Math 261 FALL 2006, Honors Calculus
- Instructor Jon Brundan
- Office Hours for Fall 2006: M 1:00-2:00, U 3:00-4:00,
W 1:00-2:00 Deady 304.
- Please talk to me in class if you cannot make these office hours,
and we can arrange an alternative time. You could also use e-mail to
- Class meets MUWF 2:00-3:00, Deady 205.
- Book: Calculus, M. Spivak, third edition.
- Syllabus: roughly chapters 1-10.
- Table of common mathematical shorthand (PDF format).
- Homework Assignments (25%).
to be collected on WEDNESDAYS, first due W Oct 4.
Late homework will not be accepted. Not all of the assigned homework
problems will be graded.
- Test dates:
You must bring photo ID to the midterms and the final.
- Midterm 1(15%): U Oct 17.
- Midterm 2(20%): U Nov 7.
- Final (40%): W Dec 6, 3.15pm.
- Grading: Homework 25%,
- Last day to drop: S Nov 12.
- I usually treat the Tuesday class as an extended office hour and devote the time to doing examples, answering homework questions and any other questions people have. You should plan to do as much of the homework as you can BEFORE the Tuesday class so that by the end of class on Tuesday -- or certainly by the end of my office hour at 3pm on Tuesday -- you are sure you can finish all the homework to be turned in the following day.
The exception to this rule is on the weeks when there is a midterm -- on these two weeks you're on your own for homework!
- Please remember that if you miss a class, it is
your responsibility to find out what happened in that class. You
can usually pick up any handouts from this web page.
- Things to expect from honors calculus:
- It's abstract. To cope with this, you must think about what we are
doing in class and why - always strive to work out the big picture for
- Homeworks are difficult. You should not expect to be able to do all of them without help, and may have to work for a long time even to do a little. Everyone finds this and I am aware of the problems! Hard work and practice is the only way to master difficult mathematics. I do encourage you to find someone else in the class who is at the same level as you and work with them on homeworks. Just make sure you are understanding and learning from the homework -- not just copying what your friend tells you without digesting it!
- Ideas and concepts build on one another. It is important not to get behind or you will get lost. You should go over class notes every day and try to understand for yourself what is being done, especially when we meet new definitions.
- The book is challenging. But it is a great book and worth a lot of effort trying to read and make sense of it. Reading advanced math texts is a skill which you learn over time.
- Its all worth it! People who have been through honors calculus before all say - with hindsight - that they are glad they stuck with it, even though it
was tough at the time. Once you've done this, all other math classes should be easy!
Department of Mathematics
University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-1222 USA