webpage for math 107, calculus ii (biological and social sciences), fall 2016

instructor
brian smithling
email: bds at math dot jhu dot edu
phone: 410-516-4047
office: krieger 301
office hours: mw 3-4 and by appointment

announcements
  • final exam solutions
  • i will be in my office friday 12/16 from 2-4, or by appointment, if you'd like to see your exam. it is also possible to see your exam in january or next semester.
  • final exam stats: mean 61.2/90 (68.0%), median 62/90 (68.89%), standard deviation 15.5/90, high score 90/90
  • you will be given the same formulas on the final as on midterm 1 (but i will guarantee nothing else)
  • room assignments for the final: section 1 maryland 109, section 2 maryland 201, sections 3 and 4 maryland 110
  • the final exam will be comprehensive for the entire course, but there will be an emphasis on material covered since the cut-off line for midterm 2, i.e. on sections 12.2-12.5
  • office hours before the final: monday 12/12 2-5 pm
  • here is a huge compendium of past exams
  • midterm 2 solutions
  • midterm 2 stats: mean 43.9/60 (73.0%), median 45/60 (75%), standard deviation 8.0/60, high score 60/60
  • special office hours on monday 11/14 from 3-5 (or later)
  • midterm 2 will cover everything we've done in class from sections 10.2-12.1, inclusive (sections in this range that we've skipped will, of course, not be on the exam)
  • room assignments for midterm 2: section 1 maryland 109, section 2 maryland 201, sections 3 and 4 maryland 110
  • midterm 1 solutions
  • i will hold office hours on wednesday 10/19 from 3-4 and 4:30-5:30
  • midterm 1 stats: mean 45.4/60 (75.7%), median 46/60 (76.7%), standard deviation 5.8/60, high score 58/60
  • i will hold a special office hour before midterm 1 on tuesday 10/11 from 2-3
  • midterm 1 will cover everything we've done in class up to and including section 10.1. you will be provided with the general solutions to the autonomous differential equations in cases 1 and 2 in the text (formulas (8.17) and (8.27)).
  • room assignments for midterm 1: tuesday sections maryland 109, thursday sections maryland 201.
  • i will be away the week of 9/19-23, which means no office hours for me, but everything else will run as usual
  • i will hold a special office hour on thursday 9/8 from 4-5
  • recitations scheduled for 9/1 (which is before the first lecture on 9/2) will meet as scheduled

    weekly schedule
    lecture notes scans lectures
    mwf 10:00-10:50, maryland 110
    here's a guide to the (numerous) abbreviations i use when lecturing

    office hours
    office hours are times for you to stop by to discuss anything related to the course -- questions about material in the lectures or on the homework, gripes about exams, logistical matters, etc. to see me during my scheduled office hours, just show up, no appointment necessary. to see me at another time, talk to me or send me an email to make an appointment.

    teaching assistants
    stephen harrop, sharrop1 at jhu dot edu, office hour: w 11:30-12:30, krieger 207
    christopher kauffman, kauffman at math dot jhu dot edu, office hour: th 4:00-5:00, krieger 200

    recitation sections
    you will be assigned to one of five recitation sections for the course (t = tuesday, th = thursday):
    1. t 4:30-5:20, shriver 104, ta: harrop
    2. t 3:00-3:50, krieger 205, ta: harrop
    3. th 3:00-3:50, maryland 201, ta: kauffman
    4. th 1:30-2:20, bloomberg 168, ta: kauffman
    the aim of the recitation sections is to complement the lectures -- which will be fairly theoretical in nature -- with a more practical, hands-on approach to the material. in particular, recitations are a good place to discuss homework questions. in addition to the section meeting, each ta will have one office hour per week, as listed above.

    text
    Claudia Neuhauser, Calculus for Biology and Medicine, Third Ed., 2010

    course content
    the departmental syllabus for this course is here. the syllabus for the precursor to this course, math 106, may also be of interest.

    homework
    homework will be assigned throughout the week and due in class on fridays. it will be returned at your recitation section. no homework will be due the weeks of midterms. please staple your assignment and write your name and section number on it.

    each assignment will be graded out of thirty points: five of the assigned problems will be graded out of five points each, and the overall completeness of the assignment will be graded out of an additional five points.

    late assignments will not be accepted under any circumstances, but your lowest two homework scores from the semester will be dropped. you are encouraged to collaborate with each other on homework problems, but your solutions must be written up independently and in your own words. copying is a major academic infraction and is strictly forbidden.

    midterms
    there will be in-class midterms on october 12 and november 16. no calculators, notes, phones, or aids of any sort allowed.

    if you have to miss a midterm for a documented, legitimate excuse, then the corresponding component of your final grade will be calculated by prorating your other exam scores. in case of sickness, you must procure a doctor's note on or promptly after the exam date. there will be no make-up exams.

    final exam
    tuesday, december 13, 9-noon

    grading scheme
    20% homework, 20% each midterm, 40% final exam

    study resources
    there are many resources available to you outside of class to help with the course. email
    by far, the best way to communicate with me (and your other professors) outside of class is email. if don't have a lot of experience writing emails, here's a sample of something you might want to write in this class:
    Hi Brian,
    
    Could I please make an appointment with you for sometime Thursday
    afternoon or Friday?  I still have some questions after office
    hours.  I'm free after 3:00 on Thursday and all day Friday, if
    there's any time that works for you.
    
    Thanks,
    Sammy Student
    emails are like letters. they begin with a greeting (like Hi Brian or Dear Professor So-and-so) and end with a closing (like Thanks or Best or Cheers, or Sincerely or Best regards if you want to be a little more formal) followed by your name. it's poor form to use texting abbreviations in emails.

    cell phones
    it goes without saying, but here it is anyway: please put yours in vibrate or silent mode in class.

    feedback
    if there's something i or the ta's could be doing better, we want to know about it -- and right away, so that we have a chance to fix it. if you'd like to pass along your suggestions without passing along your name, please send them to the math department director of undergraduate studies, professor brown, and kindly ask him to forward them to me anonymously.

    ethics statement
    The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments, improper use of the Internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, facilitating academic dishonesty, and unfair competition.

    Report any violations you witness to the instructor. You may consult the associate dean of student affairs and/or the chairman of the Ethics Board beforehand. See the guide on "Academic Ethics for Undergraduates" and the Ethics Board Web site for more information.