Calculus I

Course Overview

Instructor: Dave Feldman Email:
Office: Third Floor Arts and Sciences Phone: x249, 244-7635
Mailing List: Office Hours: TBA
Tutors: Yasmin O'Brian-Lucero, Jen Dupras Web page:

Course Overview

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. 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 you to learn how to use computers to help you do math.


Your evaluation will be based on the following: I will assign grades (for those who so opt) by following the guidelines on page 8 of the COA Course Catalog. I do not have any quota of A's, B's, etc.

Policies and Stuff: First Draft

  1. The final version of the course syllabus will be on the course web page.
  2. Homework will be due Fridays at 8pm. I will only accept one unexcused late assignment.
  3. I expect you to attend class and labs.
  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 help from any humans during the exams.
  6. For each class for which I assign reading, you should arrive with at least one question or a comment on the reading. I will often use your comments and questions as a starting point for class discussion.
  7. 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.

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