Welcome to Calculus I!
This is the course homepage and syllabus for Math 1151, section 23579, Calculus I. Here you will find our course calendar, current assignments, basic course information, and links to additional content of interest. This syllabus may need to be updated as the course progresses, and you will always find the current version at http://www.nilesjohnson.net/teaching/SP13/1151.html.
Basic information (+)
- Monday – Friday: 9:10 – 10:05
Office: Hopewell 189
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:30 – 12:00
Calculus for Scientists and Engineers: Early Transcendentals, by Briggs, Cochran, Gillett (Pearson). There are multiple versions of this book available, depending on what math courses you plan to take in the future. For additional information, see http://www.math.osu.edu/files/OSUBriggsCalculusBookBuyingGuide.pdf. Contact Niles if you have any questions about this.
MyMathLab is an online homework system customized for our textbook. New copies of the textbook come with an account, but used copies usually do not. Students will need to purchase an account if they do not already have one.
We will have three in-class midterms and a final exam. All students must take the exams at the scheduled times indicated here.
Fridays; February 8, March 8, April 12 in class
Math Learning Center
The Math Learning Center (Warner 214) is a great resource, and I encourage you make use of it. The staff there has experience with our course and would love to help you!
Calculators and Mathematical Software
There are a variety of modern tools which support mathematics learning and application. We'll use several of them in this course, but no technology will be used on the quizzes or exams. In particular, calculators and cell phones will not be permitted. The only materials you'll need are writing instruments and your mind.
Your final grade will be based on written homework, in-class participation, quizzes, midterms, and a final exam. The precise breakdown is as follows:
- In-class participation: 5%
- Homework: 15%
- Quizzes: 10%
- Midterm exams: 15% each, for a total of 45%
- Final exam: 25%
This Mathematics course can be used, depending on your degree program, to satisfy the Quantitative and Logical Skills category of the General Education Requirement (GEC). The goals and learning objectives for this category are:
Courses in quantitative and logical skills develop logical reasoning, including the ability to identify valid arguments, use mathematical models and draw conclusions based on quantitative data.
To understand the basic techniques of Calculus, including the notions of limit and continuity, the definition of the derivative of a function, how to compute the derivative of any elementary function (polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, or any combination of such), how to determine maxima and minima, and how these techniques apply to real-life situations.
Students with disabilities that have been certified by the Office for Disability Services will be appropriately accommodated, and should inform the instructor as soon as possible of their needs. The Office for Disability Services is located in 150 Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Avenue; telephone (614) 292-3307 and VRS (614) 429-1334; webpage http://www.ods.ohio-state.edu/
Academic Misconduct Statement
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investigate or establish procedures for the investigation of all
reported cases of student academic misconduct. The term "academic
misconduct" includes all forms of student academic misconduct wherever
committed; illustrated by, but not limited to, cases of plagiarism and
dishonest practices in connection with examinations. Instructors shall
report all instances of alleged academic misconduct to the committee.
For additional information, see the Code of Student Conduct: