Syllabus for Math 151

Spring 2000

Instructor. Doug Hensley; Office Milner 311, tel (409)-845-3654. email Office hours are 4-5 Mon, 1-3 Friday or by appointment. There will also be a local home page for this section of the course; click on this link and navigate inward. (the page is not yet in place)

MATH 151 WEB PAGE: The Mathematics Department has a web page for Math 151. Its URL address is

Course Description. Credit 4. This course will cover vectors in two dimensions, differentiation and integration of functions of one variable, and applications such as work, velocity/acceleration, optimization (max/min), and curve sketching. The course meets twice in lecture and twice per week in recitation. One of your recitation meetings is designed to discuss questions over homework or lecture. The other recitation meets in the computer laboratory where the computer package Maple will be introduced. The goal of the laboratory portion of the course is to show how problems that are too difficult to solve hand, can be solved with the help of the computer. The prerequisite for this course is either Math 150 (precalculus) or a good high school mathematics background that includes algebra II, analytic geometry and trigonometry.

Texts. Calculus: Early Vectors, preliminary edition, by Stewart et al, published by Brooks/Cole. The computer laboratory will also use Calclabs with Maple , also published by Brooks/Cole.

Grading. Your grade will be determined by three exams, a cumulative final exam, and a laboratory grade. The weights of each of these are as follows.


Exam I       Exam II       Exam III     Final Exam   Pop Quizzes  Lab  

 15%           15%            20%          25%         8%        20%
Date          Date           Date         Date 

Exams I, II and III are common exams (same exam is given for all sections of Math 151) and are administered in the evenings from 7:30-9:30pm. The increased weights of the third and final exams reflect the cumulative nature of the course. The Pop Quiz grade will be determined by quizzes in lecture; (the extra 3% serves to compensate for the possibility that some questions may have a theoretical bent). The laboratory grade will be determined by lab quizzes (40%) and computer assignments (60%).

SCHEDULE A weekly course schedule and suggested homework list are available from the departmental Math 151 course web page.

Make-ups for exams and quizzes will only be given with documented University-approved excuses (see University Regulations).

Scholastic integrity is expected and is taken seriously. Any instance of scholastic dishonesty will be handled as consistent with University Regulations.

COPYRIGHT STATEMENT: Please note that all written and web materials for this course are protected by copyright laws. You can xerox (or download) one copy for your own use, but multiple copies are forbidden unless written permission is obtained by your instructor.