Calculus from an Advanced Standpoint
(MATH 553) - Spring, 2014
5:30pm-8:15pm M, Thompson Hall 303
Instructor: Mei Q.
(office), 766-0960 (home)
The goal of this course is to prepare teachers who may teach the Advanced Placement (AP)
calculus courses. Emphasis will be on understanding background and concepts
involved in the development of calculus. The use of graphing calculators and
other technology will be demonstrated and practiced. All
topics in AB-Calculus and some topics in BC-Calculus will be covered. Pedagogical issues and historical topics
will be discussed as appropriate.
Textbook: Calculus for AP, the 2nd
edition by Jon
Rogawski and Ray Cannon
Course Content: Chapter 1-12. See the tentative course outline for details.
Grading: It is based on weekly
homework assignments, two hour exams, a final exam and two short papers.
- Weekly homework
assignments: 25% of the final course grade. Problems will be assigned
weekly. Some problems will be
collected for grading. Click here to
see the assignments.
- Hour exams: 40% of the final course
grade. Two one-hour exams are
tentatively scheduled for February 24 and March 31, respectively.
Each exam covers the material that has been gone over in the class since
the previous exam.
- Papers: 15% of the
final course grade. Two short papers: one is about
a famous mathematician in calculus and one is about a well-known theorem
in calculus, are required.
Click here to see a list
of suggested famous mathematicians in Calculus and click here to see a list of well-known Theorems
in calculus. Each paper should be no more than
5 pages of text, double-spaced, 12-font, 1” margins, with a minimum
of two sources other than Wikipedia. For each paper, a student is also required to give a
short (no more than 8 minutes) presentation. Tentative dates for presentations
are: March 10 and April 28.
- Final exam: 20% of the
final course grade. The final exam is scheduled at 5:30pm - 8:15pm on May
- Problem of Week: Two extra points will be added to
the final exam score for each correct answer.
Grades (overall average):
= 90% or
higher, B+ = 80%
- 89%, B
= 75% - 79%,
C+ = 70%
- 74%, C
= 69% or lower
Office Hours and ESP Study/Help Sessions:
M, 2:00pm - 3:00pm TR, 4:30pm-5:30pm TR in Thompson Hall 230
If you need any assistance at different hours, please make an appointment with me in person or by email.
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