MAT 17B, SS1 2015 Course Information

Instructor: Shawn Witte
Lecture: MTWR 12:10-1:50 am (Young 184)
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 2-3PM (after class)

Text: Calculus for Biology and Medicine, 3rd ed. by Claudia Neuhauser (ISBN: 9780321644688)
Prerequisite: MAT 16A, 17A, or 21A
This course will mostly follow the department syllabus

Grades

Homework will be assigned, but not collected (and thus, not graded). There will be 4 weekly quizzes, one midterm, and a cumulative final exam.

Final grades will be curved only if necessary, and will determined in the following way:
Quizzes30%
Midterm30%
Final40%


Homework

Homework will not be collected. I will post a list of problems from the book for after each class, and it is strongly recommended that you do the odd problems from the list of given problems.

Quizzes

I'm going to be implementing "rolling quizzes". What this means is that your first quiz will have a certain number of questions on it. When it is graded, each problem will simply be graded correct or incorrect. Any problems that are marked incorrect will have a similar problem show up on your second quiz in addition to the second quiz's problems (everyone will have "personalized" quizzes after the first one). A similar problem will continue to appear on your quiz until you have gotten it correct. At the end of the session, your quiz grade will consist of how many questions you eventually got correct out of how many questions there were in total.
I understand that this is confusing, but hopefully I can make it clear in the first day of class.

Resources

There are several excellent resources that I recommend using to aid in your studies:

The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) is offering drop-in summer session tutoring.

Wolfram Alpha - Is an online "computational engine". It's very useful for attempting to check answers to even problems (if you decide to do them) and can be used to graph functions, take derivatives, etc. It's very easy to use, and you can often give it commands in english like "take the derivative of x^2 + 3"

Khan Acadamy - I have heard great things about Khan Acadamy (not to be confused with Khan!) and highly recommend using this as an extra source of explanations and extra problems. There is a great deal of precalc on here if you need to review, in addition to regular calculus.

Wikipedia - I find that Wikipedia usually has some good explanations of mathematical concepts at every level. Most helpful will probably be the pictures and animations on many math related pages.

Each other - while I mostly do not use the Smartsite, I have activated the mailtool for student use. You should be able to send e-mails to the whole class through it. This would be an excellent way to get a study group together.

Calendar (not final)

(last updated PST)
DayDateIn ClassResourcesHomework (not collected)
MondayJune 22Sections 5.8, 6.15.8: 5, 7, 13, 19, 23, 27, 29, 31, 35, 37, 39, 59, 63, 67, 69, 71, 75
6.1: 61, 63, 65, 67, 69, 71
TuesdayJune 23Sections 6.1, 6.2Solutions for 49, 51, 536.1: 1, 3, 5, 9, 13, 15, 17, 33, 35, 37, 49, 51, 53
WednesdayJune 24Sections 6.2, 6.36.2: 3, 7, 9, 13, 15, 19, 23, 27, 31, 39, 45, 49, 53, 57, 65, 67, 89, 99, 103, 105, 107, 111, 115, 119
ThursdayJune 25Quiz (covering 5.8, 6.1, 6.2.3(FTC2, problems 97-122)), Section 6.3Original quiz problems6.3: 1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 15, 25, 27, 29, 31
MondayJune 29Section 7.1, 7.27.1: 1, 5, 7, 11, 13, 19, 21, 25, 31, 33, 43, 49, 51, 57
7.2: 1, 3, 9, 11, 15, 17, 19, 23, 25, 41, 43, 49, 51, 57
TuesdayJune 30Quiz, Section 7.3Quiz 2 problems7.2: 39, 45, 47
7.3: 1, 3, 5, 7, 13, 15, 17, 27, 29, 31
WednesdayJuly 1Sections 7,3, 7.47.3: 19-22, 30, 51
7.4: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
ThursdayJuly 2Quiz, Section 7.4Quiz 3 problems7.4: 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23
MondayJuly 6Section 7.57.5: 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23
TuesdayJuly 7Quiz(new problems from sections 7.3 and 7.4), Section 7.6 Quiz 4 problems7.6: 7, 9, 13, 15, 27, 29
WednesdayJuly 8Section 8.1, 8.2 8.1: 1, 3, 5, 11, 13, 15, 27, 29, 45, 47, 49
ThursdayJuly 98.2Quiz 5 problems
MondayJuly 138.28.2: 1(a, c, "eigenvalues" here is just the derivative check for stability we did in class), 2(a,c), 3(a, c), 4(a,c), 5(no need to graph), 9(a), 13, 15(a), 24(a,b), 25(a,b)
TuesdayJuly 14Midterm
WednesdayJuly 15Sections (integrating factors: online notes), 9.1Integrating factors (notes found on Henry Kvinge's website)All parts of the first problem in this worksheet (worksheet from Tim Lewis's website)
9.1: 1, 3, 5
ThursdayJuly 16Quiz, Section 9.1Quiz 6 problems9.1: 9, 11, 13, 15, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31 (don't worry about over/underdetermined)
MondayJuly 20Section 9.2Answers for integrating factor problems on worksheet9.2: 1, 3, 5, 7, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
TuesdayJuly 21Quiz, Section 9.2 Quiz 7 problems9.2: 33, 37, 43, 45, 47, 49, 53, 55, 59, 61, 67
WednesdayJuly 22Section 9.3 9.3: 1, 17, 19, 21, 23, 27, 31, 33, 49, 51, 53, 55
ThursdayJuly 23Quiz, Section 9.3 Quiz 8 problems9.3: 41, 43, 45, 57, 59, 61, 63, 65 (for these last two, use the theorem on page 480)
MondayJuly 27Sections 9.4: 1, 3, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 39, 41, 43, 47, 57, 59
TuesdayJuly 28Sections
WednesdayJuly 29review, final quizLast quiz problems
ThursdayJuly 30Final Exam (regular class time)

Class Policies

There will be no make-up quizzes or exams, except in extreme cases. Anyone caught cheating will receive a zero on whatever they were cheating on. Getting caught cheating a second time will result in failing the course.