MATH 1910 COURSE SYLLABUS
COURSE MATERIALS PROVIDED BY INSTRUCTOR
Optional Text --- Calculus Early Transcendentals
Stewart (Eighth Edition)
PREREQUISITES: Calculus I is the first in a three course sequence that develops the fundamental concepts of the real number calculus. This course requires successful completion of Math 1730 (Precalculus) or its equivalent. If you have taken precalculus but earned a C-, you should strongly consider retaking that course before taking Calculus I.
You will need a graphing calculator (preferably TI-83 or TI-84). You may not use graphing calculators with symbolic manipulation software (DERIVE, MAPLE, etc.) on exams. I will provide all needed course materials on my webpage (http://capone.mtsu.edu/jhart). You are expected to bring to class a printed copy of each day's investigation.
PURPOSE: Calculus I provides an introduction to single variable calculus. In particular, in this course you will
We will be using graphing calculators extensively in class. If you encounter differences or difficulties, the following links might prove helpful.
TI Instruction Manuals: http://education.ti.com/en/us/guidebook/search
TI-83 and TI-84 Tutorial: http://hotmath.com/graphing_calculators/ti84_movie_index.html
From a broader perspective, you will also learn key thinking skills that will prepare you for the special difficulties presented by calculus problems. In particular, you will practice
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, students will have developed an understanding of:
1. limits and how to compute them;
2. the derivative as a limiting process;
3. the importance of the derivative function in determining properties of the function it comes from;
4. the methods used for creating graphs of the derivative function from the graph of a function;
5. the methods used for computing the derivative formula for a function given the formula for the function;
6. applications of the derivative;
7. the definite integral;
8. antiderivatives for a function and their relationship to the definite integral;
9. some methods for computing definite integrals given the formula for the function;
REQUIREMENTS: In general, you are expected to
1. attend class and participate in discussions;
2. read and study class assignments and solve assigned problems;
3. ask questions in class when you are unsure of any concept or unclear on any assigned problem;
4. attend the help lab or come to my office for additional assistance as necessary;
5. take all announced quizzes and exams (including the final) on the day they are scheduled
6. come to class prepared. This includes completing homework in a timely manner, bringing your course materials, and bringing your calculator.
I have primary responsibility for control over the classroom learning environment and can direct the temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct which otherwise violates the general rules and regulations of the institution. Depending on the severity or frequency of the incident(s), I may report such misconduct to the assistant dean for Judicial Affairs for implementation of such disciplinary sanctions as may be appropriate.
GRADING: We will cover the majority of Investigations 1 - 28 provided on my webpage. Most investigations come with a short homework assignment. You are expected to work every problem in each homework assignment. For your convenience, an answer key is provided for each assignment. Grading is done on a standard scale : 90-100 -- A, 80-89.5 -- B, etc. Individual activities are not curved; however, there will be a curve at the end of the course. For the most part, I gather enough summative data on you to be confident your numeric score accurately reflects your class performance; however, rare exceptions do occur. For these exceptions, I reserve the right to assign a grade of A-, B+/-, C+/- , or D+/-. A grade of A- or B+ might be assigned to scores between 89.0 and 91.0; likewise a grade of B- or C+ might be assigned to scores between 79.0 and 81.0, and a C- or D+ might be assigned to scores between 69.0 and 71.0. Assigning these grades is a rare occurrence and depends on exceptional individual circumstances. There is no guarantee you will receive this grade if your score falls in one of these ranges.
Your end-of-semester grade will be computed according to the following formula
FINAL GRADE = 0.6(E / e) + 0.15(F / f) + 0.25(Q / q)
If you are not able to take a quiz or exam at the scheduled time, you must schedule a makeup time. Except for medical or family emergencies, the scheduled makeup time cannot be more than two weekdays after the quiz or exam. If you don't follow this procedure, you will not be able to make up the graded activity.
If you are diagnosed with, or suspect you have the flu... DO NOT COME TO CLASS.
