Math 212
Instructor Jonathan Campbell, (Office: Physics 034)
Homework
Due 8/30: All exercises listed in syllabus in 12.1
Due 9/6: All exercises for 12.2, 12.3, 12.4
Due 9/13: All exercises for 12.5, 12.7 ( NO 12.6!)
Due 9/20: All exercises for 13.1, 13.2, 13.3, 13.4
Due 9/27: All exercises for 13.6, 13.7, 13.8
Due 10/4: All exercises for 14.1, 14.2, 14.3
Due 10/11: All exercises for 14.5, 14.6
Due 10/18: All exercises for 14.9, 10.2,12.8
Due 10/25: All exercises for 14.4, 14.7
Due 11/1: All exercises for 14.8, 15.1, 15.2
Due 11/8: All exercises for 15.3, 15.4
Due 1//15: All exercises for 15.5,15.6
Exam Dates: Midterms: 9/27, 10/30, 12/4, FINAL 12/16
Remarks from lecture
9/6 : This website is a great resource that will help you visualize quadric surfaces
9/23 : I WILL HAVE SPECIAL OFFICE HOURS THURSDAY 9/26 from 2-4
10/25: I WILL HAVE SPECIAL OFFICE HOURS TUESDAY 10/29 FROM 4-6
11/4: Exam 1 solutions and Exam 2 solutions. Also, here are the relevant sections of Feynman's Lectures on Physics and very clearly explain many things about vector calculus: Feynman Lectures
Sections: WF 1:25pm-2:45pm, MWF 4:55pm-5:45pm
Office Hours: M2-3, W12-1
Syllabus: Here and here for list of topics and homework problems
Course Grading: There is a detailed grading policy for all of Math 212 on the Sakai website, in a file appropriately called "GradingSystem2019Fall212.pdf." REVIEW THIS. You'll note that all of the grade, with the exception of 10% of it, is determined by exams. The other 10% is at the discretion of the instructor. In my case, the entire 10% will be based on weekly homework.
Homework Grading and Policy There will be weekly homework, due Fridays. Since there are about 15 weeks, each homework will be worth about .66% of your grade (the decimal is in the right place - each homework is worth about 2/3 of a percent). Homework will be collected at the beginning of class. You will not be allowed to turn homework in if you do not attend that particular class (e.g. no sliding it under my door, no putting it in my mailbox, etc). Also, you cannot turn in homework for someone else - this will result in both of you automatically losing all points for that homework.
Homework will be graded as follows. You will turn in all of the problems on the appropriate section of the syllabus. I will select 5 at random to be graded, which will be graded for correctness, not completion
Course Policies
- No electronics. None. Zero. If you want electronic course notes, you can transcribe them after class. Exceptions are made for accessibility
- No arguing about homework grades. I will have a grader, so I am not responsible for them. Furthermore, whatever we are arguing about will amount to hundredths of a percent of a grade, so not really worth it. That said, I'm perfectly willing to discuss homeworks! Just not negotiate grades.
- Staple your homework. Not stapling will result in a 0.
- In case it is not clear from above, NO LATE HOMEWORK EVER
- See other policies above about homework
- I reserve the right to add policies
How to do Well There is no other way to do well than to do many, many problems. Do the homework problems, and more. Find old exams and sit down and practice. Print out problems from many sections of the book, cut them up, and pull them randomly. Do problems from other textbooks. Find a Schaum's outline guide, and get problems from there. Et cetera, et cetera
Doing problems is unpleasant, and hard, but it gets easier. And you'll get better at math.
Another thing to do is always relate what you're learning now to what you've previously learned in the class. Do old definitions and theorems make more sense in light of new theorems and definitions? Can you do more computations with the new techniques you are learning? What's something you couldn't do without new techniques? I'll have more to say about this as the course goes on.
Other resources Clark Bray's website for Math212 has great resources and links.
This website is great for helping to visualize quadric surfaces
Other Notes
I have RAF (Resting A**hole Face). I am aware of this. But I promise I'm quite friendly! Stop by office hours and say hi.