MATH 229 Section 11       Syllabus       Fall 2006

Professor: Dr. John Beachy, Watson 355, 753-6753
Office Hours: 12:00-2:00 W Th (in Watson 355), or by appointment


HOMEWORK: I will only collect and grade some of the assigned homework problems, and I will let you know in advance when they are due. I suggest that you keep a notebook in which you work the problems, so that you can study from it for the hour exams and final. I will go over the homework problems in class, and I will test whether you understand them by giving weekly quizzes. The problems on the list represent the minimum you should work--do as many additional problems as possible.

QUIZZES: You should expect a 20 minute quiz each Friday (20 points). I do not give makeup quizzes-if you have a valid excuse for missing a quiz you should check with me.

SYLLABUS: The course will cover Chapters 1-5, §6.1, and §15.3.

       Tentative lecture schedule
Monday  Wednesday  Thursday   Friday           M Tu  W Th  F
Intro      2.1       2.2       2.2        AUG 28 29 30 31  1
Holiday    2.3       2.3       2.4        SEP  4  5  6  7  8
 2.4       2.5       2.6       2.6            11 12 13 14 15
 3.1       3.2       3.2       3.3            18 19 20 21 22
 3.3       3.4      Review    EXAM 1          25 26 27 28 29
 3.5       3.6       3.6       3.7        OCT  2  3  4  5  6
 3.8       3.9       3.9       3.10            9 10 11 12 13
 4.1       4.2       4.3       4.3            16 17 18 19 20
 4.4       4.5      Review    EXAM 2          23 24 25 26 27
 4.6       4.7       4.7       4.7            30 31  1  2  3
 4.9       4.10      4.10      5.1        NOV  6  7  8  9 10
 5.1       5.2       5.2       5.3            13 14 15 16 17
 5.3       Thanksgiving    Holiday            20 21 22 23 24
 5.4       5.5       5.5      Exam 3          27 28 29 30  1
 6.1       6.1      15.3      Review      DEC  4  5  6  7  8
         FINAL EXAM   Friday, 8:00-9:50 am    11 12 13 14 15
COURSE HOMEPAGE: See www.math.niu.edu/courses/   or go directly to www.math.niu.edu/~beachy/229/     for more information.

CALCULATORS: You are required to have a graphing calculator with capabilities similar to those of the TI-83 calculator. I encourage you to use it to check you homework problems. You will be required to use it on some quizzes, but on hour exams you will not be allowed to use it. The final exam will be designed so that a calculator is not necessary, and no calculators will be allowed on the final.

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 in this course either (1) because of a weak background in algebra or (2) because they fall behind. I can help with your algebra, but you are responsible for keeping up, by attending every class and doing all of the homework problems. The key to success in this course is to work as many homework problems as you can.