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COURSE GUIDE

Math 141 Lec.2 Spring 1999

INSTRUCTOR: Jie Wu
Office: DRL 4N61
Telephone: Ext. 8-5976 (Office), 215-476-7217 (Home)
Office hours:MWF 2-3, and by appointment.
e-mail: jiewu@math.upenn.edu

ASSISTANTS: Jeff Beh
Office:DRL 4C10, phone:8-1437
Office hours:
e-mail: jbeh@math.upenn.edu

TEXTS: Stewart, Calculus, 3rd ed.
Maple/Calculus Lab Manual
Maple Flight Manual
Optional:Maple V software (Release 5).

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: MWF 3-4, DRL A1
Recitation classes are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. You must be enrolled in and attend one of the following recitation sections:

  • Jeff Beh's sections:
  • Section 211 -- T 8-9 am in DRL 4C2
    Section 212 -- T 9-10 am in DRL 4C2
    Section 213 -- R 8-9 am in DRL 4C2
    Section 214 -- R 9-10 am in DRL 4C2

    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.
  • Jason Parsley, office: DRL 4E5, phone: 8-5980, email: parsley@math.upenn.edu, Office hours:
  • Viorel Mihalef, office: DRL 4E7C, phone: 8-5971, email: mihalef@math.upenn.edu, Office hours:
  • Christopher Burrows, office: DRL 4N41, phone: 8-2768, email: cburrows@math.upenn.edu, Office hours:
  • 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 262-275 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. Core problems are odd numbered and complete solutions to all odd numbered problems are available in the Solution Manual. They are therefore not required to be turned in, but mastering them is an essential first step in doing your homework. You should first attempt to do them without the Solution Manual, and then consult the Solution Manual if problems arise, or to check your answer.

    Semester calendar:
  • First day of class: Monday, Jan. 11
  • First midterm: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7-8:30pm, DRL A6.
  • Second midterm: Wednesday, March 24, 7-8:30pm, DRL A6.
  • Final Exam: Friday, May 7, 11-1.
  • COURSE REQUIREMENTS: The course grade is made up of 2 midterms at 20% each, quiz grade at 15%, homework (including Maple) grade at 15%, and the common final exam at 30%.

    Homework assignments will be posted once a week under HOMEWORK.

    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). The quizzes combined count for 15% of your grade. Recitations will begin with a discussion of the assignment due. The quiz will be given in the last 10 minutes of the period.

    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. There will also be Maple assignments with problems from Kreyszig or from the MAPLE/CALCULUS LAB MANUAL. You are responsible for the entire assignment. Solutions must be written LEGIBLY and turned in by Friday 1 p.m. in an envelope in front of the Teaching Assistants office. Two or three 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 15% of the final grade. There will also be occasional extra credit problems assigned. They will give you a chance to try some more challenging problems. They are to be handed in to the instructor at the end of class on Friday and are returned during recitation. Extra credit problems are added after all grades are assigned (up to a maximum of 10 points out of 100) and give you a chance to improve your grade.

    EXAMS: There will be two midterms; the first on Wednesday February 10, 7-8:30 pm. and the second on Wednesday March 24, 7-8:30 pm.. Each will be worth 20% 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 7, 11-1. The exam is closed book and multiple choice. No calculator is allowed but a 5" by 7" card of notes is permitted.

    You will have access to your own grades during the semester through the link GRADES. This is a secure grade file which requires your Penn ID for access to your grades.

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