Math 130--02**       Fall 2014
Course Information and Syllabus

Course title: Calculus for Life Science I
Large Lecture with professor: TuTh 12:30 -- 1:45
Large Lectures location: Armory 0131
Section meetings: Monday (Math TA) and Wednesday (Bio TA)
Professor: Mike ("McBlaine Michael") Boyle
Office: Room 4413, Math Building
Phone: 301-405-5135

Professor office hours: M3, W11:30; also usually available directly after lecture Tuesday, and after lecture Thursday for a shorter time.
Office hours and contact information for TAs

Text. Calculus for the Life Sciences by Greenwell et al, second edition, ISBN: 9780321964038, publisher Pearson. (MyMathLab is not required.)
Syllabus. A general list of topics covered is in the Math Department Syllabus for MATH 130 . See our Schedule of work for full detail.

Monday (Math) section meetings. In general, you will have an opportunity to ask questions about math homework, and the section will end with a quiz (to be graded and returned the following week). Fair game for this Monday quiz: homeworklike questions from sections covered in lectures of the previous week (or something else your TA or I warn you about (by email or in a previous meeting).

Wednesday (Bio) section meetings. In general, in these sections you will have a project (worksheet) to do in groups of 3 or 4 as organized by your TA. In your group, ideally everyone should be involved, and reach a point of understanding the solution. Experience indicates that those who explain a particular solution learn as much from the process of clarifying their thoughts as does the listener. Everyone hands in an individually done worksheet. You can be guided by others in your group -- but do not just copy solutions.

Tutoring resoures. The Math department has links to academic support, tutoring and counseling resources. Math 130 is not among the courses covered in the Room 0301 tutoring (the "Math Tutoring Schedule" link). For the great majority of students, the best resource will be the TA office hours.

Grading. The weighting will be The total possible points for items will be normalized to the numbers above. (E.g., if you scored 80 out of 100 possible on your bio worksheets, you'd get a corresponding contribution of (.8)(12.5) to your course percentage score.)
The relatively "easy" points should come in the sections, if you are careful to attend faithfully and do the math homework in advance. Midterm 1 is the easiest of the midterms contentwise.

Course Grades. Here is the correspondence of course grade and course percentage points scored: A 90-100%, B 80-89%, C 70-79%, D 60-69%. F 0-59%. It might happen that the curve will be relaxed, but it won't be made tougher. "+" might be added to some scores at the top of a range. Possible relaxation might involve (e.g.) a 69 becoming a B-.

Homework. For practical reasons, we won't be grading your homework. However, TA reports confirm that doing the homework faithfully is well correlated to better grades -- not to mention learning. You have to do calculus (homework) to learn it; with rare exceptions, learning calculus just by going to class is about as successful as learning to shoot a jump shot or play piano just by watching.

To encourage you to do the homework, your math section quizzes will consist mostly or entirely of homework problems you should have done (possibly with numbers or mathematically meaningless details changed). Most midterm problems will be in the same fashion from the homework.

Makeups. There will be no makeup quizzes, worksheets or midterms. Calculators. You are not required to have a calculator. Calculators are NOT allowed on midterms, math quizzes or the final exam. It may be useful to have some arithmetical calculator for the biology sections. You may find it useful to have a calculator for your homework (e.g., a graphing calculator for graphing can help you check your work). Also, "zooming" with a graphing calculator can help you get the intuition of what a derivative means (as I'll describe later in the course).

Tips. Religious observances. If your religion dictates that you cannot take attend class on some dates with graded events, hand in assigned work on a particular date, then contact me at the beginning of the semester for my record (give day and date and reason for each miss) and to discuss possible alternatives.

Disabilities. If you have some disability related to testing under the usual timed, in-class conditions, you may contact the campus Disability Support Service (DSS). If they assess you as meriting private conditions and/or extra time, then you may arrange to take your tests at DSS, with extra time as they indicate. You must arrange this well in advance of a test.