## Mathematics 31B Handout -- Spring 2009

**Discussion sections:** The discussion sections are conducted by the
teaching assistant, and are an integral part of the course. The
TA will discuss and answer questions about the homework that has been
assigned and related material. The discussion sections provide
an opportunity to have your questions answered on a more personal basis and
at greater length than is possible in the lecture.
There will often be aspects of solutions to exercises
that you will not have considered. You should take advantage of the
chance to ask questions that go beyond the particular problems that
were assigned that week. Even though we will not have covered
much material yet, the first week discussion sections will
meet for the entire period. The teaching assistants will
discuss some extra problems related to the material covered
in the first lecture (for Tuesday sections) and the first two lectures
(for Thursday sections), as well as some review problems from Math 31A.
**Quizzes:**
There will be six quizzes during the quarter. They will be given
during the last 15 minutes of the discussion sections.
They cannot be made up if missed.
The way missed quizzes will be handled is explained
under grading below.
In the quizzes, you will do problems taken from the homework
assigned during the previous week.
For students in Tuesday discussion sections, the quizzes
will be on April 7,21,28 and May 5,19,26.
For those in Thursday discussion sections, they will be on
April 9,23,30 and May 7,21,28. You should bring
**several sheets** of blank paper to the quizzes.

**Homework:** It is practically impossible to learn mathematics
without doing a lot of problems. Therefore, it is extremely important that you do
the assigned problems carefully and promptly. Don't get behind! I will assign
homework in each lecture. It will not be turned in or graded. The
role of the quizzes is to make sure that you are keeping up.
You can ask questions about the problems in discussion section,
or in the office hours of the TA and instructor. If you
don't get a particular assignment, you can always find it on
my web page.

**Grading:** The final grade will be based on the the exams and quizzes
with the following weights: Final (40%), midterms (20% each)
and quizzes (20%). The bottom quiz score
will be dropped before determining the quiz grade.