**Course goals** include

- bridging the gap between physical problems and their mathematical formulation by developing the skills of modeling, analysis, and interpretation,
- honing the skills of problem solving, synthesis, and group work you need for qualifying project work,
- reinforcing both mathematical ideas and manipulative skills from your calculus courses,
- learning to learn on your own.

**Grading:** The cut-off for final grades are the usual 90/80/70%
average for A, B, and C, respectively. Your final average will
apportioned as follows:

To pass the course,

- you must have a passing average (70% or better) for
- the group projects and
- the homework;

- you must have earned a passing grade (70% or better) on
*both*one-hour tests.

Hour exams and make-up exams are scheduled as shown in the syllabus. You may retake the first exam twice, the first time to improve your grade, the second time on a pass-fail basis and only if you have not passed the first test or the first make-up. The make-up for the second exam is pass-fail only.

Homework assigned with a Friday or Monday lecture is due *at
the start* of the following Tuesday's PLA session; Wednesday
assignments are due the following Thursday. Excepting documented
illness or prior notice of an official school activity, you must turn
in *your own* homework. *Late homework will not be accepted.*
One or two problems from each homework set will be graded, and your
overall level of effort on the homework assignment will be considered as
well.

**Staff:** (All email addresses are @wpi.)

Lecturer: Paul Davis, SH 202D, 831-5212, pwdavis

Teaching Assistant: Olga Dunaevskaya, SH 104, dnepr

Peer Learning Assistants: Will Brother (milvi), Colin Brown (chicken), Angela Capek (adadula), Laura Cooper (ljcooper), Monaca McNall (monaca), Rudy Othmer (robert), Susan Shorrock (surun), Cory Wajda (wajda), Jennifer Yambert (jennx)

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