MATH 231E How To

at the beginning of the course:

Make sure that you are enrolled in

one lecture (MATH 231-EL1 or MATH 231-EL2),
one discussion section (MATH 231-ED[A-Y]) that meets twice a week (TTh), see the list below,
and in MATH 299. (There is nothing for you to do for 299 except sign up for it. Your grade in 299 will be the same grade you receive in 231.)

Mark your midterms dates: Sept 17, Oct. 15 and Nov. 12, all at 7pm;

Bookmark the course page;

Register at compass2g;

Get access to coursebook – 8th edition of Stewart, Calculus: Early Transcendentals.
With web-site related questions, please consult this guide, or email

during the semester:

Attend lectures: three times a week (MWF), at 9:00 (EL1) or 10:00 (EL2), in 114 David Kinley Hall

Follow the course page: the weekly updates with links to homework, worksheets, solutions, and, most importantly, discussions (post comment; reply to comment etc).

Participate in one of discussion sections (ED[A-Y]) that meet twice a week (TTh); time and location shown below or here.
Attendance of these sections is mandatory. If you are late, you won’t be admitted.
During these sessions you will be working in groups on projects. Your worksheets will be collected at the end of discussion and graded. It is essential to work with your teammates: your instructor will grade one worksheet chosen at random from each group, and every member of the group will receive that grade.


midterms (three altogether, on Sept 17 – in Foellinger Auditorium – , Oct. 15 – in Foellinger Auditorium as well – and Nov. 12, all at 7pm, and

final: on Dec. 16, at 8am; in THEAT Lincoln Hall; conflict: on Dec. 17, at 1:30pm in 151 Loomis Lab.

Do your homework: three assignments during the week, submitted after the lectures. We encourage you to work together; yet each should submit their own homework. Notice that homework that is not stapled or misses your name will be returned ungraded. No late homework accepted.

Leniency: three of your worst homework grades and two of your worst worksheet grades (including absences) will be discarded.

Don’t violate Academic Integrity standards (potential penalties can be quite unpleasant).

discussion sections:

243 Altgeld hall
Challa, Vishnu Pratheek
443 Altgeld hall
Challa, Vishnu Pratheek
241 Altgeld Hall
Tavanaie Marvi, Morteza
222 David Kinley
11:00 to 11:50 AM
Schmidt, James
312 Davenport Hall
1:00 pm to 1:50 pm
Duffy, Michael
445 Altgeld Hall
2:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Siskaki, Maria
149 Henry Adm. Bldg.
3:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Chavoshi, Amir
111 David Kinley
10:00 to 10:50 AM
Schmidt, James
343 Altgeld Hall
Tavanaie Marvi, Morteza
103 Bevier Hall
12:00 pm to 12:50 pm
Duffy, Michael
149 Henry Adm. Bldg.
1:00 pm to 1:50 pm
Siskaki, Maria
447 Altgeld Hall
2:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Inampudi, Sugun Tej
341 Altgeld Hall
3:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Chris Loa
01 Illini Hall
4:00 pm to 4:50 pm
Chavoshi, Amir
206 Transportation Building
9:00-9:50 AM 
Chadha, Charul
143 Henry Adm Building
1:00 pm to 1:50 pm
Inampudi, Sugun Tej
345 Altgeld Hall
10:00 am to 10:50 am
Loa, Christopher
106B Engineering Hall
10:00- 10:50 AM
Chadha, Charul

grade breakdown

Homework (~3 weekly): 15% + Worksheets (~2 weekly): 15% + 3 Midterms: 15% each + Final: 25%.
The conversion of numeric to letter grades will follow the standard ten-point scale: [90,100] is some kind of A, [80,90) is some kind of B, etc.
We guarantee not to curve the grades down (and past lectures suggest we are unlikely to curve up). Whether or not there will be a curve, and the precise cutoffs for pluses and minuses, will be determined after the final exam.

in case of trouble:

Talk to your peers, IRL, using piazza or in the comments on the weekly updates pages.

Talk to TAs, – they will be holding office hours, 5-8pm M-Th and 5-7pm on Sunday in 433 Grainger Engineering Library.

Use campus resources, such as CARE.

Attend lecturer’s office hours, 8:30-9:30 am TTh, in Altgeld Hall 302.

Missed homework or worksheet: three lowest grades of your homework assignments (out of about 45) and two of your lowest grades of discussion session projects (out of about 30), including absences and missing work will be discarded.
If you believe have a valid excuse for missed work or an absence in excess of those limits, please email the lecturer. Please do this as soon as possible: excuses will be accepted only in extraordinary circumstances. The determination of what constitutes a valid excuse will follow the university policy on valid excuses for missed examinations, Section 3-202 (e).

Exam conflicts: if you believe that you have one with an evening midterm, please read the university policy on evening exams; for a final exam, please read the university policy on final exams. If you then believe you have a conflict, please email the lecturer at once.

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