Calculus I

Winter 2005

Instructor: Dave Feldman Email:
Office: Second floor, Turrets annex Phone: x249, 276-5284
Mailing List: Problem Solving Session: Wednesdays, 6:30 -- 8:00, TAB
Web page: Office Hours: When I'm around. Stop by or make an appointment.

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 two big calculus ideas: the limit, the derivative, and a good introduction to another big calculus idea: the integral.
  3. I want to have fun while learning a lot.

As our primary text we will use Calculus, fourth edition, by Hughes-Hallet, Gleason, Be sure you have the right edition of the book. There should be a roller-coaster on the cover. The ISBN for the edition we're using is: 0-471-48482-2. I would like to cover all of chapters 1, 2, and 5, and parts of chapters 3 and 4.


Your evaluation will be based roughly 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. I recommend against letter grades; I believe they are more likely than not to interfere with genuine learning.



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.

Policies and Such

  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. We will need to schedule one extra class so that we end up meeting for the full complement of twenty classes.
  4. If you need extra time for one or two of the homework assignments, it's not a big deal. But be very careful to not fall farther behind every week.
  5. I will accept late homework assignments. However, I may not be able to grade these assignment thoroughly. This means they will be of significantly less use to you on exams.
  6. More than two missing homework assignments will result in a grade no higher than a C.
  7. 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.
  8. Exams will be open notes, open book, and (essentially) untimed. You may not, however, get any help from any humans during the exam.
  9. I will almost always assign reading for each class. You should do the reading before class.
  10. In addition to me presenting ideas and examples, there will frequently be problems to work on in small groups in class. Use this time well -- it is a chance to try out some ideas and get on the right track before starting the homework.
  11. You will want to have at your disposal a calculator that has trig functions, logs, and scientific notation. You do not need a graphing calculator for this course.
  12. As I plan on sending out homework assignments and other information via email, it is important that you check your email regularly.
  13. I expect you to attend class. Missing a few classes isn't a big deal. Please let me know beforehand if possible.
  14. 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 statements on academic integrity passed by the faculty in the winter of 1999.
  15. A more informal and useful description of the course can be found here.

Academic Integrity

By your enrollment in an academic institution, you are subscribing to common standards of academic honesty. Any cheating, plagiarism, falsifying or fabricating data, or illegally using artwork of others is a breach of such standards and is unacceptable. Students and faculty share responsibility to clarify conventions of attribution, so that no one uses words or works of others, including artwork, without proper acknowledgment. If you do not understand or have questions about what constitutes ethical scholarship, ask that the issue be discussed in class. Cases of academic dishonesty may be resolved between student and teacher or, at the discretion of either party, may be referred to a judiciary hearing coordinated by an Academic Dean. Consequences for violations may range from losing credit for an assignment or course up to suspension or expulsion from COA.

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct is a breach of common standards of academic honesty as well as a breach of any particular instructions provided by a professor in a given class. Examples include cheating, plagiarism, or any other form of using the work of another person without proper acknowledgment. Another example of academic misconduct is the deliberate removal of library books or of essential reference or reserve material; this aspect also includes monopolizing or abusing resources other students need to complete academic projects. Cases of academic misconduct may be resolved between student and teacher or, at the discretion of either party, may be referred to a judiciary hearing coordinated by an Academic Dean. Consequences for violations may range from losing credit for an assignment or course up to suspension or expulsion from COA.

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