Calculus I

Fall 2000

Instructor: Dave Feldman Email:
Office: Third Floor Arts and Sciences Phone: x249, 244-9836
Mailing List: Office Hours: When I'm around
Tutors Mailing List: Help Sessions: Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:00, TAB
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Surely no subject in early college mathematics is more exciting or more fun to teach than the calculus. It is like being the ringmaster of a great three-ring circus. It has been said that one can recognize the students on a college campus who have studied the calculus -- they are the students with no eyebrows. In utter astonishment at the incredible applicability of the subject, the eyebrows of the calculus students have receded higher and higher and finally vanished over the backs of their heads.
Howard Eves, quoted in Thompson and Gardner.

Course Overview

I have three main goals for this course:

  1. I want to help you improve your quantitative literacy, problem solving skills, and mathematical confidence.
  2. I want you to gain a firm understanding of three big calculus ideas: the limit, the derivative, and the the integral.
  3. I want to have fun.

As our primary text we will use Calculus, second edition, by Hughes-Hallet, Gleason, I would like to cover all of chapters 1, 2, and 3, parts of chapter 4, and some of chapter 5. Calculus made Easy, by Thompson and Gardner will be on reserve in the library. This is a fun, informal, entertaining introduction to Calculus. I won't assign any reading from it, however.


Your evaluation will be based on the following: I will assign grades (for those who so opt) by following the guidelines put forth in the COA Course Catalog. I do not have any quota of A's, B's, etc.



In addition to the homework, occasionally I will assign micro-projects. These are small, hopefully fun projects which you will work on collaboratively in groups of threes.

Comments and Advice

Policies and Stuff: First Draft

  1. The final version of this and related documents can be found on the course web page.
  2. Homework will usually be due at the end of the day on Friday. More than one unexcused late homework assignment will result in me mentioning this in your narrative evaluation and may result in a lowering of your grade.
  3. More than two missing homework assignments will result in a grade no higher than a C.
  4. You are strongly encouraged to work together on homework. You can also consult me, class tutors, other faculty, friends, and family. However, the homework you hand in should represent your own understanding. This means that if your friends get a homework problem and you don't understand how they did it, you shouldn't photocopy their solution and turn it in.
  5. Exams will be open notes, open book, and (essentially) untimed. You may not, however, get any help from any humans during the exam.
  6. I will almost always assign reading for each class. You should do the reading before class.
  7. Instead of me presenting examples, I will often assign a few short problem that a pair of students will present in class. This presentation is highly informal.
  8. As I plan on sending out homework assignments and other information via email, it is important that you check your email regularly.
  9. I expect you to attend class. Missing a few classes isn't a big deal. Please let me know beforehand if possible.
  10. Academic misconduct -- cheating, plagarizing, etc. -- is bad. Any cases of academic misconduct will result in a judicial hearing, as per pp. 14-15 of the COA handbook. Possible consequences range from failure of the assignment to expulsion. For more, see the revised statement on academic integrity passed by the faculty two winters ago.

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