MATH 1550: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

MATH 1550
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

Spring 2004

  Section 12   Instructor: Dan Cohen   Phone: 578-1576
  M - F   1:40 - 2:30     Office Hours: M - Th   11:40 - 12:30*     E-mail:
  112 Lockett   Office: 372 Lockett   URL:  
* Tentative. Any change in office hours will be announced in class. I will also hold office hours by appointment.

TextCalculus, Fifth 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.

Blackboard:  Throughout the semester, information will be posted at the Blackboard site for this course, accessible from

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).

Exams:  There will be three exams during the semester. Exams will either take place in class, or will be administered using WeBWorK. Exam dates will be announced in class and posted at the Blackboard site for this course. No make-up exams, except in extreme cases. If you must miss an exam, you should notify me before the exam takes place.

Final:  There will be a comprehensive, in-class, final exam on Thursday, May 13, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

Grading: The final exam will be 30% of the total grade, and the homework and each of the exams will be 17.5% of the total grade. I may curve course grades. In any case, 90-100% in total is assured an A, 80-89% in total is assured a B, and so on.

Important Dates:   January 28 is the last day to drop; January 30 is the last day to add; Mardi Gras is March 3-5; April 7 is the last day to withdraw; Spring Break is April 14-19.

Notes:   In this course, we will focus on developing a conceptual understanding of the calculus. To do well in calculus, plan to spend a substantial amount of time 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. Make use of my office hours, ask questions in class or by email, discuss the material with other members of the class, etc..

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

Blue Books:   For redistribution for the in-class exams and final, please bring four (blank) blue books to class by Friday, January 23.

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.
The departmental syllabus for this course may be found at

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.

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

    Dan Cohen   Spring 2004