Syllabus for Calculus I - Fall 2021
Professor: Mark McClure
Calculus was first developed in the late 17th century by Isaac Newton. Newton developed calculus as a tool to understand Kepler's laws of planetary motion. In the process, he answered questions dating literally past the edge of recorded history, ushered in the modern scientific era, and created mathematical tools with applications to sciences still being discovered today. In this course we will:
- Develop a stronger understanding of infinity and infinitesimal (infinitely small).
- Develop an understanding an understanding of area of complicated regions bound by curves.
- Improve algebraic skill
- The text: We will use the Active Calculus textbook by Matt Boelkins. This is an outstanding, freely available, open source text that you can browse online. It is available in several formats:
- Print ($20 from Amazon)
There are some tools that we will not use:
- Calculators: While we will use computers for visualization and serious computation, the use of hand held calculators generally obscure the main conceptual points of mathematics. We will not use them on exams.
- Moodle: All material will be disseminated via our class web page.
- Exams: There will be three exams during the term worth about 100 points apiece. There will also be a final exam worth around 170 points. The likely dates for all those exams are already listed on our course calendar.
- Qizzes: We will have a quiz about every other week that will be worth anywhere from 15 to 25 points. Likely dates for those quizzes are listed on our course calendar.
- Homework: There will be three
types of homework:
- Textbook assignments, which will not be collected but offer important practice
- Online, automatically graded HW, and
- Forum assignments, which give us an opportunity to collaborate.
- In class problems: We will often work on problem sheets in class together. Quiz and exam problems will be closely related to these sheets. In addition, you will gain points simply for participating regularly.
- Final grades: I will determine final grades using a scale not more stringent than the standard 90-80-70-60 scale. You will be apprised of your standing as the term progresses.
- Late work: In general, I don't accept late work.
- Cheating: I don't deal with cheating. If I suspect cheating strongly enough, I simply refer you to the provost and fail you for the class.
Your rights and responsibilities
It's worth understanding your rights and responsibilities as a student at UNCA. One of my responsibilities is to make sure you have the information that you need to do that. Since this is common to all classes, I've got that information on this legalese document.