Math 131 is an introduction to single variable calculus. Topics include: Derivatives of algebraic, trigonometric, and transcendental functions, techniques of differentiation and applications of the derivative. The definite integral and Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Areas. Simpler integration techniques. A prerequisite for this class is high school algebra and precalculus (including trigonometry).
The syllabus for the course will be discussed the first day of class and then will be available here.
Textbook:Stewart's Calculus: Single Variable Calclus Early Transcendentals, 8th edition.
Attendance: Attendance is required for all lectures. The student who misses a class meeting is responsible for any assignments and/or announcements made. Office hours will not be utilized to re-teach material presented in class.
There will be no opportunities for make-up tests after the fact. In the event of an absence due to travel representing WUSTL, such as an intercollegiate sports competition, you must notify the professor at least two weeks in advance to arrange an early test or other alternative. Otherwise, such absences will be treated as personal.
Homework: This course will have weekly homework assignments which will be graded. We will be utilizing Webwork for the assigned homework. Additional problems will be assigned directly from the textbook, but will not be collected for grading.
Worksheets: There will be weekly worksheets throughout the semester.
Exams: This course will have three mid-term exams, and a comprehensive final exam. Dates of exams are:
Exam 1: Wednesday, January 31, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Exam 2: Wednesday, March 7, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Exam 3: Wednesday, April 11, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Final Exam: Thursday, May 3 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Exam Re-Grading Policy:
Exams will be returned in Recitation section and upon return you will have an opportunity to review your exam and its grading. If you disagree with the grading of your exam you are to notify your TA of the issue at the time of return, and the TA will collect your exam and bring it to me for consideration. If you take the exam when it is returned to you without registering a complaint regarding the grading, then your score is set and no additional regrades will be considered for that exam. If you request a regrading of your exam, you may additionally arrange a meeting to discuss the regrading issue with me directly.
Grade Computation Computation of your course grade is explained in detail on the syllabus. The usual ten-point scale will be used (A: 90-100, B: 80-89, C: 70-79, D: 60-69, F: 0-59), however, if necessary, adjustments will be made to arrive at a standard grade distribution for the course. On an individual basis, significant improvement over the semester will be taken into account. Two worksheet grades and a to be announced number of homeworks will be dropped when computing your grade. This is the only mechanism for coping with personal events such as illness and family emergencies. For students taking the course with the Pass/Fail option, the threshold for a passing grade will be a "C".
Calculators: No restrictions will be placed on the use of calculators that do elementary mathematics on the tests. Calculators that can do calculus symbolically shall not be brought to tests. No credit will be given on tests for a correct answer without the intermediate steps. Notes or ``cheat sheets'' will not be allowed on exams.
Learning Disabilities: It is the right of any student with a certified learning disability to request necessary accommodation. Such requests must be made well in advance of the time that the accommodation is required and a letter of documentation from the CornerStone office must be presented at the time of any request.
Academic Honesty: It is expected that all students are aware of their individual responsibilities under the WUSTL Academic Integrity Policy, which will be strictly adhered to in this class.
In addition to the textbook, lectures, and office hours there are other resources available that might be of use for you during the course. All WUSTL students are eligible for the Walk-in Help Desk, Residential Peer mentoring, and Mentoring by Appointment; see the website CornerStone Math Help for more information. Students can also receive additional help at the Calculus Help Room; see the website Calculus Help Room for more information.
Last Modified on 10 Jan 18
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