MATH 222-4: Calculus and Analytic Geometry, Spring 2016
Instructor: Saverio Spagnolie
Lectures: TR 2:30-3:45am in Van Vleck Hall B102
Head TA: The head TA is Robert Laudone. You may reach out to Robert with any concerns about the course that you don't feel comfortable discussing with your own TA.
This semester we will be using Piazza.com as a forum for communication; all class-related discussion will be conducted there so that you can enjoy the collective knowledge of your classmates and instructors. I encourage you to ask questions when you are struggling to understand concepts.
All the course information will be posted on the Piazza site. The TAs and I will check the site a few times a week.
The Piazza site allows you to ask questions anonymously to other students. Two notes on etiquette:
- When asking question on Piazza, it is essential that you ask a precise question and that you give as much as context as possible. For instance, rather than asking: "I'm stuck on Homework Problem 4", explain what you've tried and where exactly you got stuck.
When answering the question of another student, write in a very respectful tone. Written communication can be easy to misunderstand.
Learn@UW (grades only):
All grades will be promptly posted on Learn@UW. Those are the official course grades, but typos happen, and it is your responsibility to double check that the posted those grades are correct. If you find an error in your posted grade, let your TA know as soon as possible.
Help is available! If you are concerned about your performance in the course, it is best to get extra help as soon as possible.
Most of this information was taken from the Getting help in your math class page.
- Review Workshops: The math tutorial program offers workshops at the beginning of each semester to review the material that you are expected to know. The link provides the schedule.
- Office hours. See the Piazza page, (Resouces - Staff). You may attend the office hours of your own TA or of another TA.
- Mathematics Tutorial Program: Free small group tutoring is offered to students who are in danger of getting a D or F, for students who have not had a math course in several years, or for students who are retaking the course. A significant time commitment is required. Any student can apply to the program, but after the first two weeks of the semester, a referral from an instructor is required. Students may apply in room 321 Van Vleck.
- Math Lab: a free, drop-in tutorial program in B227 Van Vleck. Tutoring is available Monday through Thursday from 3:30–8:30PM and Sunday 3:30–6:50PM.
- Tutoring in University Residence Halls: free, drop-in math tutoring is available every evening Sunday–Thursday at various residence halls. This table has more information.
- GUTS: Greater University Tutoring Service offers free small group, individual, and drop-in tutoring at various locations around campus. It is staffed mostly by student volunteers. Stop by their office (333 East Campus Mall, Rm. 4413 to sign up for a tutor or try drop-in tutoring.
- Private Tutors: A list of tutors is available at the link or from the receptionist on the second floor of Van Vleck.
Comments and Concerns
We are always interested in hearing your feedback about the course or about your instructors, whether it is positive or negative. In addition, we are always interested in helping resolve your concerns about the course. So if you have questions, comments, or concerns about this course, I encourage you to first email or speak directly to your TA about them. Sometimes however, you may not feel comfortable raising your concerns with your TA, or you may not be satisfied with their response. If this is the case, here is a summary of various people you can reach out to:
- You should always started by discussing your concern in person or via email with your TA as they will be most knowledgable about your specific situation.
- If unsatisfied, you can email the head TA (Robert Laudone, laudone at math.wisc.edu).
- After that, you can email the professor (Saverio Spagnolie, spagnolie at math.wisc.edu).
- Finally, if you still have concerns that you don't feel have been reasonably addressed, you can raise those concerns with either an Academic Dean or with the math department's associate chair Steffen Lempp (lempp at math.wisc.edu).