Instructor: Tim Mesikepp
- Office: PDL C-34
- Office hours: M 1-2, W 8:30-9:30, 1:30-2:30, Th 10:30-11:30, or by appointment
- Email: mesiket (at) uw.edu
This course will be extremely compressed. We cover all the material from the entire quarter in 4.5 weeks. This will be a frenetic, drinking-from-the-firehose pace. You will need a lot of effort and time outside of class
to digest the material. If you cannot or are not willing to invest so much effort, then you should switch to a regular-length section.
Course content and textbook:
See the math department's 308 syllabus
. If you don't want/need a physical copy of the book, you can just buy WebAssign access for the quarter (the $64.95 option). When you log into WebAssign you will have access to the ebook.
Homework is online through WebAssign
. The first problem set (1.1-1.2) is due Thursday, 6-21, and then homeworks are due subsequent T, W, Th and/or Sat. You need to get access to WebAssign as soon as possible and login
to see your assignments. (WebAssign customer service will be visiting the Math Study Center Tue, 7-19 from 11-3. This is a great opportunity get technical questions addressed.)
There will be one midterm and a final exam. There are no make-up exams.
In order to pass the course you must take both the midterm and the final. Schedule your travel and obligations around these dates, or otherwise do not take this class.
- Midterm: Monday, July 2
- Final: Wednesday, July 18 (the final day of A-term class - no finals week!)
I will curve the final grades, placing the median in the 3.0-3.2 range. Last summer, the median of 75.5% got a 3.1. Weighting:
Some things you are responsible for:
- Homework: 20%
- Midterm: 35%
- Final: 45%
Resources for help:
- Knowing the policies in this syllabus.
- Knowing when homework is due. This will always be visible on WebAssign and above on our course calendar.
- Announcements I make in class and post above in announcements. So you should come to class and periodically check this site.
- You! Your drive, perseverance, and study. Your lecture notes, your creativity and your ideas. Most of your learning for this class will have to take place outside of class (!) as you reflect on and digest what we discuss in lecture.
- Do your best to pay attention in class. I would ask you to consider not using a laptop or phone during class, because these are districting to yourself and fellow students, especially in such a small room. Multitasking - like checking your email or Facebook while in class - is not helpful. It is rather remarkably detrimental. "When you try to multitask, in the short-term it doubles the amount of time it takes to do a task and it usually at least doubles the number of mistakes." - Dr. JoAnn Deak. (Similar summaries of research: NY Times, NPR - "The research is almost unanimous, which is very rare in social science, and it says that people who chronically multitask show an enormous range of deficits. They're basically terrible at all sorts of cognitive tasks, including multitasking.")
- The book.
- The homework.
- Your classmates.
- The internet.
- The Math Study Center (priority for 100-level courses). Their summer hours are 11-5, M-Th.
- Me - ask questions in class, come to my office hours. You are paying for my time, so why not use it?
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- Do your best not to fall behind.
- Come to class every time and be engaged: ask questions, do the in-class problems, talk to your classmates, ask me questions afterwards.
- Do some math everyday. Regular practice and exposure is much better than cramming.
- Review your notes after every class. Research has shown that this significantly increases retention.
- Have fun! Math is exciting and enjoyable. "Understanding is a kind of ecstasy" - Carl Sagan.