Math 141B - Calculus with Applications in Biology-II
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Course objectives: Students majoring in biology or related
life science fields can choose to fulfill their Calculus requirement with
Math 141B, Calculus with Applications to Biology II, instead of Math 141.
While covering the standard syllabus topics of derivatives, integrals,
and applications, Math 141B puts a greater emphasis on biological applications
and examples. This year the topics on polar coordinates, infinite
sequences and series will be replaced by sections on parametric equations
and partial derivatives and an introduction to differential equations .
The ultimate purpose of this course is to provide an appropriate mathematical
background for further work in the biological sciences.
Grading: There will be two midterm exams worth 100 points each and a final exam worth 150 points. There will also be weekly quizzes and homework assignments worth 50 points each, making the total possible score of 450 points for the course.
Homework: Homework problems will be assigned in class after every section and you will given (typically) two days to finish the homework problems. The problems and the deadline for each homework will be announced in the class and will also be posted on the homework web page . You are expected to do all the assigned homework problems, however only selected problems will be graded in detail. Late homework will not be accepted. Each homework will be graded for 10 points and the lowest two scores will be dropped. Each class will begin with discussion of homework problems for the week, prompted by your questions. So please come prepared for the class.
Quizzes: The quizzes will be held every Monday throughout the semester. The quizzes will typically test you on the material covered in the previous week. Two of the lowest scores will be dropped for the quizzes. No make up quizzes will be given for any reason. So if you miss a quiz for some reason, then that would count as a zero score.
Attendance and Class Participation: The material covered in the course is fairly difficult. So your presence during each class is strongly encouraged. If you miss a class for some reason, please do read the relevant material from the book before you come to the class the next day. Please feel free to ask any questions (however simple or trivial it might seem to you) during the class. There might be others in the class who have the same questions. Class participation will be taken in to account while deciding the final grades.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or problems relating
any aspect of this course, or just to discuss the material covered in class
or the text. I hope that you will have a productive semester.