Math 180 A
- Bob Matthews (email email@example.com)
- Office: Thompson 390 E
- Extension 3561
- Office hours (tentative)
- 11:00 - 11:50 MTThF
- Or by appointment.
- Office hours resume in the second week of the term.
- Email messages
are welcome, and can
be used to ask a question or to set up an appointment. My schedule is posted
Hours marked 'O. H.' are office hours, and hours marked 'open' on my schedule
may be available for appointments
(to be made in advance), but are not office hours and I may not be in my
office during 'open' hours unless I have set up an appointment with you.
If none of the office hours work out for you, please send me
- MF: 9:00 AM - 9:50
- TTh 8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
- All lectures are in Thompson 383
- Hass, Weir, and Thomas: University Calculus. We will cover
chapter 1 through section 5.4 or 5.5 of chapter 5.
Spring 2010 Math 180 A Lecture and Exam
- The final exam for Math 180 A is scheduled for Monday, May 10, from 8:00
AM - 10:00 AM.. It will be a
mandatory, two-hour, in class, comprehensive
exam. University regulations require that all students in this section take the
final exam at this date and time.
A syllabus for the course will be found here.
The last time I taught this
Old exams for this course ...
Textbook web site
- Four hour exams. The lowest hour exam score will be dropped in
calculating the class average (please note that this does not apply to the
final exam score or to the cumulative homework score).
- A comprehensive, in-class final exam which will have the weight of two
hour exams. The final exam score will not be dropped.
- Homework will be assigned frequently, and homework assignments will
generally be due at least two regular class periods following the assignment
(leaving at least one day before an assignment is due to discuss any questions or
problems). From each homework set I will select several problems to be
graded. Questions on any problems (assigned or not) are, of course,
welcome. The homework will have the cumulative weight of one hour
exam, but the homework score will not be dropped. A passing grade on
homework is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for passing the
course (that is, you must have a passing grade on the homework to pass the
- I will make every effort to return homework and exam papers no later than a week from the time they are turned in. That is, papers turned in on
a Wednesday should be returned no later than the following Wednesday.
- There are generally very few excused absences from exams. A (documentable)
illness is one (though I may not always require documentation, you should be
prepared to supply it). Lack of preparation, unless caused by a
recent (again documentable) illness can not be used for an excused
absence. Except for emergencies (accident, medical emergency, etc.) no
requests for an excused absence after the class has started working on the
exam can be
accepted. Any make-ups should be completed a few days after an exam is
taken by the class and in any case should be taken within a week of the
- Exam arrangements can be made with Ivey West at the
Center for Writing, Learning,
and Teaching (Howarth 105) for students
with documented learning disabilities. Formal written arrangements must be
made in advance of the day of the exam.
- We will use Blackboard for PDF
files of lectures. Blackboard will only be used to store these PDF
files. Assignments and other communications will be through these web
pages and email. To enroll, use the password Leibniz if
- Finally, as the first course in a sequence of three courses on the
calculus, there is a certain amount of material (through 5.4) that we must
cover before students move on to the next course (which will begin with a
review of the material in chapter 5). Accordingly, throughout the
course, students will find themselves learning new material at the same time
that they are working on homework from recently covered material, or
preparing for an exam. Please keep this in mind as we move through the
- A note on withdrawal dates:
(copied from the
- Withdrawal without record on the academic transcript is permissible
through the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters when a student
completes official withdrawal procedures.
- Withdrawal Passing (W) is granted during the third through sixth
weeks of the fall and spring semesters when a student completes official
- After the sixth week of the semester, Withdrawal Failing
(WF) is given except as noted below.
- During the
seventh through twelfth weeks of the fall and spring
semesters, a grade of W may be granted by the instructor
only if all of the following conditions are met:
- (1) a
student completes official withdrawal procedures and
there have been exceptional circumstances beyond the
student's control, in which case the student must
demonstrate in writing to the satisfaction of the
instructor that exceptional circumstances exist, and
either the student's work has been of passing quality or
the exceptional circumstances have prevented the student
from completing work of passing quality. An instructor
may assign a W grade using the Faculty Withdrawal Grade
Submission Form available from the Office of the
- After the twelfth week of classes, the Academic
Standards Committee may permit a grade of W to be
assigned. The student must withdraw from the course and
submit a petition to support a claim of exceptional
circumstances. The petition must include a statement by
the course instructor on the quality of the student's
work in the course. If the petition is approved, a grade
of W is assigned. If the petition is denied, a grade of
WF is assigned.