Math 224/225 – Differential & Integral Calculus – Spring 2018
This syllabus includes information common to all sections. Your own instructor will give you additional details.
You need a good background in algebra and trigonometry, which is usually satisfied by a High School precalculus course or Binghamton University's Math 108. The Mathematics Department administers a Placement Test, which is designed to identify students who do not have adequate preparation for the course. The Placement Test is an absolute prerequisite for Math 224: you must pass it or you will not be allowed to take the course. See https://www2.math.binghamton.edu/p/calculus/placementtest for details.
A calculator is not required. In fact, their overuse is heavily discouraged. On some homework problems you may find it useful to use a calculator to check the legitimacy of your answer. Neither calculators nor any other electronic item, for example a cell phone as clock, may be visible to you during tests. The tests will be written such that calculators are not needed.
MATH 224 and 225 covers the basics of differential and integral calculus, covering most of the text. The precise sections to be covered are listed in the weekly schedule. The objective of the course is to acquire mastery of the material covered in the course in the following senses:
1. Mathematical understanding, as demonstrated by the ability to solve appropriate mathematical problems.
2. Practical understanding, as demonstrated by the ability to solve appropriate word problems in the sciences, in engineering and in the social sciences.
The Math Help Room, located in Whitney Hall Room 231 and 233, is staffed by some of the instructors and is open during most business hours. Students can walk in any time it's staffed and can ask questions of any of the instructors there, not just their own instructor. Click here for the Help Room Schedules.
There is free tutoring offered though University Tutoring Services. All information regarding tutoring can be found here: http://www.binghamton.edu/clt/tutoring-services/index.html
If you have test anxiety, the Discovery Program has helpful information regarding test-taking strategies, found here: http://www.binghamton.edu/discovery/resources/index.html
First, be mindful that MATH 224 and MATH 225 are separate courses. You will receive a grade in 224 at the end of that course, and upon successful completion, you will move on to 225 and receive a separate grade there.
Each course will have two types of tests:
The Basic Skills Tests will cover basic computational skills that you absolutely must be able to do for any class that has Math 224/225 as a prerequisite. There will be two Basic Skills Tests for 224 and two Basic Skills Tests for 225. These tests are administered by computer, with no partial credit, and you may take each test up to, but not more than, three times. More details on this below.
The Midterm and Final will cover higher-level problems. These are paper tests, graded by the instructors, and you will not be allowed to re-take these. They will not include any of the sort of basic computational problems covered by the Basic Skills Tests, although of course you may be required to do some basic computations as part of a bigger problem. These exams are taken during normal class time with the exception of the final exam for MATH 225, which will be taken during finals week in May. Each of these exams count for 30% of your course grade.
Each Basic Skills Test counts for 15% of your final grade. For both courses, the midterm and final exam will each count for 30% of your final grade. Quizzes (approximately one per week) will count for 5% of your final grade. Pre-class warmups will count for 3% of your grade. Written homework and in-class work (class participation) will count for 2% of your final grade.
One final, extremely important, note about grading: instructors do not “give grades.” Instructors simply award points based on the work the student produces. Each student's point total will correspond to a letter grade decided at semester's end, and it will be the same for all sections. Very little subjectivity is involved in the grading process. The scale that will be used to assign grades in Spring 2018 is:
|93% - 100%||A|
|90% - 92%||A-|
|87% - 89%||B+|
|83% - 86%||B|
|80% - 82%||B-|
|75% - 79%||C+|
|70% - 74%||C|
|65% - 69%||C-|
|60% - 64%||D|
Before most class meetings, you will be assigned one or more short videos to watch, as well as “warmup exercises” that are intended to check that you have watched and understood the videos. This is required homework, due before class starts. The videos will cover aspects of the material that you just need to listen to and understand. Covering these aspects on video allows you to re-watch or pause as needed; it also frees up class time for more interactive work.
You will spend much of class time doing guided work, with your instructor coaching, answering questions, and leading discussions on examples as you complete them. Your instructor may grade your work, either by checking it in class or asking you to turn it in at the end of class. Grade will be based on participation and preparedness – it will not be stressful as long as you come to class prepared. If you do not view the videos in advance, you will probably not be adequately prepared for class, and you may not get a passing grade for that day. Class activities will expand on the video material, not review it.
If you need to miss class for a serious reason, contact your instructor as soon as possible (in advance if possible). Your instructor will give you an alternate assignment in lieu of the classwork.
The videos and in-class work will replace a lot of traditional homework. (The stuff you would be doing in homework in a more lecture-based class is now partially moved to class work.) Your instructor may assign some traditional homework.
We will be using the WebWork system for class warmups, homework and the Basic Skills Tests. WebWork is an online question answering program. Your instructor will be able to schedule assignments for you to complete online, and it will guide you and grade your answers.
More on the Basic Skills Tests
The Basic Skills Tests will be administered by computer in Whitney Hall, Room G18. They use the same software as the homework. For security reasons, you must use the computers provided. You are not assigned a particular time to take the test – you will reserve times for your tests via a link available on the homepage. For each test, you have a window of 3 weeks to pass, and you may take the test up to, but not more than, 3 times. You may only attempt each test once per week during the time it is offered, so DO NOT wait until the last week the test is offered, thinking you can take it three times consecutively that week. See the weekly schedule for the time windows for each test.
