Home   Syllabus   Calendar   Homework

Math 120 Fall 2015
Differential and Integral Calculus
Course Syllabus

Course: Math 120

Title: Differential and Integral Calculus

Textbook: Calculus, by James Stewart, 8th edition.

Subject Material: The derivative of a function is, simply, the rate at which the function changes. This simple concept is deeply tied to many fundamentally useful notions in mathematics, such as finding maximum and minimum values, optimization, and velocity of moving objects. The goal of this course is to introduce the derivative, as well as its many applications.

We will begin first by developing the concept of limits, via the notion of tangent lines. With these tools in hand, we then turn to the formal development of the derivative. Once we are able to calculate the derivative, we will explore its many applications. Lastly, we will discuss how to determine the area between a curve and the x-axis, which will lead to a discussion of anti-derivatives and integrals.

We will cover most of Chapters 2-5 of the textbook.
Lecture: Attending the lecture is a fundamental part of the course; you will be responsible for material presented in lecture regardless of whether it is discussed in the textbook.

Reading: Reading the sections of the textbook corresponding to the class lectures and assigned homework exercises is considered part of the homework assignment; you will be responsible for material in the assigned sections regardless of whether it is discussed in lecture. You are expected to read the assigned material in advance of the lecture.

Classroom Conduct: In the classroom, a certain level of respect and attentiveness is expected. Please do not use phones or computers, play games, or talk to friends during lecture. This can be distracting to other students and the instructor.

Calculators: The use of a graphing calculator for checking ones work and gaining intuition about functions can be helpful in a calculus class. Indeed, occasionally you will have homework problems for which a calculator might be necessary. However, I encourage you to use the calculator as little as possible, and you’ll find out why in the following sentence.

The use of any calculators or other electronic equipment will NOT be permitted on exams.

Homework: Homework problems will be assigned on the course homework page, and should be completed and turned in by the beginning of recitation section on the indicated due date. You should make every effort to complete the homework assignments and seek help with problems you have been unable to solve. Please coordinate with your TA if you are unable to attend the recitation and need to make alternate arrangements for turning in your assignments. The lowest homework score will be dropped from your final grade.

Midterm Exams: There will be three midterms given during the regular lecture hour. The dates of the midterms are: Wednesday, 30 September; Wednesday, 4 November, and Wednesday, 9 December. More information, as well as practice and review materials, will be provided within 1 week of the midterm. See exam policies below.

Final Exam: The final exam will be cumulative. More information will be provided within 1 week of the exam. See exam policies below.

Exam Policies: No calculators or other electronic devices will be allowed during the exams. Unless you have a very serious, well documented, and compelling reason to miss an exam, there will be no makeup exams, for any reason.

Grading: Your final course grade will be based on the following weighted average: A curve may be applied to final scores or individual examinations at the instructor's discretion. Regardless of the curve, the following basic rubric will be in place:

Academic Honesty: Academic dishonesty is a serious offense, carrying serious administrative sanctions. Any instance of dishonesty will be pursued by the instructor. It is in your best interest to follow all policies laid out here and elsewhere on the website, and familiarize yourself with the university guidelines for academic honesty. Please help maintain both your own integrity and the integrity of Carnegie Mellon University.

Mary Radcliffe's Homepage