Oklahoma State University - Department of Mathematics

Calculus I (MATH 2144-004) Spring 2011


Because of the high correlation between poor attendance and low grades, you are expected to attend every class meeting. Class attendance means that you come to class on time and stay for the entire class period. Each unexcused absence takes away 10% from your attendance score and thus lowers your final grade according to the grading scheme. An absence may be excused if you advise me in advance of the reason for your absence. Independed of your class attendence, it is your responsibility to learn the material covered in class, and that from the corresponding sections in your textbook.


Homework will be assigned and submitted in the online system WebAssign. To get started, follow the instructions in http://www.math.okstate.edu/~mschulze/teaching/11S-MATH2144/self-enrollment.pdf using the Class Key, received by email or at the first class meeting, and the Access Code that comes with your textbook. You can find some useful tips for using WebAssign in http://www.math.okstate.edu/~mschulze/teaching/11S-MATH2144/webassign-tips.pdf. For any problems with WebAssign, go to https://www.webassign.net/user_support/student for guides, FAQs, or to contact tech support.


There will be 3 midterm exams and a final exam which contribute to your final grade. Date and time for each exam will be announced in class and appear online in the course schedule. Make-up exams will be given only under exceptional circumstances and if you contact me in advance. Books, notes, electronic devices, and any kind of headwear that covers part of your face are not permitted during exams. To gain credit your answers must be clearly presented. Your work must show how you proceeded to find the answer or why your answer is correct. Scratch work should be clearly separated from what is to be graded and the final result should be marked by drawing a rectangle around it.


The contributions to your total score will be weighted as follows.

ContributionAttendanceHomework3 Midterm ExamsFinal ExamExtra Problems
Weight (final grade)5%20%3 x 15%30%1% each
Weight (6-weeks grade)10%40%1 x 50%NANA

Your total score will be truncated to an integer percentage and determines your final grade as follows.

Total Score0-59%60-69%70-79%80-89%90-100%
Letter GradeFDCBA

Curving may be applied in form of a linear adjustment to all scores on a particular exam. I reserve the right to decide borderline cases based on class attendance and subjective impressions such as effort and conscientiousness.

How to learn?

Your starting points are the textbook and the lecture. It is easier to follow the lecture if you have seen the material before and presented from a slightly different point of view. I strongly recommend that you read each section in your textbook at home before it is covered in class. Try to isolate what you do not understand and be prepared to ask questions during the lecture.

Do not hesitate to ask questions. If something is unclear to you in class, just ask. You can be sure that many of the other students have the same question but do not dare to ask. If you let me know what your problems are, I can adapt the lecture and make it easier for you to follow. There are no stupid questions. On the contrary, asking the right question is often an important step in the process of solving a problem.

The importance of working on example problems can not be overemphasized. Try to work on the homework problems intensively and pick additional similar problems from the exercises sections of your textbook.

Discussion is crucial to understand mathematics. I strongly encourage you to discuss both the material covered in class and your solutions of the homework problems with other students in your section. The best way to check your own understanding of a subject is to explain it to someone else.

Where to get help?

Ideally you solve the homework problems on your own or working with other students in your section. If you realize that you do not understand the homework problems, seek help immediately. With a backlog of not understood material it extremely difficult to catch up with the class again.

Free tutoring and other services for this and similar mathematics courses are provided by the Mathematics Learning Resource Center (MLRC). The MLRC is located on the 4th floor of the classroom building and you need to check in for tutoring in room CLB 420. For more information, see http://www.math.okstate.edu/mlrc.

You are always welcome to see me in my office hour or contact me by email if you have any questions or problems. If my office hours do not fit your schedule, please contact me by email for an appointment.

Course Schedule

The following course schedule is preliminary.

Date Sections
Subject/Exam Addendum
101/101.1Four Ways to Represent a Function
Mathematical Models
301/121.3New Functions from Old
Exponential Functions
Inverse Functions and Logs
The Tangent and Velocity Problems
701/212.2The Limit of a Function
801/242.3Calculating Limits using the Limit Laws
1101/282.6Limits at Infinity; Horizontal Asymptotes
1302/01-Campus Closed
1402/02-Campus Closed
1502/042.7Derivatives and Rates of Change
1602/072.8The Derivative as a Function
1702/081.1-2.8Review for Exam 1Review Problems: 2.3:11-30; 2.5:15-20,37-39,41-43; 2.6:15-36,39-44; 2.7:5-8,21-24,25-36; 2.8:19-29,35-38,41-44.
1802/09-Campus Closed
1902/111.1-2.8Exam 1Solutions
2002/143.1Derivatives of Polynomials and Exponential Functions
2102/153.2The Product and Quotient Rules
2202/163.3Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions
2302/183.4The Chain Rule
2402/213.5Implicit Differentiation
2502/223.6Derivatives of Logarithmic Functions
2602/233.8Exponential Growth and Decay
2702/253.9Related Rates
2903/013.10Linear Approximations and Differentials
3003/023.11Hyperbolic Functions
3103/044.1Maximum and Minimum Problems
3303/084.2The Mean Value Theorem
3403/094.3,4.5How Derivatives Affect the Shape of a Graph, Curve Sketching
-03/14-Spring Break
-03/15-Spring Break
-03/16-Spring Break
-03/18-Spring Break
3603/214.4Indeterminate Forms and L'Hospital's Rule
3703/224.7Optimization Problems
4003/283.1-4.9Review for Exam 2 Review Problems:
Differentiation: 3.1:23-36; 3.2:19-30; 3.3:1-16; 3.4:21-46,75-76;
Applications: 3.5:5-20,25-30; 3.6:2-10,41-48; 3.9:12,14,28,38; 3.10:34-37; 4.1:47-62; 4.4:7-12,39-44,47-58; 4.7:9-15,21-29.
4103/293.1-4.9Exam 2Solutions
4203/305.1Areas and Distances
Approximate Integration
4404/045.2The Definite Integral
4604/065.3The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
4804/115.4Indefinite Integrals and the Net Change Theorem
4804/125.5The Substitution Rule
5004/136.1Area between Curves
5404/205.1-6.1Review for Exam 3 Review Problems: 5.2:35-41; 5.3:7-18,19-40,54-56; 5.4:5-18; 5.5:7-46,51-70; 6.1:5-28.
5504/225.1-6.1Exam 3Solutions
5604/256.3Volumes and Shells
Average Value of a Function
5804/271.1-6.5Review for Final Exam Review Problems: Review Problems for Exams 2 and 3; 6.2:1-18; 6.3:3-7,9-14,37-42.
5904/291.1-6.5Review for Final Exam
1.1-6.5Final Exam

Extra Problems

You can gain extra credit by solving extra problems assigned in class. The due date for these problems is 04/29/2011 and each of them adds 1% to your final grade.

Academic Integrity

I will respect OSU's commitment to academic integrity and uphold the values of honesty and responsibility that preserve our academic community. For more information, see http://academicintegrity.okstate.edu.


This syllabus may be subject to future changes and it is your responsibility to be informed. Any change of the syllabus will be announced in class and appear online.