Assoc.. Professor Scott R. Saleska
Office Hours: 2:00 - 3:00 Mondays, or by appointment
Jin Wu (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)
Office: 102 BSW
Office Hours: TBD
3:30pm - 4:45pm Tuesdays &
Thursdays, Social Science 118 (may move to BSW 302 if convenient)
HOMEPAGE AND E-MAIL:
Updated information on the course
(including weekly reading assignments, homework assignments and due
dates, exam dates and information) will be available throughout the
semester from the course
Math 129 (Calculus II)
TEXT: Mathematical Models in Biology by Leah Edelstein-Keshet (required). Selected additional materials (posted or handed out in class)
Used Math by Clifford Swartz (optional reference for background mathematical material)
Primary focus on Sections I and II of
freeware program E&F Chaos
; Java versions of Direction Field and Phase plane graphing software (dfield and pplane
There will be two in-class midterm
Tests and a Final Exam (comprehensive). Dates will be announced well in
advance, both in class and online on the Lectures, Readings, & Assignments
page, as well as the exams
HOMEWORK: Homework is an essential part of the
course. Assigned exercies will be posted on the Lectures, Readings, & Assignments page. A subset of those assigned
exercises designated to be handed in will be graded and used as part of
the course grade. Due dates will be on Tuesdays (in class). Late
homework won't be accepted for grading.
PROJECTS: Two to three times during the semester, special applications projects will be assigned, which
will be extended homeworks allowing somewhat more investigation into
GRADES: A course percentage grade will be calculated as
score H equals the average %-score on all graded homework (after dropping the lowest).
The project score P equals the the average %-score on the projects
The exam grades, E1, E2, and E3 are the three exams. The lowest exam grade will be dropped and replaced by the average of the other two.
The final grade is equal to: (H+P+E1+E2+E3)/5
The course letter grades cutoffs will be
no higher than
A > 90% > B > 80% > C >
70% > D > 60% > E.
Note that under this grading policy, the Final Exam can improve your
course grade, but cannot lower it. There will be no make-up tests.
Students withdrawing from the course
before March 6 will receive
grade of W
if they are passing at the time. Students will be
considered passing at the time of withdrawal if they have scored at
50% on the work completed at that time. The
University allows withdraws after March 6, but only with the Dean’s
signature and for an extraordinary reason.
Late withdraws will be dealt with on a case by case basis, and requests
late withdraw with a W without a valid reason may or may not be honored.
The grade of I
will be awarded
if the student has met all
of the following conditions:
1. completed all but a small portion of the required
2. scored at least 50% on the work completed;
3. has a valid reason for not completing the course
4. agrees to make up the uncompleted requirements
within a short period of time;
5. asks for the incomplete before course grades
are due (48 hours after the Final Exam).
Students are expected to attend every
scheduled class and to be familiar with the University Class Attendance
Policy as it appears in the General Catalog. Frequent unexplained
non-attendance may result in a student being dropped from the class.
Experience has shown that regular class attendance is necessary for
success in this course. It is the student's responsibility to keep
informed of any announcements, syllabus adjustments or policy changes
made during scheduled classes.
SOME IMPORTANT DATES:
* Last day to drop without appearing as dropped on transcript (using UAccess): Tuesday,
February 5, 2013.
* Withdrawal deadline (instructor and dean's signature on a Change of Schedule
form is required): Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
* Spring recess, March 9-17, 2013
* Last class meeting: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Final Exam: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Students at The University of Arizona are
expected to conform to the standards of conduct established in the
Student Code of Conduct. Prohibited conduct includes:
1. All forms of student academic dishonesty,
including cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, and
2. Interfering with University or
University-sponsored activities, including but not limited to classroom
related activities, studying, teaching, research, intellectual or
creative endeavor,administration, service or the provision of
communication, computing or emergency services.
3. Endangering, threatening, or causing physical
harm to any member of the University community or to oneself or causing
reasonable apprehension of such harm.
4. Engaging in harassment or unlawful discriminatory
activities on the basis of age, ethnicity, gender, handicapping
condition, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or
veteran status, or violating University rules governing harassment or
Students found to be in violation of the Code are subject to
disciplinary action. For more information about the Student Code of
Conduct, including a complete list of prohibited conduct, see http://dos.web.arizona.edu/uapolicies/scc5308f.html
Students are responsible to be informed
of University policies regarding the Code of Academic Integrity.
Students found to be in violation of the Code are subject to sanctions
that will be determined by the severity of the infraction. The Code of
Academic Integrity will be enforced in all areas of the course,
including tests and homework. For more information about the Code of
Academic Integrity policies and procedures, including information about
student rights and responsibilities, see http://dos.web.arizona.edu/uapolicies/
STUDENTS WHO REQUIRE REASONABLE ACCOMODATIONS BASED ON
Students planning to use accommodations for this course
should privately identify themselves to their instructor within the
first few days of class. These students must also provide the
with a letter of identification from the Disability Resource Center.
This letter should include information about any accommodations you
need for the class, including accommodations for test taking. Students
are also invited to discuss specific issues with the course instructor
during regular office hours or by appointment.