MATH 221 - Calculus I - Section EL1
Fall 2014

Course Information

  • Section: MATH 221 Section EL1
  • Time: TR 3:00-3:50pm
  • Location: 100 Materials Science and Engineering Building
  • Instructor: Jordan Watts
  • Email: jawatts at illinois*
  • Office Hours: R 2:00-2:50pm, or by appointment*
  • Office: 238 Illini Hall

A note regarding emergency procedures in the case of fire, tornado, or an active threat can be found here. (Ignore the part about the eastern corridor; this was made for Altgeld Hall. Instead, go to the main hallway in the basement of MSEB; see here.) This website also has information that you should be aware of.



  • Some great MATH 221 videos have been created that explain some of the concepts that we will be covering this term. They can be found here.

Credit Hours

  • This course is worth 4 credit hours.


  • You must take the ALEKS math placement exam and achieve at least 70% on it between April 15 and August 29. Otherwise, you will be automatically removed from the course. Go to the website for more details, and note the sidebar on the left of that website.


Your final grade will be determined as follows.

For more details on each of the above, click on the corresponding links.

Teaching Assistants

  • The Discussion/Recitation sections of this course are mandatory. This is where your worksheets and quizzes take place. You can only attend the session that you are registered for. Each TA who runs these sessions will have office hours, as indicated below. All office hours will be held in 341 Altgeld Hall (or possibly 343 Altgeld Hall in case of overflow). The Teaching Assistants and Discussion/Recitation Sessions for this course are as follows.
Session Time and Day Location TA Office Hours
EDA WF 9:00-9:50 140 Henry Building Benjamin Wright Wed 4-5pm
EDB WF 11:00-11:50 443 Altgeld Hall Michael Livesay Mon 4-5pm
EDC WF 12:00-12:50 243 Altgeld Hall Seth Wolbert Wed 4-5pm
EDD WF 1:00-1:50 145 Altgeld Hall Seth Wolbert Thurs 5-6pm
EDE WF 2:00-2:50 445 Altgeld Hall Matej Penciak Tues 6-7pm
EDF WF 3:00-3:50 143 Henry Building Benjamin Wright Wed 5-6pm
EDG WF 10:00-10:50 141 Altgeld Hall Michael Livesay Tues 4-5pm
ED1 WF 9:00-10:50 173 Altgeld Hall Aristotelis Panagiotopoulos Wed 4-5pm
ED2 WF 1:00-2:50 159 Altgeld Hall Colleen Ackermann Tues 7-8pm


  • There will be free tutoring by MATH 221 TAs starting Tuesday, Sept 2, provided by the Math Department, from 4-8pm, Monday through Thursday, held in 341 Altgeld Hall (with overflow in 343 Altgeld Hall). The last day of tutoring will be Wednesday, Dec. 10th.
  • For business students, there is free tutoring for MATH 221 starting Sept 7th, running Sunday-Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm in BIF 1049. For more information, see this PDF. (Warning: neither I nor the Department of Mathematics make any guarantees regarding the quality of this tutoring offered by the College of Business Tutors. We are just making you aware of it.)

Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity may be summed up by the phrase, "your work must be your own." Violations will be processed according to the established guidelines. Please note that "it is the responsibility of the student to refrain from infractions of academic integrity, from conduct that may lead to suspicion of such infractions, and from conduct that aids others in such infractions" (Section 1-401 of the Student Code). Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to, cheating, forgery, fabrication, or plagiarising as outlined in Section 1-402 of the Student Code. A range of academic sanctions may be taken against a student who engages in academic dishonesty. Please see Sections 1-401 through 1-406 of the Student Code for additional information and procedures.

Students with Disabilities

I am pleased to offer reasonable accommodations. Please bring your letter from DRES within one week of the start of the semester or one week of when you add the course (whichever is later). Please note that you will only be able to take a DRES exam if you clear the exam date and time with me before you submit a request.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all classes and are responsible for all information presented. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get notes on what you missed. For University-excused absences as outlined in Section 1-501(c) of the Student Code, typically your grade for any missed work of significant weight will be based on your grade for the final exam, or the grade breakdown for your work will be reweighted. Please notify me ASAP so we may discuss how to make up any missed work, and have appropriate documentation sent to me ASAP.

Calculators, Portable Electronic Devices, and Distracting Behaviours

No calculators (or other electronic aids) are permitted on quizzes and exams, so study accordingly. The use of any portable electronic device (phones, e-readers, mp3 players, etc.) during class with- out prior permission of the instructor is prohibited. Other behaviours (reading a newspaper, etc.) which the instructor deems distracting, must be stopped in class. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in a lowered overall grade, and you may be asked to leave the room.

* If you wish to email me, replace "at" with "@" and append ".edu". Note that you should always use your account to email me; if you don't, I will respond asking you to. If you wish to ask an administrative type question, make sure that it is not answered on this website first. Due to the huge amount of emails from students I receive daily, I will simply refer you to this website for basic course information. Also, I will not answer math-related questions by email. You should either ask myself or your TA after class, or go to your TA's office hours or the MATH 221 tutoring hours in the evening. If none of these options work, feel free to come to my office hours or set up an appointment. Thank you for your understanding.