Calculus for Physical Sciences II

MATH 211N – Summer 2016

Benedictine University

Contents:

Basic Information

Evaluation

Attendance and Tardiness

Course Description

Homework

Academic Honesty

Course Objectives

Quizzes

Academic Accommodations For Religious Obligations (AAFRO)

Core Goals

In-Class Work

Electronic Devices Policy

Learner Outcomes

Daily Questions

Other Information

Expectations

Lab Projects

Homework Assignments

Technology Requirement

Exams

Dr. Tim Comar's Homepage 

Basic Information:

Instructor: Dr. Timothy D. Comar

Location:  BK 002, Computer labs, as needed.

Office: Birck 128

Phone: 630-829 - 6555

Time: Monday, Wednesday: 6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

E-mail: tcomar@ben.edu

Web Site: http://www.ben.edu/faculty/tcomar/index.htm

D2L login: https://ben.desire2learn.com/

Office Hours: by appointment on Mondays and Wednesdays, or as needed. Please contact Dr. Comar by email or text to arrange times.

Textbook:

J. Stewart, Calculus: Concepts and Contexts, 4e, Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2010

 

Calculator: TI-83 or TI-84 series strongly recommended. Calculators with computer algebra systems are not permitted on exams.

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Course Description:

This course is a continuation of Math 210 Calculus for Physical Sciences I. Topics include applications of the definite integral, methods of integration, sequences and series, polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors. We will cover material found in the second half of Chapter 5, Section 4.5, Chapters 6, 8, the beginning of Chapter 9. and Appendices G, H and I of the textbook.

We will approach material using the Rule of Four: Symbolically, Graphically, Numerically, and Verbally. We will emphasize the technical aspects of the course material as well as effective communication of the mathematics. We will use technology including graphing calculators and the computer algebra system, Maple, to solve problems when appropriate.

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Course Objectives:

We would like to develop a proficient understanding of the course material and the ability to use the course material in further course work as well as outside the classroom. To serve these ends, we will emphasize problem solving, critical thinking, and effective communication skills, both verbal and written. Success in this course will be dependent upon your ability to communicate your technical understanding of course material to your peers as well as to the instructor.  You will also be expected to successfully work collaboratively with others.

Basic skills/topics include:

1.      Techniques of Integration (Substitution, Integration by Parts, Partial Fractions, Trigonometric Substitution, Numerical)

2.      Applications of Integration to Area, Volume, Arc Length, Average Values, Other Disciplines

3.      Sequences, Series, Taylor Series, Improper Integral

4.      Introduction to Vectors and Polar Coordinates

5.      Using Calculus Methods to Solve Problems

6.      Communicating Mathematics Accurately and Effectively

8.      Using Computational Technology to Investigate and Solve Problems

8.      Working Collaboratively with Peers

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Core Goals (for students using the 2013-2014 catalog or earlier catalog):

This course contributes to the science component of the core. The course is intended to enable students to continue to meet the following core goals:

1.      Demonstrate an effective level of cognitive, communicative, and research skills;

2.      Achieve a college level of computational skills and an ability to understand and interpret numerical data;

3.      Acquire a knowledge of the history and heritage of western civilization to include: c) scientific literacy through a knowledge of the history, the methods, and the impact of science on the individual, society, and the environment;

5.      Apply liberal learning in problem solving contexts as preparation for active participation in society;

6.      Make informed ethical decisions that promote personal integrity, the legitimate rights and aspirations of individuals and groups, and the common good.

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Learner Outcomes:

To successfully complete this course, the student will:

1.      Demonstrate ability to successfully approach mathematics problems four different ways: geometrically, algebraically, numerically, and verbally (oral and written forms); this will be achieved through homework exercises, laboratory and in-class assignments.

2.      Evidence mastery of techniques of integration rules through homework assignments and exams.

3.      Evidence understanding of many applications of integration through problem solving in laboratory projects, homework assignments, and on exams.

4.      Evidence mastery of sequences, series, and convergence tests through homework assignments, in-class assignments, laboratory projects, and exams.

5.      Evidence understanding and applications of power and Taylor series through homework assignments, in-class assignments, laboratory projects, and exams.

6. Evidence mastery of basic concepts and techniques for understanding and computing with vectors and polar coordinates.

 

7.      Develop group work skills. This is achieved by student participation in classroom, online, and laboratory activities.

8.      Develop enhanced written and oral communication skills in the area of scientific communication. This will be achieved through classroom participation, group work in the classroom and laboratory, written laboratory reports, and written projects.

