Calculus from an Advanced Standpoint (MATH 553) - Fall, 2018
5:30pm-8:15pm Monday, Thompson Hall 303
Instructor: Mei Q.
(office), 843 642-0456 (cell)
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: 30% of the final course grade. Problems will be assigned
weekly. Some solutions and
work will be collected for grading and some will be presented in class by
students. Click here
to see the assignments.
- Hour exams: 30% of the final course
grade. Two one-hour exams are
tentatively scheduled for October 1 and November 5,
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 are required,
one is about a famous mathematician in calculus and one is about a
well-known theorem in calculus.
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 3 pages of text, double-spaced,
12-font, 1” margins, with a minimum of two sources other than
For each paper, a student is also required to give a short (no more than 5
Tentative dates for presentations are: September
10 and October 8.
- Teaching plan and classroom teaching: 10% of the final course grade.
One teaching practices on Limits, Differentiation or
Integration at your choice on November 26.
- Final exam: 15% of the
final course grade. The final exam is scheduled at 5:30pm - 8:15pm on December 10.
- 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
1pm - 5pm M, Thompson Hall
230, or by appointment at any time.
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