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Math 141, Calculus I Section 3

Syllabus - Fall 2006

Please review the following and feel free to come see me if you have any questions.


Instructor:      Erin McNicholas                                               Email: emcnicho(at)

                                Office: Collins, Room 307                               Phone: 503-370-6590

                                 Office Hours:  M W Th F 10:05-11:05 am, or by appointment

Class Website:

Class Meetings: The class meets every Monday and Friday from 1:50 to 2:40 pm, and every Wednesday from 1:50 to 3:30 pm in Collins, Room 201.

Required Course Materials: A graphing calculator (TI-81 or higher), and the text Applied Calculus 3rd edition, by Hughes-Hallett et al.

Course Grades:

Course grades will be based on a percentage system.  Grade cut-offs will be determined at the end of the semester with the guarantee that:

         90% or above will be at least an A-

         80% or above will be at least a B-

         70% or above will be at least a C-

         And 60% or above will be at least a D-

Grades are based on four components

         Homework assignments (15% of final grade)

         2 Midterms (each worth 15%, account for 30% of final grade)

         5 Group Tests (each worth 6%, account for 30% of final grade)

         1 Final Exam (25% of final grade)

For more information, see the handout on Group Tests available from the class website under Class Handouts & Notes.

Missed Exam Policy:

Students must contact the instructor prior to the missed exam.  In most cases, if the student has a valid excuse the grade on the final will be used to replace the missed exam score.

Class Attendance and Cell Phone Policy:

Daily attendance is expected from every student.  Students who miss the first day may be administratively dropped from the course.  Electronic devices such as cell phones, pagers, etc. must be turned off during class meetings.  If you cell phone goes off during class you will be responsible for bringing treats for the entire class at the next class meeting.

Academic Integrity:

Cheating is unethical and I take it very seriously.  The Deanís Office will be notified if anyone is found cheating and appropriate sanctions will be given.  

Student Responsibility:

Most of you already know this, but previous experience has shown that a friendly reminder is sometimes in order :).  You are all adults and responsible for your own education.  I will do everything in my power to help you learn.  You should always feel free to stop by my office or make an appointment to meet with me.  You should also feel free to ask me questions in class.  Stop me if you are confused and ask me to explain things again.  I welcome student questions!  Although I will do everything in my power to help you through this class, you are ultimately responsible for your grade.  The following is a list of things I expect from you. 

  1. ASK QUESTIONS & SEEK HELP!  Ask questions in class, after class, during office hours, whenever!  If you are confused or having problems with a certain section of the material see me AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  I am happy to help you but it is impossible to go over weeks worth of material right before an exam.

  2. DO THE ASSIGNMENTS.  Learning mathematics requires a certain amount of practice, this is what homework is for.  I encourage you to work with your fellow students on homework assignments.  Although these assignments will not be collected, they are designed to help you learn.  Not doing the homework will have a negative impact on your exam scores.

  3. STUDY.  You should invest some time and effort into this course.  Set aside time for both homework and studying.


  nbsp; Set aside time for both homework and studying.