M W 2:00 - 3:20
The student will use numerical methods to
1. approximate functions
2. solve equations
3. evaluate derivatives or definite integrals
4. solve differential equations
The student will write programs using a graphing calulator, spreadsheet, and/or computer program to perform problems solutions
The student will estimate the error of the calculations, and compare different methods of reducing error in solutions
The student will study the design of the computer solutions and will analyze problems to be able to choose a design for the solution method
Each student must have a graphing calculator (preferably a TI-83, TI-84, TI 86, or TI-89)
If a student has a TI-89, the student must be familiar with the operation of the calculator
The final grade for the course will be determined by a combination of exams, in-class exercises, graded homework, and computer projects. Any homework assignment will be due at the beginning of the period designated by the instructor. Late homework is subject to a penalty. No make-ups will be given for in-class exercises. In-class exercises will generally be given at the beginning of the period. A student must be present at the time the exercise is handed out, and must remain for the entire class period (unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor) in order to receive a grade other than zero on the exercise.
The weight of each portion will be as follows
Instrument Weight
Hour Tests 60%
Exercises/Homework/Programming projects 15%
Final Exam 25%
Grade Scale
90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 59% F
Quizzes and tests will be done on paper provided by the instructor.
Some homework assignments may be given on paper provided by the instructor. The student should work the problems on scratch paper, and transfer the solution neatly and completely onto the paper provided, using the space provided.
If a homework assignment is requested for which the instructor assigns problems out of the text, the student should turn in the problems worked neatly and completely on 8 1/2 by 11 paper, with the problems in order, and the answers clearly marked
Programming, spreadsheet, and/or calculator programming assignments should include a copy of the actual program listing together with the output of one or more runs of the programs as requested in the instructions. The papers turned in should be neat and should include necessary annotation to explain what is going on. The instructor may ask for a working copy of the program to be turned in electronically.
In general, late papers will not be accepted unless the student has made arrangements with the instructor in advance of the period in which the assignment is due. Late papers or assignments are subject to penalty at the descretion of the instructor
Each student is expected to attend every class period for this course, arriving in class before the period starts and leaving only when dismissed by the instructor. If a student needs to arrive late, leave early, or knows in advance that he/she will miss a class, the student should inform the instructor before the start of the class. No matter what, the student should be courteous to the instructor and the other students in the class, and avoid disrupting the class.
Use of cell phones to call or text others inside or outside of the classroom will not be tolerated. The only legitimate use of cell phones in the classroom would be to take a picture of work on the board. Otherwise, cell phones should be turned off and put away. Use of cell phones during tests is strictly forbidden.
Students are permitted to use computers, I-pads, or notebooks during class to take class notes, but surfing the web, checking e-mail, doing homework for other classes, or communicating with others inside or outside of the classroom is not permitted. Again, use of them on a test is strictly forbidden.
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and may result in penalties
Each student is expected to do his or her own work on all graded assignments. ANY EVIDENCE OF CHEATING OR UNAUTHORIZED GROUP EFFORT WILL RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION which may range from a zero on the assignment to an F in the course. Students may discuss and compare homework problems outside of class.
Note: Any student experiencing difficulty with this course has an obligation to himself and the rest of the class to seek help in mastering the material. The first step is to take advantage of the office hours set up by the instructor. If the listed hours are unsuitable, see the instructor after class for individual appointments at mutually agreeable times. Help should be sought as soon as the problem becomes apparent. Putting it off will only make things worse! Experience shows that students who study in groups with other students from the class do better, in general, than students who try to work alone. The instructor encourages students to form study groups.