MATH 1300

Calculus 1

University of Colorado - Boulder

Topics include limits, derivatives of algebraic and transcendental functions, applications of the derivative, integration and applications of the definite integral. Students who have already earned college credit for calculus 1 are eligible to enroll in this course if they want to solidify their knowledge base in calculus 1. For more information about the math placement referred to in the "Enrollment Requirements", contact your academic advisor.
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Derek Tomlin

MATH 1300 Syllabus for Derek Tomlin — Fall 2018

Class Meetings. MTWRF Varies by section
Instructor. Varies by section
Office Hours. Varies by section
Course Teaching Assistant. Varies by section
Course Learning Assistant. Varies by section
Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra, one year of geometry, and one half-year of
trigonometry; or MATH 1150: Precalculus.
Textbook and WebAssign access: We will use the textbook “Calculus - Concepts and Con-
texts”, 4th Edition, by James Stewart. You can purchase the textbook together with an access
code to WebAssign (for on-line homework) directly from the publisher or from the CU bookstore.
If you purchase the textbook elsewhere, make sure you also buy access to WebAssign for as many
semesters as you intend to continue in the calculus sequence. You can find more information about
purchasing the textbook and a WebAssign access code on the course website.
Course website: The course website for all sections of MATH 1300 is
math1300. See the website for exam information, homework assignments, a link to WebAssign,
the course schedule, lists of instructors and TAs, a copy of this syllabus, and links to additional
Course structure: Research shows that people learn mathematics best when they are actively
participating. In other words, you learn by doing, not by watching. Therefore, MATH 1300 does not
meet in a large lecture hall, but instead meets in small sections, which allows individual and group
work in which you will be actively engaged, solving problems, making discoveries and understanding
This course and the book we are using are designed for a classroom which does not follow a
traditional lecture format. Do not be surprised if your instructor often spends only half a class
period at the board lecturing or solving problems: the rest of the time, you should expect to be
working at your desk, either individually or in groups, or at the board, presenting your work.
In this vein, you will be expected to read a section in the book before it is discussed in class.
Lectures are intended to highlight aspects of the text, not to replace it.
In this course you will learn a number of useful formulas, though their mastery is not the primary
purpose of calculus any more than correct spelling is the primary purpose of literature. Our goal is
to have you learn how to understand calculus conceptually so you can build your own approaches
to solving practical problems.
About Calculus: Roughly speaking, calculus is the mathematics of change. In particular, calculus
is a powerful tool for understanding change in physical quantities and phenomena that depend on,
or are related to, each other. The dependence of a given quantity upon another (or others) is often
described mathematically by a function. Thus, the heart of calculus is the study of functions, and
how they change. Differential calculus studies the instantaneous change of a function as quantities
vary, and integral calculus measures the cumulative effect of the change of a function. Calculus has
led to profound human achievements: initially created to solve basic geometric problems, it soon
led to a nearly complete understanding of the motion of the planets. Nowadays calculus is applied
constantly in mathematics, chemistry, economics, biology, psychology, physics, and every type of
engineering. However, it need not be viewed only as a tool: it arose from human imagination and
is capable of creating great beauty on its own.
Calculators and other technology: You are required to have an electronic device for in-class
activities. You are required to bring it to class. The device you use should be capable of graphing
functions and doing numerical integration. Acceptable devices include a calculator such as a TI-83
or better, a graphing calculator application for a smartphone, software packages such as Maple
or Mathematica, and web sites such as Wolfram Alpha. Absolutely no such devices will be
allowed on exams or quizzes. Nor will they be needed on exams or quizzes.
Assignments and assessments: The only effective way to learn Calculus is to do lots and
lots of problems. Besides working on problems in class every day, you will have assignments and
assessments in this course to enhance your skills and understanding.
Online homework: WebAssign is an on-line system for doing homework. When you log on,
you are given problems that you solve on paper and then enter the answers. These problems are
generally straightforward or computational, and you can repeat them multiple times until you get
the correct answer. The philosophy behind this is that instantaneous feedback is more effective
than waiting days for a grade, and that doing a problem over if it’s wrong is better than simply
seeing the right answer. Because problems are graded by a computer, there are occasional technical
issues, but we believe the trade-off is worthwhile. WebAssign can be accessed through the link on
the main course webpage.
If you registered for the course by August 24, then you should already have a WebAssign login.
