MAT 261, College Calculus
Spring Semester, 2000

Prerequisites: MA 162 (or equivalent)

Credits: 4


M, W 10:10 - 11:05 SE 117
T, Th 10:40 - 12:00 SE 110

Instructor: Brett van de Sande

Office Hours: By appointment.

Text: Calculus, A New Horizon, 6th Edition, by Howard Anton. We will be covering Chapters 13-17 in this text.


Homeworks 17%
Midterm I, tentatively Feb. 10 19%
Midterm II, tentatively March 9 19%
Midterm III, tentatively April 18 19%
Final exam 26%

Attendence is not required in this class. However, students are responsible for material that is presented in lecture. Some material presented in lecture will not be from the textbook.

Although homeworks must be handed in, only selected problems will be graded. It is the responsibility of the student to learn how to solve any problems that were missed, either by asking other students or by asking the instructor. The exams will include a few definitions et cetera but will strongly emphasize the homework problems. If you master the homework problems, then you should do well on the exams.

For both homeworks and exams, solutions should include intermediate steps. If you just write down the answer, even if it is correct, you will not get full credit. Also, don't fall into the trap of just writing down equations; you should always include sentences, as needed, describing what you are doing.

I encourage students to work together on the homework problems. It is often helpful to discuss with others how a problem should be solved. However, when you write down the solution to be handed in, it should be in your own words. Don't hand in something that you have copied or that you do not understand. If you find yourself in a situation that is questionable, write down what you did on your homework. For example:

"I got lots of help from John Smith doing problem 3; although I didn't copy, I still don't understand the solution."
"My dorm burned to the ground yesterday and I lost everything. I then copied Joe Smoke Alarm's homework verbatim; I have no idea what the questions were, let alone the answers."