Calculus I
MA161 Winter 2019: Northern Michigan University

This is the syllabus for Calculus I, Math 161. Here you'll find information on prerequisites, grading policy, homework, study resources, exam dates and a tentative course schedule.

Instructor & Classroom

  • Dr. Josh Thompson :: Office - JAMR 2226 :: email
  • Math 161-02 :: WEST 3801 :: 11:00 - 11:50 pm :: MWRF
  • Math 161-03 :: LRC 235A:: 2:00 - 2:50 am :: MWRF
  • Your daily attendance is required. You are expected to come to class daily, to be fully awake, to pay attention to and participate in the class discussion. I will do my part to make class something you look forward to rather than dread.


    You need either:

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

  • Textbook

    The (required) textbook we will use for this course is

    Calculus I - Mathematics for Calculus I, 8th edition by J. Stewart.

    Other editions will be very similar, but the exercises will occasionally differ. If you have a different edition, find a friend with the eighth edition to make sure the exercises you work match your friend's.

    Office Hours

  • Monday: 10am - 11am
  • Tuesday: 1pm - 3pm
  • Thursday: 1pm - 2pm
  • Grading

  • Homework 25%
  • Team Quizzes 5%
  • Exams 45% (4 @ 11.25% each)
  • Final 25%
  • WeBWork

    Homework will be adminstered via WeBWork, and is due each Monday at 8am. Any additional written homework will turned in on Friday. Learn how to use WeBWork immediately!


    Unannounced quizzes will be given on occasion.


  • Exam 1 - February 4
  • Exam 2 - February 28
  • Exam 3 - March 25
  • Exam 4 - April 22
  • Final - MA161-02 - Thursday, May 2, 10am - 11:50am
  • Final - MA161-03 - Tuesday, April 30, 2pm - 3:50pm

  • We follow NMU's Final Exam Schedule. Make sure that you will be able to attend the exams at the given dates and times. Exceptions can only be accepted in case of time conflicts with other courses, or serious illness with a physician's certification.


  • You are not required to have a calculator
  • A great online calculator is
  • Calculators may be used on most 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

  • Math Doctor Bob
  • Socratica
  • Kahn Academy

  • Both free and paid tutoring is available, in the tutoring lab in NSF 3810.

    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 but not limited to optimization, related rates and basic physics.
  • Evaluation of these learning outcomes will be done through a mix of assignments, class exercises, projects, research papers, group work, written & oral quizzes and tests.

    Course Description

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

  • Chapter 1 :: Functions & Models :: Week 1 & 2
  • Chapter 2 :: Limits and Derivaties :: Weeks 3 & 4
  • Chapter 3 :: Differentiation Rules :: Weeks 5,6 & 7
  • Chapter 4 :: Applications of Differentiation :: Weeks 8 & 9
  • Chapter 5 :: Integrals :: Weeks 10 & 11
  • Chapter 6 :: Applications of Integration :: Weeks 12 & 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.

    University Policies

    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.

    Discrimination & Harassment: Northern Michigan University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, height, weight, martial status, handicap/disability, sexual orientation or veteran status. If you have a civil rights inquiry, contact the Affirmative Action Office at 906-227-2420.

    Americans with Disabilities Act Statement: The University seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you have a need for disability-related accommodations or services, please inform the Coordinator of Disability Services in the Dean of Students Office at 2001 C. B. Hedgcock Building (227-1700). at 906-227-1700 as soon as possible. Reasonable and effective accommodations and services will be provided to students if requests are made in a timely manner, with appropriate documentation, in accordance with federal, state, and University guidelines.

    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.