Math 125, Fall 2007
Course description: The course will begin with a brief review of some precalculus topics, and will then will introduce limits, and continuity. We will spend the bulk of the class discussing the derivative of a function, numerically, algebraically, and graphically. We will also explore several important applications of the derivative. Click here for a more detailed schedule
Instructor: Barry Balof
Office: 236 Olin Hall
Location: 220 Olin Hall Time: /Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8-8:50
Textbook: Calculus by David Guichard This book is available for free on the internet. We will be covering Chapters 1-6. It is highly recommended that you work with the book from the web, as it is being updated constantly. The most recent edition will be posted here
Homework: Homework will be posted here . Homework will be assigned daily and collected weekly. So much of learning Calculus is dependent on reading and working through examples. Therefore, it is recommended that you attempt all problems assigned, not just those that will be collected. I try and devote the first few minutes of each class period to answering specific questions, so don't be afraid to try many many problems.
Tests: This class will have three exams, as well as the final exam. Dates are approximate, and each exam will be announced at least a week in advance.
First exam: September 28th
Second exam: October 19th
Third exam: November 16th
Friday, December 14, 2-4 PM
Note the date and time of the final. I cannot give the final before that date. Please make your travel plans accordingly.
Grading: Grades will be assigned on a rougly 90-80-70 scale, with grades weighted as follows.
20 % Each
Homework & Class Participation
Academic Honesty: Students are allowed, and in fact, strongly encouraged, to collaborate on homework assignments. However, the work that you turn in must be your own. No copying from any source! Exams will be closed book, closed notes, and closed colleague.
Special Needs: Any student with a disability for whom special accommodations would be helpful is encouraged to discuss this with the professor as soon as possible.