Spring 2017 - Math 1A
Richard Hansen, Mathematics, De Anza College
email: HansenRichard@fhda.edu

 

Notes to Students in Math 1A, Spring 2017

 

1) Click here for information on your textbook and computer disk options. WebAssign offers features that you might find useful. WebAssign will not be used in this class, but other instructors might require it.

 

2) Click here for information on which calculators may and which calculators may NOT be used in Math 1A. This course will follow the same restrictions as the ACT, the site from which this information is borrowed.

 

3) Quiz #1 is a take home assignment that will be sent via email Tuesday evening or early on Friday. Quiz #1 is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, April 25. The quiz will cover sections 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, and 2.5 (not 2.4). As for any take home assignment in this class, you may work together and consult any resource you wish, including tutors. If you work together, don't simply copy each other's work; help each other to write a neat, accurate, and complete solution to every problem.

 

4) Quiz #2 will be on Thursday, April 27, most likely during the last half hour of class. The quiz will cover 2.6, 2.7, and 2.8, and we can review prior to taking the quiz.

 

5) The optional extra credit take home for Quiz #2 is due on Tuesday, May 2, at the beginning of class. If you arrive late, give me your quiz before taking your seat. For full credit, you must write neat, complete solutions for all of the problems. Remember that on take home assignments like this, you may consult any resource you wish and work with others. If you work together with other students in the class, don't just copy, help each other to get everything correct and complete.

 

6) Test #1 is scheduled for the last hour of class on Tuesday, May 2. It will cover sections 1.1 and 2.1-2.8 (all of chapter 2). We can review for the first hour of class.

 

7) Quiz #3 will be on Thursday, May 11, and will cover the first few sections of Chapter 3. On Thursday, May 4, we covered 3.1 and 3.2, and we will likely cover at least 3.3 and 3.4 next Tuesday when we will decide what will be covered on Quiz #3. See the "Suggested Problems" webpage for 3.1-3.4 problems. There are many problems suggested to give plenty of practice using the "differentiation rules" in these sections.

 

8) Quiz #3, on Thursday, May 11, will cover sections 3.1-3.5. We can review prior to taking the quiz during the last half hour of class. See the "Suggested Problems" page for the problems added for all of these sections.

 

9) The optional extra credit take home for Quiz #3 is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, May 16. If you arrive late, give me your extra credit assignment before taking your seat. Quiz #4 will be on Thursday, May 18, and will likely cover 3.6, 3.9, and 3.10.

 

10) Quiz #4, on Thursday, May 18, will cover 3.6, 3.9, and 3.10. We can review prior to taking the quiz during the last half hour of class. Note that we decided to move Test #2 up to Tuesday, May 23, so it will not contain any material from Chapter 4. Test #2 will cover 3.1-3.6, 3.9, and 3.10.

 

11) The optional extra credit take home for Quiz #4 is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, May 23. If you arrive late, give me your extra credit assignment before taking your seat. Test #2 is scheduled for the last hour of class the same evening, Tuesday, May 23. It will cover 3.1 through 3.6, 3.9, and 3.10. We can review before starting the test.

 

12) Thursday evening, May 25, Test #2 was returned and reviewed, and then we discussed section 4.3, How Derivatives Affect (I prefer to say "Describe") the Shape of a Graph. See the Suggested Problems webpage for 4.3 work over the weekend. We will discuss sections starting with 4.1 on Tuesday and problems for this and other sections will follow soon. On Tuesday, May 30, the Quiz #4 extra credit take home assignment will be returned, and a record sheet of grades to date will be distributed in advance of the "W" deadline at the end the week, Friday, June 2. Quiz #5 will be on Thursday, June 1, during the last half hour of class.

 

13) Quiz #5, on Thursday, June 1, will cover 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, and 4.4. We can review prior to taking the quiz during the last half hour of class. Note that 4.3 #33 has been added to the list of Suggested Problems, along with problems from 4.1, 4.2, and 4.4.

 

14) The optional extra credit take home for Quiz #5 is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, June 6. For additional points, also sketch an accurate graph of the function given in problem #1. If you arrive late, give me your extra credit assignment before taking your seat. Suggested problems have been added for 4.5 (curve sketching) and 4.5 (using calculators - optional topic). These should be the sections you spend some time on this weekend as no new information is presented. Quiz #6 will be on Thursday, June 8, and will most likely cover 4.5 (curve graphing), 4.7 (optimization), and "maybe" 4.8 (Newton's Method). These are all applications using the tools from 4.1-4.4. See the email sent 6/2.

 

15) Quiz #6, on Thursday, June 8, will cover 4.5 and 4.8, and students might want to practice some of the problems suggested from 4.6 for practice with calculators. We can review before taking the quiz during the last half hour of class.

 

16) The optional extra credit assignment for Quiz #6 is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, June 13. If you are late to class, give me your extra credit assignment before taking your seat. Next week, we will cover 4.7 (optimization), 10.1 and 10.2 (parametric equations -- differentiation only), and 4.9 (antiderivatives). Try some problems from 4.7 this weekend. Quiz #7 (the last one!) is scheduled for Thursday, June 15, and will cover 4.7, 10.1-2, and maybe 4.9.

 

17) Quiz #7, on Thursday, June 15, will cover 4.7, 10.1, and 10.2 (only the "Tangents" section). We can review before taking the quiz during the last half hour of class.

 

18) Looking ahead to the last week of classes, Test #3 is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20, and will cover all of Chapter 4 (including section 4.9, Antiderivatives), 10.1, and 10.2 (only the "Tangents" section). This test will be returned on Thursday, June 22, the last day of class. The final examination, the following week on Thursday, June 29, from 6:15 to 8:15 pm, is comprehensive, and students may prepare an 8.5 x 11 (standard letter size) sheet of notes, both sides.

 

19) The comprehensive final examination is on Thursday, June 29, 6:15 to 8:15 pm in the regular classroom. For studying purposes, I suggest reading the textbook and taking notes and then making sure you are comfortable working all of the problems from the seven quizzes and three tests from this quarter. With any additional time, do some practice problems, but NOT extremely difficult ones. Finally, be sure to prepare notes on a letterhead size sheet of paper (8 inches x 11.5 inches) for your use during the test. You may use both sides for handwritten notes: no photos, typesetting, or photocopying. No additional "scratch paper" will be allowed.

 

I will be on campus on Tuesday by about 2:00 pm and again on Thursday by about 11:00 am. In both cases, I am coming from other appointments, so I might be a little late. I cannot make it to campus on Wednesday, June 28. If you want to meet with me, send an email to set up an appointment; otherwise, I may not be in my office when you hope to see me.

 

 

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