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Course's Information

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Guidelines for Selecting Calculus Course (103 Fall Semester)

  1. Class Time

The classes of Calculus (I) are classified into two time-periods (A or B), in accordance with the actual class-meeting times.
Time period A is for DEE, UEE, DCP, DEO and ECE; Time period B is for DME, DCV, DMA, DEP, DAM, DAC, DBT, DMS, DTM, DEM, DIF, DPS and DPN.

Regardless of which time period to which a Calculus (I) class pertains, each Calculus (I) class carries a total of 4 credits, and will meet 4 hours each week throughout the semester.

  1. Special Classes
  2. Business calculus (Course No. 0353)

This course will focus on the computational aspect of Calculus instead of difficult mathematical proofs. The goal of the course is to provide adequate mathematical tools for studies in Finance and Economy. The course is only provided for the students of Department of Management Science. Please note that: for a student who may want to change his or her major of study (or to pursue his or her study for a double-major degree) in the future, Credits earned from this course will not be counted (or will only be partially counted) by other departments.

  1. Flipped classroom (Course No. 0413)

In this course, students will be asynchronously supplied with handouts and video lectures. This way of teaching can help each student learn at his or her own pace. The course will be conducted through interactions between the students and the instructor. Especially, the course activity will be based on discussions of definitions, formulas, theorems, problems and applications of Calculus from different points of view.

  1. Online classroom (Course No. 0313)

In this course, students will be asynchronously supplied with handouts and video lectures. This way of teaching can help each student learn at his or her own pace. The interactions in this course will mainly rely on online consulting and forum. The course syllabus is identical to that of Calculus (I). Moreover, reviews and quizzes will be conducted biweekly. Please visit the website of the NCTU Calculus Teaching Group (http://calculus.nctu.edu.tw ) for further information and more details about the grading policy of this course.

  1. Large classes (Course No. 0311 & 0411)

The size limit of a large class is a total of 120 students.

  1. “Xue-Er Class”(Honor Calculus Problem Solving Session(I))

Students who take Calculus (I) (regardless of which class time) may choose to register for Honor Calculus Problem Solving Session (I), (i.e. “Xue-Er Class”). This Xue-Er Class, which counts 1 credit upon completion, will be conducted through small-class teaching and will meet one hour per week. The Xue-Er course will be conducted through engaging students in solving challenging problems. The aim of the course is to help students understand the concepts through practices (e.g. in-class discussions, solving problems etc.) The Xue-Er course will put the emphasis on conceptual understanding instead of memorizing formulas in a mechanical manner. In the Xue-Er course, students will learn the way of problem-solving through problems.
Based on the essence of the course activities in each Xue-Er Class, we classify the offerings of Xue-Er Class into two main types:

  1. Theoretical: The class will go deep into the proofs and applications of theorems.
  2. Experimental: Students are required to conduct mathematical experiments by using mathematical software. Through observing and analyzing data which are numerical, geometric, or algebraic, students will learn how to make reflections on important concepts of Calculus.
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Students who passed the Xue-Er Class and scored at least 60 in Calculus will receive Honor on their transcript.

  1. Prerequisites
  2. First-year students who need to take the Maths Competency Test but failed can still register for Calculus (I). However, extra tutorials will be supplied by the NCTU Calculus Teaching Group.
  3. Students who have not taken Calculus(I), or have not scored at least 40 on Calculus (I), are not allowed to register for Calculus(II)

 

  1. Course Selection Rules
  2. With the exception of those cases which are specified in i, ii. ,iii, iv below, all other first year students taking Calculus I are free to select their classes via the online registration system, in accordance with the scheduled class periods (A or B) as assigned for their departments.
    1. Students of the ECE (EECS Undergraduate Honors Program) must take the class with course no. 0412.
    2. Students of the DPS (Interdisciplinary Science Degree Program) are recommended to take the class with course no. 0312.
    3. Students of the DPN (Undergraduate Honors Program of Nano Science and Engineering) are recommended to take the class with course no. 0317.
    4. First-year students of the DAM (Department of Applied Mathematics) must take the class with course no. 0312 or 0314, and the corresponding Xue-Er class.
  3. Calculus (I) cannot be add in paper form.
  4. Students who wish to take the Xue-Er class should fill in the application form (please download the application form at the website of the NCTU Calculus Teaching Group) and obtain permission of the instructor.
  5. The size limit of a Xue-Er class is a total of 15 students.
    • About the Maths Competency Test
    • A Student who is admitted to NCTU in this academic year, and who meets one of the following conditions must take the Maths Competency Test before the start of fall semester:
    1. Do not have a math score in the current year AST (Advanced Subjects Test) nor a math score in the current year GSAT (General Scholastic Ability Test).
    2. Those who scored less than 25% in the Mathematics I of the AST (or less than 50% in the Mathematics II of the AST), as well as those who scored less than 50% in the Mathematics of the GSAT.
    • A Student who meets one of the following conditions does not need to take the Maths Competency Test:
    1. Have ever participated in the IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad).
    2. Being admitted to NCTU via academic recommendation.
    3. Scored at least 4 in AP Calculus (BC).
    • If you have some other kind of certificate which shows evidences of your mathematical capabilities, please send the related documents to the NCTU Calculus Teaching Group. The group will examine your case and decide whether to waive the Maths Competency Test requirement.
    • Students who failed the Maths Competency Test are still allowed to register for Calculus (I). However, extra tutorials will be supplied by the NCTU Calculus Teaching Group.
    • The testing date and time and further details about the test will be announced in early September 2014 on the website of the NCTU Calculus Teaching Group (http://calculus.nctu.edu.tw ).
    • Missing the test will be considered as not passing.
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