MT A142-01 Calculus I
This section of the course (Fall 1999) meets MTWF 8:00AM-8:50AM in Ritter Hall 128.
Calculus is a clever way of studying functions. It is a particularly pleasing way of studying functions because one can get some understanding of its most basic concepts by staring at a graph of a function (e.g. a tangent line to a graph or the concavity of a graph, terms which I will explain very early in the course). Calculus ranks up there with fire, the wheel, and the modern electronic computer as one of the great discoveries of humanity because of its many applications to difficult problems in economics, life sciences, social sciences, engineering, and even within mathematics itself. I will focus on such applications during the course. The image above illustrates another of the nice geometric ideas which will arise: the method of Riemann sums for computing the area under a graph.
Here is the course schedule which gives the specific topics to be covered and corresponding section numbers in the book.
There is also a very terse course description contained in the SLU Undergraduate Catalog (PDF format). The course prerequisite is a "C" or better in MT A141 Precalculus or four years of high school mathematics.
The required text for the course is Calculus from Graphical, Numerical, and Symbolic Points of View, Volume 1 by Arnold Ostebee and Paul Zorn. The authors maintain a web page for the book which has links to the publisher, ordering information, and errata. Students can get the text from the SLU Bookstore.
Because we will be approaching calculus from the graphical point-of-view suggested above, you are required to have a graphing calculator for this course. We strongly recommend the TI-82 or TI-83 (the TI-81 is unfortunately not adequate). For students who haven't used these calculators in previous courses, there will be Graphing Calculator Workshops held Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 3:10-4PM in Ritter Hall 222 and on Thursday, Sept. 9 from 3:00-3:50PM in Ritter Hall 223. Optional equipment which you'll probably want: translucent colored slide cases so you look fashionable in calculus class.
Homework and Exams
There will be some homework problems every week, unless otherwise indicated. Here is the latest homework assignment. You are encouraged to discuss homework problems with your classmates, but each student should prepare his or her own set of solutions. The Student Solution Manual which accompanies the textbook is on reserve in Pius XII Library.
There will be three in-class exams given September 17th, October 12th, and November 9th; together these exams make up 50% of your final grade. The final exam is scheduled for Wednesday, December 8th from 8:00-9:50AM; it is comprehensive and is worth 35% of your final grade. Class participation (group work) accounts for the remaining 15%. Make-up exams will not be given. The College of Arts & Sciences has a policy concerning academic honesty with which you should be familiar.
- The Mathematics Department offers help sessions run by graduate students for all lower division courses. These begin around the second week of classes, and are held in Ritter Hall 23, Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-3:00PM and Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30PM. This is a great (and underutilized) resource for calculus students!
- Free tutoring is also available from Student Educational Services in the Academic Resources Center, Room 016, phone 977-3319.
- There is a helpful handout distributed by the Mathematics Department called Success in Mathematics which discusses study skills, problem solving techniques, studying for and taking exams.
- Most importantly, you should come to my office hours which are 9:05AM-10AM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in Ritter Hall 127.