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Course Information for Math 124
This course develops basic concepts of calculus with life science applications. Topics include differential and integral calculus and an introduction to elementary differential equations all connected to biological problems. Computer skills are developed and applied to more complex biological models. The skills developed in this course provide fundamentals for learning other sciences (see Neil deGrasse Tyson).
This class is not open to students with credit in Math 121 and 122 or Math 150. This course is required for biology majors, and it develops the quantitative skills in those students. For GE students, it provides interdisciplinary studies connecting mathematics and biology with a strong technological component. Students should read the Biology Advising sheet, especially in regards to "Are You Taking Calculus in 2015-2016?"
Faculty Teaching Math 124 - Spring 2016
Joseph Mahaffy and Alexandra Chavez-Ross, Calculus: A Modeling approach for the Life Sciences (Volumes 1 and 2), Pearson Custom Publishing, 2009.
are available online.
Manual is being developed with much of
the first part completed and online.
Course Assessment and Grading
The grade divisions are typically 85-100 is an A, 73-85 is a B, 62-73 is a C, 50-62 is a D, and below 50 is an F with + or - assigned near the boundary (within 3%). Because the HW can be done with outside help or technology and the Computer Lab grade can reflect work done by others, then if these scores are disproportionately high compared to Quiz, Exam, and Final scores, then the instructor reserves the right to lower a grade. (Yes, there is some subjectivity in the final grade based on instructor experience.) The instructor considers the comprehensive final exam especially important in deciding the final grade, as this exam reflects what a student has learned in the course. Anyone receiving a score less than 50% on the Final is unlikely to obtain a grade higher than a C-. Simlarly, a high performance on the final may be used to increase a student's grade above the typical grade divisions noted above.
The Syllabus has details on course policies.
Tutoring: The Math Department may offer free tutoring depending on funding. Any tutoring information will be posted on the HW Assignment page.
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