MATH 1550-005

Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

Fall 2006

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Section 5 Instructor: Neal W. Stoltzfus Email:
Class: 138 Lockett Office: 258 Lockett URL:
Lockett Office Hours: 9:30am MTWTh* Office Fax: 225.578.4276 Office Phone: 225.578.1656

Course Information: The latest course information will be kept here and on the course Blackboard site available thru your PAWS account.

Office Hours: These times are especially reserved for you, but other times can easily arranged by appointment. If you just drop by my office, Lockett 258, when I am there I am happy to discuss things, unless I have pressing deadlines. Please introduce yourself!

Communication: The best mode of communication is to ask questions in class. Electronic mail and telephone messages are also good for after-class short answer questions and emergencies.

Course Structure

Text: Calculus, 5th Edition by James Stewart. This calculus course covers Chapters Two thru Six & Eight. Review the material in Chapter One on your own as necessary.

Advice to Students: The motto of the author is: Focus on Conceptual Understanding! To do well in calculus, plan on spending two hours each day reading the section(s) covered, reviewing your class notes and working homework exercises. As this course meets every day, the amount of material covered in one week is substantial.

I expect you to attend each regularly scheduled class and to keep up with the assigned work. Please discuss with me any emergencies requiring you to be absent, late to class or to leave early.

Homework, Exams and Grading Policy

Examinations: There will be three one hour, in-class examinations, each worth 100 points and a two hour final examination.

Calculators, computers, etc. may not be used on the in-class exams, quizzes or final exam.

If you miss a test, please leave a message at 578.1656, before the test if possible. It is then your responsibility to request a makeup for legitimate absences. When a test is graded and returned, you should review it carefully. If you have any questions about the grading, please discuss them with me in a timely fashion.

Note: The final examination will be comprehensive. The in-class final exam is scheduled for Saturday, 16 Dec., 7:30 - 9:30 am.

Blue Books: For redistribution for the hour tests, please bring four blue books to class on Friday, September 1st. Do not write in the book or fill in the cover page.

Examination Dates

Final: Section 5 Saturday, December 16: 7:30-9:30am

: The final exam will be 200 points (33%) of the total grade, and the homework and each of the exams will be worth 100 points (16.7%) of the total grade.

Final Grade Determination: Each hour examination will be worth 100 points, homework will be an additional 100 points and the final 200 points for a total of 600 points.

Homework: This section of Calculus I will use the computer package WeBWorK for the assigning and grading of homework. The first graded WeBWorK assignment will be given in the second week of classes. Your WeBWork assignment for the first week of class is to successfully log on at and complete the introductory problem set. This initial problem set (Set 0Introduction) is designed to acquaint you with using WeBWorK, and will not be graded. I will check near the end to the first week of classes to make sure everyone has successfully completed this problem set. If you are enrolled in the course, but are not able to access WeBWorK, contact me (preferably by email).

Daily assignments from the books will also be made and posted on the course Blackboard web site. Homework problems are indicative of the problems you will see on quizzes and examinations. They are crucial to your development of a mastery of calculus. Homework will not be collected and graded. Work additional problems beyond those assigned if needed to develop better understanding or greater facility. The beginning of each class period will be devoted to questions concerning previously assigned work.

Important Dates

September 4: Labor Day Holiday September 5: Last Day to Drop
September 7: Last Day to Add October 5-6: Fall Holiday
November 8: Last Day to Withdraw November 23-24: Thanksgiving
December 8: Last Day of Class Final: Sect. 5: Saturday, December 16: 7:30-9:30am

Manditory Disclaimers

General Education Disclaimer: This is a general education course designed to fulfill part of the analytical reasoning requirements of the university.

Departmental Disclaimer: This is a five (5) hour introductory calculus course designed primarily for engineering majors and certain other technical or science majors. The student is assumed to be capable and versed in the standard pre-calculus topics: functions, graphing, solving equations, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. No prior exposure to calculus is assumed. Since this is a five hour class, the student should expect at least four hour exams and a final exam. Regarding the use of technology in the class room, no departmental policy is presently in place.

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, a student should have:

The departmental syllabus for this course may be found at

Student Code of Conduct: You are also responsible for adhering to the academic guidelines of the Code of Student Conduct.

Initial Assignment:
  • Complete the introductory WeBWorK assignment.
  • Review the material in Chapter 1, Sections 1-3, 5, and 6 in the text. Some potential review problems:
    #1, 5-8, 11, 19, 23, 33, 37, 43, 53
    #1-4, 7, 15, 16
    #1, 3, 8, 11, 14, 17, 35, 45, 55
    #1-3, 8, 19, 20, 24, 25
    #2,3,7, 9,10,11-15,33,35,39,41,47,49,60

    Neal W. Stoltzfus   Fall 2006