**Professor:**
John Beachy,
Watson 355, 753-6753

**Office Hours**: 11:00-12:00 MWF (Watson 355), or by appointment

Homepage:http://www.math.niu.edu/~beachy/

**Prerequisite:**
The prerequisite is the equivalent of a good
Algebra II course in high school,
although Math 211 does not require trigonometry.
On the other hand, Math 211 *does* depend on a knowledge
of logarithms and exponential functions.
If you have not had any algebra for several semesters,
or if you had problems in earlier algebra courses,
you will need to do extra work to relearn the algebra
while you are learning calculus.

**Calculators:**
You will *not* be allowed to use a calculator on tests or quizzes.
I *do* encourage you to check your homework on a graphing calculator.
The TI-83 is a good choice.

**Hour tests:**
I expect to follow the schedule for all sections, with hour exams on
February 14, March 21, and April 18.
*Makeup tests will be allowed only if you
make arrangements with me before
the scheduled time of the test.*

**Grading:**
Final grades will be based on a total of 600 points.
I intend to use a curve close to

90% (A), 80% (B), 65% (C), 55% (D).

**Quizzes:**
You should expect a 20 minute quiz each Friday, worth 20 points,
unless an hour exam is scheduled.
*The quizzes are designed to check that you
are doing (and understanding) the assigned homework problems.*
If necessary, additional quizzes may be given in the recitation classes.
I also reserve the right to give pop quizzes at any time.
I do not give makeup quizzes--if you
have a valid excuse for missing a quiz
you should check with me.

**Recommended homework problems:**
The homework problems are the key to your success in the course.
They represent the minimum--do as many additional problems as possible.
You should keep all of your homework problems in a notebook
so that you can study from it for quizzes, hour tests, and the final exam.
You will need to hand in *only* selected problems
from the list of recommended problems,
since the quizzes will be designed to test
whether or not you have been doing the assignments.

You may find it useful to buy the Study Guide for the book,
which has solutions to some of the exercises.

**General advice:**
The key ideas of calculus are not the main barrier in the course--they
can be explained rather intuitively.
In my experience, students have trouble either
(1) because of a weak background in algebra or
(2) because they fall behind.
We can help you review algebra,
but you are responsible for keeping up,
by attending every class and doing all of the homework problems.
You should expect to spend an average of two hours
preparing for each hour in class.

**Tutoring:**
The Math Assistance Center
is staffed by teaching assistants.
It is located in DU 326,
and is open during the day, Monday through Friday.
In addition, the ACCESS
office runs walk-in tutoring centers in
Douglas,
Grant North,
Grant South, and
Lincoln
residence halls.