Math 51 Autumn 2015: Preliminary Information

Math 51 in the Autumn 2015 quarter is a 5-unit course covering Multivariable Differential Calculus with Linear Algebra. The course meets five days per week; lectures meet M/W/F starting Monday, September 21, and discussion sections meet T/Th starting Tuesday, September 22. A full website will go live in mid-September. (For textbook information, please refer to the bookstore link in Axess.)

This quarter we are offering two options for the in-class format, which you choose by way of your Axess lecture registration: an "active-learning" (sometimes called "flipped") classroom style, or a more traditional lecture format. (Please note, either option involves the same calendar of topics (syllabus), the same exams, and the same weekly written homework assignments, but the weight carried by weekly homework on your course grade is heavier in the second option.) More information on this is provided below.

Approximately 85 percent of the course grade is computed based on the two midterms (approximately 25 percent each) and the final exam (approx. 35 percent). Students in all six lectures (and in Math 51A, "ACE") take the same exams. By department policy, our course's exams must be taken on the following dates:

Midterm Exam 1: Tuesday, October 13 (approx. 7pm)
Midterm Exam 2: Thursday, November 5 (approx. 7pm)
Final Exam: [has not been set by the Registrar as of July 29, 2015]

The remaining approximately 15 percent of the course grade depends on weekly written homework, and if relevant to your in-class format (see below for details), semi-weekly reading questions and class participation.

First Class Option: Active-Learning ("Flipped") Classroom

Class sessions will be more interactive than a traditional math lecture, enabling more time to be directed toward those course topics that receive the most questions. Students are expected to complete reading assignments before class, so we will not take up lecture time re-addressing every topic covered the text — leaving extra class time for the material that YOU have "voted" to be most needing of extra discussion. (Keep in mind that this is not an honors-level class; the active-learning option is about making the allotted lecture time more useful for learning the required topics. At the same time, we don't expect that this class format will be useful for you unless you've read the assigned material before class.)

Lectures (MWF): Register on Axess for one of the following five options, subject to availability:

Lecture 1: MWF 9:30a-10:20a, Prof. Mark Lucianovic (also 51A instructor)
Lecture 2: MWF 9:30a-10:20a, Prof. Jennifer Wilson
Lecture 3: MWF 10:30a-11:20a, Prof. Mark Lucianovic (also 51A instructor)
Lecture 5: MWF 11:30a-12:30p, Prof. Jennifer Wilson
Lecture 6: MWF 1:30a-2:20p, Prof. Yu-Shen Lin

Discussion Sections (T/Th): Depending on your registered lecture instructor, you will have different options for T/Th discussion section. Details on these choices -- roughly at 9:30-10:20, 10:30-11:20 or 11:30-12:20, with some possibilities at other times -- will be made available later; please note that enrollment in discussion sections will take place on CourseWork in the first days of the quarter, and we will not be using Axess to manage discussion sections.

For this option, how is the non-exam portion (approximately 15 percent) of my course grade determined?

For the active-learning structure to be successful, participants need to be committed to the format; as a result, we are requesting that students who attend Lecture 1, 2, 3, 5, or 6 need to be registered on Axess for one of these lectures (or for Math 51A).

Second Class Option: Traditional Lecture Format

Lecture (MWF): This lecture will proceed without requiring pre-class readings or in-class participation. (If you are registered for an active-learning lecture, you may attend Lecture 4, but you can't receive credit on the in-class participation component of your grade this way.) Axess registration data for this lecture is as follows:

Lecture 4: MWF 11:30a-12:30p, Prof. Steven Kerckhoff (also course head instructor)

Discussion Sections (T/Th): Details on the discussion section choices -- roughly at 10:30-11:20 or 11:30-12:20, with some possibilities at other times -- will be made available later; please note that enrollment in discussion sections will take place on CourseWork in the first days of the quarter, and we will not be using Axess to manage discussion sections.

For this option, how is the non-exam portion (approximately 15 percent) of my course grade determined?

ACE (Math 51A):

Math 51A students are part of the ACE program, short for "Accelerated Calculus for Engineers." More information about the program, and its application process, can be found here.

The ACE instructor is Prof. Mark Lucianovic; students registered for Math 51A should attend either Lecture 1 or 3 on M/W/F and the ACE discussion section (51A-02) on T/Th. Please note that all ACE students are automatically enrolled in the "flipped" classroom format and will have their homework grade computed accordingly.