# HARVARD MATH 1A - Introduction to Calculus (3 pages)

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Math 1a Introduction to Calculus Information and Syllabus Spring 2001 Course Head Tom Graber Science Center 426g 495 8797 graber math Goals Math 1a is a first semester calculus course covering differentiation an introduction to integration and applications It emphasizes understanding as much as computation When you leave Math 1a we want you to take with you the ideas that will enable you to use the concepts of calculus later both in mathematics and in other fields Prerequisites Some of you will have had calculus before some of you will have not However those of you who haven t need not be alarmed in the past students without a calculus background have done as well as or better than those with this background Doing well in Math 1a does require a solid background in precalculus as demonstrated by an 18 on part 1 of the Harvard Math Placement Test For those of you who are not comfortable with high school algebra basic trigonometry and the like we recommend the sequence Math Xa Xb Classes and Problem Sessions Class will meet three hours per week You will be assigned to a problem session which meets once a week for 1 hour and is led by a course assistant CA Course Assistants grade homework assignments attend classes and hold weekly problem sessions The problem sessions are an integral part of the course and will be devoted primarily to working problems and amplifying the material The pace of the course is quite fast so these sessions should be particularly valuable to you in learning the material You are strongly urged to attend Homework Homework exercises are an integral part of the course It s unlikely that you ll understand the material and do well on the exams without working through the homework problems in a thoughtful manner Don t just crank through computations and write down answers think about the problems posed your strategy the meaning of your computations and the answers you get We encourage you to form study groups with other students in the class so that

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