**Math 141.01**

**Calculus I**

**Spring 2018**

**Instructor: **

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

**Office Hours: **

MTWR 2:30-4:00 PM Bagby 123, x6210

**Class Meetings:**

MWF 9:30-10:20 Bagby 111 and Tu 1:30-2:20 in Bagby 106

**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 must make *every*
effort to attend *every* class. Repeated absences will 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 (Thursday May 3^{rd} 1:30PM) 200 points

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

*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 Tuesdays:

February 6^{th,}, February 27^{th}, March 27^{th}, April 17^{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.