University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Fall 2015
Math 106: Calculus I
Instructor: Petronela Radu
Office: 239 Avery Hall
Office Hours: Monday Wednesday 10:30 am -- 12:00 pm or by appointment
Phone: 472-9130

I will try to announce any changes to my office hours during lecture or by email.

Course Procedures: The class is structured with three large 50 minute lectures and two 50 minute recitations each week. In the lectures, I typically introduce new material. During your recitation, material from the lecture is further discussed. Recitation time is also used to provide help with the homework assignments and other components of the course and to return your graded work. Occasionally, there may be new material presented during the recitation.

Course Syllabus: You can find a tentative syllabus for the course, as well as additional information about the exams and other course activities here.

Preparation: Before coming to lecture you should preview the section to be covered. I also strongly recommend that you work on the recommended exercises from the section after the lecture and before your next recitation.

Homework: Homework problems (and their due dates) will be posted weekly on Webwork.

Quizzes: Each week (usually on Thursdays) a quiz will be given in recitation covering the material presented in class. Each quiz will be worth 10 points, and the two lowest scores will be dropped. No make-up quizzes will be given.

Calculators: A graphing calculator may be useful for this course, and the TI-83, TI-84 and TI-86 are recommended. No calculators are allowed during the Gateway Exam, but you may use a calculator during the other exams provided that it does not have a built-in computer algebra system (CAS). Examples of CAS calculators include the TI-89, TI-92, TI-Nspire, HP-40, HP-41, Casio ALGEBRA FX 2.0, Casio ClassPad 300, and Casio ClassPad 330. The use of a CAS calculator is not permitted during any of the exams or quizzes.

Cell Phones: As a courtesy to others, please turn off your cell phones when you come to class.

Assessment: Grades will be computed mechanically. The maximum number of points possible for each component of the course is as follows:
Exam 1: 100 points
Exam 2: 100 points
Exam 3: 100 points
Gateway Exam: 60 points (70 points if the exam is passed on the October 1st in-class examination)
Calculus Readiness Activity: 30 points
Final Exam: 200 points
Webwork: 100 points (10 points each, lowest score(s) dropped)
Quizzes: 100 points

At the end of the semester, we will compute a composite score for you by summing your scores for each component of the course. We will also total the minimum A+, A-, A, B+, B, etc. scores on the homeworks, exams, final, quizzes, etc. If your score is greater or equal to the minimum A+ score, you have earned an A+ for the course. If your score is one point below the minimum A+ score, you will receive an A. A similar procedure will be followed for the other grades. All requests for additional credit after the end of the semester will be considered and then rejected.

Portfolio: It is your responsibility to maintain a complete portfolio of graded assignments, quizzes, and exams. You should collect your graded work during the class period in which it is returned; your instructors are not required to safeguard your uncollected work. Whenever the need arises, your portfolio of graded work will be used to verify, update, or correct your records for the course. If your collection of graded work is incomplete, then this will have a negative impact on your final grade.

Boilerplate: Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses and may be punished by failure on the exam, quiz, or project, failure in the course, and/or suspension or expulsion from the University. For more information, refer to the Student Code of Conduct in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

I do not include the usual announcement about the honor code because I feel it is inappropriate. In this class, you are allowed and even encouraged to work together unless otherwise informed.

You are expected to attend lecture and recitation regularly. Absences should be cleared with me and your recitation instructor. In a situation where you are unable to contact us due to major illness, serious injury, hospitalization or military duty a notice should be sent by the University Health Center, a family physician, or the Student Affairs Office. This notice is for our information only and does not relieve you from contacting us regarding your absence. If you need to be excused from class due to a University sponsored event, it is your responsibility to request permission (preferably in writing) for the absence. You should do this as early in the semester as possible. Although, I and your recitation instructor will try to accommodate you if you need to be absent from class, neither your absence (nor the notification of an absence) relieves you from meeting the course requirements. For more information, refer to the University's Class Attendance policy in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

If you have any condition, such as a physical or learning disability, which will make it difficult for you to carry out the work as I have outlined it or which will require academic accommodations, you need to notify me during the first two weeks of the course.