Math 131  Grinnell College  Fall, 2012 
Section 1: MWF 8:008:50, T 10:0010:50 (Science 3821) Section 4: MTWF: 1:152:05 (Science 3821) 
Calculus I  
Course materials and assignments on this Web site will evolve over the semester; check the Assignment/Lab Index often for updates.
Math 131 begins the study of Calculus by considering differentiation and integration of functions of one variable. Throughout the course, we will strive for a balance between theory and applications.
Office: Science 3811
Telephone: extension 4208
Email: walker@cs.grinnell.edu
Office hours are posted weekly on the bulletin board outside Science 3811, with additional hours possible by appointment. You may reserve a half hour meeting by signing up on the weekly schedule, but please sign up at least a day in advance.
James Stewart, Calculus, Sixth Edition,
Thomson—Brooks/Cole Publishing, 20072008.
Note: We are NOT using the Seventh Edition!
The REAL Calculus Problems I for use in MAT 131.01, MAT 131.04, Grinnell College, Fall 2012 (distributed in class).
While the schedule for this course is expected to evolve, a Tentative Class Schedule is available in .dvi , pdf, and postscript formats.
A reasonably detailed Assignment/Lab Index also is available online.
Suggested Exercises: The study of mathematics should be an active
endeavor, not a passive one. Thus, each day several exercises will be
suggested, but these will not be collected. Each class will begin by
discussing difficulties arising from these suggested problems. You should
consider working these problems as a minimum, and you should do more
problems if you have trouble with these.
Note: As an incentive
for your working on these problems, between a third and a half of the
problems on each test and on the exam will be taken from these suggested
problems. Click here for specific
assignments.
Required Exercises: Beyond the Suggested Exercises, approximately 10 problems will be assigned to be turned in before class on Mondays. There will be a penalty for turning papers in late. Papers over two weeks will not be accepted. Also, no work will be accepted after 5:00pm on Friday, December 14. While students are encouraged to discuss these exercises, each student must write solutions to all problems in her or his own words. Click here for specific assignments.
"Real" Problem Sets: will be assigned during most weeks without labs and due on Fridays. These problems will encourage integration and synthesis of topics. Problem Set write ups may be done either individually or in teams, with one writeup per team. Click here for specific assignments.
Laboratories: Labs are scheduled during class time about six times through the semester (mostly on Tuesdays). Students must work in teams of two or three for each lab, and each team must turn one lab writeup for the team. Writeups are due the Friday following the scheduled lab.
Written/Group Assignments: On most weeks without a lab, one class period will include a written or group assignment. As with labs, groups will consist of two or three students, and each group will develop a unified writeup of its work.
Hour Tests: Three hour tests are scheduled through the semester, tentatively on Tuesday, September 18, Friday, October 19, and Wednesday, November 21.
Exam: An exam is scheduled during exam week.
Students in either section may take either exam. Toward the end of the semester, students will choose which exam they wish to take.
Grinnell College offers alternative options to complete academic work for students who reserve religious holy days. Please contact me within the first three weeks of the semester if you would like to discuss a specific instance that applies to you.
Deadlines are shown on the Assignment/Lab Index , and work is due at the start of each class specified. A penalty of 33% per class meeting will be assessed for any assignment turned in late, even work submitted at the end of a class.
Exceptions:
For lab work, an extension of at least one class period is automatically granted if the department's Linux network is down for an unscheduled period for a period of three or more hours during the week preceding the assignment.
Although dates for assignments, tests, and the final exam are firm, I understand that circumstances arise when you are not able to attend class.
When circumstances are known ahead of time (e.g., academic activities, athletic events), I expect you to make arrangements with me before the activity occurs. Normally, we will identify an alternative date for the due date or test.
When circumstances cannot be reasonably anticipated (e.g., illness, family emergencies), I expect you to notify me as soon as is reasonably possible. (Email is fine.) In the case of medical problems, I expect a written note from a medical professional or counselor that indicates that your health interfered with the course activity. (I do not need to know any details of the medical problem, but I do need to know that you sought help and that the medical professional believed meeting the deadline would likely interfere with your health.)
Absolute Deadline: All homework must be turned in by Friday,
14 December at 5:00 pm;
laboratory reports or assignments received after
that time will not be counted in the grading of the course.
Collaboration is allowed on laboratory exercises, group assignments, required problems, and "real" problems; but collaboration is NOT allowed on tests or the final exam.
As with all academic work, collaboration with others must be acknowledged in any writeup.
All work in this course is governed by the rules of the college regarding academic honesty. In summary, standard practice requires that you must acknowledge all ideas from others.
When working on homework, either individually or in a group, you may use any written source. However, the normal rules of citation must be followed, as described in the Student Handbook.
When you work in a group on an activity, the names of all students in the group should appear at the top of the first page. Turning in work with multiple people listed as authors implies that all members of the group agree with what is presented. If a group member does not agree with some part of the work, the group should continue to discuss and revise the material until agreement is achieved. In summary, a group activity is a joint effort, and all group members have equal responsibility for the finished product.
When you work on an activity yourself, but consult others, then you should include a statement identifies whom you consulted on what material. This includes conversations with class members, tutors in the Math Lab, other students, faculty, and any other people involved. If you consulted one person on several parts on an assignment, you may summarize the collective help in an "Acknowledgment Section" rather on the individual problems — as long as the work makes clear who helped on what. Overall, all consultations on problems must be cited for each problem.
Electronic Calculators are allowed, but not required, in this course. A few topics in Math 131 (and in Math 133 next semester) require some computations, so calculators can be of some assistance. However, past experience suggests that calculators can be overused in calculus, since some students try to replace thinking by pushing buttons. Therefore, students are cautioned not to become over dependent on calculators.
Any nongraphing calculator may be used during each test and the final exam, but weak batteries and malfunctioning calculators will not be accepted as valid excuses for poor performance. Users of graphing calculators should consult with the instructor about the use of these machines.
Cell phones, textmessaging devices, and other socialnetworking connections may not be used in this class. If you bring such equipment to the classroom, it must be turned off before the class starts and stay off throughout the class period. Use of such equipment is distracting to those nearby and will not be tolerated.
If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please let me know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the Director of Academic Advising. Feel free to talk to me if you have questions or want more information.
In addition to general computer accounts which are assigned when they students register at the College, all students in this class will receive accounts on the departmental Linux computers. Some class activities will involve the use of these departmental machines.
The final grade will ultimately be based upon each student's demonstration of her or his understanding of calculus, not on the performance of the class as a whole nor on a strict percentile basis. The following scheme approximates the relative weights attached to various activities in this course.
Required Exercises:  10%  "Real" Problems:  15%  Labs:  15%  
Written/Group Assignments:  15%  Tests:  30%  Exam:  15% 
This document is available on the World Wide Web as
http://www.walker.cs.grinnell.edu/courses/131.fa12/
created 2 January 1998 last revised 13 August 2012 

For more information, please contact Henry M. Walker at walker@cs.grinnell.edu. 