This is the homepage for MATH 1951 (Calculus I), Sections 5 and 7. This page will be updated throughout the term with important information for our course, including
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Instructor: Ronnie Pavlov
Text: Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals 6th Edition by Stewart.
This book is available at the DU Bookstore, and will also be used for MATH 1952 and 1953.
The sections which we will be covering in the text are all of chapters 2, 3, and 4, EXCEPT for sections 4.4, 4.6, 4.8, and 4.9. (We MAY cover 4.6 if there is time.)
Our course covers differential calculus, meaning that the main topic is the derivative and its applications. The course is broken into three main portions, roughly corresponding with chapters of your textbook: We begin with limits, both their computation and applications (Chapter 2), moving to derivatives, both their significance and techniques for their computation (Chapter 3), and finishing with various applications of derivatives (Chapter 4). Chapter 1 contains useful review information which you should already be familiar with for this course, and so we will not be covering it in class.
The most important advice I can give you for this course is to honestly evaluate your own progress. Mathematics, perhaps more than any other subject, allows for constant easy self-evaluation; either you know how to complete exercises from the section on your own, without outside help, or you do not. If you are having trouble, come see me or Mark! Either of us will be happy to discuss any aspect of the class which is causing trouble, either informally after class or during office hours. A difference of even a couple of days in seeking help can be absolutely devastating in such a fast-paced course, so PLEASE do not hesitate.
Your term grade will consist of homework assignments (roughly 2 per week), weekly quizzes, two one-hour midterm exams, and a final exam, broken down in the following way:
40% Final exam
30% Midterm exams
Your homework assignments will be posted and collected using WebAssign, an online tool for problem dissemination. To get started, go to http://webassign.net and create an account. To do this, go to the right-hand side of the page, and look for a link that says "I have a Class Key." (This is right under the words "Log in.") Your class key for our section is
du 4668 1800 if you are in Section 5 (meeting 11:00-12:00)
du 9459 4930 if you are in Section 7 (meeting 1:00-2:00)
With this, you should be able to create an account with your own username and password and start learning about the system. I have also posted a short 1-question homework assignment as a test to make sure that everyone can log into the system; please complete this by 11:59 p.m., WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th.
You will have quizzes during each week of class that we do not have an exam. They will be roughly 20 minutes long, and will be given at the end of class on Tuesdays. Your lowest quiz grade will be dropped. For this reason, I will not give makeup quizzes except in the case of a documented absence.
You will have two midterm exams on Thursday, October 7th, and Thursday, November 11th, during class time. Our final exam will be on November 20th, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. for Section 5 and 12:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. for Section 7.
Course Schedule (subject to minor changes!)
You may use a simple scientific calculator for all exams and quizzes. Graphing or programmable calculators are not allowed as well as calculators that can perform any kind of calculus or symbolic operations. Use of a non-approved calculator will be considered a violation of DUís honor code. If you have any questions about your calculator please see me.
Makeup quizzes or exams will only be offered in the event of extreme circumstances. If you think you have a problem which will force you to miss an exam, come talk to me as soon as possible!!!