Information for Math 140
Life Sciences Calculus
Fall 2015, Dr. Genz
- Catalog Information
- Math 140, Calculus for Life Scientists, 4 credits (3-3).
Prereq Math 106 and Math 108 with C or better, or
satisfactory math placement score.
Differential and integral calculus with
emphasis on life science applications.
- Times and Places
- Lectures 2:10 - 3:00 PM MWF, Abel 201;
Lab/Tutorial Section 1 7:45AM- 9:00AM Wed Todd 204, Fri Neill 101W;
Lab/Tutorial Section 2 11:10AM-12:25PM Wed Fulm 150, Fri Neill 101W;
Lab/Tutorial Section 3 2:50PM- 4:05PM Tue Fulm 150, Thu Neill 101W;
Lab/Tutorial Section 4 4:15PM- 5:30PM Tue Todd 204, Thu Neill 101W.
- Alan Genz; email: alangenz AT wsu.edu;
office hours: MWF 3-4 Neill 232, or by appointment.
- Tutoring and Computer Help
- Successful students make use of available resources, so do not struggle
when FREE tutoring is available.
- Mathematics Learning Center (MLC), Cleveland 130,
Sun 4-9, M-Th 10-9, F 10-5;
- Thompson Computer Lab, Thompson 1, Sun 4-9, M-Th 3-9.
- For more details see:
- Teaching Assistants
- Section 1: Matthew Broussard; email mbroussard AT math.wsu.edu;
MLC Hours M 12-5, W 1-6.
- Section 2: Valerie Cheathon; vcheathon AT math.wsu.edu;
MLC Hours M 3:30-5:30.
- Sections 3-4: Enzo Wendler; ewendler AT math.wsu.edu;
MLC Hours Tu 10:30-2:30.
- Current Text
- Calculus for the Life Sciences,
S. Schreiber, K. Smith and W. Getz, Wiley, 2014.
Cheaper custom edition available from the bookstore.
- Text Coverage Chapters 2-6
(see the Math 140 Schedule for details
- Chapter 2 Limits and Derivatives
- Chapter 3 Derivative Rules and Tools
- Chapter 4 Derivative Applications
- Chapter 5 Integration
- Chapter 6 Differential Equations
- The course grades will be based on three midterm examinations 45%,
a comprehensive final examination 30%, and weekly
(9% WileyPlus(online) +12% textwork +4% for tutorial/lab attendances,
with lowest assignment score dropped).
Please note the following.
Cheating on exams will not be tolerated; evidence of cheating
will result in a "0" for that exam.
- All exams are closed-book and closed-notes.
- Chapter 2 Midterm Exam 1 - Wednesday, September 23
- Chapters 3-4 Midterm Exam 2 - Wednesday, October 21
- Chapter 5 Midterm Exam 3 - Wednesday, November 18
- Comprehensive Final Examination - Wednesday, December 16, 7-10AM
The approximate grading scale for Math 140 will be
(0-55)F, (56-59)D, (60-63)D+, (64-67)C-,
(76-79)B-, (80-83)B, (84-87)B+, (88-91)A-, (92-100)A.
Students can check current scores and estimated grades using MyMath at
also linked from the main class website.
After login, use "Goto" to follow the "Info" link.
Textwork and Labwork
Problems from the textbook will be assigned every day
(see Math 140 Schedule for details) and all work
assigned each week should
be handed in at your first (Tues or Wed) Lab/Tutorial class the
WileyPlus problems will be assigned every week and will be due Wednesday
of the following week (exact deadlines available online).
Late work is NOT accepted.
Make sure that you start working on the problems as soon as possible.
It is very important that you practice the methods discussed in class and in
the textbook by doing the assigned work.
If you have difficulties, you should contact the instructor, ask the
teaching assistant at one of the lab/tutorial classes, or visit the
Math Learning Center. In order to get credit for
the assigned textwork problems,
detailed solutions, showing intermediate steps, must be provided by you.
Some of the problems will require computer work which can be completed
using Matlab. Teaching assistants will provide help with this labwork
during the weekly computer lab sessions. Access to Matlab is provided
at the MyMath Math Portal website;
after login, follow the "Software" link.
Each week, several problems
will be designated (see detailed schedule) as technical writing
focus problems. For these problems, students must write the solutions
in paragraphs containing complete descriptive sentences for the steps
in the solution process. These paragraphs should follow the style that
the textbook author uses for the description of solutions to example
problems. All class work that you submit for grading
should have been completed by you. Reduced credit will be given if
you submit work for grading and there is strong evidence that you
copied another student's work.
Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented
disability. If you have a disability and might need accommodations to
fully participate in this class, please visit the Access Center
(Washington Bldg, Room 217, 335-3417). All accommodations MUST be
Access Center approved.
WSU Safety Measures:
WSU is committed to maintaining a safe
environment for its faculty, staff, and students.
Please visit http://safetyplan.wsu.edu and
to access the Campus Safety Plan and emergency information.
Other information about emergencies can be found at the WSU Alert Site
There is a Website for the course materials. All students in the
class are encouraged to use the course information available at