I usually return an exam or quiz no more than two class days after it is given. It is your responsibility to monitor your progress in the course. I strongly recommend you actively ask questions in class or come to my office regularly to discuss your progress. I will be happy to suggest strategies for helping you succeed, but no strategy provides a quick-fix. You will receive a detailed breakdown of your grade around mid term. Do not wait until the last few weeks of class to try improving your grade.
I will be taking attendance on most days. More than four unexcused absences will automatically lower your end-of-semester grade by one letter.
THERE ARE NO OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXTRA CREDIT IN THIS COURSE.
IMPORTANT: It is Department policy not to grant withdrawals after the withdrawal deadline has passed, unless circumstances have arisen which make it impossible for you to complete the course. Late withdrawals must be approved by the Department Chair and often require documentation for the extenuating circumstances.
No one will be exempt from the final.
INCOMPLETES: An incomplete will be given only in accordance with the University Policy.
If you have a disability that may require assistance or accommodation, or you have questions related to any accommodations
for testing, note takers, readers, etc., please speak with me as soon as possible. Students may also contact the
Office of Disabled Students Services (898-2783) with questions about such services.
Tennessee State University takes a strong stance against academic misconduct.
Academic Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism,
cheating, and fabrication. Plagiarism,
cheating, fabrication, or facilitating any such act.
For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
The adoption or
reproduction of ideas, words, statements, images, or works of another person as
one’s own without proper attribution. This includes self-plagiarism, which
occurs when an author submits material or research from a previous academic
exercise to satisfy the requirements of another exercise and uses it without
proper citation of its reuse.
Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or
study aids in any academic exercise. This
includes unapproved collaboration, which occurs when a student works with others
on an academic exercise without the express permission of the professor.
The term academic exercise includes all forms of work submitted for
credit or hours.
Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or
citation in an academic exercise.
online and taking information without proper citations, copying parts of other
student’s work, creating information for the purposes of making your paper
seem more official, or anything involving taking someone else’s thoughts or
ideas without proper attribution is academic
misconduct. If you work together
on an assignment when it is not allowed, it is academic misconduct. If
you have a question about an assignment, please come see me to clarify.
Any cases of academic misconduct will be reported to the Office of
Academic Affairs for violating the academic honesty requirements in the student
handbook. They will also result in
failure for the course. Remember –
ignorance is NOT a defense.
Students with Disabilities: Middle Tennessee State University is committed to campus access in accordance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Any student interested in reasonable accommodations can consult the and/or contact the DAC for assistance at 615-898-2783 or .
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This syllabus is only a guide for your convenience; I reserve the right to make changes as class needs dictate.
January 29 --- Last day to drop without a grade March 25 --- Last day to drop with a "W"
March 5 -- 10 --- Spring Break
April 26 --- Study Day (No Classes) April 28 - May 3 --- Finals Week
FINAL EXAM --- April 30 9:30 - 11:30 AM
The final exam is comprehensive and multiple choice. You will NOT need a Scantron sheet.
CLASS SCHEDULE (Subject to change as class needs dictate) (Investigation handouts will be placed on my webpage. Problem assignments can be found on the investigation handouts.
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 1 (Defining Quantities)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 2 (Functions)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 3 (Limits)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 4 (Classifying Discontinuities)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 5 (Linear Functions)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 6 (Average Rate of Change)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 7 (Applying Average Rate of Change)
EXAM NUMBER I
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 8 (The Derivative)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 9 (Differentiability)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 10 (Local Linearity)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 11 (Mean Value Theorem)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 12 (Interpreting Derivatives)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 13 (The Second Derivative)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 14 (Sum and Constant Multiple Rules)
EXAM NUMBER II
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 15 (Exponential Functions)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 16 (Sine and Cosine Functions)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 17 (The Product Rule)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 18 (The Quotient Rule)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 19 (Average Rate of Change for Composite Functions)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 20 (The Chain Rule)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 21 (Implicit Differentiation)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 22 (Related Rates)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 23 (Optimization)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 24 (Introducing Net Area)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 25 (Antidifferentiation)
Pathways Through Calculus Investigation 26 (Net Area Theorem)