2005 december 30 / e-mail me

Math 32-05/06, Fall 2005


What you have to know

The textbook is Calculus, 6th edition, by Edwards and Penney. Here's how you get in contact with me:

Here are the key web pages:

Here are some handouts, in PDF files:

Your final grade is determined as follows.

Class participation is considered in borderline cases. The final exam is uniform across all sections of Math 32 and Math 41. Your semester letter grade (A, B, C, etc.) is assigned after the final, according to an approximate curving process. On Oct 14 mid-term grades are reported for first-year students (and some others); these are estimated grades, based almost entirely on your first exam.

Calculators are not permitted on any exams. In lectures and homework, they are optional. But note well: Unless otherwise specified, we are interested in exact answers (simplified as much as possible), and calculators rarely give exact answers. Use them with care.

Daily obligations

You have work due every time we meet:

If you cannot make it to class, then you should check with a classmate or with me to see what was missed. If your absence is due to a serious, incapacitating illness, and you are willing to vouch for this under the Duke Community Standard, then you may do so at Short-Term Illness Notification; for then the absence is excused, and I won't penalize you for missing a class activity, such as handing in homework or taking a test.


On each Wednesday you submit the previous week's homework for grading. For example, on Wed Sep 7 you submit the homework assigned on Mon Aug 29 - Fri Sep 2. This gives you a chance to ask questions on the homework in the period immediately after it is assigned, and then to work for two more days on it. Notice that I do not hold office hours on Tuesday; if you want help on your homework, you cannot wait until the last day.

Your homework should be neat and complete, with the problems done in the order they were assigned, and clearly marked. If your paper is messy from revisions, erasures, etc., then you may need to recopy it. Show your work, and give simplified, exact answers. If a classmate were to read one of your solutions, she or he should be able to understand what the problem was and how you solved it. In other words, your solution should be self-explanatory.

Please fold your papers in half, lengthwise, and write your name and section (05 or 06); also, write and sign the short pledge:

I have adhered to the Duke Community Standard.

Keep in mind that, while you are encouraged to work with others on homework and when preparing for tests, the written work that you submit must be your own. In particular, you may not copy someone else's work or allow them to copy yours.

Depending on time constraints, perhaps only a subset of your homework problems may be graded. In order to ensure full credit, do all of the assigned problems. Also, if the grader cannot easily understand your paper, for example because it is messy or the problems are out of order, then you may lose credit.

In addition to the syllabus problems, there may also be occasional writing exercises — short essays — in which you explain a concept or problem in depth, in clear English. You will be given model essays to help you get started. (Learning to communicate your ideas is vital in every area of human endeavor. Just read a job ad — every employer wants "communication skills". It also helps me assess how the class is understanding the material.)

How to succeed in this class

I want all of my students to work hard, learn a lot of math, and earn a good grade. Here are my recommendations:

Well, that's it. But if you find yourself needing more help, here are some resources, in roughly the order you should try them.

  1. Talk to your classmates, and talk to me in office hours. Every student is expected to visit me at least once in office hours this semester.
  2. Visit the Math 32 Help Room, Sun/Tue/Thu 6-10 PM in 135 Carr. No appointment is necessary.
  3. Sign up for free Peer Tutoring.
  4. Try some other options, as suggested by the Math Department.


Here are the approximate grade ranges (i.e. "the curve"); I want to emphasize that these are approximate, and do not constitute a guarantee of your performance when the class is curved after the final exam. Here you can also view the old exams, both with and without answers. You may also want to visit the Blackboard site (go to Math 32/41: Course Documents) to view the midterm exams of other professors.

GradeExam 1Exam 2Exam 3Exam 4
Exam (blank)1.1.gif, 1.2.gif, 1.3.gif, 1.4.gif, 1.5.gif, 1.6.gif2.pdf3.pdf4.pdf
Exam (answers)1a.1.gif, 1a.2.gif, 1a.3.gif, 1a.4.gif, 1a.5.gif, 1a.6.gif2a.1.gif, 2a.2.gif, 2a.3.gif, 2a.4.gif, 2a.5.gif3a.1.gif, 3a.2.gif, 3a.3.gif, 3a.4.gif, 3a.5.gif, 3a.6.gif4a.pdf