**Math 141.01**

**Calculus I**

**Spring 2017**

**Instructor: **

Professor Tom Valente **tvalente@hsc.edu**

**Office Hours: **

MTWR 2:30-4PM Bagby 123, x6210

**Class Meetings:**

MWF 9:30-10:20 and Tu 1:30-2:20 in Bagby 111

**Required Textbook:**

__Calculus of a Single Variable, 10 ^{th} Edition__, by Larson and Edwards (2014).

**Course Description:
**

The most important concept in studying Calculus is that of ** limit
of a function**. Thus, our goal for the first part of the course will be
to build to the point where we have a reasonable understanding of what “limit
of a function” is. With this concept, we then define an important class of
functions known as continuous functions. We can also define the notions of

Once we understand the integral, we can interpret it geometrically as an area and begin to use it also as a tool for solving problems in a wide range of fields. The course will culminate with an amazing theorem known as the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, which relates the two seemingly unrelated concepts of derivative and integral!

**Attendance: **

You are permitted no more than four unexcused absences, in accordance with the policy on p.42 of The Academic Catalogue. Three such absences may precipitate a WF warning letter, sent to you and to your adviser. Note that attendance will affect a portion of your grade (see below).

**Outline of Topics:**

Functions and their Graphs

Inequalities and Absolute Value

Functions and Limits:

Continuity

The Derivative

The Definition

Geometric interpretation

Differentiation techniques

Applications of the Derivative

The Definite Integral:

Definition

Geometric interpretation

Integration techniques

The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

**Grading: **

Your grade is computed as follows:

4 in-class exams 400 points

Quizzes/HW 100 points

Final Exam (Wednesday May 10^{th} 9AM) 200
points

Additionally, if at the end of the
semester you have *no more than* *four *

*absences* (excused or
unexcused), I will reward you by
dropping either your lowest in-class exam grade or your homework/quizzes grade.

**Exam Policy: **

The 4 in-class exams are tentatively scheduled for the following days:

February 7^{th,,} February 28^{th}, March 28^{th}, April 25^{th}

Makeup exams are *not a given* unless you have a very good
reason and you contact me *beforehand*.

**Homework: **

Plenty of homework will be assigned during the course of the semester, and these problems will serve as practice for quizzes, which will be given on a frequent basis.

Enough homework will be assigned, so that you will need to
spend at least some time each night on Calculus. Please seek me out after class or during my
office hours if you have questions on the homework. I *enjoy* the give-and-take that comes
with helping students and the learning that hopefully comes about in one-on-one
sessions.

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