Calculus I
MA161 Winter 2024 : Northern Michigan University

This is the syllabus for Calculus I.


  • Dr. Josh Thompson | Office - JAMR 2226 | email
  • Classroom

  • Math 161-02 | 11:00 - 11:50 pm | MWThF | TSB 2905 | zoom
  • Your daily attendance is required. The class is in person but may pivot online due to unforeseen circumstances.


    You need either:

  • C- or better in MA115
  • satisfactory score on the Math Placement Exam.
  • Course Links

  • Lecture notes and study guides are found at the top on the Notes page.
  • Textbook

  • Required: Calculus by OpenStax.
  • Office Hours

  • Tuesday: 2pm - 3pm
  • Thursday: 12pm - 2pm
  • Friday: 12pm - 1pm
  • Grading

  • Homework 25%
  • Exams 50% (4 @ 12.5% each)
  • Final 25%
  • WeBWork

    Homework will be adminstered via WeBWork, and is due on Thursdays at 8am. Learn how to use WeBWork immediately!

  • Your username is your NMU username. [eg., joshthom]
  • Your password is your student IN.
  • To login from off-campus you must first sign into the NMU VPN
  • Help can be found here.
  • Here are hints on how to enter answers in WeBWork.
  • Exams

  • Exam 1 - February 8
  • Exam 2 - February 28
  • Exam 3 - March 29
  • Exam 4 - April 22
  • Final: MA161-02 - Monday, April 29, 10pm - 11:50pm
  • We follow NMU's Final Exam Schedule.

  • Calculators

  • You are not required to have a calculator
  • A great online calculator is
  • Calculators may be used on some exams.
  • You are not allowed to have any information saved in your calculators during examinations.
  • Laptops & Phones

    Do not use your laptop, phone or electronic media device in class unless instructed to do so.

    Other Resources

    Some of the best math videos on YouTube:

  • Krista King
  • Patrick JMT
  • Nancy Pi
  • Math Doctor Bob
  • Socratica
  • Kahn Academy

  • Both free and paid tutoring is available, in the tutoring lab on the 2nd floor of Jamrich.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Evaluate limits and apply them to concepts such as continuity and differentiability.
  • Select and apply the appropriate differentiation techniques.
  • Select and apply the appropriate integration techniques.
  • Model and solve a variety of problems using integration and differentiation, including optimization, related rates & basic physics.
  • Evaluation of these learning outcomes will be done through a mix of homework assignments & written exams.

    Course Description

    We will cover the first 6 chapters of the textbook, and part of chapter 7.

  • Chapter 1 | Functions & Graphs | Week 1 & 2
  • Chapter 2 | Limits | Weeks 3
  • Chapter 3 | Differentiation | Weeks 4,5,6,7
  • Chapter 5 | Integration | Weeks 8,9,10
  • Chapter 4 | Applications of Differentiation | Weeks 11,12
  • Chapter 6 | Applications of Integration | Week 13
  • Chapters 1-6, 7.1 | Review | Week 14
  • Natural Sciences Requirement This course satisfies the Foundation of Natural Sciences/Mathematics requirement. Students who complete this course should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of mathematical logic; use mathematics to solve scientific or mathematical problems in college classes; express relationships in the symbolic language of mathematics; and appreciate the role of mathematics in analyzing natural phenomena.

    Academic Honesty: Cheating is not only unethical and pathetic, but is a violation of the Northern Michigan University Student Code and University Policy and grounds for your dismissal from the University.

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    The Registrar: Withdrawing from any course or any matters relating to registration are the responsibility of the student. For more information regarding this topic, check out the Registrars Website.