MATH 1550
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

Fall 2002

Section 38

Instructor: Dan Cohen

Phone: 578-1576

M - F 11:40 - 12:30

Office Hours: M W F  12:30 - 1:30

E-mail: cohen@math.lsu.edu

239 Lockett

Office: 372 Lockett

URL: www.math.lsu.edu/~cohen

These office hours are tentative.  I will also hold office hours by appointment. Except in instances when I am extremely busy, I'm usually happy to talk to you if you drop by my office at other times as well.

TextCalculus, Fourth Edition, by James Stewart.  We will cover (portions of) Chapters 2 through 6 and 8.
Review the material in Chapter 1 on your own as necessary.

Catalog Description:  Analytic geometry, limits, derivatives, integrals.

ExamsThere will be four hour-long, in-class exams, each worth 100 points. These exams will tentatively take place during the weeks of September 16, October 7, October 28, and November 18. Exam dates will be announced in class. No make-up exams, except in extreme cases. If you must miss an exam, you should notify me before the exam takes place.

Quizzes & Lab AssignmentsThere will be a number of short (10 minute) in-class quizzes and computer lab assignments given throughout the semester. There will be no make-up quizzes, but your worst quiz or lab grade will be dropped.  In total, the quizzes and labs will be worth 100 points. Your quiz and lab grade will be counted towards your final grade only if it is to your benefit.

HomeworkI will assign homework problems essentially every class. Homework will not be collected. Homework assignments will be announced in class, posted at the Blackboard course site, and occasionally discussed in class as necessary.  Homework problems will be indicative of problems you can expect to encounter on quizzes and exams.

FinalThere will be a comprehensive final exam worth 200 points.
The final exam is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10, 12:30 - 2:30 pm.

Grade:   Your course grade will be out of 700 possible points (4 exams + quiz/lab + final) if your quiz/lab grade does not decrease your total grade.  Otherwise, your course grade will be out of 600 points (4 exams + final).  I typically curve course grades. However, 90-100% is assured an A, 80-89% a B, etc..

Important Dates:    

September 3 last day to drop

September 2 Labor Day

September 5 last day to add

October 10-11 Fall Holiday

November 8 last day to withdraw

November 28-29 Thanksgiving

Notes:   In this course, we will focus on developing a conceptual understanding of the calculus.  To do well in calculus, plan on spending two hours each day reading the section(s) covered, reviewing class notes, and working homework exercises.  As this course meets daily, the amount of material covered in one week is substantial.  You are expected to attend each regularly scheduled class and to keep up with the assigned work.  Read each section critically and carefully, look at the worked examples, and work problems in addition to the assigned homework problems if needed to gain a full understanding.

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

Blue Books:   For redistribution for the in-class exams and final, please bring six blue books to class on Friday, August 30th.

Departmental Disclaimer:   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 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.

The student should emerge from the class with

1)     A basic introduction to limits and continuity for functions of a single variable.

2)     The ability to differentiate the elementary functions and apply those derivatives to solve problems.

3)     An awareness of the foundations of the Riemann Integral and some of its applications.

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

Bear in mind that you are taking this course under the guidelines of the Code of Student Conduct.


Dan Cohen   Fall 2002