Information about "Calculus for the Natural Sciences, Part 1" --- Fall 2000

Class meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 10:00 - 11:00 in David Rittenhouse Lab, room A8.

Our textbook is "Calculus, 9th edition" by Thomas and Finney.

There is a course web-page, where I will post the homework assignments and other stuff.

There will be two midterm exams and one final exam. The first midterm exam will be on Friday October 6. The second midterm will be in November. I will not give make-up exams or early exams, so be careful in making your travel plans. We will have our own midterms, but the final exam will be common with the other three sections of math 140.

On grading, homework will be worth 10%, each midterm will be worth 20%, the quizzes will be worth 20%, and the final will be worth 30%. Quizzes will be given in recitation section every week starting the week of September 11th. They will be given at the beginning of the recitation section and will take no longer than fifteen minutes.

Not all sections of 140 are created equal, so we don't want to punish the good students who're in a better-than-average section. Similarly, we don't want to reward the weak students who're in a worse-than-average section. We will do this as follows. First, both the midterms and the final exam will be graded on a curve centered at B-. I will use these grades and the homework and quiz grades to make a ranked listing of the students in our section of the course. Normally, about the top 15% of the students would get A/A-. If our section is strong and 30% of you get A/A- on the final exam then the top 30% of the students in our section will get A/A-. This is the fairest solution, but it makes it hard to predict your final grade very early in the semester.

Homework will be assigned on Wednesdays. Those with Tuesday recitations will hand their homework in at the beginning of class on Wednesday. Those with Thursday recitations will hand their homework in at the beginning of class on Friday. I will accept _no_ late homework. I encourage you to work in groups. Often you will understand something that stumps your classmates. And vice versa.

My office hours are Mondays 1-2, Tuesdays 10-11, or by appointment. My office is David Rittenhouse Lab 4E5a. My phone number is (215) 898-8472 and my email address is

Our TA is Gergely Bana. His office is 4E7a and his office hours will be Tuesday 5-6 and Thursday 6-7. He is leading four recitation sections: Tuesday 8-9 (DRL 3C2), Tuesday 9-10 (DRL 3C2), Thursday 8-9 (DRL 2C2), and Thursday 10-11 (DRL 2C8). You must attend the recitation section that you are registered for and take your quizzes in that section. You are welcome to attend other additional recitation sections if you find this helpful.

There are Sunday review sessions every Sunday starting September 10th. These are 7-9 pm and are held in DRL A4.

Please come to me if you have any problems with the homework, with the amount of homework, with the course, or with anything else. The sooner we deal with any problems you might be having, the better. My door is always open. Do feel comfortable stopping by --- if I'm busy, I'll just ask you to come back later!

There will be Maple orientation sessions in the evenings of Sept 18 - Sept 21. They'll be 6:30 - 8:45 pm and will be held at various computer labs around the university. There will be sign-up sheets posted outside of DRL A1 starting on September 11.

Math 140 has a newsgroup. This is an "electronic bulletin board" where you can post questions about either the basic calculus or computer aspects of the course. The questions can be answered either by TAs, who will check the newsgroup regularly, or by other students. The best way to access the newsgroups is from the WWW page of the course, using Netscape. It is also possible to log onto your email account and use the "tin" command. The names of the group is upenn.math.math140 Graduate students will be online three or four nights each week to answer questions posted to the newsgroups.

Math 140 has a general web-page. You can find old final exams and maple material and lots of other useful information there. Also, there's a general Calculus advice web-page.

Every First-Year House and College House on campus has a Math Advisor. This is an undergraduate who is qualified to assist calculus students with math and Maple. The Math Advisor in each house will announce hours when he or she is available to the residents of the house. Although these programs are primarily residence-based, they are open to all calculus students. In addition, any calculus student who lives off-campus or in a residence without a Math Advisor can choose to affiliate with the Math Advisor of a particular house.

There is a Math and Maple Help web page.

The Math Center and the Maple Center are places to go for individual help or to work on homework. The Centers are staffed by graduate mathematics students, and their location rotates among the residence halls on campus. We emphasize that the centers are open to ALL calculus students no matter where they live (but remember to bring your Penn ID to be admitted to the residence hall).

Math Center hours are from 6:30PM to 9:30PM on Monday through Thursday. Maple Center hours are from 7:00PM to 9:00PM on Monday through Thursday. Locations will be announced in class. A list is also available from the Math Office in 4W1 or on the Math Department Web.