MA 114: Sections 5-8 (Fall 2014)

This is the contents of the page All information concerning specifically sections 5-8 of MA 114 will be posted on this page. The main page for MA 114, where all other information can be found, is the

common web page for all sections of MA 114 at

Name: Heide G. Luerssen Email:
Office: Room 751 in Patterson Office Tower Phone: 257-6796
Office hours:   MWF 11:00-12 noon. You may also consult me via email. Homepage:

Time and Place of Lectures:

Classes meet MWF 9:00 - 9:50 am in CB 114.

Time and Place of Recitations:

Our class consists of four sections for recitations.

Section 005 meets TR 9:30 - 10:45 in CB 341. The teaching assistant is Sarah Orchard
Section 006 meets TR 11:00 - 12:15 in FB B3. The teaching assistant is Sarah Orchard
Section 007 meets TR 12:30 - 1:45 in CB 333. The teaching assistant is Chase Russell
Section 008 meets TR 2:00 - 3:15 in CB 341. The teaching assistant is Chase Russell

Information about the Course and Material you Must Have:

(see also the section on Grading on the the common web page)

3 Exams 300 points     
Final Exam 100 points
WW, Quizzes, Attendance   100 points
Total 500 points
     The 100 points for WW, quizzes, and attendance are computed as follows:
WebWork:   120
Quizzes:     40
Attendance in Lecture:           40
Total divided by 2:   100

Your grade will be based on the number of points you earned according to the following scheme:

Total Course Points (out of 500) 
 At least 450 
 At least 400 
 At least 350 
 At least 300 
Final Course Grade

Information on MA 194:

See the common syllabus for the rules concerning MA 194. Consider MA 194 as a purely technical construction. All credit (detailed in the grading section on the common web page) goes toward your grade for MA 114, and the pass/fail grade of MA 194 is solely based on attendance as explained in the common syllabus.

Attendance and Classroom Behavior:

I will take classroom attendance about 20 times randomly throughout the semester. The teaching assistants will take attendance for recitations every time (see policy for MA 194). Your attendance score for your MA 114 grade will be based on the percentage of lectures you attend. See the sections on Grading and on Policies on the common web page.

Email Etiquette:

The best way to get in touch with me is by email. Do not send emails in text message format! A proper email has the following ingredients:

For the sake of professionalism, I suggest to turn off settings that cause your email to say ``sent from my iPhone'' or similar. Most recipients are not interested in commercials at the end of emails (or elsewhere) .
Seeking Help:

If you need help with the course, contact me as soon as possible. Do not wait with seeking help. It is very hard to catch up in a Math course after falling behind. I am happy to help you, but you need to let me know that you need help. See also the section Study Advice and Getting Help in the common syllabus.

Some Internet Sources:


Direction Fields

Cardioid in Polar Coordinates

Three-Petaled Flower in Polar Coordinates

Spiral in Polar Coordinates