Math.221.004 Calculus 1 Fall 2017
This page will detail several
different types of homework that will be assigned during the semester.
Reading. The course will follow the textbook
closely, and you should read each section before doing any
homework. Ideally, you will also skim the material before it is
covered in class to get an overview. I will not announce or post
specific reading assignments. It will be up to each student to do
a careful reading of each section before starting homework problems,
and to also skim the next section listed in the class
- Regular homework. This
is traditional homework from problems in the text, to be written up and
handed in. In general you should briefly explain your reasoning
or show the steps leading to each answer, even if you can do those
steps in your head. (Exception: Some questions ask you to read
information from a table or graph, or otherwise can be answered without
any analysis. For those, an answer alone is sufficient.)
There are three reasons for this approach. (1) homework will be
marked by advanced math students, to alert you to misunderstandings or
errors. The graders need to be able to follow your chain of
reasoning to do this. (2) Following this approach will make your
completed homework more useful in studying for exams. (3) On
exams you will be required to justify your answers, and you should
practice that on homework.
The preferred format for regular homework is illustrated here.
- Math Writing. Your
most important learning objectives will be to understand the key
concepts of calculus, and to deepen your understanding of the
mathematical approach to studying and solving problems. These
both require the ability to write coherently about mathematical
ideas. A separate handout, Mathematical
Writing Assignments, provides more details about this type of
These are regular homework problems marked with an asterisk (*).
They are optional, and intended for students who want to understand the
concepts of the course a bit more deeply. Star problems should be
completed following the same formatting requirements as Math Writing. The only
difference between Math Writing and Star Problems is that the Math
Writing problems are part of the assignment for all students, whereas
the star problems are optional.
- Exam Solutions. After
each exam, students will work in groups to correct the errors of all
group members. The objective will be to compile, as a group, a
completely correct set of solutions to the exam questions. Each
group will submit one set of solutions for grading, and each member of
the group will receive the same grade for this assignment.
- Class worksheets. Class
time will often involve working alone or in groups to complete
worksheets. If you do not finish a worksheet before the end of
class, you should plan on completing all or most of it before the next
class meeting. These worksheets will not be collected or graded,
but should be kept in the appropriate section of your portfolio.