|123 Staff and office hours||Exams||Day-by-day syllabus and Homework assignements|
Etiquette: Punctuality: no late arrivals, no early departures: they are disruptive. If, occasionally, you need to arrive late and/or leave early, let me know beforehand. Silence: it is always a good rule and even more important for us since it is a big class; do show respect to other fellow students by not disturbing the class. NO CELLULAR PHONES. NO FOOD.
MAT 123 This is an introduction to Calculus. We will study: functions and their properties with special emphasis on polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric functions.
Prerequisites: Math Plac. Exam Level 3.
Textbook: Precalculus Essentials, R. Blitzer, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.
Syllabus. We will cover most of the sections between 1.1 and 5.2. This is subject to change. Check the day-by day syllabus. You should regard reading the relevant sections of the textbook as an implicit part of each homework. Try not to regard the text as a resource to turn to only if you get into trouble with the homework problems. You are responsible for all material in the sections above (unless explicitly told otherwise) even if it is not covered in lectures or recitations. This includes Chapter P. It is highly advisable to read the relevant section before each class.
Grade: Midterm I = 25%, Midterm II =25%, Final = 30%, Homework = 10%, Quizzes = 10%. Maximum scores: Midterms 1 and 2: 250pts each; each homework: 10pts (the best ten are used to grade); each quiz: 25 pts (the best four are used to grade); Final 300pts. Total maximum: 1000pts. The numerical grade will be converted to a final letter grade only AFTER the final test has been graded. However, after each midterm an approximate letter grade will be given to you.
Schedule of exams. Be sure to be available on those days and times: Midterm I: 9/29, 8:30pm; Midterm II: 11/11, 8:30pm. NOTE: Thet are evening exams. Final: 12/15, 11am-1:30pm. All locations to be announced.
Important. You must bring your SUNY ID to the exams. There will be no make-ups for missed exams, homework and quizzes. However, if you miss a midterm exam for an acceptable and documented reason, then the relevant mid-term will be `dropped' (ignored) in computing your course grade. A letter stating that you were seen by a doctor or other medical personnel is NOT an acceptable document, unless it states that it was reasonable/proper for you to seek medical attention and medically necessary for you to miss the exam (for privacy reasons this note/letter need not state anything beyond this). If you miss more than one midterm etc., we shall evaluate the circumstances. Incompletes will be granted only if documented circumstances beyond your control prevent you from taking the final exam.
Homework: Assignments will be posted on the web every Tuesday and are due the following week during the recitation. Graded homework will be returned during your recitation. Only some of the problems will be graded, but which ones will not be announced in advance. Late homework will not be accepted. The homework must be stapled. No exceptions.
Quizzes: Quizzes will be given and returned graded once or twice a month during recitations. The dates will be announced during recitations.
Calculators: Calculators, books, notes etc. are not allowed during exams. If you need to bring a backpack etc. to an exam, you must place it, all pockets and flaps closed in plain sight of the proctors. If you need to open it (for example, if you need a pen) ask the proctors first.
Contacting the staff. The best way is to approach us after the lectures/recitations or to see us during office hours. You may use e-mail, but it is less efficient. E-mail is not, however, a good way to ask math questions, as our typing abilities are very limited. After the course is over, if you have any questions about your final grade send a letter (not an e-mail) to your instructor, c/o Dept. Math, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook N.Y. 11794-3651. You will receive a written reply. These matters will be dealt with in writing only; that way, we have a written record of what the student says, and what we reply.
Support resources : (*) The MATH LEARNING CENTER (MLC), located in MATHEMATICS BUILDING, FLOOR S, ROOM S-240A, (631) 632-9845, is a place where students can go for help and/or to form study groups. Check the link for more info. Their hours are: MTuW 10-9, Th 10-6, F 10-2. (**) The instructor and the TA have regular office hours.
Special needs. If you have a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability that may impact on your ability to carry out assigned course work, you are strongly urged to contact the staff in the Disabled Student Services (DSS) office: Room 133 in the Humanities Building; 632-6748v/TDD. The DSS office will review your concerns and determine, with you, what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation of disability is confidential. Arrangements should be made early in the semester (before the first exam) so that your needs can be accommodated.