640:135 - Calculus I

Syllabus - Fall 2017

Prerequisite: Placement into calculus, Rutgers Math 112 or Math 115, or equivalent.

Text: Calculus: Special Edition: Chapters 1-5 (6th edition) by Smith, Strauss, and Toda, published by Kendall Hunt, 2014; ISBN: 978-1-4652-2923-6. There is also an electronic version of this text available directly from Kendall Hunt; ISBN: 978-1-4652-3721-7. An optional solution manual is also available; ISBN 978-1-4652-4165-8.

Meeting times:

Final Exam: 4:00--7:00 pm on Monday, December 18, 2017.


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Course purpose. This course is intended to provide an introduction to calculus for students in the biological sciences, business, economics, and pharmacy. Math 136 and Math 138 are possible continuations of this course. There is another calculus sequence, Math 151, 152, and 251, intended for students in mathematical and physical sciences, engineering, and computer science. Taking Math 152 after Math 135 is permitted but is quite difficult. Math 136 and Math 138 do not satisfy the prerequisite for Math 251. Students for whom taking either Math 152 or Math 251 is a serious possibility are strongly encouraged to start calculus with Math 151, not Math 135.

Course topics: The course will cover the bulk of the material in Chapters 1-5 of the text. The planned content of each lecture is given in this lecture-by-lecture description of the course.

The term grade will be based on the results of the examinations, on the scores on quizzes in recitation, and on the performance on the WebAssign assignments. Here is more information about the individual components of the grade:

Exams: There will be two hour exams and a cumulative final. The hour exams will count 100 points each and the final will count 250 points. Exams will be closed book and student-prepared formula sheets will not be permitted. An official formula sheet will be provided with each exam. The dates of the hour exams listed in the lecture schedule are tentative. The first hour exam will be on XXXXday, XXXXX XX, during our usual class. The second will be on XXXXX XX, also during our regular class. The hour exams are written by the lecturers and different sections will have different exams. The final is written by the course coordinator and is the same for all students in Math 135. Calculators are not permitted on exams in this course.

Recitation quizzes: Homework problems are assigned for each lecture. Students are expected to work on the problems for a particular lecture prior to the recitation class devoted to that material. Homework will not be collected. However, students are encouraged to ask questions in recitation about problems with which they had difficulty. At the end of the recitation class there will be a short quiz consisting of one or two problems similar to the homework problems. Together the quizzes will count 75 points toward the term grade.

WebAssign: Students are required to use WebAssign to work on selected problems and to submit answers until they get the problem right. Each student gets different versions of the problems to solve. WebAssign assignments must be done online. The WebAssign grade counts 75 points toward the term grade and is determined by how many problems the student eventually gets right, not on the number of tries needed to get the correct answer.

In summary, here are the components of the term grade with their maximum possible points:

Hour Exams 200
Final Exam 250
Recitation Quizzes 75
WebAssign Problems 75
Attendance 5
Total 605

Learning goals
: The successful student should understand the fundamentals of differential and integral calculus and should be able to solve problems similar to those in the suggested homework, the WebAssign, and the worked examples from the text.

Special accommodations: Students with disabilities requesting accommodations must follow the procedures outlined at https://ods.rutgers.edu/students/applying-for-services

Missing Exams: If a student must miss an exam, the student should notify the instructor by email before the exam. In general, an excuse from a doctor or a certification that the student is participating in a Rutgers-approved activity is required. Instructors should also make accomodations if exams conflict with religious holidays. In any case, the student should make arrangements to take the exam at the earliest possible opportunity.

Grading standards: The meanings of the grades in Math 135 are related to the probable success of the student in Math 136. Grades of A or B indicate that the student is well-prepared for Math 136. A grade of C indicates that the student can probably succeed in Math 136, but that they will have to work harder in Math 136 than they did in Math 135. A grade of D suggests that although the student is allowed to take Math 136, the chances of success are quite small. In any case the student should review the material from Math 135 before proceeding to Math 136.

Academic Integrity: All Rutgers students are expected to be familiar with and abide by the academic integrity policy (http://academicintegrity.rutgers.edu/academic-integrity-policy). Violations of the policy are taken very seriously.