Goals for HW

Theory, Practice, and Tools

Inspiration and an Introduction to Calculus I-01 Homework

“A great discovery solves a great problem but there is a grain of discovery in the solution of every problem. Your problem may be modest; but if iy challenges your curiosity and brings into play your inventive faculties, and if you solve it by your own means, you may experience the tension and enjoy the triumph of discovery.”

George Polya

"I implore you to go beyond working the assigned problems and exercises - reflect on each answer and method of solution! Ask yourself whether your answer makes sense, what concepts you used in your solution, and what greater meaning might be derived from the problem and its solution. Reflection takes time, and most of us want to use our time efficiently, but you'll enjoy your work and learn much more if you take reflection time."

Jim Morrow

Logistical Details

Homework will generally be handed in during class - on Monday for problem assignments and Wednesday for question assignments - and will be returned in class or in a folder on a 4th floor bulletin board in Clapp. (location: the board above the student mail slots on the south wall across from 401 Clapp) Revised homework can be handed in again, if completed within the week following its return. The grade on the redone homework will replace the original grade. You may work with others on the homework (I encourage you to do so!) but, in keeping with the MHC Honor Code, you must contribute substantially to the work and list those with whom you collaborate.

Computers & Calculators: We will be using the computer programs that are available on the computers in Clapp 401, 422 and 420. In addition, we will use graphing calculators; in any case these are recommended but not required.

Evening help sessions: Held Sunday through Thursday, 7:00--10:00 PM, in Clapp 401, 402 and the surrounding classrooms

Exams: There will be three exams (all involving some individual work, some in class, some outside class) and a final self-scheduled exam.

Grading: Your grade for the course will be computed as follows: