Math 226, Fall 2002 Home & Syllabus : Assignments and Tests : Grades

Mathematics 226, Calculus I
Fall 2002 Syllabus

(12/21/02) Final Grades posted.
(12/6/02) HW, Grades updated.
(11/27/02) HW, Grades updated.

Time. Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:10 - 3:25; Wednesday 2:10-3:00.
Place. Burk Hall 223

Instructor. Eric Hsu(, 932 Thornton Hall, 415-338-1104.
Sporadically on AOL IM at the name

Class Home Page. <>. Check this page often. Really. Announcements, homework assignments, test schedules, grades and this syllabus are all posted here.

Office Hours. Prof. Hsu's office hours will be W 11:00-1:00.

All Math 226 professors will each hold an office hour open to any 226 student, regardless of section.

M 11-12
Hayashi, TH 942
Tu 11-12:30
Ellis, TH 947
Tu 2-3
Hosten, TH 944
W 11-12
Hsu, TH 932
W 1-2
Tabatabaian, TH 927
W 2-3
Aiyer, Th 927
Th 2-3
Goetz, TH 933

Course Objectives.

Textbook. Calculus: Early Transcendentals by James Stewart, 4th Ed.

Teaching Style and Attendance. About two-thirds of the time will be spent on activities in small groups. The other third will be lecture and quizzes. Because of the emphasis on in-class activity, attendance is mandatory.

Grades. Final course grades will be assigned according to the following point scale:

Notice that the grades of your fellow students cannot affect your grade. Your running point total will be posted to the class home page on a regular basis. I reserve the right to make it easier, but not harder, to get a given grade.

Earning Points. More than 1000 points are possible. Here are the ways you can earn points.

  • Big Quiz (50 pts)
  • Midterm (150 pts)
  • Final Exam (200 pts)
  • Class Group Work and TA for a Day (100 pts)
  • Homework (250 pts)
  • Quizzes (250 pts)
  • Other extra credit goodies

Readings and Quizzes. We'll be covering the first five chapters through 5.3. Readings will be due on Tuesdays and posted to the web site in advance, along with some simple reading questions. It is crucial that you do the reading assignments before class, since the group work will usually rely on them. To encourage you to do the readings, we'll have a short quiz every Tuesday based on the reading questions.

Homeworks and Quizzes. Homework assignments will be posted to the class home page every Thursday and are due by the nextThursdayat the start of class. No late homework will accepted in any case. You are allowed and encouraged to work on the homework in groups. However, it is important that you be sure you understand the material on your own. To encourage you to do this, on the Thursday that homework is due, there will be a quiz based on the homework.

*NEW* Test Rewrite Policy.You may rewrite your Big Quiz or Midterm for a rebate of one-third of the points you missed. You have one week from the day the test is returned, and to get the credit, the test must be completely correct. You may consult anyone or any reference you desire, including me. But again, the test must be completely correct.

TA For A Day. Everyone must sign up to be a TA for one class period. That means that you will take attendance, take notes on the group work in class and write me a brief report on the events. You will get 10 extra credit points for signing up for the month of September.

Tests. There will be an early Big Quiz before the drop deadline, followed by a Midterm, and then a comprehensive final exam. No makeups will be given without prior permission. Midterm and final exam test problems will be based on homework and worksheet problems and one selection from a sheet of challenging problems distributed ahead of time. After each midterm is returned to you, you can submit corrected answers to recover up to one-third of the deducted points.

Religious Holidays. I will make reasonable accommodations for you to observe religious holidays when such observances require you to be absent from class activities. It is your responsibility to inform me during the first two weeks of the class each semester, in writing, about such holidays.

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