Only your highest score on each Basic Skills Test is counted. Thus, there is great incentive in taking the test during the first week it's offered, so if it doesn't go well, you can take further attempts at improving your score in the subsequent two weeks.
Scores on the Skills Tests will be rounded such that scores between 70% and 79% will count as a 79%, scores between 80% and 89% will be recorded as 89%, and scores 90% to 100% will receive 100%. If a student's highest score is lower than 70%, their highest percentage among the three attempts will be recorded and will not be rounded.
|Your Percentage||Rounded Percentage|
|90% - 100%||100%|
|80% - 89%||89%|
|70% - 79%||79%|
|0% - 69%||no rounding|
It is essential that you show up for your test appointments! If you decide not to take a test you've scheduled, then you must cancel at least 3 hours in advance. The testing room is filled to capacity at popular times, and if you make an appointment and then fail to show, then you are keeping someone else out. A penalty toward your Skills Test score may be imposed if you are a no-show for your appointments.
You must have an appointment in order to take a test – no drop-ins will be accepted. Appointments can be made until immediately before the test time. However, popular test times tend to fill up well in advance, and you are strongly encouraged to reserve test times as soon as you know that you'll need them. (For instance, schedule your first try at each test at the start of the semester.)
If you need an exception to any of the Basic Skills Test rules above (for instance, an extension due to illness), speak to your instructor in advance. All exceptions are at the discretion of your instructor. Under no circumstance will a student be permitted to take a Skills Test more than three times.
You may think, in reading these rules, that the Skills Tests are harsh. Far from it! These tests nearly always end up helping, not hurting, student grades. The point of the Basic Skills Tests is to keep you on track on the most essential material, and to save you from digging yourself into a hole too deep to get out of. The questions on the Basic Skills Test are, for the most part, much more basic than the questions on the paper tests, and they cover material you need to master in order to keep up with the class. So, you should always take the first possible try at each Basic Skills Test. If you do well on your first try, then you should feel good that you have a solid foundation for studying the more sophisticated material, and you should charge ahead. If you don't get a grade you're happy with on your first try, this should set off alarm bells! It's time to drop everything and focus on getting the basics! Look at what gave you trouble on the test, and use the Practice Skills Tests, the Help Room, and your instructor to get your difficulties worked out. You might also contact the Discovery Program for tutoring or other academic support.
Make-up exams for the in-class tests will only be given for serious, documented reasons, and all make-ups must be approved by your instructor before the test date.
IF YOU HAVE A CONFLICT WITH THE FINAL EXAM AT THE END OF THE SEMESTER, YOU SHOULD TELL YOUR INSTRUCTOR ABOUT IT AT AS SOON AS THE FINALS SCHEDULE IS POSTED.
You are reminded of Binghamton University's Student Academic Honesty Code.
Cheating on tests or quizzes will be dealt with severely and can result in suspension from the University for multiple semesters. Don't even think about it. Cheating on homework has a less severe penalty, but it will be dealt with nonetheless. Getting a solution from WolframAlpha and putting that solution in your homework is considered cheating.
In-class exams will be returned after they are graded, and an answer key will be available. If you do not understand your mistakes, or you think your exam was not correctly graded, you should immediately bring the test to your instructor for re-evaluation. DO NOT MAKE ANY CHANGES OR WRITE NEW MATERIAL ON YOUR GRADED EXAM!! Turning in a modified exam for extra points is CHEATING. Instructors may be making copies of exams before they are returned, so if a student changes a graded exam, it will be clearly shown by comparison with the copy.
Any cases of cheating will be subject to investigation by the Academic Honesty Committee of Harpur College.
The structure of this class may be different from what you are used to. In contrast to many courses, where the material is introduced in class, then analyzed in-depth out of class in the homework, in this class you need to cover the basics before class (by watching the videos), then do the in-depth work actively in the classroom. We have found that most students come to greatly prefer this format to traditional lecture format (and they learn more too). But it is absolutely essential that you come to every class prepared and participate actively.
Even if you've taken a previous Calculus course, this course is likely to be taught from a more sophisticated perspective, and if you think this class will be “review” you're probably mistaken.
You should expect to average about 8 hours per week studying outside of class.
In contrast to most high school math classes, if you don't understand the material being covered, you should NOT assume that your instructor will repeat the material until you get it. Ideally, you should ask questions at the time in class. Of course, you'll also probably need to spend time thinking things through on your own, but if you've tried that and are still confused, make use of the Help Room and office hours. Don't wait! The material in this course is very cumulative, so anything you don't understand now is likely to keep giving you trouble as the semester goes on.
The Director of Calculus is Dr. L. William Kazmierczak (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Course Coordinator for Fall 2018 is Richard Behr (email@example.com). Barring exceptional circumstances, queries about the course should be directed to your instructor. If you are unable to get clarification from your instructor, feel free to contact the Course Coordinator.
Students in M courses will demonstrate competence in an area such as calculus, symbolic logic, the logic of computers, the logic of deductive and inductive reasoning, or probability and statistical inference.