MATH 1550-8: Calculus I MATH 1550-8   Calculus I   Spring 2008

Time & Location:  M - F 11:40 - 12:30 in 284 Lockett

Instructor:  Dan Cohen
Office Phone Email Webpage Office Hours
372 Lockett
M - Th 8:45 - 9:30,
and by appointment
TextCalculus, Early Transcendentals, by Jon Rogowski. We will cover (portions of) Chapters 2 - 6 and 8.
Review the material in Chapter 1 on your own as necessary.

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

Homework:  This section of Calculus I will use the computer package WeBWorK for the assigning and grading of homework. The WeBWorK log in page for this course is
Your username is your PAWS email name, and your initial password is your 89 ID number (with no spaces or hyphens). You may change your password if you wish. WeBWorK also stores your PAWS email address. If you prefer another email address, you may change this as well.

There will be approximately 20 WeBWorK assignments, each covering material from a couple sections in the text. The first assignment is available now. You should make sure you can successfully log in, and begin working on it immediately. In total, WeBWorK homework will be worth 100 points.

I will assign other homework problems from the text (to be done by hand for practice) essentially every class. These homework assignments will be announced in class and posted at
       this location

Homework, both from WeBWorK and the text, will occassionally be discussed in class as necessary.

Exams:  There will be three in-class exams during the semester, in mid-February, mid-March, and mid-April. Exam dates will be announced in class. Each exam will be worth 100 points. 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 150 point in-class final exam on Tuesday, May 6, 10:00 - noon.

Grading: Your course grade will be determined from the 550 possible points outlined above. 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:  Jan 22 is the last day to drop; Jan 24 is the last day to add; April 7 is the last day to withdraw.   Holidays:  MLK day is Jan 21; Mardi Gras is Feb 4-6; Spring Break is March 17-23.

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 Tuesday, January 22.

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 versed in the standard pre-calculus topics of functions, graphing, solving equations and the 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.

Dan Cohen   Spring 2008