Math 311, Advanced Calculus I

New Announcements for Section 02

[posted Sept 21] Notes on Sept 19 proof that every real between 0 and 1 has a positive square root. HERE

[posted Sept 19] Solutions to some of HWk#1 are available. See the link at the end of this page. Ignore the 2008 date. I will get the missing solution up soon.

Solutions for HWk#2 will be available tomorrow.

Course Information for all Sections

Course Information for Section 02

OLD Announcements

[posted Sept 4] You can find the set of axioms for the real number system here. Keep a copy handy. Our textbook spreads them out over a whole chapter.

[posted Sept 5] Tentative schedules for lectures and for homework are posted. The links are at the end of this page. Please read everything!


GENERAL ISSUES A tentative syllabus is available below. Beware of frequent adjustments.

Read the assigned sections once before each lecture. Read them again after each lecture before starting on the homework. Re-read them as often as necessary! Additional material may be posted on this web page.

Attendance is crucial.

I will accept late homework and late workshop reports only in special cases and even then only if I have not yet returned the graded set.

Make-up exams will be offered only if there is adequate reason to do so. A student's lack of preparation or lack of confidence is not an adequate reason. In most cases, if you must miss an exam you will know in time to discuss the matter with me (in person, by phone, or by email) IN ADVANCE. If we have not discussed the matter in advance, then I will need evidence of an emergency.

EXAMS: There will be two midterm exams and a final exam.

WORKSHOPS: We will usually have one workshop session each week, usually on Thursdays. Workshops are essential for learning the course material. Students will work in small groups on specially constructed problem sets. Most problems will deepen understanding of recently presented material. Some problems will connect recent material to earlier material in the course. Some problems will provide motivation for upcoming material.

The lecturer will circulate among the groups coaching, but not demonstrating solutions. The goal at first is to offer ideas for analyzing the problem. Later in the term the goal is to ensure that groups can make use of the ideas offered repeatedly earlier.

At the end of each workshop session, one problem will be assigned to be written up and submitted at the next workshop. While students are encouraged to work together outside of class, the write-ups should be individual work. These write-ups will be graded on two scales: 0-6 for content and 0-4 for exposition. Good reasoning and good mathematical exposition may be more valuable in the long run than any particular piece of mathematical technique.

If a student has made an honest effort but not achieved much success, I may permit the student to revise the write-up and resubmit it. In such cases I will replace the original score by the average of the original score and the score on the revised write-up.

Directions for workshop write-ups:


I will assign about 5 to 10 textbook exercises a week for you to work on. I will assign about 3 to 5 of these to be turned in. These will be due one week after they are assigned. Of these, some (usually not all) will be graded. Other homework (whether turned in to not) may be discussed in class.

Homework will be due one week after it is assigned, usually on Mondays.

Directions for homework write-ups: Use the same format for writing up homework as for writing up workshop problems.

Each homework problem will be graded on a scale of 0-10. Remember, the grader cannot grade your mathematics unless its exposition makes it clear what is going on.

I have been known to put homework problems on exams. Obviously, it is to your benefit to learn from doing the homework and to learn more from the reader's comments and from the class discussions.


Each midterm exam counts for 100 points. The final exam counts for 200 points. The best ten workshop write-ups count for 100 points. The homework sum will be rescaled to count for 50 points.

Homework is intended to help you learn the material. Poor performance on homework will not necessarily lower your term grade. However, I have rarely seen students do well on exams who have not worked diligently on homework.

Because of the opportunity to revise and resubmit write-ups, poor performance on the workshop write-ups may lower your term grade from that suggested by exam grades alone.

An extremely weak final exam may lower a term grade below that suggested by the point-total taken altogether.

Tentative Course Schedule

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Tentative Course Schedule

Textbook Homework Problems

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Tentative Problem Sets

Sample Solutions to Homework Problems

Solutions to each problem set will be posted after that set has been graded and returned -- possibly not immediately after!.