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Dr. Kevin G. TeBeest
Winter 2015

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


  1. EXAM 1:    (posted on Tuesday, Jan 27)
    Tuesday Feb. 3 (Week 4)

    It may include anything from Assignment 1 through 11.
    See more exam information here >>    (includes a copy of the crib sheet that I will give you during the exam)

  2. I strongly encourage you to work with "study buddies."

  3. 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.)

  4. You should have all electronic devices (phones, i-whatevers, MP3 players, 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.

  5. Does anyone other than university students and university faculty use Maple?   (I do not receive compensation from MapleSoft.)
    See News Article 1 >>
    See News Article 2 >>

  6. A few students have asked when the regular homework assignments should be completed. My reply is: Do them as soon as possible after I post them so you do not fall behind. If, for example, I have posted Assignments 12 and 13 and you haven't finished Assignment 11, then you are definitely behind and should work hard to get caught up. What does it mean to be "on schedule"? You are on schedule, for example, if you have Assignment 11 completed by the time I post Assignment 12.

  7. Some students have asked how important it is to do the Maple assignments that I post. As I stressed on Day 1, it is imperative that you do those assignments and learn Maple. You will be using Maple as the programming language on all programming assignments, and there may be questions related to Maple on the exams.

  8. Kettering University has a site (on-campus) license that makes Maple available on most PCs and workstations on campus.

  9. If you miss a class, you should obtain copies of the lecture notes from a classmate.

  10. How much should a college student study?


Assignments will be posted below AS we cover the material.

  1. Do all the examples in the first Maple tutorial entitled Basics. January 12
    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 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 12
    (Because you should always read sections as we cover the material, normally I do not post reading assignments.)

    Recall that you should be forming your teams of 3 for working the Programming Assignments. (No more than 3 per team.)

  2. Section 0.7 – Polynomial Nested Form. January 14

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

    Read Sections 1.1 and 1.2. Also play with Maple.   January 14

  3. Section 1.1 – Bisection Method. January 16

  4. 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.

  5. Do all the examples in the 8th Maple tutorial entitled Formatted Printing and Plot Options. January 21
    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.

  6. Section 1.2(a) – False Position. January 21

  7. Do all the examples in the second Maple tutorial entitled Solutions of Equations. January 22
    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.

  8. Section 1.3 – Newton's Method. January 23

  9. Program Assignment 1.   Due Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the beginning of class.   (Posted Thursday, Jan. 22)
    Read this document before beginning this assignment.
    • You should have the code for the bisection method and Assignment 5 successfully completed before you attempt this.
    • You should also study the pseudocode for Newton's method (assignment 8) and use formatted printing as explained in Assignment 5.
    • Here are some of the results you should obtain in the first 4 iterations of Part I. Do NOT proceed until Part I works correctly.

  10. Section 1.5 – Fixed Point Method. January 26

  11. Section 1.5(b) – Fixed Point Method with Aitken Acceleration. December 27


    Here is the Crib Sheet that I will provide you during the exam.
    Students are to take the exam at the scheduled time.

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 one's own body or part of the body, usually due to vanity.
The photo on your state driving license is an example of a facie, although it is not a selfie.

Inform your friends and family! Let's make it go viral. Start using it in conversations and online and explain it when they ask you what it means. It's fun!


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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