MATH  103:   CALCULUS I (Announcements, my schedule)
MWF 10 - 10:50am and 11 - 11:50am, Bronfman Science Center 105

Review Classes: All in Thompson Biology Lab 202:
Mon, Dec 8 (10-11am); Wed, Dec 10 (10am-noon)

Final will be Thursday, December 11th at 9:30am in Thompson Biology Lab 112

Professor Steven Miller (Steven.J.Miller AT
202 Bronfman Science Center, 413-597-3293


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COURSE DESCRIPTION: Calculus permits the computation of velocities and other instantaneous rates of change by a limiting process called differentiation. The same process also solves "max-min" problems: how to maximize profit or minimize pollution. A second limiting process, called integration, permits the computation of areas and accumulations of income or medicines. The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus provides a useful and surprising link between the two processes. Subtopics include trigonometry, exponential growth, and logarithms. This is an introductory course for students who have not seen calculus before. Students who have previously taken a calculus course may not enroll in Mathematics 103 without the permission of instructor.
Format: lecture. Evaluation will be based primarily on homework, quizzes, and/or exams.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 102 (or demonstrated proficiency on a diagnostic test; see Mathematics 101). No enrollment limit (expected: 30). 

HOMEWORK / EXAMS / GRADING:  I encourage you to work in groups, but everyone must submit their own HW assignment. HW is to be handed in on time, stapled and neat -- late, sloppy or unstapled HW will not be graded. Please show your work on the HW and exams (otherwise you risk getting no credit). Homework problems will mostly be taken from this sheet (these problems are also in the textbook, but this way you don't have to lug the book with you everywhere). There will be at least three midterms (with at least the lowest grade dropped) and a final; grades are 20% HW, 40% Midterm, 40% Final. All exams are cumulative. Click here to see an example of how to write up calculus homework problems.

SYLLABUS / GENERAL: We will do most of the sections of the textbook through Chapter 5. The textbook is Calculus with Early Transcendentals (7th edition, Edwards and Penney). If you want to see if an earlier edition is close enough, let me know and you can compare it to my copy. My son found this to be an interesting, readable book. Also, please feel free to swing by my office or mention before, in or after class any questions or concerns you have about the course. If you have any suggestions for improvements, ranging from method of presentation to choice of examples, just let me know. If you would prefer to make these suggestions anonymously, you can send email from (the password is the first seven Fibonacci numbers, 11235813). My lecture notes are available online here (but remember these are meant to remind me what to say, and thus sometimes have few details).




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