Here are some web sites that you might find helpful.
Pages I've created:
Notation
Guide for Precalculus and Calculus Students (PDF file)
This is a comprehensive guide covering
all the major notational errors (and some mathematical ones as well) that are
typically found in students' work. Pay special attention to the
bluecolored text and the incorrect examples in redcolored text as you will be
responsible for avoiding these errors in your work. The PDF file is
formatted like a book, so you can print it doublesided and bind it on the left
if you wish.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Students often have the same questions from one semester
to the next, so here is a collection of answers to such questions.
A Statement on Partial
Credit
The subject of partial credit can be
difficult, so I think it's best that my grading philosophy is put forth from the
start. Please read this and ask me any questions you might have before it
becomes an issue of contention on your tests.
Studying Effectively
For Tests
In this guide I try to explain why we
think we study effectively even though we don't. I offer a simple solution for
rectifying this problem.
Offsite pages:
Common Math Errors
This is one of two sites I've listed
here that seek to catalogue the types of errors that students make most
frequently. Since these are the types of errors that lead to the vast majority
of missed points on tests, it would be a good idea to identify and eliminate
these errors from your work.
The
Most Common Errors in Undergraduate Mathematics
This is similar to the site above, but
slightly more comprehensive and more advanced. Once you have taken Calculus I, you
should be familiar with most of the concepts listed here. If you are in a course
past Calculus I, you will be held accountable for the types of mistakes
illustrated here.
MIT OpenCourseWare
MIT keeps an online collection of
lecture notes, problem sets, old exams, and other study resources for many of
their undergraduate courses. (Some courses even have
full sets of video lectures you can watch.)
Wikipedia and
MathWorld
These are online encyclopedic
resources where you can look up topics in mathematics.
Wikipedia is a collaborative online encyclopedia project. Its
treatment of math topics is very solid, although much of it may be presented in
a form that is more advanced than what you need. (Wired magazine ran a
fascinating
article on the origin and nature of the Wikipedia phenomenon and explains
why, despite being a "public" project, its information is surprisingly
accurate.)
MathWorld is obviously about mathematics only and is a site
sponsored by Wolfram Research. Its coverage of mathematics is just about
as comprehensive as Wikipedia and is sometimes a bit more friendly to
nonexperts.
The
Calculus Page
A very comprehensive collection of
links to calculus resources all over the web.
Last modified: 01/17/08
