MTH 141: Calculus I


Calculus: Early Transcendentals Sixth Edition, James Stewart
Brooks/Cole, 2008.

Course Content:

Chapter 1: Functions and Models
Introduction to Mathematica
2- wks.
Chapter 2: Limits and Derivatives
test on the above
3+ wks
Chapter 3: Differentiation Rules
2 tests on this chapter? ...
perhaps including some of chapter 4?
3+ wks
Chapter 4: Applications of Differentiation
test on the above
3+ wks
Chapter 5: Key Concept: Integrals
test on the above
2+ wks
Chapter 6: Integrals
test?? on the above
as time permits

Course Objectives:


4-5 in-class tests @ 50-100 pts 400-500 pts
lab assignments, hw 30-100 pts
quizzes, misc. 20-40 pts
final exam 150-200 pts
total 600-840 pts

Grades in this course will be determined by the total points accumulated throughout the term. Students earning 90/80/70/60 percent of the total are guaranteed of A/B/C/D respectively. However, class performance on in-class tests and/or final may result in a curve below the given percentages. Students may check their current accumulation of total points at any time by logging onto the MTH 141 area of Blackboard.


Regular attendance is expected. Absence on the day of an exam must be appropriately documented by the Office of Disability Services in order for the exam to be made up.

Students are expected to have read the material to be covered before coming to class, and to have done serious work on the daily assignment.

All graded assignments, quizzes and exams will be announced in class. In addition, these announcements (as well as daily homework assignments) will be posted on Blackboard, where they will remain all term. In-class lab activities will not necessarily be announced ahead of time.

Neither in-class lab activities nor missed quizzes can be made up.

Write-ups for lab and collected homework assignments are to be well-organized, clearly and logically expressed, and using well-written, standard English as well as any relevant graphs, tables, output, etc.

Unless otherwise announced, homework assignments which are to be handed in may be done in groups of up to three students ... a practice that I highly recommend. If an assignment is done by a group, a single submission is appropriate. However, be sure to include the names of all group members.

Any graded assignment will earn no points if submitted late. An assignment will be considered late after 9:00 am on its due date. Any student anticipating an absence on a day an assignment is due should either turn the assignment in early or make arrangements for another student to submit the assignment. Any assignment turned in late, but before the others have been returned, will be kept with the possibility of helping influence a borderline grade. Once an assignment has been returned, late submissions will not be accepted.

The final in this class will be comprehensive, with the exception that Mathematica commands will never be tested. Finals are scheduled by the College according to class meeting days/times. For this term, the final for this class is scheduled as follows:

Class Regular Meeting Time Scheduled Exam Time
MTH 141-S01 8:00 M(T)WF Thursday December 15 9:00-11:00

Any student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychological, vision, hearing, etc.) who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of that disability should contact the Disability Services at 440-826-5936 in the Ritter Library, Room 207, to establish eligibility and to coordinate reasonable accommodations. Students will not be accommodated unless they provide their instructors with a letter from Disability Services documenting their eligibility and delineating reasonable and appropriate accommodations. The accommodation letter must be updated each semester. Students are encouraged to meet with each professor early in the semester to discuss their disability letter regarding how to implement their accommodations in relation to specific course requirements.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, like the College as a whole, takes the issue of academic honesty seriously. Any suspected incidence of academic dishonesty will be handled in accordance with the college's Academic Honesty Policy.

The last day to declare this course S/U is Monday, September 26. The S/U option is not open to Freshmen or any student majoring in Mathematics or Computer Science. The last day to drop this class is Monday, October 31.

Last modified: Jul 12, 2011