Math 3354-3345 Expectations and Policies
Rick Wicklin: 451 Vincent Hall, 626-8308 or 626-1324
Office Hours: 10:00-11:00 WF (before class)
Large Group Learning: 11:15-12:05 WF, AkerH 319
Email: email@example.com, WWW:
Textbook: Multivariable Calculus by Damiano and
Freije, Brooks-Cole, 1996.
Text for sale ($20) at the Special Projects Office, 115 VinH,8:30-4:00pm.
TAs: Bob Hesse (Workshop Czar), firstname.lastname@example.org
Sec 1 (Small Group 9:05-9:55 T, Arch 20; Lab 9:05-11:00 Th, LindH 1)
Ernesto Schirmacher, email@example.com
Sec 2 (Small Group 11:15-12:05 T, AkerH 317; Lab 11:15-1:10 Th LindH 1)
Gerry Naughton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sec 3 (Small Group 1:25-2:15 T, Phys 143; Lab 1:25-3:20 Th LindH 1)
Tim Brule, email@example.com
Expectations of conduct and learning in this class:
- Since mathematics is best learned by doing (rather than
watching), this course will be taught using an active ``discovery approach.''
This means that each student is responsible for learning the material
by completing assignments, reading the textbook, preparing for class,
and actively participating in group activities. The instructors are
here to assist in learning.
- This class will use technology, but always remember that
it is a class in mathematics. We will help you use the technology and
will devote some workshop sessions to it, but you are expected to
learn some on your own time as well. There is on-line help on the
class web page (see the URL on the top of the page). By the end of
this quarter we expect you to be able to do simple operations in Maple
- If you are confused, it is expected that you will
ask for help. If you think of questions outside of class, contact
your TAs or the instructor by phone, e-mail, or during office hours.
This is considered ``participation,'' meaning you get credit for
- Grades will be based on: 30% homework and workshop participation;
30% lab reports; 40% exams (10% for Exam I and II; 20% for final
- No late assignment will be accepted, except by prior arrangement
or extraordinary circumstances.
- Weekly homework consists of two parts: routine ``gateway'' problems
and more challenging ``brainfood'' problems. Brainfood assignments
should be written in a professional manner. In particular, please do
not rip pages from a spiral notebook and please staple all pages
together. All written assignments will require that the student
express the mathematics in words using correct English grammar,
spelling, and punctuation. Write as if you are an employee presenting
your results to your boss. Typing not required.
- Brainfood is designed to be challenging. We will ask you to work
hard, sometimes on problems that you have never seen before.
Brainfood will require thought, time, and the ability to synthesize
several concepts. At times, it will be frustrating as you try to
piece together these ideas. Typically, if you are able to solve 80%
of the brainfood, you are doing well.
- Students are encouraged to collaborate on homeworks,
however, each student must write and hand in his or her own solution,
and all help received should be acknowledged in writing. In
other words, if you work with others or look up an answer in a library
book, write that down along with your answer. When in doubt, cite
your source! Failure to acknowledge sources constitutes plagiarism.
In this class, we define plagiarism as ``to give the impression that
you have written or thought something that you have in fact borrowed
from another'' (W.S. Achtert and J. Gibaldi, The MLA Style
Manual, 1985, p. 4). See the last page of this handout for the IT
statement on academic dishonesty.
- There will be several labs that will be written up
professionally. Only one lab need be submitted for each lab group.
You are encouraged to choose your own lab groups (within your workshop
section). Typing lab reports is not required, but is encouraged.
- Each midterm exam will have a take-home portion (similar to the
brainfood questions.) You may use any inanimate reference or
technical tool, but you may not discuss the exam with any living being
(even your goldfish). Typically, 20% of the exam score will be
examined by the gateway exam (see below), 20% by the take-home
portion, and 60% by the in-class portion.
- Before each exam, there will be a ``gateway exam'' to test
routine computational skills. Several of these problems will be taken
from your gateway homework problems. You may take the gateway exam up to
- If you pass the exam in the first or second
attempt (typically a score of 80% or
better), then you will get 20 points towards to your exam score.
- If you do not pass the gateway during the first two
attempts, then 20 S points will be contributed to your exam
score, where S is the percentage scored on the third gateway
- Example: A student does not pass the gateway exam on the
first two attempts, but gets 70% on the third attempt.
He is given 14 points onto his exam score.
- The first gateway attempt will be given during workshop
time; you will need to schedule subsequent times through the
Library Proctoring Service in Vincent Hall. Details will be
given closer to the first Gateway Exam.
From p. 20 of the IT Bulletin (also in the IT Student
The Institute of Technology expects the highest standards of honesty
and integrity in the academic performance of its students. Any act of
scholastic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense, which may
result in expulsion. The Institute of Technology defines scholastic
dishonesty as submission of false records of academic achievement;
cheating on assignments or examinations; plagiarizing; altering,
forging, or misusing an academic record; taking, acquiring, or using
test materials without faculty permission; acting alone or in
cooperation with another to obtain dishonestly grades, honors, awards,
or professional endorsement. Aiding and abetting an act of scholastic
dishonesty is also considered a serious offense.
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