Barbara Prinari



Math 133 Sec 001, Calculus for Life Sciences - Spring 2013




Barbara Prinari
Office: EAS 278
Telephone: 719-255-3522
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10:50am - 12:00am or by appointment


Math 105 passed within the past two years with a grade of C or better, or a sufficiently high score (87% or better) on the departmental Pre-Calculus Placement Test AND a score of 50% or better on the Calculus Placement Test.
You need good algebra skills to pass this course. If you are in doubt, please consider remedial courses.


Frederick Adler, Modeling the Dynamics of Life, 3rd Edition

Tentative Syllabus


Homework will be assigned every Friday and are due the following Friday.
No late homework will be accepted. However, the lowest two homework scores will be dropped.

Note that not all problems will necessarily be graded.

Important: it is your responsibility to show your work and to present it in readable form. Answers without justification will receive no credit.


There will be 3 midterm exams and a comprehensive final exam.

  • First midterm exam: February 19 (Chapter 1)
  • Second midterm exam: March 19 (Chapter 2)
  • Third midterm exam: April 19 (Chapter 3)
  • Final exam: May 16 (Comprehensive)

All midterm exams will take place in the classroom during regular class time.
The final exam will take place on Thursday, May 16, 8:00am - 10:30am, in the classroom.

Exams must be taken on the scheduled date. There will be no make-up exams, unless extenuating circumstances exist and arrangements have been made prior to the exam.
No books, notes, tables or calculators will be allowed on any of the exams.


Your course grade will be determined by your score in the final exam (200 points), 3 midterm exams (100 points each) and homework (100 points). This is a total of 600 points, earning at least 60% of your 600 points guarantees that you will NOT fail the course.
Bonus points will be awarded based on class participation and effort (e.g., attendance to class and office hours, asking questions, etc).


February 6, 2013 is Census Date. This is the last day to drop individual courses and get a full refund; it is also the last day to add courses without a special permission.

April 5, 2013 is the last day to withdraw without special permission from the Dean.

Disability services

Students with disabilities should notify me as soon as possible of any special needs. They should also provide me with their letters of certification from the Office of Disabilities (Main Hall 105, phone: 255-3354) within the first two weeks of class.

Extra help

Miss Shannon Stiverson will held regular Supplemental Instructions sessions throughout the semester.
The SI sessions will take place according to the following schedule:

Wednesday from 10:50 to 12:05 in ENG 247
Sunday from 3:00pm to 4:30pm in the MLC

Free tutoring service is avaliable at the Math Learning Center (MLC) located at ENG 136. Spring semester hours and other information about the MLC are available at
. Additional tutoring is available at

A word of caution

This course turns out to be very difficult. To do well, you should:
- Review background material;
- Study regularly;
- Read ahead each topic before class;
- Come to *every* class and ask questions;
- Review the material afterwards, stressing the understanding of concepts;
- Do the homework regularly;
- Seek help (from me, or your SI, or your classmates) when you don't understand something.
You are welcome (in fact, encouraged) to review with others and help each other. Note however that everything you turn in should be your own work.

UCCS Department of Mathematics
University of Colorado
Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7150
(719)255-3311 (office)
(719)255-3605 (fax)

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