Math 221 (Calculus I for Engineers)
This section of Math 221 (Calculus I) is a specially designed section
for engineering majors emphasizing scientific and engineering
applications and mathematical modelling. A major theme of the course
will be the interaction between discrete mathematics (sequences,
series, difference calculus) and continuous mathematics (functions,
limits, derivatives and integrals). We will relate this theme to the
interaction between the physical/scientific applications of calculus
and its abstract mathematical underpinnings. The main goal of the
course is to cover differential and integral calculus in one variable
through the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
Daily log of material
covered in class and assigned homework
course grades: click on `Score Reports'
- Instructor: Prof. Jeremy Tyson
- Office Location: 329 Altgeld Hall
- Office Phone: 244-4132
- Office Hours: MonWed 3:00-4:00 in the Courtyard Cafe
(Illini Union); Fri 10:00-11:00 in 329 Altgeld Hall
- Lecture Times: MonWed 10:00-11:00
- Lecture Location: 163 Everitt Lab
- Course web site:
- Log of material covered, readings, assignments, etc.:
- Discussion Section Times: TueThu 3:00-4:00 (CD1); TueThu
- Discussion Section Locations: 119 English Building (CD1);
243 Altgeld Hall (CD2)
- Discussion Section TA: Di
- Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions, third edition,
by R. T. Smith and R. B. Minton (McGraw-Hill, 2007). ISBN:
- The Calculus: A Genetic Approach, by O.
Toeplitz, with a foreword by D. Bressoud (University of Chicago
Press, in association with the MAA, 2007). ISBN: 978-0-226-80668-6
- Homework: This will be assigned during the Monday lecture
each week, based on material to be covered that week, and due on
Thursday. For instance, homework assigned on Monday,
September 8 will be based on the material to be covered on Sept. 8, 9
and 10, and will be due on Thursday, September 11. A selection of
problems will be graded from each homework assignment. It is
essential that you do the homework! Exams will be based heavily on
material from the homework and lab assignments. At the end of the
semester, I will drop your lowest two homework scores.
- Quizzes: There will be a 15 minute quiz at the end of each
Tuesday recitation section. It will be based on material covered in
the preceding week. At the end of the semester I will drop your
lowest two quiz scores.
- Labs: Approximately half of the recitation meetings will be
devoted to in-class labs. You will work in small groups to complete
a project based on material from recent lectures and recitation
discussions. At the end of the hour each group should submit one
copy of their lab, with the names of all group members at the top.
All members of the group will receive the same score for that lab.
The composition of the groups will vary from week to week.
- Exams: There will be three one-hour midterm exams and a
final exam. Midterm exams will be held in recitation sections; dates
for these exams will be announced later. The final exam is on
Friday, December 19 from 8:00 to 11:00 am
in 163 Everitt Lab.
- Grading Policy: Grades will be computed according to the
Final grades for the course may be curved: a score of 90% will
guarantee you an A-; 80% will guarantee you a B-, etc., but it is
possible that the final scale will be slightly more generous.
- Homework 10%
- Quizzes 10%
- Labs 10%
- Three midterms 15% each
- Final 25%
- Policies regarding late assignments:
Homework will not be accepted after the start of the recitation
section on which it is due. In-class labs will be excused if
arrangements have been made with me in advance. Exceptions can be
made in documented cases of medical or family emergency.
No make-up quizzes or midterm exams will be given. As mentioned
before, I will drop your lowest two quiz scores when computing your
final grade. If one of the three midterm exams is missed because of a
serious (and documented) illness or emergency, the remaining
exams will be rescaled. For example, if one midterm exam is missed,
the remaining two exams will each count 22.5%. Midterm exams missed
for any other reasons will be counted as failures.
I will schedule a conflict time for the final exam.