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This is a five (5) hour introductory calculus course designed primarily for engineering majors and certain other technical majors. The student is assumed to be versed in the standard pre-calculus topics of functions, graphing, solving equations and the exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. The beginning instructor should be aware that some students may have issues with algebra and trig which might preclude their success in Calculus I. No prior exposure to Calculus is assumed by the instructors of this class. Since this is a five hour class, the students should be given at least three exams but four exams would be a much more reasonable number. However, the testing and evaluation of each class is entirely at the discretion of the instructor. No departmental policy exists on the use of sophisticated calculators in the calculus classes. The decision on which calculators to permit on exams is also left to the instructor.
A specific section by section syllabus for the Stewart text and comments are shown below. A recommended set of homework problems is not provided. The textbook has a wide range of problems, from drill level through conceptual analysis. The instructor is urged to assign a broad range of problems from each section. Do not merely assign drill problems. The non-routine, challenging problems should form some part of each homework assignment.
Optional. This is a pre-calculus review chapter and may be briefly discussed or assigned at the discretion of the instructor. While incoming students should be familiar with the topics in this chapter, some may be ill-prepared for calculus. Some faculty members have begun to require students to take a diagnostic test based on this first chapter. The test may show the student the pre-calculus areas they need to improve. Many faculty members simply skip this chapter.
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