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Course Overview Calculus I is an introduction to differential and integral calculus: the study of change. The course is designed for students working on a degree in science, mathematics, computer science, and those planning on certain types of graduate work. Others are welcome. The prerequisites are motivation and a good working knowledge of high school algebra and trigonometry. Those needing extra background work should consider MATH 130, Calculus I With Review. Calculus emphasizes skills, theory, and applications. Calculus opens doors to higher mathematics, science, and technology.
Text and Calculator The text is Stewart*, Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 6th ed., chapters 1-5. Also required are the trade book A Tour of the Calculus by David Berlinski and a graphing calculator. If you already have a calculator that you know how to use, that will be fine. If you are purchasing one, buy the TI-84 Plus. Instructions for its use are on line and also will be given in class.
Grading Your grade will be based on 4 tests and a final exam, 1000 points total. The grading scale is A: 900 - 1000 points, B: 800 - 899, etc., with +'s and -'s in the top and bottom 20 points.
|Test 1||100 points|
|Tests 2 – 4||200 points||each|
|Final Exam||300 points|
Policies and Due Dates
Tests must be taken during the scheduled time unless you have a valid excuse cleared with me ahead of time. Make-ups must take place by class time on Friday of test week. Grade penalties will be imposed for infringements. This includes Test 4 which is the day before Thanksgiving break begins. Tests are on Tuesdays: 9/1, 9/29, 10/27, 11/24. The final exam is:
Section 01 (9:00 class) W 12/9, 8-10 am
Section 02 (10:00 class) M 12/7, 11-1
Homework should consume about 8 hours per week outside of class. Homework is in three parts: review, current exercises, anticipate — past, present, future. All three are important for successfully mastering the material. Part 1: review recent work and catch up on problems you could not do previously. Part 2: problems are grouped on the syllabus by type. Within each group, do problems until you have mastered the technique. You need not do all the problems the first night, but should do most problems before the test. Part 3: read the section for the next class. This prepares the ground for planting new ideas, helping you make the most of class time. Homework is not collected: I trust you to keep current and to ask timely questions.
Answers to odd-numbered problems are in the Appendix. Problems marked with a graph symbol usually require graphical or calculator answers.
Attendance is expected. Previous students have found that loyal attendance (3 or fewer absences) is required for success in my courses.
Assistance You are expected to talk with your professors outside of class and visit their offices. Ask me about homework, in class, in my office, or via email. You may work with other students and use the Math Clinic (209E, hours TBA). For full value, re-do homework in your own words. All work on tests must be your own, with no help from books, notes, or other people. I support the Stetson University Honor System.
This is a college level course, and you are in charge of your own success. You are responsible for learning the material, reading the text, identifying your questions and difficulties, talking with me inside and outside of class, keeping up with the syllabus, reading your email, and knowing class policies. Read the first day's lecture Class, College, and Life online, and frequently review the Study Tips. Use the publisher's free online Tools for Enriching Calculus (TEC) geared to your text. Look for the icon as you read. Visit my web site to find out more about me and about the course. If you have special needs, please don't hesitate to discuss them, either with me or with the Academic Resources Center.
Communication I use email and Blackboard to communicate important information and distribute course materials. To reach me, see my contact information above. You are welcome in my office, my voicemail, and my Inbox.
*Note: The Stewart text comes in three packages. Choose according to how many semesters of calculus you want in the book, and be sure to get the version labeled Early Transcendentals, 6th edition:
|Calculus I only||Chapters 1 – 6||ISBN # 0495384259|
|Calculus I and II||Chapters 1 – 11||ISBN # 049501169X|
|Calculus I, II, and III||Chapters 1 – 17||ISBN # 0495011665|
fall 2009 syllabus
Class, College, and Life
A Tour of the Calculus Discussion Questions
instructions for the TI-84
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