In this case, your username is the same as your Identikey username, and your password is your
Identikey password. If you registered for the course after August 24, then will need to email math- to get a WebAssign login. Include your full name, your CU email address, your
Identikey username and the course and section you are registered in.
WebAssign includes a two week trial period ending September 10, that allows you to complete
your assignments even if you have not bought access.
There will be a WebAssign assignment for each topic we cover, assigned when we begin that
material. Please check the due dates regularly, as you are responsible for getting the assignments
done on time. No late WebAssign will be accepted and no extensions will be granted. However,
we will allow you to miss 10% of the WebAssign problems for the semester with no penalty, so you
don’t need to panic if you miss a problem here and there.
You may email your instructor to ask about a WebAssign problem, but when you do, make sure
to include “MATH 1300” in the subject line, give a clear statement of the problem you are trying
to solve, say what you have already tried and why you think it should have worked. Ask your
instructor for their particular policy regarding emailing questions.
Thursday projects: The recitation is every Thursday and is supervised by a graduate Teaching
Assistant (TA) and an undergraduate Learning Assistant (LA). In recitation you will work on
projects in small groups with several of your classmates. Expect to be assigned to groups, which
will be changed frequently. The TA and LA will be present during recitations to facilitate your
work on the projects, but the goal is for you (and your group-mates) to work through, and
complete these projects on your own as much as possible. Your LA and TA will be making
sure that you participate in your group’s explorations and discoveries. Your grade is partially
based on participation, so participate. Missed projects cannot be made up: if you miss a Thursday
recitation, you will receive a zero for that project. However your lowest two recitation grades will
be dropped.
Written homework: You will be assigned several conceptual problems each week. These problems
are a variety of problems from the textbook, along with supplement problems. You are expected
to write up complete, legible, and logical solutions to these problems, which will be graded by
your Teaching Assistant. Each problem should be written using complete sentences to explain
your steps. You may work together on homework to understand the problems and even to solve
them (in fact, we recommend it). However, when you write up your solutions, this should be done
independently, and in your own words. Thus it is your own language and your own work. If you are
wondering if you crossed the line, ask yourself “Could I start over and redo this on my own, and
would it basically look like this?” If not, then you are submitting someone else’s work (plagiarism).
Copying homework solutions from the internet also constitutes plagiarism. All cases of plagiarized
homework will be submitted to the Honor Code Board. Homework will be collected in and returned
in Thursday recitations. Late homework will not be accepted, but your lowest two homework scores
will be dropped. Your homework must be stapled and labeled with your section number to be
counted for credit.
Weekly-work grades: Each week you will receive a weekly-work grade of 0 to 10 points based
on your performance in your MTWF class. Your instructor will give you details about how this
score is determined for your section. This grade may be based on your performance on occasional
quizzes (possibly at least one quiz every week) and possibly on your in-class participation and your
attendance (which may be taken everyday or only randomly). Your lowest two weekly-work grades
will be dropped.
Midterms: This course has three midterm exams and a final exam. They have already been
scheduled. Calculators and cell phones will not be allowed during any portion of any exam. Use
of any electronic device at any time during the exam will be considered cheating.
Plan your schedule now. There will be no makeup exams given under any circumstances. If
you cannot attend an exam due to a documented emergency or illness, please see your instructor.
Midterm 1: Monday, September 17, 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm.
Midterm 2: Monday, October 15, 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm.
Midterm 3: Monday, November 12, 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm.
Note that midterms are at night and not in your regular classroom. Exam locations will
be announced by each instructor in class, and will be posted on the course website.
Final Exam: The final exam for the course is cumulative. It is scheduled for:
Tuesday, December 18, from 7:30 am to 10:00 am.
You may not reschedule this exam even if you have three exams on the same day (university
policy only allows for the third exam of the day to be rescheduled).
Grades: The grade distribution will be calculated based on the following weighting:
Midterms (45%)
Final Exam (20%)
WebAssign (10%)
Written homework (10%)
Recitation projects (5%)
Quizzes and other in-class work (10%)
The midterms each account for 15% of your final course grade. To accommodate students for
having occasional bad days, your lowest midterm exam score will be replaced by your final exam
score (provided that your final exam score is higher). In the highly unlikely event that the university
cancels the final exam, the weighting will remain 65% for exams (the three midterms) and the
