Math 165 Information Sheet

   Revised December 12, 2011

Final Exam: Wednesday, December 14, 4:30-6:30 pm in Carver 101 (click here for finals week office hours)


  1. My office is 422 Carver, and the phone number there is 294-8136; I can also be reached via e-mail at . (This is the best way to get in touch with me.) My office hours are 11-12 and 2:10-3:00 Monday, 9:00-9:50 Tuesday and Thursday, and Wednesday 9-9:50. If you can't make these office hours, either make an appointment or take your chances. I'm usually in my office between 9 and 12 and between 2 and 4 every day (except, of course when I am teaching: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 to 10:50 and Tuesday and Thursday 12:40 to 2:00).  Also check this link for changes to office hours.
  2. The textbook for this course is Calculus, 9th edition by Varberg, Purcell, and Rigdon. We will cover parts of Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6.
  3. The course will be graded based on three in-class exams, one midterm exam, and one final exam, weekly quizzes, and homework assignments.  The three in-class exams and midterm exam are 40% of your grade (10% per exam), the final is 20%, homework is 35%, and quizzes are 5%.  Grades will be based on your total points.  Approximate cut-offs are 88% = A, 77% = B, 66% = C, 55% = D.  Adjustments to this scale (including the use of plus/minus grades) will be made at the instructor's discretion.  Go to Blackboard Learn to see your grades.
  4. There will be two kinds of homework assignments: those on MyMathLab (you will need the course number lieberman70197 to see these assignments) and additional assignments be posted on the web along with a due date. Typically there will be one assignment of each type per week.  You might find this document useful for MyMathLab.
  5. Quizzes are available on MyMathLab.  There will be one quiz per week, and you can take the quiz at any time between 12 am Friday and 11:59 pm Sunday.  I will add up your quiz scores up to a maximum of 10 points (including partial credit), there is no extra credit for getting more than 10 quiz points.
  6. Although this will not be part of your grade for the course, you should investigate the Problem of the Week posted by the Math Department. Full details are available on the bulletin board outside of 396 Carver or on the Problem of the Week website. On your first visit to the website, check out the rules, too.
  7. Practice midterm and final exams are available on the web.  This link takes to a page which connects to recent exams from all calculus courses.  Here is the list of course objectives.
  8. A practice second exam is now available on the web.
  9. A practice third exam is now available on the web.
  10.  Check out Blackboard for new information about grading, including the most recent scores.


Tentative Syllabus


Chapter 1: August 22 through September 1

REVIEW September 2

EXAM (over Chapter 1) September 6
Chapter 2: September 8 through 27
REVIEW October 6
MID-TERM EXAM (over Chapters 1, 2, and 3 through Section 3.2) October 6, 8-9:30 pm in Kildee 125

No Class October 7
Chapter 3: September 29 through October 21
REVIEW October 24
HOUR EXAM (over Chapter 3) October 25
Chapter 4: October 27 through November 11
REVIEW November 14
HOUR EXAM (over Chapter 4) November 15

Chapter 6: November 17 through December 8

FINAL EXAM December 14, 4:30-6:30, Carver 101