Text: Single Variable Calculus, 6th Edition,
James Stewart (2008).
Calculator: A TI-83, TI-83 Plus, or TI-84 Graphing Calculator is highly recommended
Technology: Some assignments will involve using Mathematica in University computer labs. Students must attend two scheduled Mathematica Introduction sessions.
Course Content: The theory of limits, differentiation, successive differentiation, the definite integral, indefinite integral, and applications of both the derivative and integral. Prerequisite: Mathematics 115 or Mathematics 118. This course satisfies the A2 category of the University Core Curriculum.
Withdrawal: It is possible to "drop back" to Math 115 or Math 118 during the first three weeks of the semester. Any student who withdraws from the course after the designated drop date will be assigned a grade of "F" or "W" based on scores up to the date of withdrawal. (To be eligible for a "W" grade, the student must officially withdraw with the Registrar. Students who simply "disappear" normally receive an "F".)
Attendance: Students should be present for each class meeting. This fact cannot be stressed enough.
Exams: There will be two 100 point "hour" exams, lasting 50 minutes. These will be in the 6th and 11th weeks of the course (approximately). There will be no make-ups. If an exam is missed for a grave emergency, the final exam will count for an extra 100 points. (This is not an advantage, since students seldom score better on the final exam than on any hour-exam.)
Quizzes: There will be a 20 point quiz every Thursday (except for exam and test days). The two lowest quiz scores will be dropped, so make-ups will not be necessary.
Take Home Quizzes: There will be approximately 4 take home quizzes during the semester. Each of these quizzes will be worth 5 points and will be averaged in with the homework scores. The 5 lowest scores in the homework/take home quiz category will be dropped from the semester average.
Note: All quizzes and exams are cumulative. You can expect questions to cover material from the first day of the course to the day before the quiz or exam.
Homework: The majority of your work for Calculus I will be done outside of class. We will not have sufficient class time to discuss each concept covered in the text. The student is responsible for all assigned reading and study. The only way to learn mathematics is by doing mathematics.
For each section, a set of Exercises will be assigned, mostly from your textbook. There will be odd numbered problems, and even numbered problems. Use the odd numbered answers in the back of the book to check your answers. Sample solutions to homework problems similar to assigned problems are available on the course web site. After the due date (normally the evening the homework was collected), solutions to the assigned problems will be available on the web site. For this reason (as well as other reasons), no late homework will be accepted. Since there will be little or no time to answer homework questions in class, students are strongly encouraged to use these solutions to correct their own homework.
Important: Turn your daily homework in on 8.5" by 11" paper, with no perforated edges, stapled together. Each assignment is worth 5 points.
In case of emergency: Sometimes a serious circumstance (sudden death/hospitalization of a relative, for example) prevents the student from attending class and turning in homework. In this case, homework mailed to the instructor at 1002 Edgar St., Evansville, 47710, postmarked on or before the due date, will be accepted. Note that this is not a correspondence course, and daily attendance is expected. No student may use this emergency homework provision more than two times during the semester.
In any case, the 5 lowest homework/take home quiz scores for the semester will be dropped, so if a student is unable to turn in an assignment due to sickness or emergency, this should not impact the student’s grade.
Students are encouraged to form study groups and help each other
study and homework. Copying another student's homework is
However, an acceptable form of help from a classmate would be a verbal
explanation of how to solve a particular problem (not including the
final answer). A student’s homework
should represent the student’s own work.
You should never gaze upon (i.e. look at) another student's homework,
and you should never allow another student to gaze upon your homework.
below 60.000% F
Please Note: If you have a disability, you are
encouraged to register for disability support services in the
Counseling Center. If you require an accommodation, please advise
the instructor by the end of the first week of class. You may be
required to provide written documentation to support these
accommodations. The instructor will work with you to provide reasonable
accommodations to ensure that you have a fair opportunity to perform
and participate in class.
You're not alone: Seek help as soon as you come across a concept you don't understand. Help includes (but is not limited to):
1. Office hours or appointment with the instructor. If you can come to scheduled office hours, please make use of these times. To see me another time, you need an appointment.
2. Questions sent by e-mail. These are normally answered in a few
and save travel time, gas, etc., and reach the instructor at home or
office. Homework questions posed after 9:00 PM the night before an
is due are generally too late, but questions posed the day before are
answered soon enough to help. Since e-mail does not support all the
used in mathematics, the following conventions are used:
a. most equations are written as they appear in a graphing calculator or
spreadsheet, e.g. x^2 for x2 , 3/x for , * for times.
b. sqrt(x) for , fractional exponents for all other radicals
c. arcsin(x) for sin-1x, arccos(x) for cos-1x.
d. as with the graphing calculator, you will need to use parentheses frequently
3. Free tutoring at Academic Skills (ED 1111).4. Peer study groups (strongly encouraged)
5. Private tutor