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Calculus 1: Course information for Spring 2014


Our main reference will be the 4th edition of Calculus: early transcendental functions by Robert T. Smith and Roland B. Minton. Do note that some of the course content will not be directly based on the textbook material. At times, you will be expected to rely on your own lecture notes.

You will need access to a graphing calculator. TI-83 would be wonderful, but it is also quite likely that you can find a sufficiently good free app.

Most lectures will be followed by a homework assignment; the assignments will be available online. The access to the assignments will be password protected; contact Iva to get the password. Homework will be due twice a week: on Mondays and Thursdays, by 5pm or by whatever time my office hours are over. Each homework assignment will contribute to the course grade through the letter grade for the relevant educational goal.

Late or missed assignments
I understand that you might find yourself in a situation where you cannot complete a homework assignment on time. You will nevertheless be expected to turn in what you have by the due date and immediately inform me about your situation. Assuming you are making a good faith effort to stay current in the class, you will be given an opportunity to make up an incomplete assignment.

Exams and such
There will be three in-class exams and a cumulative final exam, each of which will contribute to the course grade through the letter grade for the relevant educational goal. In-class exams will take place on Tuesday, February 25th, Friday, March 21st and Friday, April 25th. The time of the final exam is Monday, May 5th, from 6pm to 9pm.

In addition, there will be a short (15 minutes) algebra based quiz on Tuesday, January 28th. The purpose of the quiz is to help us assess if you are properly placed in Calculus I, and to prompt you to review the background material as soon as possible. The quiz score will not take part in your final grade, but I reserve the right not to accept any homework assignments from a student who has neither demonstrated the appropriate level of algebraic fluency nor consulted me in this regard. The review material for this quiz can be found here.

Grading scheme
For each rubric under Educational Goals you will receive a letter grade determined by your performance on the corresponding portion(s) of exams, homework assignments etc. In addition, a certain portion of your grade will correspond to the effort you put into participating and staying current in the class; students with a substantial number of class absences and/or late assignments can expect a slightly lowered course grade. The final course grade will be a weighted average of the above:

    Goal 1: 45% distributed as follows: Goal 1a: 15%, Goal 1b:15%, Goal 1c:10%, Goal 1d: 5%.
    Goal 2: 35%
    Goal 3: 15%
    Participation: 5%

For the description of letter grades and their numerical equivalents please refer to our College Catalog. Please note that a professor has a right to withdraw a student for the reasons of non-attendence. I reserve the right to fail any student who exhibits an extreme lack of understanding of single variable calculus on the final exam. I also reserve the right to boost the course grade of any student who presents an impressive amount of progress throughout the semester.