 

          IDEA Objectives:

1.     Gaining factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends). (Essential)

2.     Learning fundamental principles, generalizations, or theories. (Essential)

3.     Learning to apply course material (to improve thinking, problem solving, and decisions). (Important)

 

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Expectations:

This course is fast-paced and demanding.  It is expected that you will study at least two hours for each class hour.  You should devote at least twelve hours of study to this class per week.    You are expected to read the required section in the text and attempt the assigned problems from the section before the material is either summarized or expanded upon in class.  Your notes from studying should include the following: the title of the section, a list of key concepts from the section, a brief summary of the ideas and techniques presented, solutions to the problems you have solved and a list of questions and problems you have not solved.  Ask questions!  If there is material with which you are not fully comfortable, you are expected to ask questions either during class, online, or during office hours. 

We are a community of learners working together to achieve our course goals. As such, it is incumbent upon all class members to show appropriate respect for each other. Each class member has something important to contribute to the class and should feel comfortable sharing with the class. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off. Inappropriate and disrespectful behavior including cell phone usage will result in dismissal from the class for the remainder of the class period.

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Technology Requirement:

Students are expected to use Desire to Learn for all course communications, accessing notes and course information, and the completion of certain assignments as indicated in this syllabus. Students are expected to be familiar with graphing calculators and are expected to use the computer algebra system Maple. Homework is expected to prepared electronically using Word, Maple, or LaTeX. Portions of quizzes and exams may require or prohibit the use of calculators and/or computers.

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Evaluation:

Quizzes and In-Class Work

10%

Daily Questions

5%

Group Homework

15%

Lab Projects

10%

Exam 1

10%

Exam 2

15%

Exam 3

15%

Final Exam

20%

 

The grading scale is 90% for A, 80% for B, 70% for C, and 60% for a D.  It is the student’s responsibility to seek clarification of the course requirements and evaluation policy.

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Homework:

The homework assignment sheet lists the sections that will be covered in each class and suggested homework problems for you to use to reinforce the text's concepts. It is recommended that you attempt at least seventy percent of the suggested problems listed. These problems may be the content of quizzes. It is your responsibility either to know how to solve all assigned problems or to ask for assistance.  Your homework assignments also require daily questions. (Read on.)

There will be 13 collected homework problem sets. These are the problems in bold on the assignment sheet. Any of the homework problems may appear on pop quizzes or on exams.

Studying mathematics is a social process. Much benefit can be gained by sharing insights and by struggling through problems with your peers.  You are strongly encouraged to study and work with other class members.  You are also strongly encouraged to consult Dr. Comar outside of the class periods either during office hours or via e-mail at tcomar@ben.edu or text.

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Quizzes:

There will be a short quiz most days based on homework problems, labs, or classroom activities.  There may be other unannounced quizzes as well. You should be prepared for quizzes daily.

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In-Class Work:

Cooperative-learning exercises will take place on a regular basis. Learn to work with each other and learn from each other. Some activities may require follow-up work and re-writing outside of class. Some exercises may be graded for accuracy, and others may be granted credit for participation.

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Daily Questions:

Reading a mathematics textbook is very different from reading a novel and is often difficult.  To help you gain practice reading mathematics, you will be required to read the assigned sections, answer a question based on the reading, and submit at least two important questions of your own related to each assigned section.  The questions you pose may be significant questions that the text answers for you.  (In this case, provide a brief answer.)  Other important questions may arise from concepts that are unclear to you or from issues or extensions of concepts that the text does not discuss.

Questions should be significant and should indicate that you have thought carefully about what you have read.  Questions should not be of the form "What was Section 7.3 about?", "Does anybody really care about Section 7.3", "Can you do problem 46?", or "What does "homeomorphism" mean?" You still encouraged to ask about specific homework problems or examples in the text as long as you clearly indicate your issue with such problems or examples.  You may find that by identifying your difficultly and looking back in the text may enable you to answer your own question--a job well done!  All questions will be answered either in class, outside of class, or in written form.  Moral: ask questions!

Many of the basic concepts in the text will not be addressed explicitly in class.  Your questions will help direct discussion to important, yet difficult, issues and leave time for applied or exploratory activities.

Your questions and responses are required prior to each class session and should be submitted to Dr. Comar in the following manner.

