Math 2431 – Calculus I
Georgia Perimeter College – Clarkston Campus
Summer Semester 2012 Syllabus

Section 100 – CRN: 10615 (MTWR): 10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.; Room: CC-1140

Credit Hours: 4

Instructor: Dr. John Weber
Office: CH-3266
email: (this is the fastest method to contact me - you MUST use a student gpc email account)
Office Phone: 678.891.3693
Mathematics Department Phone: 678.891.3710
First Day of Class: 30 May 2012
Midpoint of Semester: 26 June 2012
Last day of Classes: 18 July 2012

Advising and Tutoring Hours:

Please note that this syllabus provides a general outline for the semester; changes or adaptations may be required.

I encourage you to take advantage of office hours. Often there is not sufficient time in class to ensure that every student understands the material presented. Clearing up a small problem early will often avoid much confusion later on. Please do not hesitate to contact me for assistance. If office hours are not convenient for you, please email or call me. I am often able to answer questions over the phone and it is no inconvenience to me. I would like to help you pass this course, but I cannot help if you do not ask.

A significant time commitment on your part is necessary in order to be successful in this course. I encourage you to form 'study groups'. These groups can help you understand the homework assignments and to prepare for tests. Further assistance can be obtained from the Learning and Tutoring Center (see for hours of operation), located in CB-1207, which offers free tutoring.

Prerequisites: Math 1113 with C or better or placement.

Text: Stewart, J. (2010) Calculus: Concepts & Contexts (4th Ed). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning. ISBN: 0-495-55742-0 (Required).

Other Materials: TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator (Required); WebAssign Code (Required); free version of Mathematica or free version of R (Recommended).

Course Description: This course includes the study of the derivative and its applications, limits and continuity, anti-differentiation, the definite integral, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Algebraic, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions are studied.

The mathematical software package Mathematica should be available on all computers at school and is available for home use for one year to all faculty and students. The students can receive a copy of the student version of Mathematica in the open computer labs. Other software packages may be available in some labs.

Course Evaluation: Tests, exam, quizzes, assignments and the final grade of the course will be calculated as follows:

Type Number Points Total Points
Tests* 4 100 300
Quizzes** 25 5 100
Homework Assignments (Four will be submitted in WebAssign) 5 10 50
Computer Projects 6 5 30
Cumulative Final Exam*** 1 120 120
TOTAL     600

*The lowest test score will be dropped only if it results in a higher final grade.
**The lowest five (5) quiz grades will be dropped. There will be a quiz at the start of every class and will cover material from the previous 1-2 classes.
***The Final Exam grade will be worth either 20% of overall grade (120 points) or 33% of overall grade (in the latter case, the above point system will be adjusted) whichever results in a higher final grade.

Grading Scales:

Grade Percentage Points
A 90% - 100% 537 - 600
B 80% - 90% 477 - 536
C 70% - 80% 417 - 476
D 60% - 70% 357 - 416
F below 60% below 357

Tentative Test Dates (NOTE: You will need to bring a blank Blue Book to class on Test Day):

11 June
26 June
9 July
17 July

Final Exam Date:

You should read the appropriate section of your text prior to class. WebAssign assignments are DUE at the beginning of class on Test Day. NO late homework assignments will be accepted.

Daily Schedule and Assignments

Make-up Work:
You are responsible for all work. If you are absent on any particular day, you will need to obtain any notes from a classmate.

Missed Test/Quiz Policy:
Make-up tests will NOT be given for ANY reason. The first missed test will be your drop test. The second missed test will be given a grade of zero. Any other missed test will be given a grade of zero. There will be a quiz at the beginning of every class. The door to the classroom will be closed at the start of the class and will NOT be opened until the quizzes are completed. This is to ensure there are no disruptions or distractions to the students, who arrived to class on time, taking the quiz. No make-up quizzes will be given for ANY reason.

Behavior Policy:
You are expected to demonstrate generally accepted classroom behavior. The Student Handbook gives a detailed description of acceptable behaviors. You are expected to know and follow these guidelines. In particular, you are expected to refrain from using any non-educational technology during class, including, but not limited to portable music players and cell phones. If you are using a laptop during class, you are expected to refrain from using non-educational websites including, but not limited to social networking websites.

