Home, 4/27

Exam 6 turned out pretty well. You can see the statistics and the solutions in the usual place.

The final exam is on Tuesday at 8:00. The final exam replaces your weakest exam grade if it is better. To find out whether you should take the final, find out your grade first (I either gave it to you already, or you can email me from your murraystate account to get it), and then check with the grade computer to see what you would need to make on the final in order to get a better grade.

The final exam will be much like our regular exams, only 50% longer (6 pages instead of 4). The best way to start preparing for a final exam is to make sure you can do all the problems on our  past exams. The problems on the final will be very much like those problems. All the blank exams are available on the website, along with their solutions. If you need help with anything, come to see me during office hours (make an appointment if you cannot make it during the hours below).

Finals week office hour schedule

Monday 9:00-10:30 & 1:00-3:00
Tuesday 10:30-3:00
Wednesday 1:00-3:00
Thursday 9:00-10:30

Good luck with finals!

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Home, 4/27

Exam 6 is scheduled for Friday. It will cover sections 4.9, 5.1-5.6 (believe it or not, we will cover most of them). Check out sample exam 7 in the usual place.

I will grade the exams and have your final grades ready by Saturday. You can email me from your Murray State account to find out your grade to help you decide whether to take the final exam on Tuesday of finals week (remember that this final exam takes the place of your two weakest exams, but only if it is better).

You can start working on homework in 5.2 - we plan to discuss it on Tuesday.

Home, 4/20

After Exam 5 you may relax for a little, but only a little! For we have another chapter to cover until the end of classes! Fortunately, the problems in this chapter are not as long-winded as the ones we have been working on lately.

Home, 4/13

Exam 5 is scheduled for Friday. It will cover sections 4.4-4.7. For the exam, check out sample exam 5, problems 1, 4, 6 and sample exam 6, all problems. Write-ups for 4.4 and 4.5 are due on Monday. The next homework, in 4.6 and 4.7, will be due on Wednesday, so it can be returned in time for the exam.

The grade computer has been updated to reflect that our course has 6 exams. Try it out to see how you are doing and what you need to make on the next two exams in order to have a desired grade at the end of the semester.

Home, 4/6

After our exam, you can take break this weekend. But if you are looking for something to do, start looking at section 4.4 homework.

Home, 3/30

Exam 4 is scheduled for Thursday. It will cover sections 3.9-3.11, 4.2 and 4.3. Write-ups for 4.2 and 4.3 will be due on Tuesday, and we will discuss that homework on Monday.

For the exam check out sample exam  4, all problems except 7, 8; and sample exam 5, problems 2, 3, 5 and bonus.

Home, 3/16

Exam 3 turned out OK. You can find the statistics and solutions in the usual place.

On Monday, we will discuss some homework from 3.9 and 3.10. Try to find time over the break to look over the problems.

Have a great spring break!

Home, 3/9

Exam 3 is scheduled for Wednesday of next week (3/14). It will cover sections 3.4-3.8. Check out sample exams 3 (all problems) and 4 (problems 1-3, 6-8, 10).

On Monday, we will cover section 3.10. It may spill over into Tuesday, but the rest of Tuesday we will spend reviewing ahead of the exam.

Home, 3/2

Homework from 3.6 and 3.7 is assigned for discussion for Monday. The write-ups will probably be due on Tuesday.

Also, a general word of advice: it really is not enough practice to just do the write-up problems. Make sure you work on the other problems in the assignment as well. We are trying to develop a manipulative skill - that of taking the derivative - and like all other manipulative skills (multiplication, for example) it requires a lot of practice in order to "enter our bloodstream" and become rote.

I write exams starting with the assumption that taking the derivative is a simple skill that you have mastered, so you can focus on other tasks. Thus, if you are struggling with taking derivattives (or do them inefficiently), you have put yourself at a big disadvantage at the outset.

Home, 2/24

Work on homework from 3.4 and 3.5. Once we are done with 3.4 on Monday, we will discuss some of the homework.

Home, 2/17

Exam 2 is scheduled for Thursday of next week (2/23). It will cover sections 2.5, 2.6 and 3.1-3.3. check out sample exam 2 (except for problem 2) and exam 3, problems 2, 3, 5.

We will discuss homework from 3.3 on Monday. Its write-up will be due on Tuesday.

Home, 2/10

Exam 1 turned out pretty well. You can see the statistics on the "scores and docs" page, as well as get solutions for it. Note that you can find some statistics on how everyone is doing overall in the course (right now, they all look like exam 1 statistics, since this is the only major grade component so far).

Write-ups for 2.5 and 2.6 are due on Monday. Exam 2 will come some time during the week after next.

Home, 2/3

Exam 1 is scheduled for Tuesday, 2/7, covering 2.1-2.4 and 2.7. Calculators will be allowed (and needed). On Monday we will do some new things, and take any questions ahead of the exam.

You can find sample exams on the "scores and docs" page. For our exam 1, consider all the problems in exam 1 and problem 2 on Exam 2.

Home, 1/27

Sections 2.3 and 2.4 were assigned to work on, we'll discuss them in class on Monday and have write-ups over these sections due on Tuesday.

We have covered almost enough material for an exam. Next we'll work on 2.7, and we'll have an exam soon afterwards (beginning of week after next), once homework from 2.7 is returned.

You may find sample exams on the "scores and docs" page. I uploaded them today

Home, 1/17

Welcome to the course!  Look around to familiarize yourself with the layout of these webpages.  Note that the most important links at right are highlighted.  All documents (homework assignment, solutions to exams, etc.) can be found at the "scores and documents" page.

These pages will get more content as information becomes available.  Check back often: useful information is provided in the "home" section (which you are reading), typically updated weekly.  Homework assignments will be updated when we start a new chapter.