There is little doubt that Calculus is useful: it is used throughout the sciences and engineering, from quantum mechanics and weather prediction to space flight to nanotechnology and financial modelling. But that is just part of the story. When you study mathematics, you learn about the language of science. You gain access to the ideas of several of the greatest scientific minds humanity has produced, like Newton, Leibnitz, Euler, Gauss. Whether you believe it or not, as the distinguished mathematician I. Gelfand said, "the most important thing a student can get from the study of Mathematics is the attainment of a higher intellectual level".

With Mathematics, like with any advanced skill, the learning process is never quick nor painless. Here are a few things to be considered that might help you succeed in this class:

- This class requires the student to make a step beyond the level achieved in Math 110. Many ideas and notions are discussed along the course, and it is almost impossible to memorize them all, and even less to use them effectively. It is all about understanding and practicing. So, practice-practice-practice is the name of the game. The assignments, and even the recommended practice questions, are only the tip of the iceberg. This class requires you to read and practice continuously. The maturity required to succeed in this class cannot be obtained in a mad-rush night-before-the-midterm style.
- Keep up with the material covered in class. Mathematics classes tend to build directly on what you have already learned. If you fall behind it can be very difficult to catch up.
- Do lots of practice problems. Think of the list of recommended problems as a starting point and, if after having completed those problems you are still having difficulty, then do even more problems (you can try the web, and also calculus books are not in short supply at the library). If you can barely do the questions from the assignment, it is hard to imagine that you would be able to do a related question, without help, under the stress situation of the exam. Conclusion: practice, practice, practice.
- Take advantage of the additional resources available to you. These include the textbook, the instructor's office hours, the lab, additional resources for students, information on the web, etc.
- The topics will become second nature if you take the time to understand why it is what it is, and then use it by doing lots of problems.
- Study with the goal of understanding "why" instead of just trying rote memorization.
- Make sure to present your work clearly.

** Practical matters**

**Prerequisites:**The official prerequisite for this class is Math 110. This is not just a formality: we do require and will use the topics learned (or supposed to) in Math 110. So, you are expected to be familiar with the following:- Basic Algebra (all topics mentioned in this link).
- Basis Analytic Geometry (all topics mentioned in this link).
- Functions, Trigonometry.
- From Math 110: Limits, Continuity, Derivatives, Antiderivatives, Definite Integrals, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Integration by Substitution.

"Familiar" above means that

**you can do the exercises on your own, and correctly**. Please go also through the Diagnostic Tests at the beginning of Stewart's book.**Textbook:**We roughly follow the 8th edition of Stewart's Calculus. There is not absolute need to have that exact edition, but it will be harder to study and practice without a book. So, I do recommend Stewart's Calculus, any edition. If you are going to buy the book, please make sure to pay attention what edition you are buying. There is a shorter edition that is good for Math 110 and 111, but not for Math 213 and 217. If you plan to take these last two classes, you will need the thicker book. Practice questions will refer explicitly to the 8th edition, although the number is not very dissimilar in previous editions.- No books, nor cheatsheets nor calculators (because of this, among other reasons) will be allowed in any of the exams.
**Quizzes:**The five quizzes will take place during the lab period in CL127. The four best will count toward your grade, to compensate for emergencies, or simply having a bad day.-
**Midterms:**the two midterms will also take place on lab days: February 13th and March 27th. To compensate for emergencies and bad days, if the grade in the final exam is higher than the worst midterm, the grade from the final exam will be used instead of the grade on that midterm. **Final Exam:**the comprehensive three-hour final exam will take place on April 22nd, from 14:00 to 17:00. Location to be announced (very likely the gym, but this will be confirmed closer to the date). Please bring**photo id**to the exam.**Assignments:**weekly assignments will be published on the course web page, every Thursday. They should not be handed in, and they will not be graded. But they are an essential tool to practice on the topics we cover, and to assess your readiness for the quizzes and midterms. Group work can help a lot, if it means that the group works together towards building a solution to each problem. "Group work" of the kind "I copy the solution from whoever gets it" might work for the assignments but will not help you for the exams (which comprise all of the class' marks). Answers to the assignments will be published a week later.**Practice:**You don't learn any mathematics by just listening and watching. You learn mathematics by**doing**, and thinking about it. That's what the assignments are for, but usually you shouldn't consider them enough practice. For this, suggested problems from the book will be indicated in the course web page. You will know you have practiced enough when you can take questions from the suggested list, solve them in a decent amount of time, correctly, without looking at the book nor asking for help. Until this happens, keep practicing, and use the resources you have available to improve.**Communication:**you can reach me by email, either through the course web page or through UR Courses. The links there automatically write "Math 111-002" in the subject, so that I know what the email is about, and my spam filter will let it pass. I will happily answer short concrete questions I get by email. I will not answer emails of the form "please explain me this topic". If you need more detailed help, please come to the office hours, ask in the lab, or use one of the several tutoring solutions offered by the university. UR Courses also has a forum feature, feel free to post a question there, or reply to what others post.**Additional resources:**The course web page lists several options to get personalized help. There is a Math/Stats help Centre at Campion College, where you can drop in. There is also Supplemental Instruction provided by the Faculty of Science, and there is Math & Stats support provided by the Student Success Centre. Finally the deparment of Mathematics and Statistics keeps a list of paid tutors at the department office CW307.14.**Academic Misconduct:**by signing up for a class, the student is assumed to be aware of the university regulations; in particular, those that concern plagiarism and cheating, as defined in Section 5.14 of the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Calendar, as well as the potential punishments (which range from a grade of zero in the test, to expulsion from the University).**Accessibility:**students with a disability who may need special accommodations should contact the Centre for Student Accessibility.**Audio and Video recording of lectures:**this is not allowed, unless you get specific permission of the instructor for cases where needed for accessilibity.**Dropping the class:**please note that*non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal*. Unless you drop the class explicitly (through UR Self Service or through the Registrar's office), you are still considered to be registered, you are liable for the tuition, and you will receive a failing grade of NP ("no paper"). Dates:

Last day to drop the class and receive 100% refund January 18, 2017 Last day to drop the class without a transcript record January 18, 2017 Last day to drop the class and receive 50% refund February 1, 2017 Last day to drop the class without a failing grade March 15, 2017