Calculus I
Spring 2002
MATH 161.00 (4 credits), MTu_ThF, 8:00AM-8:50AM, Wickersham 105


A grade of C- or better in MATH 160 (Precalculus) or MATH 161 Placement.


Dr. Buchanan
Office: Wickersham 112, Phone: 872-3659, FAX: 871-2320
Office Hours: 10:00AM-10:50AM (MTu_ThF), or by appointment


Calculus, 2nd edition, Robert T. Smith and Roland B. Minton, McGraw-Hill Company, 2002, ISBN 0-07-239848-5.


MATH 161 introduces the concepts and techniques of calculus, beginning with limits. Major emphasis is on the theory and applications of continuity, derivatives, antiderivatives, and the definite integral. The calculus of the trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions is also included.

Course Contents:

If time permits other topics may be covered as well.


Students are expected to attend all class meetings. If you must be absent from class on the day an assignment is due, you must complete and hand in the assignment prior to the absence. If you know you will be absent on the day of a test, you must notify me before the time the test is scheduled in order to schedule a make-up test. Students who miss a test should provide a valid excuse, otherwise you will not be allowed to make up the test. Tests should be made up within one week of their scheduled date. No final exam exemptions.


Students are expected to do their homework and participate in class. Students should expect to spend a minimum of three hours outside of class on homework and review for every hour spent in class. Occasionally specific homework problems will be assigned for collection and grading. Students should submit all homework by the date due. Late homework will not be accepted without valid excuse. Discussion between students on homework assignments is encouraged, but homework submitted for grading should be written up separately.


There will be three tests and a final examination.

  1. Test one (Friday, February 15, 2002) covers sections 1.1 through 2.6 of the textbook.
  2. Test two (Friday, March 15, 2002) covers sections 2.7 through 3.6 of the textbook.
  3. Test three (Thursday, April 25, 2002) covers sections 3.7 through 4.6 of the textbook.
On the Fridays of weeks in which we do not have a test scheduled there will be a fifteen-minute quiz given. I anticipate a total of ten (10) quizzes for this semester. Typically a quiz will consist of two problems similar to those seen on the week's homework assignments. No makeup quizzes will be given. The final exam (Thursday, May 9, 2002, 2:45PM-4:45PM) will be comprehensive and includes, in addition to the material in the textbook mentioned above, sections 6.1 through 6.5. I will not ``curve'' test, quiz, or exam grades.


Course grade will be calculated as follows.

Tests 20% each
Quizzes 10%
Exam 30%

I keep a record of students' test, homework, and exam scores. Students should also keep a record of graded assignments, tests, and other materials. The course letter grades will be calculated as follows. I will not ``curve'' course grades.

90-92 A$-$ 93-100 A    
80-82 B$-$ 83-86 B 87-89 B$+$
70-72 C$-$ 73-76 C 77-79 C$+$
60-62 D$-$ 63-66 D 67-69 D$+$
    0-59 F    

Final Word:

Math is not a spectator sport. What you learn from this course and your final grade depend mainly on the amount of work you put forth. Daily contact with the material through homework assignments and review of notes taken during lectures is extremely important.

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