Calculus
MA271 Winter 2017 :: Northern Michigan University

This is the syllabus for Math 271 Calculus. See the links to the right for course information. Here you'll find information on prerequisites, grading policy, homework, study resources and a tentative course calendar. See the box in the upper right for more links and information for the course.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: MA103 or MA104 or MA111 or MA250 or permission of instructor. A laptop is required. or written permission from me, the instructor.

Course Description

The course is an introduction to Calculus for students of electronics, industrial technologies, the life sciences, social sciences, business, industrial technologies, and elementary education. It includes a sampling of topics from differential and integral calculus with the emphasis on applications in these fields of study. Use of calculators and computer software will be included.

Course Webpage

  • http://euclid.nmu.edu/~joshthom/Teaching/MA271
  • Textbook

  • Basic Technical Mathematics with Calculus by Allyn J. Washington.
  • (Suggested) How to Ace Calculus by Adams, Thompson and Hass.
  • Classroom

    It is important to come to class and pay close attention every day.

  • MWRF: WEST 2901
  • Office Hours

    I am often in my office JXJ 2226, just stop by or call and see if I am available, or email me to make an oppointment. My official office hours are :

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

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

    Quizzes

    Quizzes will be given on occasion.

    Calculators

    Calculators are allowed on all homework. The use of calculators on quizzes and exams will be determined on a case by case basis. Unless otherwise notificed, you are not allowed to have any information saved in your calculators during quizzes and exams.

    My favorite online graphing calculator is Desmos

    Laptops

    Do not use your laptop in class unless instructed to do so.

    Grading

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

  • Exam 1 - Febrary 8
  • Exam 2 - March 2
  • Exam 3 - March 30
  • Exam 4 - April 21
  • Final - Tuesday May 2, 2pm - 3:50 pm
  • 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.

    Outcomes & Assessment

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

  • Demonstrate fluency with the language of calculus.
  • Find and interpret the derivative of standard functions.
  • Find and interpret the integral of standard functions.
  • Solve problems by finding an appropriate derivative or anti-derivative.
  • Evaluation of these learning outcomes will be done through a mix of assignments, class exercises, projects, research papers, group work and tests.

    Tentative Schedule

    CHAPTERS 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 - ALGEBRA AND GEOMETRY REVIEW

    Week 1
    Algebra Review
    (1.2) fundamental operations
    (1.4) exponents
    (1.6) roots & radicals
    (1.7) combining algebraic expressions
    (1.8) more combining algebraic expressions
    (1.9) even more combining algebraic expressions

    Week 2
    (21.1-21.2) lines
    (21.4) circles, parabolas,ellipses
    (2.6) solid geometric figures
    (3.1) functions
    (3.2 - 3.6) more functions


    Week 3
    (6.2,6.5-6.8) factoring and fractions
    review for exam
    Exam 1
    review of exam

    CHAPTER 23 - DERIVATIVES

    Week 4
    (23.1) limits
    (23.2) slope of a tangent to a curve
    (23.3) derivative of a function
    (23.4) instantaneous rate of change

    Week 5
    (23.5) polynomial rule
    (23.6) product and quotient rule
    (23.7) power function & chain rule
    (23.9) higher derivatives

    Week 6
    (23.8) implicit differentiation
    group quiz

    Week 7
    review for exam
    Exam 2
    review of exam

    CHAPTER 24 & 25 - APPLICATIONS OF DERIVATIVES & THE DEFINITE INTEGRATION

    Week 8
    (24.2) motion
    (24.3) related rates
    (24.4) curve sketching
    (24.7) max and min problems

    Week 9
    (25.1) antiderivatives
    (25.2) indefinite integral
    (25.3) area under curve
    (25.4) definite integral

    CHAPTER 26 - APPLICATIONS OF INTEGRATION

    Week 10
    (26.1) applications of the indefinite integral
    (26.2) areas by integration
    (26.3) volumes by integration
    review for exam

    Week 11
    Exam 3
    review of exam

    CHAPTER 27 - DIFFERENTIATION OF TRANSCENDENTAL FUNCTIONS

    Week 12
    (27.1) sine and cosine
    (27.2) other trig functions
    (27.3) applications
    (27.4) log & exp functions
    (27.5) applications

    CHAPTER 28 - METHODS OF INTEGRATION

    Week 13
    (28.1) power rule
    (28.2) log, exponential rule
    (28.3) trig rules
    (28.4) integration by parts

    REVIEW

    Week 14
    review for exam 4
    Exam 4
    review of exam 4
    review for final exam

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