Instructor: Dr. Clayton Shonkwiler
Time: Monday 12:20–1:10, Tuesday and Thursday 12:30–1:45
Location: Plant Sciences 2102
Office: Boyd 436
Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:15–4:15, Wednesdays 1:00–2:00
Text: University Calculus: Early Transcendentals (2nd edition), by Joel Hass, Maurice D. Weir, and George B. Thomas, Jr. (textbook website)
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
This course provides an introduction to single variable calculus. You will develop a deep understanding of the three most important concepts of the calculus: limits, derivatives, and integrals. Limits allow us to understand the behavior of a function as its inputs approach some specified value and provide the foundation for the other two concepts. Derivatives arise as slopes of tangent lines, rates of change, and linear approximations. Integrals provide a way of finding the area under a curve and the total change of a rate of change.
You should understand each of these concepts theoretically, geometrically, and heuristically and be able to compute effectively enough to apply them appropriately. In order to do so you will need to develop your abilities to think mathematically and communicate effectively.
There will be weekly homework assignments which will typically consist of a mix of WebWork problems (which you complete online; see below for instructions) and written problems (which you turn in to me).
Homework is an important part of any math class, as it is impossible to learn mathematics without actually doing mathematics. The goal of the assignments is to deepen your understanding of the concepts, tools and techniques discussed in class, as well as to give you the opportunity to practice explaining your mathematical thinking. The importance of effective communication is vital: knowledge without the ability to communicate that knowledge is of limited value. As such, to get full credit on a problem your solution must be clear and well-written.
The written portion of your homework must be stapled with your name clearly written at the top. What you turn in should be a final copy: it should be neat, legible, and well-organized. If I can’t read or understand your work you won’t receive any credit.
Late homework will not (and, in the case of WebWork, cannot) be accepted, so you should turn in whatever you have completed on the due date in order to get credit for it. Your lowest homework grade will be dropped from the calculation of your final grade.
Your are welcome to work together on homework, but be warned that each student’s WebWork problems are slightly different, so copying someone else’s answers won’t be very effective. Also, if you become dependent on others to complete your homework, it is very unlikely you will do well on the exams. Collaboration on the written portion of homework must be acknowledged.
If you feel that you need more practice with problems from a given section, a list of suggested problems is available on the departmental syllabus for Math 2250.
You can log in to WebWork at
Your username comes from your
uga.edu email address; for example, if your email address is
email@example.com, then your username is
jones. Your password comes from your
810 number, but it’s formatted a bit oddly. If your UGAcard says your 810 number is
810 012 9770, then it appears on our class roll as
810-01-2977 (the trailing
0 on your card is not actually part of your
810 number; it just indicates that this is your first UGAcard). Then your initial WebWork password is
810-01-2977 including the dashes.
When you first log in to Webwork, you’ll see three buttons on the left. Use the “Change Email” button to enter your email address and the “Change Password” button to change your password. If you haven’t used WebWork before, try the “Orientation” and “MAAtutorial” assignments to see how the system works.
Until a WebWork assignment is due, you can try the problems as many times as you like, and the system will tell you whether or not you have the right answer. This lets you correct your work immediately. After the assignment’s due date, the system will show you the correct answer for each problem when you try it (but your answers won’t be scored).
There will be three midterm exams and a final. The midterms will be one-hour in-class exams and are tentatively scheduled for September 5, October 10, and November 14. The final exam is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10 from 12:00–3:00. All exams are closed-book, though for each exam you are welcome to prepare one 81/2′′ × 11′′ sheet of hand-written notes for use during the exam. Collaboration is not allowed on any of the exams.
No make-up examinations will be given in the course. If you are absent from a scheduled exam and your absence is excused (with supporting documentation from, e.g., a medical or legal professional), the portion of the course grade determined by the missing exam will be divided equally between the other exams (including the final). Students with excused absences from all four exams will be withdrawn or given a grade of “I”.
Your final grade in the course will be determined by:
Homework: 15% (lowest dropped)
Midterm Exams: 20% each
Final Exam: 25%
Scores will be maintained in eLC-New; please check occasionally to make sure your scores have been entered correctly.
In order to receive a grade of “WP” before the first exam, you must have received at least 50% of the homework points available by the date of withdrawal. After the first exam, this policy will remain in force for a two week grace period; after that, you must have received at least 50% of the homework points and 50% of the points on the first exam to receive a “WP”.
Students are expected to attend class regularly. Students who miss more than 6 classes may be withdrawn from the course by the instructor.
As a University of Georgia student, you have agreed to abide by the University’s academic honesty policy, “A Culture of Honesty”, and by the Student Honor Code. All academic work must meet the standards described in “A Culture of Honesty”, which can be found at http://www.uga.edu/honesty. Lack of knowledge of the academic honesty policy is not a viable explanation for a violation. Questions related to coursework and the academic honesty policy should be discussed with the instructor.
It is perfectly acceptable to collaborate with classmates on homework problems in this course so long as such collaboration is acknowledged. However, the goal of collaboration is to help you to understand the problem yourself; if you can’t write up your solution independently then you didn’t really understand it! Recruiting someone else to complete your homework or to tell you the answers or copying someone else’s solution is a violation of the honesty policy.
If I were a perfect teacher, you could learn everything you need to know just by going to class. Unfortunately, I am not a perfect teacher, so there’s a good chance that, at some point, you’ll find yourself confused, stuck or otherwise frustrated by the material or the course. If you do, ask for help! Office hours are, of course, an excellent venue for this, but if you feel uncomfortable asking my help or if you find that my teaching style and your learning style simply don’t mesh, there are many other resources available to you.
First and foremost, your fellow classmates are a great resource. Odds are that, for any question you have, there’s someone in the class who can answer it, so don’t be afraid to ask. Even the simple process of explaining why you’re stuck to someone who is just as confused as you is often enough to make things clearer. Just be sure to return the favor when you get the chance to help someone else.
Second, the math department provides a calculus study hall on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons in Boyd 323. Please see the department’s Student Services page for the schedule: http://www.math.uga.edu/about_us/student_services.html.
Third, the Miller Learning Center has math tutoring available Monday–Thursday evenings from 5:30–8:30 in MLC Room 368; for more information, see http://mlc.uga.edu/services/tutoring.html. The Milledge Academic Center also has math tutoring during the day Monday–Friday in the Milledge Hall Learning Center Math Lab and Sunday–Thursday evenings at different locations around campus as well as online; see http://tutor.uga.edu/arc/tutoring/#drop-in-tutoring.
Finally, the math department also maintains a list of recommended private tutors (typically graduate students and advanced undergraduates) on the Student Services page.
If none of the above is suitable or practical, please let me know and I’ll be happy to help you find additional resources.
If you think you may need accommodations in this course due to the impact of a disability please meet with me privately as soon as possible. You should also contact the Disability Resource Center to confirm your eligibility for appropriate accommodations. Doing so early in the semester will help you to avoid unnecessary frustration.