Math 150 Lecture 002 - Second Homework Assignment

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This week, begin to use MAPLE as often as you can. Review last week's MAPLE assignment. Then continue by skimming the sections on "fsolve", "plot", and "diff" (MAPLE's command for taking derivatives). I suggest that you stick to using "expressions" rather than "functions" for a while as I think they are a little easier to use, and you are less likely to create syntax errors. The difference between "expressions" and "functions" is explained on pages 40 to 45 of the Lab Manual. You should be sure to include these pages in your review.

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For discussion at recitation the week of September 21.

READING: Sections 2.5 and 2.6 of Chapter 2, as well as sections 12.1 and 12.2 of Chapter 12. The first exam on September 24 will cover through this material.

CORE PROBLEMS: Write up, for your own record, solutions to the Core Problems for sections 2.5 and 2.6 of Chapter 2, and sections 12.1 and 12.2 of Chapter 12. Use Maple wherever appropriate. Note that you can include text in MAPLE documents. You should get used to adding explanations of the calculations you are doing. This will be important if you want to convey your work to someone else. You will also find it very helpful if you want to go back and review what you did sometime in the future.

OLD FINAL EXAM PROBLEMS: Final Exams for the past eight semesters are included at the back of your Math 150/151 Lab Manual. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you work through these exams as they give you a very good indication of the type and level of material that we will expect you to know on the final exam this year. I will assign problems from the most recent four finals as we go through the semester. As with all of the homework, these problems may serve as models for mid-semester exam questions. We will use the oldest finals (Fall 1994 to Spring 1996) as review material at the end of the semester. For this week's assignment you should work the following problems from the old final exams:

Fall 1996:

#21, 24

Spring 1997:

#1, 2

Fall 1997:

none yet

Spring 1998:

none yet


For the directory of homework assignments, see HOMEWORK.