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Winter 2016

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All students in Math 51 must use CourseWork (not Axess) to register for a discussion section; please follow the steps below. No CourseWork registration is necessary for Math 51A (ACE) students; see below for ACE discussion section information.

  1. First, use Axess to register for your choice of course lecture. Most of the lectures use an "active learning" structure, although there are two lectures offered with a traditional lecture structure. Information on differences (including grading) is given below.

    Lect# Time (MWF) Room Instructor Structure Associated Discussion Sections
    01 9:30a-10:20a 380-380Y Prof. Hilaf Hasson traditional lecture 11, 12, 18, 21
    02 9:30a-10:20a 380-380X Prof. Akshay Venkatesh active learning anything but 11, 12, 18, 21
    03 10:30a-11:20a 380-380Y Prof. Mark Lucianovic active learning anything but 11, 12, 18, 21
    04 10:30a-11:20a 380-380X Prof. Akshay Venkatesh active learning anything but 11, 12, 18, 21
    05 11:30a-12:20p 380-380Y Prof. Mark Lucianovic active learning anything but 11, 12, 18, 21
    06 1:30p-2:20p 380-380X Prof. John Pardon active learning anything but 11, 12, 18, 21
    07 1:30p-2:20p 380-380Y Prof. Hilaf Hasson traditional lecture 11, 12, 18, 21

    ACE Lecture (Math 51A): Attend either lecture 03 or 05 above (Prof. Lucianovic), and Peter Diao's discussion session Tuesday, Thursday 1:30--3:20, Herrin T195 (new!). (Do not follow step 2.)

  2. Within about 6-24 hours of completing step 1, you will be able to sign into CourseWork, enter the Math 51 area, and register for your choice of section. Be aware that there are different Coursework pages for the active learning and traditional classes. If there is no more room, you must choose another section. You cannot receive credit for written work unless you register for a discussion section. Bear in mind that discussion sections correspond to specific lectures; use the chart above to determine the discussions that correspond to each lecture.
    Disc# Time (TTh) Room TA Associated Lectures
    08 9:30a-10:20a 380-381T Yang Zhou 2,3,4,5,6
    09 9:30a-10:20a Green Earth Sciences 150 Niccolo Ronchetti 2,3,4,5,6
    10 9:30a-10:20a 60-120 (new!) Jeremy Booher 2,3,4,5,6
    11 9:30a-10:20a 200-034 Chao Li 1,7
    12 10:30a-11:20a Littlefield 103 Chao Li 1,7
    13 10:30a-11:20a 200-303 (new!) Yang Zhou 2,3,4,5,6
    14 10:30a-11:20a 540-108 Niccolo Ronchetti 2,3,4,5,6
    15 11:30a-12:20p Sequoia 200 Gergely Szucs 2,3,4,5,6
    16 11:30a-12:20p Econ 140 Jeremy Booher 2,3,4,5,6
    17 11:30a-12:20p McCullough 115 Jesse Madnick 2,3,4,5,6
    18 11:30a-12:20p Littlefield 103 Jupiter Zhu 1,7
    19 12:30p-1:20p 380-380C Gergely Szuccs 2,3,4,5,6
    20 12:30p-1:20p 300-300 Jesse Madnick 2,3,4,5,6
    21 12:30p-1:20p 380-380Y Jupiter Zhu 1,7

Information for Math 51 Active-Learning Lectures

Discussion Sections: See CourseWork

Class sessions will be more interactive than traditional Math 51 lectures. Since students are expected to complete reading assignments before class, we will not take up lecture time re-addressing every topic covered the text, leaving extra class time for the material that YOU have "voted" to be most needing of extra discussion. The goal of this is to make the lecture time more useful for learning the required topics.

For this kind of in-class structure to be successful, participants need to be committed to the format; as a result, we are requesting that students who attend these lectures, or their associated discussion sections, need to be registered on Axess for one of the above lectures.

Grading scheme: Students registered for an active-learning lecture will have the same course syllabus, take the same exams, and submit the same weekly written homework assignments as students in the other lectures, but will additionally be expected to complete pre-class readings followed by twice-weekly questionnaire assignments on Coursework. The homework grade (still 16 percent of the final course grade) will be computed as follows:

  • 75 percent, weekly homework average (best eight of nine assignments);
  • 12.5 percent, average for CourseWork assignments (total points earned divided by 75 percent of total possible points, not to exceed 100%).
  • 12.5 percent, participation via iClicker2 PRS (fraction of lectures attended, not to exceed 100%; starts Wednesday January 6; two penalty-free absences)

CourseWork questionnaire assignments: A typical assignment will consist of about three to four "low-stress" questions. You needn't answer more than one or two sentences per question, and you will get full marks for ANY good-faith answer. These assignments are intended to give us feedback on how the reading has been going; think of them as "creative surveys" in which people are voting for which topics need more discussion in class (and which need less or none). Because we will have to review your feedback in a limited time period, the firm deadlines will be:

  • Thursdays at 11:59pm (typically about 2-3 questions); and
  • Sundays at 11:59pm (about 4-5 questions).
  • Exception: In the first week we'll have an ADDITIONAL assignment due on Tuesday, January 5 at 11:59pm.

Participation via iClicker2: Starting on Wednesday January 6, class participation will be recorded via the iClicker2 personal response system (PRS), used for answering questions in class and allowing the instructor to gauge your understanding and helping you actively engage in the learning process. Participation counts for 12.5% of your homework grade (equivalently, 2% of your course average). You are allowed two absences without penalty, including absences due to late enrollment, illness, oversleeping, dead batteries, forgetting your iClicker2, athletics, job interviews, not registering your PRS device in CourseWork, etc. Please note: Bringing a classmate's clicker to lecture and registering responses for him/her is an Honor Code violation, for both you and your classmate. Register your PRS as follows:

  • Please purchase the "iClicker2" from the bookstore or online or used.
  • Login to the CourseWork site for your course.
  • Click the i >clicker link in the left-hand side "toolbar" on CourseWork (just above the Help link).
  • Enter your iClicker2 registration number following the instructions on the i>clicker CourseWork page.
  • If you have already registered your iClicker for some other course, your registration should carry over. However, you should check the registration number against your name on CourseWork.


Winter 2016 -- Department of Mathematics, Stanford University
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