Calendar

The calendar is based on sections meeting MWF; sections will naturally diverge somewhat from each other and from the

calendar.

Abbreviations:

OSH: Old-School Homework. Apply principals from class to solve contextual problems. Practice thinking critically and

creatively.

WW: WeBWorK weekly assignments.

PL: Pre-Lecture WeBWorK assignments. Read the text before class to prepare; answer questions in WeBWorK based on

your reading.

WW CL: WeBWorK course logistics assignment

WW DT: WeBWorK diagnostic test

Date What's

due Lecture topic Course notes

Week

1

Sep

5Cell size: volume, area. Power functions. Sec 1.1-1.2

Sep

7

Power functions (cont). Sketching simple

polynomials (y=x^3-ax). Sec 1.1, 1.4,1.6

Week

2

Sep

10 WW CL

Sketching simple polynomials (cont). Rational

functions, Michaelis-Menten and Hill functions,

“limits” at infinity.

Sec 1.4, 1.5

Sep

11 PL2.1

Sep

12 OSH 0

Average rate of change and secant lines.

Definition of the derivative. Instantaneous rate of

change.

Sec 2.2-2.5

Sep

13 PL2.2

Sep

14 OSH 1

Limits and continuity, examples. One example of

computing derivative of from the

definition.

Sec 2.5, 3.2, Appendix D.

Sep

16 WW DT

Week

3

Sep

17 PL3.1 Derivatives: analytic, and geometric (zoom in on a

point). Sketching given (intro). Sec 3.1-3.2

Sep

19 PL3.2

Derivatives (cont): computational (spreadsheet

example in class). More examples of sketching

given (intro).

Sec 3.2-3.3

Sep

20 WW 2

Sep Rules of differentiation: Power rule, sum rule, Sec 4.1