Professor: Nathaniel Emerson
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - please include "Math 125" in the subject line.
Telephone: (213) 740-3230
Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00-4:00, Friday 10:00-11:00, or by appointment.
Textbook: Essential Calculus (2nd Ed.) by James Stewart [ISBN: 9781133112297].
Grades: Students will be graded on weekly homework assignments, quizzes, participation, two in-class exams, and a final exam.
Homework/Quizzes/Participation (24%): Homework assignments will be posted online by Friday of each week. The assignment is due the following Thursday in discussion. Homework assignments will be graded on two criteria: completeness (attempting every problem) and accuracy (of problems selected by the instructor). There will be two group homework assignments which will be presented during discussion. No late homework will be accepted. Students are encouraged to collaborate and to seek help with homework.
Any Thursday when a homework assignment is due, there will be a quiz on that homework in discussion. Quizzes will be 10-15 minutes long. Neither notes, calculators, nor collaboration is permitted on quizzes. Students must take the quiz in the discussion section that they are registered for. Make-up quizzes will be given only by prior arrangement for students attending USC events.
Each student's lowest quiz score and lowest individual homework score will be dropped.
Students are encouraged and expected to participate in both class and discussion. Participation grades will be based on the quality and quantity of the student's participation in class, discussion and office hours.
Computer Assignments (3%): There will be four computer assignments during the semester. All required software is available in the Math Center.
Exams (40%): There will be in-class exams on Friday, October 4 and November 15. No notes or books are permitted. No calculators or other electronic devices are permitted. No collaboration during the exam is permitted.
Final Exam (33%): There will be a common final exam for all sections of Math 125 on Wednesday, December 18 from 8-10 AM in SGM 123. Note that this is an exceptional time, and a room change. A strictly enforced USC policy prevents any student from taking the final exam prior to the scheduled date. Make sure that you take this into account when making plans for your Winter Vacation. No notes or books are permitted. No collaboration during the exam is permitted. No calculators, or other electronic devices are permitted.
Extra Credit (2%): Students who participate in the JEP program as a Math Mentor can earn up to 2% extra credit. This is a semester-long commitment to work with will K-12 students mentoring them on math-related subjects. You must register with JEP to earn extra credit; there is an online application: http://uscdornsife.usc.edu/secure/JEP/. Details will be announced in class.
Goals: Students should acquire an understanding of both the theory and practice of one-variable calculus. They should be able to apply their knowledge to a variety of problems. We will cover Chapters 1-5 of Stewart, including the derivative and its applications, theory and techniques of integration, as well as logarithmic and exponential functions.