Calculus I
Course Syllabus

Online Calculus Syllabus

2009-2010, Semester 1

Instructor: Dr. Ronald Buelow

Instructor Availability | Course Description   | Course Objectives
Course Methodology & Materials | Required Text | Evaluation of Student Work
Approximate Grade Ranges | Approximate Course Schedule | Attendance Policy
Guidelines for Success | My Promise to You

Instructor Availability 

Teaching Hours
My Current Schedule

Course Home Page

Science Hall, S143
Office Hours
Office Hours
See current schedule
Office Phone
See office hours above.

Home Phone
call any time other than teaching and office hours
Different Browsers Should Work
Course Web Page

I very much want to help students that really want and need it. I want to emphasize my willingness to stay longer after class. I also may schedule special study sessions that are optional. If you want my help, I will do everything in my power to give you the help that you need. None of this help will do any good if you do not do the work. The responsibility is yours.

Course Description


Math 221: Calculus 1 (4 credits)

Intensive introduction to single-variable calculus. Functions, limits and continuity, differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions, introduction to integration. Application topics, lab assignments, group modeling project. Prereq: placement or credit in MAT 120 with a grade of BC or better.

Course Objectives 

  The student will develop an appreciation of the beauty and order of mathematics as one of God's generous gifts to man
 2 The student will develop an understanding of the basic principles of Calculus as a problem solving tool.
 3 The student will develop an appreciation for the usefulness of mathematics in making decisions in life.
The student will develop the skills necessary for continuing study of Calculus.

Course Methodology and Materials 

About the first 20-25 minutes of each class period will be used to evaluate assignments and answer student questions on the previous work or the corrected assignment. The remainder of the time will be used for lecture, discussion, demonstration and classwork. Homework exercises will be assigned almost every class period. Homework will be formally evaluated once or twice in the semester. It is absolutely essential that students keep current and do all homework exercises. In this way they will understand where their difficulties lie and be able to ask questions in class or during office hours, or over the telephone, and thus build on their knowledge in ensuing class periods.

WARNING: Learning mathematics is a cumulative experience. New knowledge depends on understanding previous material. For this course it is imperative that you do you work every day and seek extra help in office hours or on the phone when necessary. If you are unprepared even once, you may never catch up.

Required Text 

Published by Brooks/Cole
Single Variable Calculus: Concepts and Contexts
2nd Edition
James Stewart, McMaster University 

CB 2001
ISBN/ISSN: 0-534-37862-5
available in the college bookstore

Evaluation of Student Work 

Grading will be done by category and percentage as follows:

Chapter Tests
Semester Exam

Approximate grade ranges 

94 -100%
74 - 79%
90 - 93%
70 - 73%
84 - 89%
60 - 69%
80 - 83%
0 - 59%

Approximate Course Schedule 

See detailed calendar

A Preview of Calculus 5 sessions
Functions and Models 11 sessions
Limits and Derivatives 14 sessions
Differentiation Rules 17 sessions
Applications of Differentiation
"Optimal Design" from DIVINE DESIGN
19 sessions

Attendance Policy 

1. Attendance is expected at every meeting of the class.

2. Students should notify the instructor of excuses for class absence, before the class for that day by phone or email.

3. Whether present or absent the student shall be accountable for all classroom learning experience, all announcements made in class, and all assignments.

4. If the student has not excused their absence any quizzes given, tests given, or assignments collected that day will be counted as a 0% (zero) grade. These grades cannot be made up.

5. In the event a student is absent from a test for a valid reason, and has excused their absence, the student is responsible for making prompt arrangements with the instructor for a make-up test.

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Dear Students:

As we begin to work at being successful in Mathematics, I want to point out several guidelines which should help us to do our best. Mathematics does not require special abilities, rather it requires a solid effort and the development of some good, consistent habits.

To be successful in Mathematics:

Mathematics is a sequential by its very nature, that is, each day's work builds on the previous days' work. Please ask questions when you do not understand! In class, please raise your hand, wait to be called on, and ask, ask, ask! (In the meantime I will be doing my best to see how you are reacting to what I am teaching, and asking you questions, which will also help me know if items need to be re-explained) If you discover a problem after class, but while you are still at school (for example: during a study period), see Dr. Buelow during his office hours. You may also use the alternatives listed below:

If you are at outside of class and a tough problem arises, you should:

1) Look to your textbook for help. (the index and table of contents can be very helpful in finding the place in the book, that your question is covered.)

2) Look to your notebook for similar problems or explanations.

3) If you have access, go to the Course Web Page and read through the notes and examples.

4) Ask a classmate or Math Tutor  (hours and availability will be posted)

5) Call Dr. Buelow (see numbers above)

6) See Dr. Buelow in the morning in his office (Hall of Science and Mathematics, room 312).

NOTE: If you ask me for help at the beginning of class, there is not enough time to help you. This will not relieve you of your responsibility. Do your work the day before!

Be Faithful in Daily Participation and Study

1) Attend every class. Even one absence can be very harmful.

2) Do homework assignments on time.

3) After homework is complete, study by reviewing notes, the text, and web resources.

4) Become involved in class.

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My Promise To You
I promise to:

1 Work Hard at Teaching Clearly, and Helping Students
2 Be Available for Students to Get Help
3 Hand Back Tests the Day After They are Taken.
4 Keep you Informed of Your Current Grade