Karthik Chandrasekhar

  • Graduate Student
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Mathematics
718 Patterson Office Tower
Current teaching - MA 137 001 & 002: Spring 2018

Wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope you all had a good break. Wish you all the best in your endeavours!

This is a space where you will find some information you would need at any time during the semester regarding this course.


Recitation Syllabus - Calculus I with Life Science Applications (MA 137) – Section 001 & 002 Spring 2018 Semester

Meeting Times and Venue:
Section 001: Tuesday and Thursday 8:00am - 8:50am CB 339
Section 002: Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am - 9:50am CB 339

Office Hours:
i. 10:00am - 11:00am Tuesdays and Thursdays in my office at 718 Patterson Office Tower
ii. 11:30am - 12:30pm Tuesdays at Mathskeller (which you will find in the basement of the Whitehall Classroom Building)

All general information about MA 137 can be found in the Course Web Page

Keys for Success Recitation Section Goals: The goal of the recitation is not actually to get correct answers rather, it is to uncover and identify misunderstandings through dialogue and discussion. Correct answers are important, but most important is finding our flawed thinking. During recitation we are going to solve worksheets, asking questions and discus about them in groups, and taking quizzes. Only if we finish the worksheet early, we may discuss about homework. If you have any question regarding your homework you may come in my office during my office hours, or you may use Mathskeller. Homework and worksheets are designed to help you learn to communicate and interpret your solutions as well as to receive feedback on your work. The MA 137 exams will contain questions that require you to explain the steps in your solutions and interpret your answer in a clear manner. The materials covered in the homework, quizzes and worksheets provides you with an excellent opportunity to hone your readiness for the each exam. Come prepared to participate! During recitations, you’ll be working in small groups on problems that correspond with material covered in lecture. You may find the worksheets in the link below: You are required to bring a paper copy of the worksheet with you. I will be ready to nudge your group in the right direction if you get stuck, but I will never rob you of the satisfaction of discovering the solution for yourselves.

Recitation and Participation Points: There are 20 attendance and quiz points in total. Be sure to attend every recitation. The points are so assigned that, if, your quiz performance is poor, you could make up by doing well in the attendance and vice versa. You are still well advised to attend the recitations in order to do well on the quizzes. For your information, you will be given 10 quizzes and the quiz dates are:

1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5 and 4/19.

You do not have a quiz on the first recitation day (11 Jan), as also on the Thursdays of exam week/spring break/dead week. This will be put up in a course calendar soon.

Attendance policy: Attendance will be taken each recitation. Students who miss recitation due to illness, family emergency, or a university sanctioned activity should request an excused absence from me. Any other absence is considered unexcused. Failure to participate in recitation, arriving more than 5 minutes late, or leaving more than 5 minutes early (without a valid excuse) will also result in an unexcused absence. If there are special circumstances that will cause you to be late to class on a regular basis, let me know.

Disability Accommodations: If you have a documented disability that requires academic accommodations, please see me as soon as possible during office hours. In order to receive accommodations in this course, you must provide me with a Letter of Accommodation from the Disability Resource Center for coordination of campus disability services available to students with disabilities.

Personal Conduct: While class is relatively informal, I ask that you exhibit common courtesy toward me and your fellow students and that you refrain from disruptive behavior. The university, college, and department has a commitment to respect the dignity of all and to value differences among members of our academic community. Students who are disrespectful, not civil, or disruptive in any way may be asked to leave the class. You can also email with any questions. I will check my email throughout the work week (M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm) and I will respond typically within 24 hours. I reserve the right to change or amend this syllabus at any time. In this event, proper notice will be given in class and/or via email.

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