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Dr. Kevin G. TeBeest
Winter 2016

Course Policy Dr. TeBeest's Schedule
Rules Regarding Programming Projects Maple Tutorials
Comments about Final Exams Journal Format Guidelines
Course Syllabus Developing Good Study Habits
Accessing Kettering's Cloud (and Maple) via the Citrix Receiver


  1. I expect you to review your lecture notes before each lecture. (For example, when I ask specific questions about the previous lecture, you should be able to answer them without looking at your notes.)

  2. You should have all electronic devices (phones, computers, ear-buds, etc.) completely turned off and stowed before coming to class.
    Recording devices are strictly prohibited. Using electronic devices during class without my permission may result in their being confiscated and in academic discipline.

  3. Although I teach multiple sections of MATH-305, university policy requires that you attend only the section for which you are registered. Consequently, you may not "float" from one section to another as a matter of convenience.

  4. You say we should check the course web site daily for assignments and announcements. When is the best time of day to check the web site so that we don't have to check it several times throughout the day?
    In most cases I will have new assignments or new announcements posted by 1:15 p.m.

  5. If you miss a class, please obtain copies of the lecture notes from a classmate.

  6. I strongly encourage you to study with "study buddies." (On projects, however, you are NOT allowed to work with members of other teams.)

  7. How much should a college student study?



  1. Do all the examples in the first Maple tutorial entitled Basics. January 11
    1. Do not use the shortcut menu buttons in the left panel of Maple. Rather, manually type the commands as they appear in the Maple examples.
    2. You should work all assigned Maple examples immediately after they are posted to help you prepare for the programming assignments.
    3. There may be Maple related questions on exams (see the course policy).

    Kettering has made Maple amply available on many PCs throughout the AB.

    Read Sections 0.1, 0.4, and 0.6. January 11
    (Because you should always read sections as we cover the material, normally I do not post reading assignments.)

  2. Do this problem on truncation error. (pdf document) January 13

  3. Section 0.7 – Polynomials:  Nested Form (Horner's Method). January 13

    Since the use of Maple is required in this course, you should be finished with Assignment 1 by now.

    Recall that you should be forming your teams of 4 for working the Programming Assignments.
    (No more than 4 per team.) Your team may include students from either of my two sections.

    Read Section 1.1 on the Bisection Method (Interval Halving).

  4. Do all the examples in the second Maple tutorial entitled Solutions of Equations. January 19
    You should complete Assignment 1 before doing this one. Remember that these assignments will
    acquaint (or reacquaint) you with Maple and prepare you for the programming assignments.

  5. Section 1.1 – Bisection Method. January 19

  6. Write the Maple code for the Bisection Method. January 20
    NOTE: Do this immediately, and play with the code by changing the starting interval, the tolerance, even the function.
    You will use this code as the template for writing the codes for other methods and for our first programming assignment.

  7. Afer writing the Maple code for the bisection method, read and work through all the examples in the 8th Maple tutorial entitled Formatted Printing and Plot Options. January 20
    Then change your Maple code for the bisection method so that it uses formatted printing.
    From now on we will use the printf command for printing.

    On Friday I will ask what your teams are. Try as hard as possible to have 4 members. (More than 4 is not allowed.)
    I reserve the option to shuffle people around if necessary. Members of your team may come from any of my two sections.

  8. Section 1.2(a) – False Position. January 22

  9. Section 1.3 – Newton's Method. January 25

  10. Program Assignment 1.   Due Friday, February 5 at 1:20.   (posted January 25)
    Read this document before beginning this assignment.
    Here is a picture of the 22° ice halo.
    • You should have Assignments 6 & 7 successfully completed before you attempt this.
    • You should also study the pseudocode for Newton's method (assignment 9) and use formatted printing as explained in Assignment 7.
    • Here are some of the results you should obtain in Part I. Do NOT proceed until Part I works correctly.

  11. Section 1.5 – Fixed Point Method. January 27

  12. Section 1.5(b) – Fixed Point Method with Aitken Acceleration. January 29

    Here is the Crib Sheet that I will provide you during the exam.
    It may include anything from Assignment 1 through 12.
    See more exam information here >>.


  13. Section 3.2 – Newton-Gregory Interpolating Polynomials. February 5

  14. Do this example that shows how to use Maple to generate an interpolating polynomial through points. February 8

Facie (noun)   \'fā • cē,    'fay • see\    pl. facies   \'fā • cēz,    'fay • seez\ :
  1. an image of one's face taken by oneself or by another person using a digital camera or phone,
    especially for posting on social networking sites or smartphones for personal identification.
  2. a photo ID showing only the face.
First Known Use of FACIE – 16:34 UTC, October 12, 2014 by Kevin G. TeBeest, Michigan USA
Formerly:   "profile photo" (archaic)
Usage:  Professor TeBeest sent a photo of himself playing his drums to his brother who wanted a photo ID for his smartphone. The brother whined saying, "Send me a photo of your ugly face you stupid. . .!" So Professor TeBeest sent his brother a facie.
Etymology:  French façade ("a false, superficial, or artificial appearance or effect," Merriam–Webster); Italian facciata, a derivative of faccia ("front"), from Latin facies ("face");
Geographical Use:  worldwide
Not to be confused with selfie, which is a photo taken by oneself of ones own body or part of the body, usually due to vanity.
The photo on a driving license is an example of a facie, although it is not a selfie.


Remember that:

  1. You are responsible for successfully completing all assigned problems in all your courses.
  2. The exams may include problems similar to these assignments and lecture examples and may include questions about Maple.
  3. We must maintain a steady pace to cover the material that constitutes Math-305. If you have difficulty with a section, be sure to see me for help immediately.
  4. No matter how simple a topic appears when you see my examples or read the text, you will almost certainly have difficulty completing an exam if you do not practice the examples and do the assignments beforehand.

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