Math 165: Calculus I (Calculus of One Variable)
Fall 2016 Course Syllabus

Calendar Quiz problems Exams Test results Review sheet (video)

Course: Math 165: Calculus I (Calculus of One Variable), 4 credits
Prerequisite: Students taking this course should have a working knowledge of basic arithmetic, algebra, and trigonometry which can be exhibited by coursework or satisfactory performance on a placement exam. It is also helpful to be open to new ideas and a willingness to be a beginner.
Instructors: Steve Butler
Office: Carver 400C (in the room across from the elevators)
Office hours (also known as the super happy fun calculus hours): T: 7:30am-8:30am; T: 10:00am-11:00am; W: 1:00pm-3:00pm; F: 11:00am-1:00pm

Alex Neal Riasanovsky
Office: Carver 429
Office hours: M: 2:10pm-4:00pm; T: 3:10pm-4:00pm; W: 3:10pm-4:00pm

Robert Lazar
Office: Carver 456
Office hours: T: 4:10pm-5:00pm; W 2:10pm-5:00pm

Lectures: Carver 196; MWF 9:00am-9:50am (10)
Coover 2245; MWF 4:10pm-5:00pm (40-44)
(Attend the lecture and section you enrolled in.)
Sections: With the dubious Steve Butler :
  • 10: Carver 196; T 9:00am-9:50am

    With the honourable Alex Neal Riasanovsky :
  • 41: Pearson 1106; Th 2:10pm-3:00pm
  • 42: Carver 274; Th 4:10pm-5:00pm

    With the honourable Robert Lazar :
  • 40: Black 1026; Th 2:10pm-3:00pm
  • 43: Sweeney 1160; Th 3:10pm-4:00pm
  • 44: Carver 184; Th 4:10pm-5:00pm

  • Grades: Conditional on passing the departmental final, the course grade will be determined by the cumulative percentage of scores at the end of the quarter. This is calculated by weighting the scores in the following manner:

  • 30% -- scores on the best three out of the four in-class tests
  • 20% -- departmental midterm
  • 20% -- departmental final
  • 20% -- quizzes
  • 8% -- homework
  • 2% -- visiting w/ Prof. Butler

    Note that attendance is not part of your grade and no attendance will be taken. Notwithstanding, it is strongly encouraged that you come, particularly on exam and quiz days.

    Visiting with Professor Butler (2%) is accomplished by visiting Professor Butler in his office sometime between August 22 and December 9 and telling Professor Butler you are there for the 165 visit. No minimal time required for the visit.

    An overall score of 90% or better guarantees at least an A-; 80% or better guarantees at least a B-; 70% or better guarantees at least a C-. These thresholds might be adjusted down at the end of the semester.

    Any issues about grading for tests, midterms, quizzes, etc. must be addressed within two weeks of the date it was administered. After that time no score changes will be allowed. Any exam or quiz that has not been picked up by December 9 (the last day of instruction) will be reentered as 0 for calculating the final grade.

  • Homework: Homework will be done online with MyMathLab in which you will automatically be enrolled (if everything is working properly!).

    There will be fourteen homework assignments. Homework assignments will be due on Fridays before midnight beginning the second week. Homework problems may be attempted as often as desired and the six lowest homework scores will be dropped.

    Students should first attempt to complete the homework by themselves before seeking outside help, such as other students and the professor. There is however no penalty for students working together.

    Quizzes: Thirteen quizzes will be given in sections as per the course calendar; the quiz will be at the end of the section and students will have 15 minutes to finish the quiz. Each quiz will consist of two questions coming directly from the quiz problem sheets.

    The two lowest quiz scores will be dropped. Requests for makeup quizzes can be made prior to the date that the quiz will occur; any requests after the quiz has occurred will be turned away.

    Textbook: Thomas' Calculus, Early Transcendentals, 12th Edition, by George Thomas, Jr., Maurice D. Weir and Joel Hass. We will cover most of the material from chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 this semester. More precise information about which material will be covered when is available in the course calendar.
    Calculators: Only "low-level" calculators may be used for quizzes and/or in-class tests. In particular graphing calculators, calculators in smart-phones, etc. are not allowed. Please note that all quiz and in-class test questions can be done without the aid of a calculator.

    For the departmental midterm and departmental final a calculator is allowed for a portion of the exam as long as it is also not a communication device.

    Objectives: The objective of this course is to master the materials related to single variable calculus, including limits, differentiation, optimization, and integration. A more comprehensive list of objectives can be found in the departmental syllabus for the course. In particular, the departmental final will test on some subset of these objectives.
    Exams: There will be four in-class tests, a departmental midterm, and a departmental final for the course. The in-class tests are on September 9, September 30, October 28, and November 18; the lowest in-class test score will be dropped.

    The departmental midterm is on October 6 from 8:15pm-9:45pm, the location will be announced close to the exam.

    The departmental final is during finals week, the time and location will be announced a few weeks before the end of the semester. Do not make any travel plans that cannot be changed before the exam time has been announced.

    All exams are closed books and closed notes.

    Exams must be taken during the scheduled times. There will be no makeup exams with the exception of medical emergencies or university approved absences.

    SI: Supplemental Instruction (SI) will be available for this course. This is one tool to develop mastery in this subject and is not meant to replace attending class, reading the book, and other course assignments. Information about the SI available for our course is available online:
    Accommodations: Please address any special needs or special accommodations with Professor Butler at the beginning of the semester or as soon as you become aware of your needs. Those seeking accommodations based on disabilities should obtain a Student Academic Accommodation Request (SAAR) form from the Disability Resources (DR) office (515-294-6624). DR is located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076.
    Cheating: Cheating is stupid and a serious offense. Students caught cheating will be reported, and can result in a failing grade on the quiz, exam, or class. It is an annoyance for the professor and terrible for the student. Do NOT cheat!!