|Homework||Due weekly by 5pm, to my office||20%|
|Test 1 Information and Practice Test 1 and Solutions||Monday 18 February, in class||15%|
|Test 2 Information and Practice Test 2 and Solutions||Wednesday 2 April, take home||20%|
||Wednesday 7 May, 1:30-4:30pm||45%|
Make up tests will be given only if you present written evidence, as soon as possible, that you did (or will have to) miss the test or exam for a legitimate reason, e.g. illness or family emergency. Travel and leisure plans are never a legitimate reason. Late homework accepted only if you get an extension from me.
There is no formula fixed in advance for turning your numerical score into a letter grade. But after each test I will indicate approximate grade ranges, so that you have some idea of how you are doing.
We will occasionally use the free
software package Iode, which
runs under Matlab.
Engineering students can install Iode on their EWS account at
If you are not an engineering student then I will create an
account for you on the Mathematics network, in the first few weeks of
One goal of the course is to help you learn mathematics more
independently. I will assign Class Preparation work to be done ahead of each
class, and then rather than having traditional lectures, we will spend much
class time discussing what you have read, figuring
out the tricky parts, and working on problems to reinforce your
learning. (Note that I will regularly lecture on the more
complicated calculations and theorems.) It is IMPORTANT that you do the
Class Preparation before every class, and that you come to every class.
I will assume you arrive at each class prepared to contribute to the discussion. That doesn't mean you will understand everything in the reading! When you get stuck or can't understand something, just write your questions in the margin of the text, and ask them during class. Please tell me when you don't understand something - complete honesty is the best policy for learning mathematics.
Finally, go over your HW solutions the day you get them back, debriefing on both your successes and your mistakes. Be happy with the successes, and learn from the mistakes.