MATH 171

Course Policies and Information


Sevak Mkrtchyan
E-mail: sevak.mkrtchyan at rochester dot edu
Lectures: TuTh 12:30-1:45pm in Lattimore 201
Office: Hylan 805
Office Hours: Tu 2-3pm, Fri 9-10pm via zoom (id 881 nine84 3223 )
Thomas Tucker
E-mail: thomas.tucker at rochester dot edu
Lectures: MW 10:25-11:40am in
Office: Hylan 1010
Office Hours: W 12-1, Th 9:15-10:15 (zoom id: 986 2seven51 4883)


Calculus (4th edition) ,by Michael Spivak.

Topics Covered

We will cover most of the first 12 to 13 chapters.

Exams and Grading

There will be two midterm exams and a final exam at the following times:

First Midterm
Thursday, Oct 13, 8:00-9:15am
  • Location: Dewey 2162
Second Midterm
Tuesday, Nov 15, 8:00-9:15am
  • Location: Dewey 2162
Final Exam
Sunday, December 18, 4-7pm

Your grade for the course will be based on your performance on exams and homework:

  • Homework assignments – 1/3 of overall
  • Two Midterm Exams – 1/6 of overall each
  • Final Exam – 1/3 of overall

The Final Exam will have two parts: Part A will cover the material tested in both Midterms 1 & 2, while Part B will only contain questions related to material appearing after Midterm 2. Part A accounts for 20% of your course grade and Part B accounts for 20% of your course grade. In addition, your score on Part A of the final will replace your lowest midterm score if it is indeed higher than it (it can be used to replace only one midterm score, not both).

NO MAKEUP EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN FOR ANY REASON. If you miss a midterm exam for any reason, then Part A of the final exam will count as your makeup. Final Part A can only replace one midterm score, however.

You will NOT be permitted calculators or other electronic devices (iPhone, smart watches, etc) on any exams. You will NOT be permitted books, notes, or ``cheat sheets’’ on any exams.

Incomplete “I” grades are almost never given. The only justification is a documented serious medical problem or a genuine personal/family emergency. Falling behind in this course or problems with workload on other courses are not acceptable reasons.


Lecture attendance is not mandatory in MTH171 but is highly suggested.

You are welcome to attend any lecture (see top of webpage for the listing of times and places of the 4 different instructor’s lectures). Note that all sections of the course cover the material needed for the exams at about the same pace.

If you do attend a lecture in a section different than the one you are signed up for, please do relinquish your seat to students actually enrolled in that section if the classroom fills - in that case, usually there is room to sit in the aisle or stand at the back of class. This packed classroom situation is generally rare so it should not be a big issue, and hopefully won’t occur at all.


There is a mandatory two hour weekly workshop run by the course TAs where you will discuss and work on homework together. You can sign up for the workshop you wish to attend on Blackboard. If, in a particular week, you cannot attend your usual workshop, please attend another and let a TA there know you are doing so. Workshops are an integral part of the course. Attendance and participation is expected and will count toward your grade. Although you will work on assignments with your classmates in the workshop, you must write up the solutions in your own words. More specifics about what is and is not permitted may be found in the “Class Honesty” section.


There will be 12-13 weekly assignments for the semester. Homework assignments must be submitted through Gradescope by 10:00am on Mondays they are due.

Homework assignments will be posted on Gradescope. You must abide by the Homework rules.

TA office hours

In addition to instructor office hours, our TAs will also hold office hours where you can ask any questions related to the course material. Office hours can be especially useful if you take the initiative by identifying topics that are giving you trouble and formulate some questions based on this beforehand.

TA Office Hours Email
Livia Betti Date, time and location lbetti at u dot rochester dot edu
Mira Chaskes Thursdays, 12:30-1:30, Fourth floor of Wilson Commons (bridge lounge) mchaskes at u dot rochester dot edu
Rachel Dennis Date, time and location rdennis6 at u dot rochester dot edu
William Hagerston Fridays at 10m in Gleason Library whagerst at u dot rochester dot edu
Justin Murante Sundays, 4-5pm at Gleason Library, Studio 5 jmurante at u dot rochester dot edu

Workload expectations

This course follows the College credit hour policy for four-credit courses. This course meets 3 academic hours per week. Students may also be expected to deepen their understanding of the course material through close examination/evaluation of the readings assigned in the course.


If you are having difficulty seek help immediately - do not wait until it is too late to recover from falling behind. There are several avenues for you to get help and ask questions, outside of lecture:

  • Attend the lectures.

  • Attend instructor office hours or schedule an appointment to meet with your instructor.

  • Attend the workshops.

  • Attend TA office hours.

  • Math study hall is in Hylan 1104 Mon-Thu from 5-8pm. Study Hall schedule

Disability Support

If you have an academic need related to a disability, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. In the event you encounter any barrier(s) to full participation in this course due to the impact of a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Resources. The access coordinators in the Office of Disability Resources can meet with you to discuss the barriers you are experiencing and explain the eligibility process for establishing academic accommodations. You can reach the Office of Disability Resources at:; (585)275-9049; 1-154 Dewey Hall. To be granted alternate testing accommodations, such as extra time, you (the student) must fill out forms with the office of disability resources at least seven days before each and every exam. These forms are not sent automatically. Instructors are not responsible for requesting alternative testing accommodations for you, and they are not obligated to make any accommodations on their own.

Academic Integrity Statement

  • All assignments and activities associated with this course must be performed in accordance with the University of Rochester’s Academic Honesty Policy. More information is available at:

Math Dept policy on unauthorized online resources: Any usage whatsoever of online solution sets or paid online resources ( or similar) is considered an academic honesty violation and will be reported to the Board on Academic Honesty. In particular, any assignment found to contain content which originated from such sources is subject to a minimum penalty of zero on the assignment and a full letter grade reduction at the end of the semester (e.g. a B would be reduced to a C). Depending on the circumstances, this may apply even if the unauthorized content was obtained through indirect means (through a friend for instance) and/or the student is seemingly unaware that the content originated from such sources. If you have any questions about whether resources are acceptable, please check with your instructor.