Welcome to Math 110/111, a two-semester introductory calculus sequence at Yale. Our teaching staff members are all thrilled to work with you.
Each week, we'll meet in a small group of students (“workshop”) to hammer out the more difficult concepts from lecture and work on problem sets together.
Meetings — My Fall 2019 workshops meet Mondays and Tuesdays, 3:30–5 p.m. in Bass Library, downstairs in L71 and L72, respectively.
Signing in — If you are a Math 110/111 student attending my workshop, please sign in using the button below at the start of each session. If you are assigned to a different workshop and would like to attend mine, you must obtain permission in advance from the course director.
Resources — You can access files related to our workshop via the course Canvas site.
I care very much that our workshop is a meaningful, worthwhile and enjoyable learning experience for each of you. I’ve set out some norms below that will enable us to make that happen (in tandem with the course-wide policies set out in the Math 110/111 syllabi). Please read them with care.
Collaboration — One of the most effective (and enjoyable!) ways to learn math is to engage in problem-solving with others. That’s why we have our workshop. Share your questions about concepts and ideas for solving problems with your classmates—and respond to others’ thoughts—so that we sustain a productive, lively discussion.
Attendance — Obviously there’s a formal rule about this, but I also personally care that you attend our sessions consistently and on time. Coming to workshop will enable the collaboration that’s integral to learning in math. (To add an extra incentive, a small component of your course grade is calculated based on our workshops—a freebie when you attend and participate in discussion.)
Electronics — To promote lively discussion, please refrain from using electronic devices in workshop. I hope you find this policy supports engagement and reduces distraction. Please let me know if this poses an issue in any way and I’ll be happy to accommodate.
Feedback — Your feedback means a lot to me, and I take it to heart. It helps me make our workshop better—more meaningful, worthwhile and enjoyable, as I hope it will be—and it helps me become a better teacher. I welcome your thoughts anytime; I also provide structured opportunities throughout the semester to offer anonymous feedback. Please feel free to speak with me in person—before or after workshop or during office hours—or get in touch electronically if you’d like to chat.
Meetings — My Fall 2019 office hours are every Tuesday, 7–10 p.m. in Bass Library, downstairs in L70. All Math 110/111 students are welcome, regardless of which lecture and workshop you attend. You may need to enter Bass through the South Entrance if the rest of Sterling Memorial Library is closed.
Pro tip re: problem sets — Many students in this course come to office hours to work on problem sets with classmates, under guidance from the teaching staff. As a result, my office hours are usually warm, busy, collaborative environments. (This collaboration is great for learning—I encourage you to join!) But if you’d ever like to talk one-on-one or if you can’t make my standing hours, please let me know; often I can meet separately or connect you with other course-wide and Yale College resources.
Welcome — Know that you are always welcome in my office hours. Please come by with your questions or thoughts, or even just to say hello! If you ever feel confused about course material, please feel comfortable coming by even if you don’t know exactly what to ask—we’ll work through it together.
Below are some tips for revising for course examinations:
Study what you don’t know. This sounds obvious, but it’s easy to waste time doing simple problems you can already solve as a false confidence booster. Practice everything, but focus your efforts on problems you find difficult.
Do the practice exams—and do them under normal exam conditions. Time yourself, and don’t touch a calculator or laptop. You’ll perform better on the real exam if you’ve practiced under a little pressure and developed a sense of testing conditions and pacing.
Don’t struggle alone. If you’re having difficulty, work through questions with a friend or avail yourself of office hours. We’re here to support you.