Calculus 1--Math 101
MWF 11:30-12:20, Th 1:00-1:50 -- Mars Science 1141
Monday, November 28, 2011,
10:24 AM )
Where I post activities and less public course information, such as:
- Responding to the Reading Assignments
- Background Questionnaire for you to fill out
- Supplementary materials reviewing topics before Chapter 0
- Additional course readings
- Study Guides
Tips on Getting Through the First Week of Class
- Reading assignments are due at 8am, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
- Make a solid attempt to answer the questions - I don't grade on correctness, but I do on effort.
- Every question implicitly ends with "explain your answer".
- Write your answers in complete sentences.
In Class Work
- You will need to have access to graphing technology one way or another for this class.
- If you have one, a graphing calculator is fine (but you can't graph during exams).
- Often, the on-line search engine WolframAlpha is enough for your Calc 1 needs also.
- Another option is the computer algebra system Maple.
- This is a very powerful program, and will be used a little in Calc 2 and a lot in Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, etc -- so if you think you're likely to take a lot of math, you may want to dive into it.
- As long as your computer is connected to the campus network (wireless is okay) and your computer has a recent enough operating system, you may use Maple on it. Here are instructions for downloading Maple onto your computer, be it Mac or PC.
- The new versions of Maple have gotten very interactive, and more intuitive -- so much so that it's hard to write instructions. That being said, here I have is a link to an old list of some of the Maple commands from a previous version of Maple. It's not completely updated for Maple 15 yet, but it should give you a good place to start, at any rate. You may also find it just as easy to come ask me about it.
- Mike Pepe of Seattle Community College created a set of Maple tutorials called Maple Essentials . They were created for a significantly older version of Maple, but may still be useful. If you're using a PC, right-click on the link and select Save Target As ... and save the file to the desktop. If you're using a Mac, control-click or right-click on the link and select Save Linked File to Desktop. Then locate the file MapleEssentials.zip on your desktop and double-click on it to open it. (On a Mac, this creates a folder called Maple Essentials on your desktop, that you then open to find all the tutorial files).
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