MAT 1475-D601 Calculus I (4 cr, 4 hr) Spring 2020

Course Meetings: MW 8:00AM – 9:40AM (N-1107) Email:

Instructor: Victor Sirelson

Office Hours: By appointment. MW 9:55 Room Room Pearl 305


Calculus, Volume 1, E. Herman and G. Strang

Available Online:

Use of a Graphing Calculator.

Course Description: Topics include functions, limits, differentiation and tangent lines, L’Hôpital’s Rule, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and Applications.

Prerequisite: MAT 1375 or scores of 35 or higher on the Pre-Algebra, 65 or higher on the Algebra, 50 or higher on the College Algebra, and 36 or higher on the Trigonometry sections of the ACT placement exam

Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of the semester, students will be able to

  1. Solve problems related to limits and continuity
  2. Find the derivative of functions using the definition, sum rule, product rule, quotient rule, and the chain rule.
  3. Use the derivative of a function to find an equation for the tangent line at a point
  4. Use L’Hôpital’s Rule to evaluate limits
  5. Sketch the graph of functions
  6. Solve optimization problems
  7. Solve related rates problems
  8. Evaluate definite and indefinite integrals of polynomials, trigonometric and exponential functions.

Attendance: You are expected to attend class regularly and to come on time. Lateness is unfair to the rest of the class – every class has a logical flow and coming late interferes with this. You should aim to have perfect attendance and those who do will receive a bonus for your grade. Lateness between 5 and 40 minutes counts as 1/2 absence. Once in class, stay for the full period; if you leave early without making prior arrangements, you will be marked as absent. Students with excessive absences who fail will receive a WU grade if they have attended the course at least once and WN if they have never attended the course. This includes students who stop attending without officially withdrawing.

Cell phones: Cell phone use, including texting, is not permitted during class.

Academic honesty: You are encouraged to work in groups on homework, but be able to explain anything you turn in. During an exam, showing someone else your work is cheating; you will be treated in the same way as the person who copies. It is your responsibility to cover your work.

Set enough time aside each week: You are expected to spend 8-10 hours outside the classroom each week reading the text, working on projects, doing homework and preparing for exams.


  1. Read the section prior to the class in which it is covered. This reading will facilitate your understanding and participation in class.
  2. Attempt at least some of the homework problems immediately after class, so that you know how much of the class you understood.
  3. Make use of the Atrium & Voorhees Learning Centers (approximately 9AM-8PM, M-Th, shorter hours on F & Sat): While some of the tutors are advanced undergraduate students, many are adjunct faculty.

Grade components

Grading: Homework and Quizzes: 15% Exams: 60% Final Exam: 30%

It can be observed that there is a build-in possible bonus of 5%.

Your overall course grade will be based on the college policy, as follows:

A 93 – 100 B 83 – 86.99 C 70 – 76.99
A- 90 – 92.99 B– 80 – 82.99 D 60 – 69.99
B+ 87 – 89.99 C+ 77 – 79.99 F 0 – 59.99

Homework:  Homework is required.

Online Access:

Login is your first initial followed by last name. For example, Sarah Joan White has “swhite”. Password is your school ID.

Quizzes: Quizzes count as part of your course grade. They are intended to be easy, but only if you have prepared the material. Quizzes are to see if you are familiar and comfortable with the material so they may occur without warning. Be prepared.

Exams: There will be 3 exams plus the final exam.

Final Exam: The Final Exam is tentatively scheduled Wednesday 5/22/2019. The Final Exam is a comprehensive, cumulative, departmental exam. There are no make-ups for the Final Exam.

Homework (with Quizzes, Class participation and special assignments) (15%):

The homework will be available on “WebWork”. Link:

Daily work is expected.

Participation includes attendance and more: it also means that the student should also:

• Review all course sections and complete all assignments on a timely basis.

• Ask questions about the topic and evaluate the topic presentations.

• Actively and interactively participate in each classroom discussion.

Midterm Exams (3 @ 20%): A sample exam may be posted prior to the exam. Anyone who misses an exam with a documented medical or family emergency may arrange to take a makeup exam to be completed 2 class days after returning or by special arrangement with the professor. The exam will be given outside of the normal class time and an automatic 10 point deduction is applied, e.g., a score of 70 would be lowered to 60.

Final Exam (30%): A sample exam will be posted prior to the exam. If you miss the final exam and have been failing the course, you will receive a WU or F. Otherwise, if you have a documented illness or emergency, you will have opportunity to take a makeup final exam (small fee).