MA251 Fall 17: Calculus I Syllabus

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MA 251.02  10:00 MWF: B01 KH & 9:25-10:40 Th: 005 KH
Dr. Lisa Oberbroeckling (o-burr-brek-ling) Office: 312 Knott Hall Phone: 410-617-2516
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Office hours: Wednesdays, 1-2 and Thursdays, 1-2:30. Also by appointment (see my schedule)
Caution! I reserve the right to make changes to the syllabus at any time during the term by announcing them in class and on the webpage. You are responsible for knowing not only what is discussed/announced in class but also what is posted on Moodle/class website.
Prerequisites: MA109 (Precalculus) or a score of 56 or better on Part II of the Math Placement Test or a year of high school calculus.
Course Description: A rigorous approach to Calculus for all majors. Topics include limits, definition, interpretation, and applications of the derivative; differentiation rules; antiderivatives; definition of definite and indefinite integrals; and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Degree credit will not be given for both MA151 and MA251.
Learning Goals: By the end or this course, you should be able to
  • find limits numerically and/or algebraically
  • find the derivative of a function numerically, from the definition, and/or algebraically
  • demonstrate an understanding of the derivative through applications and theoretical properties
  • approximate a definite integral numerically
  • demonstrate an understanding of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
In addition, this course follows the broader University Learning Aims and the Natural and Applied Sciences Learning Aims.
Text: Required: Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 8th Edition by James Stewart. The student solutions manual is not required but you may find it useful. We will cover most of Chapters 1-5. More information can be found on Piazza.
Calculators: A graphing calculator is not required but may be useful FOR HOMEWORK. You need nothing fancier than a TI-83 or its equivalent. DESMOS.COM is just as useful for homework. YOU MAY NOT USE GRAPHING CALCULATORS ON QUIZZES OR EXAMS.
Based on:
WeBWorK 15%
2 Exams20% and 23%
(higher exAm Is Worth 23%)
Final exam27%
Basic Scale:
I give +/- grades, the cutoffs being at the 7's and 3's, respectively. Thus 80-82.9 = B-, 83-86.9 = B, 87-89.9 = B+.
Homework and WeBWorK: This course will emphasize problem solving and some applications of mathematics. Homework problems will be assigned from each section that we cover and posted on the homework webpage. Also, you will be asked to do homework on the computer through WeBWorK. The WeBWorK counts towards your grade. Even though I will not be collecting the homework assigned from the book, it is important for you to be able to do all of the problems and understand the concepts behind them.
Quizzes: There will be short quizzes every Friday at the end of class unless told otherwise. They will cover the material on the week's homework problems (both textbook and WeBWorK problems) and examples done during class. I will only answer brief questions before the quiz; questions should be taken care of in previous classes or office hours. There are no make-ups on quizzes. The lowest quiz score will be dropped.
Exams: There will be 2 in-class exams during the term. They are tentatively scheduled on Thursday, October 12 and Thursday, November 9. Other information about the exams will be announced in class as each exam approaches.
Final Exam: The final exam is cumulative. Specific information will be given later. MA251.02: Saturday, December 16 at 9AM
Extra Credit: Do not count on extra credit in this course to boost your grade. I make it a policy to not give extra credit on an individual basis so do not ask for it, especially at the end of the semester.
Attendance Policy: I do not take attendance very day, but I do pay attention to who shows up. If you must miss class, I don't need to hear why because it is your responsibility to find out what you missed. It is best to get notes from a classmate; my lecture notes will not be useful to you. If you cannot make it to an exam because of illness or family emergency, let me know in advance by phone or e-mail. Make-ups will be given only under these circumstances. Don't abuse this. No changes can be made to the date and time of the final exam.
Classroom Etiquette:

When you come to class, I expect you to not only be in attendance physically but also mentally. That means no cell phones, no leaving class during lecture, no extraneous chatter, etc. If you know you must leave class, sit by the door to minimize the disruption. If cell phones and texting become a problem, I will confiscate the phone.

The goals of this course are best accomplished when in a setting of mutual respect. The study of mathematics does not usually lead to much controversy. That being said, we must all work to provide a safe environment that is conducive to learning. All are welcomed and encouraged to actively participate in the learning of analysis, regardless of gender, race, nationality, native language, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, and especially personal mathematical history. Any student who feels she or he is experiencing a hostile environment should speak to me immediately.

Honor Code: All students of the University are expected to understand the meaning of the Loyola University Honor Code. Ignorance of the Code is not a valid reason for committing an act of academic dishonesty. The following constitute violations of the Code and are defined in the Community Standards Handbook: cheating, stealing, lying, forgery, plagiarism and the failure to report a violation.

I expect you to work with others on homework (by collaborating, not copying!). I will ask you to sign a pledge on exams but not on other turned-in work (like quizzes) although I will expect the same honesty on all of them. Any questions or concerns should be directed immediately to me.

Student Athletes: If you are a student athlete, please provide me with your travel and game schedule indicating when you will need to miss class to participate in athletic events. While travel for athletics is an excused absence, you will need to make up any missed work. Absences only on the travel letter will be accommodated.
Students Needing Accommodations: If you have a disability that is documented with the Disability Support Services Office (DSS) and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact me as soon as possible. If you have a learning disability that has not been documented, you may contact the Disability Support Services Office (410-617-2602) for assistance.