Calculus I, Fall 2013

Class Meetings: MWF 10:30 - 11:20, Bagby 020, T 12:30 - 1:20, Bagby 022

Office Hours: MWF 2:30 - 4:00, TR 2:30 - 3:30

Links to Webassign and ALEKS

  • Haven't signed up for ALEKS or WebAssign yet?  Sign-up instructions here (for ALEKS) and here (for WebAssign)

Course Description

Calculus is the mathematics of change. In addition to its importance as a field of mathematics, it has applications across virtually all of science and engineering, including physics, chemistry, biology, sociology, psychology, and medicine. There are two main branches of calculus, the differential calculus, which describes rates of change, and the integral calculus, which describes the effects of accumulated change. This course covers the basics: limits, differentiation, and integration.


Completion of the ALEKS online assessment.

Class Meetings

MWF 10:30 - 11:20, Bagby 020, T 12:30 - 1:20, Bagby 022

Final Exam Date

Monday, December 16, 9:00 - noon.


Calculus, tenth edition, by Larson and Edwards (eBook on WebAssign).

Required ALEKS Assessment

You have received an email describing the ALEKS assessment for calculus readiness.  Your work on this assessment will give me valuable information as we work together to succeed in calculus.  Completing this assessment is a requirement for the course: it is mandatory.  Taking the ALEKS assessment is free of charge.  In addition to the assessment, ALEKS provides review and practice materials, so you can brush up on concepts that you’re having trouble with.  I urge you to take full advantage of this.  See me if you have questions.

Required WebAssign

I will be running the course using a web-based system called WebAssign. You should have already received an email from me about signing up for WebAssign. You are required to purchase WebAssign with the eBook and online homework system.


A TI-84 or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator is recommended for this course. It very good investment, not only for this course, but for other calculus and statistics courses. I do not recommend more advanced models such as the TI-89 or TI-92, and will not allow their use on tests.

Determination of Course Grade

  • three in-class tests: 50%
  • final exam: 30%
  • homework/quizzes: 15%
  • cultural points: 5%


Three in-class tests will be given. Tentative dates for the tests are

  • Test 1 -- Wednesday, September 25
  • Test 2 -- Monday, October 28
  • Test 3 -- Monday, November 25

Final Exam

A comprehensive, in-class final exam will be given on Monday, December 16, from 9:00 until noon.


I will assign homework problems daily. You will generally have two days to complete a homework assignment. The first ten minutes of each class meeting is open to discussion of the practice homework problems. Occasionally we will have a short quiz.  Topics for the quiz will always be announced at least one class meeting in advance. The quizzes will be based on the assigned homework.

Mathematics Cultural Points

Mathematics is one of the oldest of the academic disciplines, and in addition to its intellectual content, it has a rich history and culture. Mathematics culture points ("cults") are awarded for activities which engage with that culture in a substantive, non-trivial way. You may earn cultural points in a variety of ways, such as attending and reporting on a Math/CS colloquium talk, or solving a Math/CS Problem of the Month. In order to receive the full 5% credit for cultural points, you must earn at least 10 cults. Cults are awarded for the following activities:

  • Attending a Math/CS colloquium, either at Hampden-Sydney or Longwood (+5)
  • Submitting a non-trivial solution to a new Math/CS Problem of the Month, either at H-SC or Longwood (+5)
  • Submitting a non-trival solution to a new problem in a Math Journal (+5)
  • Presenting a paper or poster at a mathematics conference (+10)

To earn cults for a particular activity, a student must submit a brief write-up (approximately one page, word processed) addressing the following topics:

  • A description of the activity and a summary of what the student's participation entailed (e.g. for a colloquium talk this would include a summary of the details of the talk; for a solved problem, this would mean a complete solution to the problem).
  • A description of how the specific activity deepened their understanding and appreciation of mathematics, in particular if it connected to their current course material.

Note that all reports must be word-processed.  Handwritten reports are not accepted.

The number of cults awarded for a specific activity depends on the quality of the write-up.  In grading the cults, you will not receive the full cults score if you do not use proper spelling and grammar in your write-up.  If anything is misspelled or if there is at least one instance of improper grammar, you will not receive the full cults score. 

Attendance and Excused Absences

You are expected to attend every class. See the Hampden-Sydney College Catalog for the College's policies on class attendance. You assume full responsibility for all material covered during any absence. A grade of "0" will be assigned for all work missed due to unexcused absences.

Make-Up Policy

You will have ample time to complete any online homework assignments, so I will not accept any late submissions for these.  If you are sick on the day of a test or in-class quiz, then you must get in contact with me before the test or quiz is given to arrange a make-up.  If you fail to do so, you will receive a grade of 0 for the test or quiz.  If you have a legitimate College-sponsored event in which you must participate (such as a sporting event) scheduled on the same day as a test or in-class quiz, then you must get in touch with me before the test or quiz is given to arrange a make-up.

Laptops, Cell Phones, Texting, etc.

  • no laptops or tablets in class
  • all cell phones should be turned off during class, or be put in silent mode
  • no texting or other use of the internet during class please