Math 165
Calculus I
Fritz Keinert
Fall 2016

Announcements [old announcements]

  • [Dec 18] I just posted the final ´╗┐scores a few minutes ago, and already I have 5 emails complaining that the old midterm scores are wrong. The students are right, but I am too tired to fix it today. I have been working non-stop on this for 6 hours, and I can't think straight any more. I will straighten this out tomorrow.
    I removed the scores file again.
  • [Dec 18] I have uploaded the final scores to Blackboard. Submitting them to the registrar is a horrible process for a large class, and I will only do that once, on Tuesday morning. Check your scores and let me know if anything is not recorded or added up correctly.
  • [Dec 18] I will be around from 11 am to 1 pm on Monday, if you want to look at your final. Before you start arguing about your grade, read the write-up in the next section.

Have a great winter break!

About Final Grades

  • The average score on the final was rather low (around 50%). For the course grades, I have decided to lower the standard cutoffs by a full 10%, so anything above 60% will still get you a C-.
  • When I teach a class of 30 students, I look for a suitable gap in the scores, to place the cutoffs. In a class of over 100 students, there is no gap. One student with 69.9% gets a C+, the next student with 1 point more on one exam has 70.1% and gets a B-. If I start moving a cutoff for one person, the new next one in line will come and ask for the same thing, and I will never hear the end of it. The cutoffs will stay. You have to find extra points if you want a higher grade.
  • Everybody's exam was graded by 8 different people, possibly different groups of 8 for different students in my classes, none of them one of your current instructors. They specifically made sure nobody was grading their own students' exams. The other graders each made up their rules for partial credit, and I don't know what they were. Unless you can show me a blatant mistake in grading, I will not change final exam scores.
  • I was grading problem 5 for some sections, and I can tell you this much: yes, some people lost a point for not putting +C at the end. Some people had correct solutions, and no work. That got 0 points. Calculators are very smart these days.

Resources for Studying for the Final

Hints for Math 165 Final Exam

Practice Problems and Practice Final Exams:

Review Sessions

  • Prof. Johnston: Wednesday, December 14, 7-9pm in 2245 Coover. He says:

    All are welcome. I plan to make it a Q and A format so if you tell your students about this let them know that they should come with questions. At this time I plan to refer students to Steve's video if they have questions about problems on the Practice Exams, so please make sure your students have access to the video. I will be glad to work problems from the Practice Problems, previous years' final exams, the book, etc.

Study Materials

You can use the following resources (kindly provided by Prof. Butler) to study for the final exam:

Section summaries and review problems:


About Math 165 In General

(4-0) Cr. 4. F.S.SS.
Prereq: Satisfactory performance on placement assessment, 2 years of high school algebra, 1 year of geometry, 1 semester of trigonometry; or MATH 143
Differential calculus, applications of the derivative, introduction to integral calculus. Only one of Math 151 or 160 or the sequence MATH 165-MATH 166, or the sequence MATH 181-MATH 182 may be counted towards graduation.

There are many sections of Math 165, taught by many instructors. The only thing they have in common is the material they cover, and a common midterm and final exam. Everything else is up to the instructor.

Some instructors take attendance, others do not. Some give quizzes, or assign graded homework, or use clickers, others do not. Different instructors will have different percentages attached to exams and homework. Live with it.

The Math Department Class Policies page describes the official policies that all instructors have to follow. It covers rules on make-up exams, cheating, student behavior, etc.

The syllabus for all Math 165 sections, as well as course objectives and old exams can be found at

About My Sections of Math 165

This web page is for two large section classes. I (Prof. Keinert) will give group lectures on MWF. As long as there is space in the classroom, you can attend either the 3:10pm lecture or the 5:10pm lecture. They will cover the same material every day.

I will use an overhead projector during class, and digitize and post the sheets afterwards.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the class splits into 8 recitation sections, taught by 3 different instructors. This is the time to work through examples, and ask questions about the lectures or about the homework assignments. Just like for the lectures, it does not matter which of the recitation sections you attend, as long as there is enough space in the classroom.

Each of the two large sections has its own BlackBoard site and MyMathLab section. You will only see the one that applies to you.

Lecture Notes

The slides that I use during class will be available afterwards. Look for the links in the Outline of the Semester section below.

Outline of the semester

The following outline is tentative. I will make that more detailed as we go along. The table will also contain links to the notes I use in class.

Week and Dates Monday Wednesday Friday
Week 1 (Aug 22-26) Intro
Section 2.1
Section 2.2 Section 2.3
Week 2 (Aug 29-Sep 2) Section 2.4 Section 2.5 Section 2.6
Week 3 (Sep 5-9) Labor Day Sections 3.1, 3.2 Section 3.3
Week 4 (Sep 12-16) Sections 3.3, 3.4 Sections 3.4, 3.5 Section 3.5
Week 5 (Sep 19-23) Section 3.6 Sections 3.6, 3.7 Section 3.8
Week 6 (Sep 26-30) Section 3.9 Sections 3.9, 3.10 Sections 3.10, 3.11
Week 7 (Oct 3-7)

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

evening Midterm Thursday, Oct 6
no class
Week 8 (Oct 10-14) Section 4.1 Sections 4.2, 4.3 Sections 4.3, 4.4
Week 9 (Oct 17-21) Section 4.4

