Math 125, Fall 2007

Calculus 1


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

Final Exam:

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.
Midterm Examinations 20 % Each
Final Examination  25 %
Homework & Class Participation 15 %

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.

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