Math 170-02 Calculus I

Fall 2017
1:00-1:50 MWF 12:30- 1:45 T Hirt M209


INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Platte
TEXT: Calculus Early Transcendentals, 10th Edition ISBN : 978-0-470-64769-1
  Authors: Howard Anton, Irl C. Bivens, and Stephen Davis   Publisher Wiley
  Available used in hardback, paperback, e-book or binder form
  Note: There is an 11th edition of the text, but we use the 10th edition! Must be Early Transcendentals!
OFFICE: 307 Old Main, also check computer labs in basement of Old Main
OFFICE HRS: MWF 11:00-12:15, Tues. Thurs 9:30-10:45 307 Old Main or Main computer labs. Also by appointment.
E-MAIL: dplatte@mercyhurst.edu           Course Information, grades, assignments
Web Sites: http://math.mercyhurst.edu/~platte/calcI

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, antiderivatives and introduction to the integral. 4 credits. Prerequisites: MATH 118 or MATH 112 or ALEKS placement score of 76 or higher

OBJECTIVES:

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
  1. Understand the concept of a limit from intuitive, graphical and computational perspectives
  2. Understand the definition of the derivative, and the relationship between the various interpretations of the derivative;
  3. Compute derivatives of functions using the definition of the derivative and then using the techniques and properties derived from the definition
  4. Apply the derivative in problems involving optimization, curve sketching and approximations
  5. Understand the definite and indefinte integral and there realtionsip to derivative.
  6. Compute definite and indefinte integrals
  7. Possess the capability to read a theorem in a calculus text, check the hypotheses in a particular situation, and draw appropriate conclusions.

CONTENT:

We will cover material from chapters 0,1,2,3,4 and 5.

COURSE FORMAT:

The main technique used will be lectures. At the beginning of each class I will ask if there are questions from the previous lecture. I encourage you to ask questions as they arise during the class. If you are unable to have your questions answered in class, then see me outside of class. You are welcome to drop in anytime I am in the office or Old Main computer labs.

COURSE EVALUATION:

Although I will not formally check attendance, I do expect you to attend class.

Homework:

Homework will be assigned often (daily). The homework will be scaled at the end of the term so that perfect homework total is worth 100 points. All homework is due at the beginning of the next class after it was assigned. No homework will be accepted at times other than the due time except with a prior valid excuse or under extremely extenuating circumstances. All homework must be done on 8.5 by 11 inches paper only with no ragged edges. Do not turn in homework torn from a spiral notebook without trimming the ragged edges! Problems must be numbered. Try to be organized and neat as possible. No red ink or red pencil may be used on your work. Any homework turned in that does not comply with these conditions will be ignored.
Do your OWN work. Do not loan homework to a fellow student. It is okay for students to help each other and to share ideas and knowledge.  Students who copy homework will receive an F for the assignment.
 

Exams:

There will be four class exams (tentative dates are: Sept 19,  Oct 17, Nov 10 and Dec 5 and a comprehensive final exam (Dec 13, 1:00-3:00 pm). Each exam is worth 100 points and the final is worth 130 points. Since I do not ordinarily give make-up exams, only the most serious reason constitutes an excuse for missing an exam. Any student who is caught cheating during an exam, as a first offense, will receive the grade of "F" on that exam. Students with a second offense of cheating will receive the grade of "F" in the course.   

Final Grade:

There are 630 total possible points. Your final grade will be assigned by taking your total accumulated points and dividing by total number of possible points (6.3), wherever this resultant fits in the table that is your final letter grade.

Percent 100-90 89-95 84-80 79-75 74-70 69-65 64-60 Below 60
Grade A B+ B C+ C D+ D F

CALCULATORS AND COMPUTERS:

Graphing calculators are not required for this course. The textbook does contain problems which involve the use of a calculator or computer, but you will not see those types of problems on any exam. √(2 )×π is a far better answer than 4.442882938. At no time will a calculator or computer be allowed that performs calculus. No cell phone calculator app allowed at any time!  

DISCLAIMER:

The schedule is tentative and can be modified at any time if needed. While every effort will be made to adhere to the syllabus, I reserve the right to amend the syllabus when deemed necessary. The student is responsible for noting of any changes, which will be announced during class periods. There is no extra credit possibility for this course on an individual basis. DO NOT ASK! If I decide to use the extra credit option it will be available for the entire class.

CLASS EXPECTATIONS:

The following class room behaviors are not acceptable at the University, and will not be tolerated.
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