Math 3C - SPRING, 2002 GENERAL INFORMATION TEXTBOOK: [S] Math 3C Reader by J. Stopple [FHMW] "Differential Equations and Linear Algebra" by Farlow etc. We will roughly cover all [S] and [FHMW] Chap 1-3 Lecture location & time: NH 1006, 1-1:50pm Instructor: Xi Chen Phone #: 893-3878 Email: xichen@math.ucsb.edu Office and Office Hours: South Hall 6502, MWF 2-3pm or by appointment HOMEWORK: Homework is due each week in your discussion section. It will be graded and handed back to you the next week in your discussion section. GRADING: Your grade in this course is based on weekly homework, two in-class midterms and one final. The grading policy is: you will receive a C- or below if you fails to get 55% out of the final no matter how well you did in homework and midterms; on the other hand, you will receive at least a C if you score 55% or more in the final; if you pass the final, I will use the formula max(15% homework + 20% mid1 + 20% mid2 + 45% final, 25% mid1 + 25% mid2 + 50% final) to calculate your course grade. In English, I will take the sum of 15% homework, 20% each midterm and 45% final or the sum of 25% each midterm and 50% final, whichever is better, as your course grade. The letter grades are determined by curve fitting, roughly, 30% A, 35% B and 35% C. (This ratio is only for the students passing the final. So if 40% students fail the final, there are only 18% A, 21% B and 21% C.) To give you an idea about the failing rate of this course, last time I had a class of size 94 and in the end 34 failed (C- or below). So the failing rate is about 36%. EXAMS: No books are allowed in exams. You may use a scientific calculator and a notecard. You should bring a photo ID to all exams. A scientific calculator is a calculator which cannot be programmed and does not have graphing functions. So GRAPHING CALCULATORS are not allowed. The only purpose you use a calculator should be for numerical operations. The first midterm will be around the 4th week and the second will be around the 8th week. The final will be on June the 8th from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Unless announced otherwise before the exams, the midterms will be held in the same room where the lecture meets. The room for the final is usually NOT the room where the lecture meets. It will be assigned later. WEBSITE: http://www.math.ucsb.edu/~xichen/math3c02s