Math 125, Fall 2011

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: Mondays 8-8:50, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-9:50

Textbook: Calculus (Early Transcendentals by James Stewart

1-4, with selected topics from Chapter 5. It is highly recommended that you work with the current edition of the book. Should you choose to use an earlier edition, you will be responsible for ensuring that you work the correct homework exercises, etc.

Homework: Homework will be posted here . Homework will be assigned daily. 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. You will have a brief opportunity to ask questions on the assigned homework in class.

Daily Quizzes: There will be a quiz every day on the material from the class two days prior. This quiz will mirror the homework assignment, so if you've kept up on the homework, you should have no issues with the quiz. Quizzes will be graded on a ten-point scale. If you miss class, the quiz may not be made up, though if you have an excused absence, the missed quiz will not be factored into your final average. In addition, I will drop your two lowest quiz scores.

Tests: This class will have two exams, as well as the final exam. Dates are approximate, and each exam will be announced at least a week in advance.

First exam: October 7th

Second exam: November 11th

Final Exam:

Friday, December 16, 9-11 AM

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  35 %
Daily Quizzes and Participation 25 %

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 and quizzes 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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