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Calculus Sectioning, Fall Term - 2006

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Sectioning: After the introductory meetings, calculus is taught entirely in sections. To enroll in MathXa, Math 1a, Math 1b, Math 21a and Math 21b you must section by computer during the period starting Monday, September 18th, and no later than 1:00 PM on Wednesday, September 20th. Note that you can re-section as often as you like during this time and your previous entry will be erased.
Directions for Sectioning by computer: Using any Harvard computer, login into your FAS account. At the shell prompt, type

"ssh section@ulam.fas.harvard.edu"

(Go to a science center public computer, if your machine should not have an ssh client installed. More help. For help to use Secure CRT to section on Windows) click on the animation to the right.
and follow the instructions there. Your section assignment will be emailed to you by 5:00 pm Friday, September 22th.
Calculus advising and placement help is available as follows: (we prefer to do calculus advising in person rather than by phone or e-mail).
  Bret Benesh
Science Center 422
Tel: 5-1938
(Placement advice)
Robin Gottlieb
Science Center 430
Tel: 5-7882
(Placement advice)
Tom Judson
Science Center 429
Tel: 5-5735
(Placement advice)
Matthew Leingang
Science Center 323
Tel: 5-5334
(Placement advice)
Angela Vierling-Claassen
Science Center 420
Tel: 5-9580
(Placement advice)
Peter Kronheimer
Science Center 343
Tel: 5-5745
(Math 23,25,55 and 100 level only)
Th: 9/14   3-5 pm1-3 pm    
Fr: 9/15 2-4 pm  10-12pm12-2 pm 2-4 pm
Mo: 9/1812-2pm10-12pm2-4 pm     
Tu: 9/19    3-5 pm   3-4 pm
We: 9/201-3 pm  2-4 pm    3-4 pm
Th: 9/21      1-3 pm 3-4 pm
Fr: 9/221-3 pm       1-2 pm 3:30-4:30pm
Mo: 9/251-3 pm        
"Should I take Math 19,23,25,55?" Meeting and Discussion will be held on Thursday, September 14th at 4:00-5:30 pm in Science Center D.
REQUIRED Introductory Meetings will be held for each course on the following dates and locations:
Course Date Location Time
Xa Monday, Sept 18 Sci Center D 8:30am
1a Tuesday, Sept 19 Sci Center B 8:30am
1b Monday, Sept 18 Sci Center C 8:30am
21a Tuesday, Sept 19 Sci Center C 8:30am
21b Monday, Sept 18 Sci Center A 8:30am
Non-sectioned courses 19,20,23,25,55 begin on Monday, September 18th.
Sections in Xa,1a,1b,21a,21b will begin on Monday, September 25th.

Online placement re-exam: The Mathematics Department offers an online placement re-exam for those of you who question the placement advice that you receive from the pencil and paper exam.
Start here for the online exam.
If your placement advice from the online exam differs from that stemming from todays exam, you should take the results from both exams to one of our placement advisors listed above.

With regards to placement: The placement score indicates either placement in Math Xa, Math 1a, Math 1b, or it indicates general eligibility for any of the following: Math 19, 20, 21a, 23a, 25a, 55a and Applied Math 21a. It does not distinguish between the latter as all but Math 55a demand more or less the same level of preparation. A choice between Math 19, 20, 21a, 23a, 25a, 55a and Applied Math 21a should be based on your interests. A meeting entitled "Should I take Math 19, 20, 21, 23, 25, or 55" will start at 4pm on Thursday, September 15 in Science Center Lecture Hall D. All questions concerning these courses will be answered at that meeting. Questions that arise after the meeting should be addressed to the Math Departments Head Tutor Peter Kronheimer (kronheim@math).

The online exam can also be taken to see whether you have the necessary math prerequisites for certain courses at Harvard that list Math 1b, 21a or 21b as a prerequisite. In particular, the online exam covers material that is not on todays exam but which is assumed in courses that list Math 1b, 21a or 21b as a prerequisite. Note in particular that high scores on the BC Advanced Placement exam or a Math 1b, 21a or 21b like course taken elsewhere may not cover the required material. Feedback to show what specific math skills you need so as to meet the prerequisites for a course that asks for either Math 1b, Math 21a or Math 21b. A Math Warm-Up Series is also offered during the first week of the semester to help you brush up on rusty math skills. The schedule is below. Each online exam consists of 3040 multiple-choice questions and can be taken at any time from a computer on the Harvard network. Note that you can take the online exam more than once.

In any event, remember: If you have conflicting placement advice, you should talk with a placement advisor.
Warm Up Series (MWUS):
Date Time Place Topic Presented by
Tue Sept 19 2-3:30Hall A Logs and TrigRobin Gottlieb
Last update, September 19, 2006

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