MATH 170 - Calculus I - Spring 2017

Department of Mathematics and Information Technology

Dr. Angela Berardinelli

Important Dates for Spring 2017

  • Tuesday, January 17 - First class
  • Monday, January 23 - Last day to add/drop
  • Monday, February 6 - Exam 1
  • Wednesday, March 1 - Exam 2
  • Monday, March 6 through Friday, March 10 - Spring Break (no class)
  • Friday, April 7 - Exam 3
  • Tuesday, April 11 - Advising Day (no class)
  • Friday, April 14 and Monday, April 17 - Easter Break (no class)
  • Friday, April 21 - Last day to withdraw
  • Tuesday, May 2 - Exam 4
  • Friday, May 5 - Last day of class
  • Wednesday, May 10 - Final Exam (8AM-10AM)

Course Description

This is the initial course in a sequence of courses on the fundamental ideas of the calculus of one variable. It is here that truly significant applications of mathematics begin. Topics included are functions, continuity, limits, derivatives, maxima, minima, and antiderivatives. 4 credits.

Prerequisites: MATH 118 or MATH 112 or ALEKS placement score of at least 76.

To be successful in this course, students should:

  • enter the course with a mastery of concepts taught in introductory algebra courses, including simplifying algebraic expressions, solving equations, definition of a function, common examples of functions, graphs of functions;
  • enter the course with a mastery of concepts taught in introductory trigonometry courses, including the definition of the sine, cosine, and tangent functions and their reciprocals, graphing the trigonometric functions, evaluating the trigonometric functions and inverse trigonometric functions, solving equations involving trigonometric functions;
  • be willing to spend time exercising their mathematical muscles and follow through on the practice necessary to complete the learning objectives of this course.


Textbook: Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 10th Edition, by Howard Anton, Irl Bivens, and Stephen Davis.

Office Hours: The perfect opportunity to ask general questions about course material, specific questions about homework problems or in-class examples, questions about your grade, questions about majoring in math or information technology, etc. My office location and office hour schedule are on my home page. You can also e-mail me to set up an appointment outside of office hours if that suits your schedule better.

(FREE) Tutoring: Free tutoring sessions sponsored by the math department are held several nights per week. Tutors will be able to help you with questions about course content and approaching homework problems. Check out the website for schedule, location, and other pertinent information.

Grading Information

If you have a weighted average of at least... You will earn a(n):
94% A
90% B+
84% B
78% C+
70% C
65% D+
60% D

Your final course grade will be the weighted average of the following components:

  • 20% - Average of your four best presentation grades
  • 15% each - The four in-class exams
  • 20% - Your final exam grade

Your final exam grade will replace your lowest in-class exam grade (if the final exam grade is higher).