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COURSE GUIDE

Math 141 Lec.1 Spring 1998

INSTRUCTOR: Jie Wu
Office: DRL 4N61 , phone: Ext. 8-5976
Office hours:TTh 3-4
e-mail: jiewu@math.upenn.edu

ASSISTANTS: Qiao Xin
Office:DRL 4E7(outer), phone:8-5971
Office hours: Th 3-5pm
e-mail: qiao@math.upenn.edu

Alexei Borodine
Office:4N33, phone:8-5066
Office hours: M 2-3, T 11-12
e-mail: borodine@math.upenn.edu

TEXTS: Stewart, Calculus, 3rd ed.
Maple/Calculus Lab Manual
Maple Flight Manual
Optional:Maple V software (Release 4).

Math. Dept. Office: DRL 4W1, Ext. 8-8178.

Math. Dept. Undergraduate Program Information

The course: Math 141 -- Calculus for the Natural Sciences, II: Math 141 is the second semester of a first-year course in calculus for students who desire an emphasis on applications to physics and engineering, and who might later decide to take second-year calculus. Others should consider Math 151, which has more emphasis on to pics related to economics and biology, as well as covering non-calculus topics such as probability.

LECTURE: TTh 1:30-3, DRL A8
Recitation classes are on Monday and Wednesday mornings. You must be enrolled in and attend one of the following recitation sections:

  • Qiao Xin's sections:
  • Section 201 -- Mondays 8-9 am in DRL 4C2
    Section 202 -- Mondays 9-10 am in DRL 4C2
    Section 203 -- Wednesdays 8-9 am in DRL 4C2
    Section 204 -- Wednesdays 9-10 am in DRL 4C2
  • Alexei Borodine's sections:
  • Section 205 -- Mondays 9-10 am in DRL 4C8
    Section 206 -- Mondays 10-11 am in DRL 4C8
    Section 207 -- Wednesdays 9-10 am in DRL 4C8
    Section 208 -- Wednesdays 10-11 am in DRL 4C8

    OFFICE HOURS: Besides the hours listed above, we are also available at other times by appointment. Please take advantage of these opportunities for help. Come in so that we can get to know you.

    Other TAs of Math 141: If you are unable to find your TA, you may ask other TAs of Math 141 for help. But you should look for your TA first.
    Ilia Zharkov
    Office: 4N31;
    Office hours: Mon 3-4 pm, Wed 12-1 pm.
    Chao Yang
    Office:4E5A;
    Office hours: Th 10-12.
    Paul Ivancic
    Office: DRL 4E5(outer);
    Office hours: T 4:30-5:30 pm, Th 10-11 am

    OTHER HELP: Besides the office hours, there is lots of help available for both Calculus and Maple. Information about this help can also be found on pages 3-8 of the MAPLE/CALCULUS LAB MANUAL, but in general the information on the World Wide Web is more up to date.

    CORE PROBLEMS, PROBLEMS FROM PAST FINALS: Since there is much material to cover in math 141 and more problems to work through than we have time to cover in lecture or recitation, we have chosen core problems (listed on page 10 of the MAPLE/CALCULUS LAB MANUAL) to help define the course. In addition you will find problems from past final exams on page 263-278 of the Lab Manual. Together, the core problems and past finals define both the material of the course and the level of difficulty expected. Your objective is to understand thoroughly how to solve them and to develop some facility with the underlying mathematics.

    Semester calendar:
  • First midterm: Thursday, Feb. 5, 7-8:30pm .
  • Last date to drop: Friday, Feb. 13.
  • Second midterm: Thursday, March 5, 7-8:30pm.
  • Spring break: Sat.-Sun., March 7-15.
  • Withdrawal deadline: Friday, March 27.
  • Third midterm: Thursday, April 9, 7-8:30 pm.
  • Last recitation date: Wednesday, April 22.
  • Last lecture: Thursday., April 23.
  • Final exam (tentative time): Friday, May 1, 11am-1pm
  • COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Your grade for the course will be based on
    homeworks-------25 points;
    quizzes---------15 points;
    first midterm------10 points;
    second midterm----10 points;
    third midterm------10 points;
    final exam--------30 points;

    RECITATION: During each recitation except for those during midterm exam weeks there will be a 10 minute quiz taken from the homework assignment which is due that week. There will be NO MAKE UP QUIZZES; however, you will be allowed to drop your lowest quiz grade (which could be an absence). Recitations will begin with a discussion of the assignment due. The quiz will be given in the last 10 minutes of the period. The quizzes combined will count for 15% of the final grade.

    HOMEWORK AND MAPLE ASSIGNMENTS: Each week's assignment will consist of the relevant core problems, problems from past final exams, plus additional work from the text or other sources. Some of the problems will be marked with an (M) to indicate that they must be done using Maple and there will also be Maple assignments from the MAPLE/CALCULUS LAB MANUAL. You are responsible for the entire assignment. Solutions must be written LEGIBLY and turned in by Friday 3 p.m. in an envelope in front of the Teaching Assistants office. One or two of these problems will be graded, and a record kept of all the homework turned in. No late homework assignments will be accepted but the lowest homework grade will be dropped. The homework and Maple assignments combined will count for 25% of the final grade.

    EXAMS: There will be three midterms; the first on Thursday, February 5, 7-8:30 pm, the second on Thursday, March 5, 7-8:30pm and the third on Thursday, April 9, 7-8:30pm. Each will be worth 10% of the course grade. NO MAKE UP EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN. All sections of Math 141 will have a COMMON FINAL EXAM which is tentatively scheduled for Friday May 1, 11:00-1:00. The exam is closed book and multiple choice. No calculator is allowed but a 5" by 7" card of notes is permitted.

    NOTE: Incompletes (I's) will not be given to avoid F's.