Responses to Instructor’s Study Questions:  direct email: tcomar@ben.edu

Your Questions:                                                 Discussion tool in D2L

These are due by to 7:00 a.m. prior to the next class meeting.  Questions not submitted in by this time will not receive credit and may not be addressed in the next day’s class. Your postings will be graded as a participation grade.  Credit is earned by submitting your questions and by seriously attempting to answer to the study questions--right or wrong.  Extra credit of one half a participation score may be earned (once each submission day) by correctly responding to a fellow’s student question before class discussion of the question.  The instructor reserves the right to post questions with responses to the class discussion board on D2L. 

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Lab Projects:

There will be 4 laboratory projects using the computer algebra system Maple.  These assignments are designed to help deepen and expand your understanding of the course material through writing and applications. You will have the opportunity to re-think, re-organize, and build upon ideas that have been discussed in class. No late projects will be accepted. You maywork with a lab partner as you work through the projects, but you must write up your own lab report in your own words.  Lab project reports will be due by the beginning of class on the date listed in the syllabus.  There will be an additional written assignment addressing the history of mathematics and calculus. This will count as part of your lab project grade. No late assignments will be accepted. 

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Exams:

There will be three in-class exams and a two-hour comprehensive final exam. The in-class exam dates are 6/27/16, 7/11/16, and 7/25/16.  The comprehensive final exam will take place on 8/10/16.  Exams and quizzes cannot be made up or retaken.  If you miss an exam, your total exam score will be based on your performance on the other exams including the final.  Use of graphing calculators is strongly recommended on tests and quizzes unless otherwise prohibited.  Calculators with computer algebra systems including the TI-89, TI-92, and the TI-92+ are not permitted on exams.  The instructor reserves the right to delete all calculator memory prior to an exam.

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Absence and Tardiness:

Absence due to documented illness, participation in Benedictine University athletic activities, religious observance, or other extenuating circumstances will be excused.  It is your responsibility to inform Dr. Comar in the event of such absences.  Class attendance is very important.  Others will depend on you to be to participate in group exercises.  It is incumbent upon you to obtain class notes and updated assignments for missed classes. Tardiness will interfere with your time to complete homework quizzes and exams.  No student shall be admitted fifteen minutes after the scheduled class time.

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Academic Honesty:

The search for truth and the dissemination of knowledge are the central missions of a university. Benedictine University pursues these missions in an environment guided by our Roman Catholic tradition and our Benedictine heritage. Integrity and honesty are therefore expected of all members of the University community, including students, faculty members, administration, and staff. Actions such as cheating, plagiarism, collusion, fabrication, forgery, falsification, destruction, multiple submission, solicitation, and misrepresentation, are violations of these expectations and constitute unacceptable behavior in the University community. The penalties for such actions can range from a private verbal warning, all the way to expulsion from the University. The University's Academic Honesty Policy is available at http://www.ben.edu/AHP , and students are expected to read it. Cheating and plagiarism of any sort will not be tolerated.  All instances will be pursued.  The first case of any academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the assignment.  A second case will result in failure of the course.

Your name should appear on all of your submissions of your work.  If collaboration is allowed, you must state with whom you have collaborated.  You are responsible for understanding any authorized collaboration policies on specific assignments. You must also properly reference any other print, electronic, or human resource that you consult.

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Other Information:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

If you have a documented learning, psychological or physical disability, you may be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, please contact Jennifer Rigor-Golminas in the Student Success Center, 012 Krasa Student Center, (630) 829-6512.   All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The University will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Academic Accommodations For Religious Obligations (AAFRO)


A student whose religious obligation conflicts with a course requirement may request an academic accommodation from the instructor. Students must make such requests in writing by the end of the first week of the class.

 

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Electronic Devices Policy

One aspect of being a member of a community of scholars is to show respect for others by the way you behave. One way of showing respect for others in the educational community is to do your part to create or maintain an environment that is conducive to learning. That being said, allowing your cell phone to ring in class is completely inappropriate because it distracts your classmates and thus degrades their overall classroom experience. For the sake of your classmates, you are expected to turn off your cell phone or set it to mute/silence BEFORE you enter class-every class. Furthermore, if you use your cell phone in any manner during class (e.g. text messaging, games, etc.), you will be dismissed from class and will forfeit any points you might have earned in the remainder of the period. If you use your cell phone in any manner during a test or quiz, you will receive a zero for that test or quiz. (This policy also applies to pagers, iPODs, BlackBerrys, PDAs, Treos, MP3 players and all other electronic communication and/or data storage devices.)

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This syllabus is subject to change.  Any changes will be communicated to all class members electronically.

Contact Dr. Comar: tcomar@ben.edu

 Dr. Tim Comar's Homepage 

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