weighting for the remaining 35% of the course will remain as stated above. In the highly unlikely
event that a midterm is canceled, the two remaining midterms will count for 45%.
Mathematics Academic Resource Center: You may seek assistance with your math questions
in the Mathematics Academic Resource Center in Math 175. This is a great place to meet other
students in the course and work together. You may request help from any lab tutor. Show up
prepared, with your textbook and class materials. When you ask a question, begin with a clear
statement of the problem, what you have already tried, and why you think it should have worked.
The Center opens the first week of classes and runs through the last week of classes. The Center
is open roughly during business hours and also several evenings a week. Check the schedule posted
outside the room.
Accommodations for Disabilities: If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability,
please submit your accommodation letter from Disability Services to your faculty member in a timely
manner so that your needs can be addressed. Disability Services determines accommodations based
on documented disabilities in the academic environment. Information on requesting accommoda-
tions is located on the Disability Services website. Contact Disability Services at 303-492-8671 or for further assistance. If you have a temporary medical condition or injury,
see Temporary Medical Conditions under the Students tab on the Disability Services website.
Religious Observances: Campus policy regarding religious observances requires that faculty make
every effort to deal reasonably and fairly with all students who, because of religious obligations,
have conflicts with scheduled exams, assignments or required attendance.
See the campus policy regarding religious observances for full details.
Classroom Behavior Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate
learning environment. Those who fail to adhere to such behavioral standards may be subject to
discipline. Professional courtesy and sensitivity are especially important with respect to individuals
and topics dealing with race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion,
sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation or political
philosophy. Class rosters are provided to the instructor with the student’s legal name. I will gladly
honor your request to address you by an alternate name or gender pronoun. Please advise me of
this preference early in the semester so that I may make appropriate changes to my records. For
more information, see the policies on classroom behavior and the Student Code of Conduct.
Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination, Harassment and/or Related Retaliation: The Uni-
versity of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is committed to fostering a positive and welcoming
learning, working, and living environment. CU Boulder will not tolerate acts of sexual misconduct
(including sexual assault, exploitation, harassment, dating or domestic violence, and stalking), dis-
crimination, and harassment by members of our community. Individuals who believe they have
been subject to misconduct or retaliatory actions for reporting a concern should contact the Office
of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC) at 303-492-2127 or Infor-
mation about the OIEC, university policies, anonymous reporting, and the campus resources can
be found on the OIEC website.
Please know that faculty and instructors have a responsibility to inform OIEC when made aware
of incidents of sexual misconduct, discrimination, harassment and/or related retaliation, to ensure
that individuals impacted receive information about options for reporting and support resources.
Honor Code: All students enrolled in a University of Colorado Boulder course are responsible
for knowing and adhering to the Honor Code. Violations of the policy may include: plagiarism,
cheating, fabrication, lying, bribery, threat, unauthorized access to academic materials, clicker
fraud, submitting the same or similar work in more than one course without permission from all
course instructors involved, and aiding academic dishonesty. All incidents of academic misconduct
will be reported to the Honor Code (; 303-492-5550). Students who are found
responsible for violating the academic integrity policy will be subject to nonacademic sanctions from
the Honor Code as well as academic sanctions from the faculty member. Additional information
regarding the Honor Code academic integrity policy can be found at the Honor Code Office website.
Detach, fill out, sign and date and return to your instructor
I acknowledge that I have been informed that the midterm exams are scheduled for:
Midterm 1: Monday, September 17, 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm.
Midterm 2: Monday, October 15, 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm.
Midterm 3: Monday, November 12, 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm.
and that these exams are at night and not in my regular classroom. I have no schedule conflicts
and can attend all of these exams.
Furthermore, I acknowledge that I have been informed that the final exam is scheduled for
Tuesday, December 18 from 7:30 am to 10:00 am.
I have no schedule conflicts and can attend the final exam.
I have read and I understand the syllabus. I understand the system that will be used to evaluate
my work in this course. I have checked my enrollment in WebAssign by logging in.
I have fulfilled the prerequisites for this course in the following way:
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