Calculus I

Course Details

Course Number: Math 1634  Section Number: 201

Spring 2014

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 314

Days & Times:

MT RF  8:00  - 8:50 am

Course Attachments

  Math 1634 201 Spring 2014.syl-20140109-143538.doc


Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions
by Ron Larson and Bruce H Edwards
  ISBN: 9780538735506

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. David Tucker   
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Course Objectives

The student will be able to do the following

Define the concepts of  limits and continuity

Evaluate simple limits using the definition

Evaluate more complex limits using rules presented in class and the textbook

Define the term derivative in terms of limits

Explain the relation of the derivative of a function to the slope of a tangent line to the graph of the funtion

Explain the relation of the derivatyive of a funtion to the concept of instantaneous rate of change

List the derivatives of basic functions including polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and inverse funtions

Use the rules for finding derivatives to find derivatives of more complicated funtions

Describe and follow procedures for finding derivitives through implicit differentiation

Describe, set up, and solve related rates problems

Approximate zeros of functions using Newton's Method

Use calculus methods to find extrema of various functions on specified intervals

State Rolle's Theorem and the Mean VAlue Theorem and verify that a given funtion does or does not satisfy the theorem on a given interval

Define the terms "increasing" and "decreasing"

Define the term "critical pointst" and describe methods for finding them

State the First Derivative Test and use it to find relative maxima and minima of functions

Define concavity and describe the relationship between the second derivative and concavity

State the Second Derivative Test and use it to describe the concavity and to locate relative maxima and minima of funtions

Define the concept of limits at infinity and evaluate such limits for specified functions

Describe how the First and Second Derivative Tests and the concepts of limits relate to curve sketching

Apply the curve sketching concepts to specified curves

Describe what is meant by an optimization problem and solve specific examples

Define and compute differentials

Define the term "antiderivative" and find antiderivities of basic functions studied in the course

Define the term "indefinite integral" and evaluate standard examples

Describe the properties of summation notation and evaluate finite and specific infinite sums

Approximate areas under a curve through the use of Riemann sums

Define what is meant by upper, lower, and general Riemann sums

Define what is meant by the term "definite integral over an interval"

Relate the concepts of Riemann sums and definite integrals through the use of limit concepts

State the Fundamental Theorem of Integral Calculus and apply it to specified problems

Perform integration of more complicated integrals through the method of u-substitution

Approximate the value of definite integrals by the Trapezoid Rule and Simpson's Rule and discuss error analysis for each

State how the natural logarithm function can be defined using definite integrals

List the integrals of the six basic trigonometric funtions and their inverses

Define the six basic hyperbolic functions and find their derivitives  and antiderivatives

Define the six inverse hyperbolic funtions and find their derivitives  and antiderivatives


Course Expectations

Each student must have a graphing calculator (preferably a TI-83, TI-84, TI 86, or TI-89)

If a student has a TI-89, only those features compatible with a TI-86 will be allowed for use on tests


Grading Standards

The final grade for the course will be determined by a combination of exams, quizzes, and homework. Homework, when assigned to be turned in will be due at the beginning of the period specified by the instructor. Late assignments will not be accepted. In-class quizzes will be given from time-to-time and will count as part of the homework grade.  Quizzes will generally be given at the beginning of the period and at the teachers descretion, a student who arrives late may be denied the opportunity to take the quiz. No make-ups will be allowed for missed quizzes.


The weight of each portion will be as follows:


         Instrument             Weight   |      Grade Scale

         ----------             ------   |      -----------

         Hour Tests (5)            70%   |    90 - 100%     A

         Homework/Quizzes          10%   |    80 -  89%     B

         Final Exam                20%   |    70 -  79%     C

                                         |    60 -  69%     D

Final Exam5/7/2014  8:00 - 10:00 am

Submission Format Policy

Quizzes and tests will be done on paper provided by the instructor.

Most homework assignments will be given on paper provided by the instructor.  The student should work the problems on scratch paper, and transfer the solution neatly and completely onto the paper provided, using the space provided  to show the actual steps in the solution.

If a homework assignment is requested for which the instructor assigns problems out of the text, the student should turn in the problems worked neatly and completely on 8 1/2 by 11 paper, with the problems in order, and the answers clearly marked

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

In general, late papers will not be accepted unless the student has made arrangements with the instructor in advance of the period in which the assignment is due

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Each student is expected to attend every class period for this course, arriving in class before the period starts and leaving only when dismissed by the instructor.  If a student needs to arrive late, leave early, or knows in advance that he/she will miss a class, the student should inform the instructor before the start of the class.  No matter what, the student should be courteous to the instructor and the other students in the class, and avoid disrupting the class.

Other Policies


Use of cell phones to call or text others inside or outside of the classroom will not be tolerated.  The only legitimate use of cell phones in the classroom would be to take a picture of work on the board.  Otherwise, cell phones should be turned off and put away.  Use of cell phones during tests is strictly forbidden.

Students are permitted to use computers, I-pads, or notebooks during class to take class notes, but surfing the web, checking e-mail, working on homework for other courses, or  communicating with others inside or outside of the classroom is not permitted.  Again, use of them on a test is strictly forbidden.  At the sole descretion of the instructor, an electronic device may be confiscated for the remainder of the period if a student is caught using one in violation of this policy.


Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and may result in penalties

Each student is expected to do his or her own work on allgraded assignments.  ANY EVIDENCE OF CHEATING OR UNAUTHORIZED GROUP EFFORT WILL RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION which may range from a zero on the assignment to an F in the course.  Students may discuss and compare homework problems outside of class.


 Note:   Any student experiencing difficulty with this course has an obligation to himself and the rest of the class to seek help in mastering the material.  The first step is to take advantage of the office hours set up by the instructor.  If the listed hours are unsuitable, see the instructor after class for individual appointments at mutually agreeable times.  Help should be sought as soon as the problem becomes apparent.  Putting it off will only make things worse!  Experience shows that students who study in groups with other students from the class do better, in general, than students who try to work alone.  The instructor encourages students to form study groups.

Course Outline:  

The following is a tentative outline of the material to be covered in this course, and the pace at which it should be covered.  Every effort will be made to stick to the specified test dates.  Exact topics for each test will be indicated in advance.

Week    Dates     Sections          Tests

 ----          -----           --------               -----

   1   1/13 - 1/17   2.1 - 2.3         

   2   1/21 - 1/24   2.3 – 3.1         

   3   1/27 - 1/31   3.1 - 3.2        Test 1   (Thurs 1/30)  2.1 - 3.1

   4   2/03 - 2/07   3.2 - 3.4           

   5   2/10 - 2/14   3.4 - 3.6

   6   2/17 - 2/21   3.6 - 3.7        Test 2   (Thurs 2/20) 3.2 - 3.6

   7   2/24 - 2/28   3.7 - 4.2         

   8   3/02 - 3/07   4.3 - 4.6

   9   3/10 - 3/14   4.6 - 4.7        Test 3   (Thurs 3/13) 3.7 - 4.6

                        Spring Break (3/17 – 3/21)

  10   3/24 - 3/28   4.7 - 5.1

  11   3/31 - 4/04   5.1 - 5.3

  12   4/07 - 4/11   5.3 - 5.4         Test 4   (Thurs 4/10) 4.7 - 5.3

  13   4/14 - 4/15   5.4 - 5.6

          Easter Break (4/17 – 4/18)

   14   4/21 - 4/25  5.6 - 5.7

   15   4/28 - 5/02  5.8                 Test 5   (Tue 4/29)  5.4 - 5.7

    Final Exam: Wednesday May 7, 2014

                 8:00 - 10:00 am


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