; fast and accurate computational skills; excellent word problem solving skills; clear and logical written solutions.

      B: Usually 80-90%. Requires: understanding of the mathematical concepts; fast and accurate computational skills; good word problem solving skills; and clear and logical written solutions.

      C: Usually 70-80%. Requires: understanding of the mathematical concepts; accurate computational skills; decent word problem solving skills; and readable written solutions.

      D: Usually 60-70%. Requires: accurate computational skills; and adequate word problem solving skills.

  • Homework details:
    • Homework is a crucial part of this course. It is impossible to do well in the course without learning how to solve problems on your own.

      We will use an online homework system called WebAssign. which provides immediate feedback on your work. You should not buy access codes. Just start the 12 day trial period and the payment stuff should be taken care of internally within the next few weeks. To begin working on homework, you will need to log on to WebAssign. To do this, first go to the WebAssign login page. You will need your username, institution and password. The institution is "uiuc" and your password is "kerman231". The following examples will show you how to determine your username:

      • If your name is John Doe then your username will be doe.john (note all lower case letters)
      • If your name is John Q. Doe then your username will be doe.john.q. (note extra period at the end)
      • If your name is Mary Jane Doe then your username will be doe.mary.jane (this is the model for people with two first names)

      After your first login, please change your password.

      If you registered on or after January 20 (for example, if you cannot log in with the above information), I'll need to add you to the roster by hand.

      The online homework sets have due dates which should be visible when you log in. You can complete and submit your homework at any time before the due date.

      A word about online homework: You should work the problems on paper first, then submit your solutions. You will usually have 5 attempts to submit each answer, so do not panic if you get it wrong.

      Your lowest three homework scores will be dropped.

      I will also post suggested problems from the text. If you'd like some interactive help with problems from the text (not necessarily the suggested problems), you can go to the Stewart Calculus webpage and check out the TEC (Tools for Enriching Calculus). which has help for problems in your text with red-boxed numbers.

  • Quiz details:
    • There will be a 10 minute quiz given at some (randomly chosen) time during the Thursday discussion section. Your lowest three quiz scores will be dropped.

  • Midterms and Finals:
    • There will be three midterm exams, each given during the class hour in the regular classroom and another room. The midterms will be cumulative but with an emphasis on recent material.
      The midterm dates are: February 17, March 15, and April 21.

      The final exam will be cumulative, held 7:00-10:00 PM on Thursday May 13. There will be no conflict exam given except for those few individuals who meet the official university criteria given in the student code.

  • Missed homework, quizzes and exams:
    • If you miss a homework set or quiz because of an illness, field trip, or sports travel, do not panic! The lowest 3 quiz scores and the lowest 3 homework scores will be dropped. There are no make-up quizzes or extensions for homework, but I encourage you to go over a missed quiz with your TA during office hours to make sure you know the material.

      If you are going to miss an exam, you must contact me ahead of time with a valid reason. If you are going to miss class for several days, miss an exam, miss more than two quizes or more than 4 homework sets you must contact the Emergency Dean at 300 Student Services Building, 610 East John St., phone 333-0050, and ask them to send us a letter excusing your absence. They routinely deal with emergencies and are very helpful.

      Note: "I overslept" is not considered an excusable reason for missing an exam. With a note from the doctor saying that you were extremely ill or a note from the Emergency Dean, we will excuse the missed exam and count the other exams with more weight. There are no make up exams, but you are encouraged to go through the exam with a TA or the professor to get the feedback you would have gotten if you'd taken it.


  • Cheating:

      Cheating will not be tolerated. Any student caught cheating on quizzes or exams will receive an automatic F for the course and have a letter sent to the Dean for their permanent record.

  • Calculators

      No calculators are allowed on the exam. Problems will be chosen which do not require them.

  • Basic Big Class Ettiquette:
    • Dont arrive late, leave early, talk loudly to neighbors, talk on your cell phone, rustle newpapers, etc.
    • Please try to remember to turn off your cell phone or at least put it on vibrate.
    • If someone sitting near you is raising their hand, but I do not see it, then please wave your hand also. It's hard to miss 5 waving hands.

  • Disabilities:

      Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations to participate in this class should see me as soon as possible to make arrangements. Any accommodation on exams must be made at least a week in advance and will require a letter from DRES. You should also provide me with a copy of the RFA letter from DRES within the first two weeks.