Calculus I
Fall 2000
MATH 161.01 (4 credits), MTu_ThF, 9:00AM-9:50AM, Wickersham 124


A grade of C- or better in MATH 160 ( Precalculus) is the prerequisite for this course.


Dr. Buchanan
Office: Wickersham 113, Phone: 872-3659, FAX: 871-2320
Office Hours: 1:00PM-2:00PM (MTuWThF), or by appointment


Calculus, Premiere edition, Robert T. Smith and Roland B. Minton, McGraw-Hill Company, 2000.


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 you are expected to complete class requirements (tests and/or homework assignments) prior to the absence. 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 four tests and a final examination. Two of the tests will target specific concepts and skills fundamentally important to success in calculus. The remaining two tests will be comprehensive, assessing students' mastery of topics covered to that point in the course.

  1. Comprehensive test one (Tuesday, September 19, 2000)
  2. Differentiation skills test (Tuesday, October 17, 2000)
  3. Comprehensive test two (Friday, November 17, 2000)
  4. Integration skills test (Tuesday, December 5, 2000)
The final exam (Wednesday, December 13, 8:00AM-10:00AM) will be comprehensive. I will not ``curve'' test or exam grades.


Course grade will be calculated as follows.

Skills Tests 25%
Comprehensive Tests 25%
Homework/Projects 20%
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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