Section 4.4

Section 4.5
Week 10 (Oct 24-28) Section 4.6 Section 4.7 Section 4.8
Week 11 (Oct 31-Nov 4) Chapter 4 Review Chapter 4 Review
Sections 5.1-5.3
Sections 5.1-5.3
Week 12 (Nov 7-11) Section 5.4 Section 5.5 Sections 5.5, 5.6
Week 13 (Nov 14-18) Section 5.6 Review
old final exam
old final exam
Thanksgiving Break
Week 14 (Nov 28-Dec 2) Sections 7.1, 7.2 Sections 7.2, 7.3 Sections 7.3, 7.4
Week 15 (Dec 5-9) ch 7 ch 7 review
Finals Week (Dec 12-16) Final exam
Thursday, Dec 15, 4:30-6:30pm
3:10pm class: Gerdin 1148
5:10pm class: Coover 2245
(same as for midterm)


Fritz KeinertFritz Keinert
464 Carver
Office hours: MWF 11am-noon, and by appointment.
Class meetings:
MWF 3:10-4pm, McKay 0117 (sections 54-58)
MWF 5:10-6pm, Coover 2245 (sections 61-63, 65)

Jorge ChavezJorge Chavez Salas
410 Carver
(no phone)
Office hours: group office hours MW 4-5pm, Th 2-4pm
Class meetings:
Tu 1:10-2pm, Carver 274 (section 54)
Tu 2:10-3pm, Carver 160 (section 56)
Tu 3:10-4pm, Black 1026 (section 57)

Nathan HardingS. Nathan Harding
423 Carver
(no phone)
Office hours: group office hours Tu 12-1pm, Th 12-3pm
Class meetings:
Tu 1:10-2pm, Carver 282 (section 55)
Tu 2:10-3pm, Carver 132 (section 58)

Alex RoitershteinAlexander Roitershtein
420 Carver
Office hours: 4 group office hours, to be determined
Class meetings:
Tu 4:10-5pm, Carver 2 (section 61)
Th 4:10-5pm, Carver 8 (section 63)
Th 5:10-6pm, Carver 124 (section 65)

Harish JadhavHarish Jadhav
2359 Elings Hall
(no phone)
Office hours: Th 4-5pm
Class meetings:
Tu 4:10-5pm, Carver 190 (section 62)

Getting Help

There was supposed to be a Supplemental Instruction section specifically for this course, but that has been canceled. There are many SI sessions being taught by leaders that attend other large sections. For information on SI, go to

There are also group office hours held by TAs that teach Math 165. They are listed in the schedule on Google Docs. You need to click on the "Math 165" tab at the top.


Thomas' CalculusWeir, Hass, Thomas' Calculus, Early Transcendentals, Twelfth Edition.

We will be covering chapters 2-5 and 7.

Homeworks, Exams, Grades

Homework assignments will be in MyMathLab, an online homework and testing facility. Homeworks will count for 1/3 of your grade. Each homework problem counts for 1 point. I will use the assignments set up by our calculus coordinator. They contain various numbers of problems, so not all assignments carry the number of points. I will just convert the homework score to a percentage at the end.

In general, all the homework for one chapter is due about a week after we finish the chapter. This is to keep everybody on track. You are encouraged to finish the homework earlier, shortly after we cover the corresponding section in the book.

For the chapter 2 homework, you get 4 tries per problem. You can expect to get some wrong answers just because you didn't type things in the correct format, but you will get used to it. In later chapters, I will reduce the number of allowed tries gradually, to prevent random guessing.

With a bit of effort, everyone in the class should be able to get close to 100% on the homework scores. It is up to you.

There will be one evening midterm on Thursday, Oct 6, 2016, covering the material up to section 3.9. There will be a comprehensive group final exam during finals week (date and time to be determined). Each of these exams will count for 1/3 of your grade. All sections of Math 165 will take the same exams.

I do not assign letter grades to individual exams, only to midterm and final grades. I usually start with the standard 100-90-80 etc. cutoffs, and possibly adjust them. For example, the B range is 80%-90%, so 80%-83.3% = B-, 83.4%-86.6%=B, 86.7%-89.9% = B+.


There are two pages for this course in BlackBoard, one for each large section. You will only see the one that corresponds to your section. I will use BlackBoard to post things I want to hide from Google, such as exam solutions and scores. There is also a link to MyMathLab there.

There is a gradebook in MyMathLab, and a gradebook in BlackBoard, and they may or may not be talking to each other. Even if they are, they are both a major hassle to use. Most likely I will dump everything into an Excel spreadsheet, and post that in Blackboard. This takes a lot of effort, so I will only do that for midterm and final grades. In between, you can look at the gradebook in MyMathLab and/or Blackboard for your homework scores.


MyMathLab is an online course management tool from Pearson Publishing. We will be using it for homework assignments. It also contains a lot of tutorials and an online copy of the textbook.

You will need an access code to get into this site. If you bought a new textbook at the bookstore, it will have an access code in it. You can buy them separately, even online as you try to log in for the first time. There is also a free temporary access, if you are not sure you will continue with this class, or if the bookstore is out of codes.

The access code gives you access to all courses based on the same textbook. If you take further calculus classes which use MyMathLab, you don't need another code. If you are repeating this class and used MyMathLab before, your old login should still work.

You can enter MyMathLab from inside BlackBoard, or directly at The first time you go in, it needs to be from inside BlackBoard, otherwise the system will not know which course to assign you to. Later, you can use either method.

MyMathLab support hotline: (877) 973-3746.

Students With Disabilities

If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, you should obtain a Student Academic Accommodation Request (SAAR) from the Disability Resources office (Student Services Building, Room 1076, 294-6624 or TDD 294-6335, or Please contact your instructor early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met.

More information about disability resources in the Mathematics Department can be found at (Make sure you memorize that link).

Last Updated: December 18, 2016