Math 101 Section 003 Fall 2006


Instructor: Matthew Simpson
Office: Herman Brown 50
Office Hours:
MF 12-1, T 2:30-3:30, Th 12:30-1:30 and by appointment.
Phone extension: x2841
Course Time & Location:
MWF 11:00-11:50 HB 427. 

Course Webpage:

Help Sessions: (tentative) 7-9 pm T Th Su


Edwards and Penney, Single Variable Calculus 6e, Early Transcendentals, Prentice-Hall 2002

Course Description

The primary Goal of this course is to familiarize students with basic techniques and ideas that underlie single variable calculus, namely differentiation and integration.  Over the semester, we will cover the first six chapters of the text.    



Homework will be assigned in class every day (and posted on the course webpage), due at the next class section.  Homework is not pledged and you may get help from any source.  You are strongly encouraged to attempt each problem by yourself before seeking assistance.  Any written work submitted must be your own.  Please staple your work and write your name on every page.  Also, write the assignment number clearly on the first page.  On Mondays and Fridays homework may be handed to me personally during office hours rather than in class. The lowest homework grade will be dropped.



There will be two midterms and one comprehensive final.  Each test will be closed-book, closed-notes, no calculator, and subject to the Rice Honor Code.  The dates for the midterms will be:  Thursday, October  5th. And Tuesday, November 14th.  The exams will be held during the 8:00-9:15 am time period.  The rooms will be announced in class.



The grade will be determined using the following weights:

            Homework:  25%

            Midterm 1: 20%

            Midterm 2: 20%

            Final: 35%



Late Policy

I understand that having homework due every day can be a strain when non-101 activities happen to build up.  Because of this, I will accept homework one class period late without grade penalties.  However, I strongly encourage you to attempt to turn in homework on time every day so that you do not get behind.  If people are overly abusing this policy I reserve the right to change it part way through the semester.  Homework will not be accepted later than this late deadline except in extreme situations such as hospitalization, etc.   


Office Hours and Help Sessions: 

I welcome anyone that has questions about class content to come see me during office hours in Hermann Brown 50.  In my experience things that were confusing in class are often quickly understood with a one on one explanation.  If you cannot come to office hours, but need to see me, do not hesitate to email and arrange a time to meet.


For those who are having trouble with homework or just want to work with your fellow students and/or have help from graduate assistants, help sessions are a great resource.

The room has not yet been scheduled, but will be mentioned in class.

Disability Support

Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with me during the first week of class. All discussions will remain confidential.  Students with disabilities need to also contact Disability Support Services in the Ley Student Center.