Department Outline: Official course outline prepared by the Mathematics Department.

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

Course and Section:  MAT 1475 Calculus I, Section D611
Class Meets: M/W 2:00-3:40, N716 (after 3/19, class will meet either on Blackboard with “Blackboard Collaborate Ultra” or Zoom 
Book:  Calculus, Volume 1, by E. Herman and G. Strang
Free PDF available from:

Instructor:  Lin Zhou
 Namm 602B
Office Hours:  Monday: 1pm-2pm, Wednesday: 10:30am-11:30am (after March 19, it will be on ZOOM 

OpenLab:  The class website will be on the OpenLab ( The site contains important information about the course, and will be used in various ways throughout the semester.  The address for the class website is:

Blackboard: Blackboard will be used to collect your written homework (after March 19) and written exams. Class notes (after March 19) and other important information will also be posted on Blackboard. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra will be used to conduct teaching (after March 19).

WeBWorK:  Some of the homework for this class will be completed on the WeBWorK website.  You will be provided with more information in the first week of class.  The address is:

Grading (percent / letter grade correspondence):

A = 93.0 — 100
A- = 90.0 — 92.9
B+ = 87.0 — 89.9
B = 83.0 — 86.9
B- = 80.0 — 82.9
C+ = 77.0 — 79.9
C = 70.0 — 76.9
D = 60.0 — 69.9
F = 0 — 59.9
W = withdrawal up to 4/1/20
WF = withdrawal after 4/1/20 (WF = F)
NOTE: Withdraw before 4/1/20 to avoid an F or WF


In-Class Exams (60%): There will be 3 exams during the semester (not including the final).  No makeup exams will be given.  If you miss an exam for a valid reason, your final exam score will take the place of the missing exam. ZOOM will be used to monitor the second and third exams. Student need to be prepared to defend their written exam work orally. If the selected problems can not be defended orally, you will receive 20% of the points of that problem.

Final Exam (25%): A final exam is given on the last day of class covering all topics. The final exam must be taken to pass the course. Student need to be prepared to defend their written work orally. If the selected problems can not be defended orally, you will receive 20% of the points of that problem.

Homework (15%): Each week you will be assigned online homework (to be completed on the WeBWorK site (5%)) as well as selected textbook homework (10%). Textbook homework will be collected and will be graded.  All problems completed will earn points towards your homework grade.

Quiz: We had two quizzes in the semester. The quiz grade will be considered extra points.

Learning Outcomes

  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.
    Use L’Hôpital’s Rule to evaluate limits.
    Sketch the graph of functions.
    Solve optimization problems.
    Solve related rates problems.
  4. Evaluate definite and indefinite integrals of polynomials, trigonometric and exponential functions.

Gen Ed Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand and employ both quantitative and qualitative analysis to solve problems.
  2. Employ scientific reasoning and logical thinking.
  3. Communicate effectively using written and oral means.
  4. Use creativity to solve problems.

Attendance:  Absence is permitted only with a valid reason. Anything in excess of 10% of the total number of class meetings is considered excessive absence (more than 3 absences).

Lateness:  Two latenesses count as one absence.

Records: Records should be kept by every student of all grades received, exam papers, other work completed and any absences.

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