Attendance Policy:
Student's academic success is the major priority of the College. Because regular participation enhances the learning process, students are expected to adhere to the attendance policy set forth by the College and individual faculty members. Differences in content and teaching styles exist among courses, which can impact students' learning. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes to better prepare them for assignments, tests, and other course-related activities. Students are accountable for assignments and material covered during an absence.

Attendance will be taken at each class meeting. The instructor will NOT withdraw you from this class, regardless of the circumstance. To receive a W you must withdraw on or before the midterm date.

Students are expected to withdraw themselves if they feel they cannot complete the course. Withdrawal forms are available in the Registrar's Office. Withdrawals must be completed before the above stated midpoint date to receive a grade of "W" from the class.

Expected Educational Outcomes:
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Determine limits using algebraic, graphical, and numerical techniques.
  2. Determine derivatives using the definition, differentiation techniques, and graphs. The classes of functions studied include algebraic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, and implicit.
  3. Apply the derivative as a rate of change, optimize functions, use Newton's Method, and sketch curves.
  4. Define the definite integral and use Riemann sums to approximate definite integrals.
  5. State and apply the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
  6. Graph and use parametric equations.

Cheating Policy:
All student work must be that of the student submitting the work unless otherwise noted. Projects completed with partners or as small groups should be so noted with all names indicated on the papers. No phones, PDAs, notecards, notes, texts, or other outside assistance during tests or quiizes. According to college policy, you may NOT share calculators during a test or quiz. The giving or receiving of help from notes or another person during exams or tests may result in a grade of zero for this work and/or a grade of "F" in the course, and/or referral to the campus disciplinary committee for penalty, which may include suspension for the College. See the Mathematics Department Academic Honesty policy below.

Academic Honesty Policy
As a community committed to learning, Georgia Perimeter College recognizes and specifies that students, whether working as individuals or in a group, shall always present to the instructor their own work for an honest grade assessment. Academic Honesty Procedures have been established by Georgia Perimeter College to insure due process in cases of cheating. A copy of procedures is in the Student Handbook. Cheating of any kind may result in a penalty ranging from a grade of zero for the work in question to a grade of "F" in the course AND will be referred to the College Court for assignment of penalty that may include suspension from the College. Referral to the College Court is required whether the student admits or denies the violation. Unless specifically authorized by the instructor, the following are examples of cheating. This is not an exhaustive list.

  1. On a test or quiz:
    1. Looking at or copying from another student's work.
    2. Allowing another student to look at or copy your work.
    3. Having a copy of the test before actually taking the test.
    4. Sharing a calculator.
    5. Communicating with anyone except the student's instructor using any form of communication including all forms of electronic communication.
    6. Accessing unauthorized material whether it be student notes, printed material, or material accessed electronically.
  2. On homework or other out-of-class assignments:
    1. Copying work or answers from another student.
    2. Copying work or answers from a book.
    3. Having another person do work for you.
    4. Allowing another student to use your work as his or her own.
    5. Presenting the work of another as your own (plagiarism).
    1. Submitting the programs, documentation or program results of another person as one's own.
    2. Obtaining or attempting to obtain unauthorized access to information stored in electronic form.
    3. Submitting false results of a program's output for a class assignment or falsifying the results of program execution for the purpose of improving a grade.
  3. For late work or tests:

Americans with Disabilities Act Statement
If you are a student who is disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act and requires assistance or support services, please seek assistance through the Center for Disability Services. A CDS Counselor will coordinate those activities.

Equal Opportunity Statement
No person shall, on the basis of age, race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or disability, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of Georgia Perimeter College.

Affirmative Action Statement
Georgia Perimeter College adheres to affirmative action policies designed to promote diversity and equal opportunity for all faculty and students.

Please read and familiarize yourself with the policies contained in the syllabus. If you have any questions or concerns, then please ask me. Please print and complete the form below. You will need to submit the form on or before Monday, 4 June 2012.

I have read and fully understand the syllabus, the Expected Educational Results of this course, the attendance policy and all other policies and acts attached to this syllabus. I understand that I am responsible for knowing about all announcements, changes in the syllabus, changes in course requirements, changes in test dates, etc. made in class.


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