MATH 1261 AS yllabus Fall 2012

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					MATH 1261                     Survey of Calculus                      Fall 2012

Instructor: John Seppala

Contact:    rjseppal@valdosta.edu or 229-259-2072

Office Hrs: MW 100-200 and TR 330-500, 2069 Nevins Hall

Website:    http://mypages.valdosta.edu/~rjseppal

Class:      Section A – MW 500-615, 2125 Nevins Hall

Textbook:   Brief Applied Calculus, by Stewart and Clegg

Calculator: TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator required

Description: An informal study of calculus, including algebra review, limits,
             continuity, and differentiation of polynomial, power, rational,
             exponential, and logarithmic functions. Applications in business,
             economics, and finance will be emphasized.

Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able
            to: differentiate functions using various techniques, identify and
            graph functions and their derivatives, analyze functions, and solve
            applied problems.

Tests:      I will give you four tests (worth 60% of the course grade). The tests
            are fair and reasonable. If you miss a test, you will get a zero. I
            don’t give make-up tests. If you cheat on a test, you will fail the
            course. The tests are tentatively scheduled for the following dates:

                  1              2               3             4
                M 9/10         M 10/1         W 10/31        M 12/3

Homework: Homework (worth 20% of the course grade) will be assigned and
          submitted using the website http://www.webassign.net.

Attendance: I will give you an attendance grade (worth 20% of the course grade)
            based on the total number of absences you accumulate during the
            semester. There is no such thing as an “excused” absence. Late
            arrivals and early departures each count as ½ of an absence.

              Number of
                            0–3         4      5        6        7         8+
               Absences
              Attendance
                            100         80    60        40      20         0
                 Grade

Grades:     I will give you a course grade based on the following scale:

            A = 90–100, B = 80–89.9, C = 70–79.9, D = 60–69.9, F = 0–59.9.
Day    Date    Section   Topic

M     Aug 13    1.1      Functions
W     Aug 15    1.2      Combining and Transforming Functions

M     Aug 20    1.3      Linear Models and Rates of Change
W     Aug 22    1.4      Polynomial Models and Power Functions

M     Aug 27    1.5      Exponential Models
W     Aug 29    1.6      Logarithmic Functions

M     Sep 3
W     Sep 5    Review

M     Sep 10   Test #1
W     Sep 12    2.1      Measuring Change

M     Sep 17    2.2      Limits
W     Sep 19    2.3      Rates of Change and Derivatives

M     Sep 24    2.4      The Derivative as a Function
W     Sep 26   Review

M     Oct 1    Test #2
W     Oct 3     3.1      Shortcuts to Finding Derivatives

M     Oct 8     3.2      Introduction to Marginal Analysis
W     Oct 10    3.3      The Product and Quotient Rules

M     Oct 15
W     Oct 17    3.4      The Chain Rule

M     Oct 22    3.5      Implicit Differentiation and Logarithms
W     Oct 24    3.6      Exponential Growth and Decay

M     Oct 29   Review
W     Oct 31   Test #3

M     Nov 5     4.1      Related Rates
W     Nov 7     4.2      Maximum and Minimum Values

M     Nov 12    4.3      Derivatives and the Shapes of Curves
W     Nov 14    4.4      Asymptotes

M     Nov 19    4.5      Curve Sketching
W     Nov 21

M     Nov 26    4.7      Optimization in Business and Economics
W     Nov 28   Review

M     Dec 3    Test #4

				
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