Welcome to Calculus I!

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NOTE: This is the syllabus for a PREVIOUS VERSION of the course. See nilesjohnson.net/teaching.html for current courses.

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 (+)

Our class meets in Hopewell 114 following the university Registrar's academic calendar. Our class times are:

  • Monday – Friday: 9:10 – 10:05


Niles Johnson
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.

Exam Schedule

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


Friday, April 26, 8:00 – 9:45

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.

Assessment (+)

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%

GEC Information

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.

Learning objectives:

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.

Disability Statement

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

It is the responsibility of the Committee on Academic Misconduct to 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:

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